BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2.1 released November 2010, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and some other English language markets, available from

Note that BIC has announced that there will be no further development of the BIC scheme, and that Thema is its preferred subject scheme for current and future use. Browse the latest version of the Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.

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Code Description
Y Children’s, teenage and educational
Do not use “Y” on individual books. Select appropriate code(s) from Section Y below
YD Children’s and teenage poetry, anthologies, annuals
Do not use “YD” on individual books, but select from YD* codes below. With YD* codes, also assign appropriate 5A* Reading Age/Level Qualifier where possible
YDA Annuals (Children’s/Teenage)
Use as first code for all annuals, with second code indicating type or subject area where possible
YDC Anthologies (Children’s/Teenage)
Use with other code denoting literary form where appropriate, eg with a YF* code for fiction anthologies, with YDP for poetry anthologies. Use alone for anthologies of various literary forms
YDP Poetry (Children’s/Teenage)

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