Thema Subject Categories 1.4

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Y Children’s, Teenage and Educational
Use all Y* codes for: material aimed at, or purposefully written or created for a juvenile or adolescent audience (except for graphic novels, comic books, manga in X*). DO NOT USE: code ‘Y’ itself, but select specific categories from section Y*. Use all Y* codes with: only one INTEREST AGE 5A* Qualifier to indicate a guideline starting interest age (detailed age ranges should be included in other metadata) – or for YP* use EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE 4* qualifiers. All other qualifiers can be used as appropriate with Y* codes. DO NOT USE for: material intended primarily for adults that may also appeal to older teenagers. For ‘new adult’ content see note at 5LKE
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YB Children’s: picture books, activity books, early learning concepts
Use all YB* codes for: physical or digital items – the headings relate purely to the content, not the format (Format information is described in other metadata). Use all YB* codes with: only one INTEREST AGE 5A* Qualifier to indicate a guideline starting interest age
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YBG Children’s interactive and activity books and kits
Use all YBG* codes for: children’s (of any age group) activity and interactive products; works where the primary purpose and main content of the product is an activity that requires participation and interaction, i.e. something to do or make, whether single use (e.g. press out and make) or repeatable (e.g. touch and feel). Use all YBG* codes with: other Y* codes as appropriate.
Prefer: other Y* codes as the main category when the primary content (story or the subject) is more important than the interactivity. (Detailed format information is always described in other metadata)
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YBGC Children’s interactive and activity: drawing, colouring and painting
Class here: books to colour in, magic painting books, books and painting sets, fingerprinting, rubber stamps, connect the dots, paint-by-numbers, stencil books, doodles, finger painting, learning to draw or paint, etc.
See also: YNA Children’s / Teenage general interest: Art and artists
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YBGH Children’s interactive and activity: hidden object / search and discover
Class here: ‘magic eye’ or ‘3D’ books, optical illusions, wimmelbooks. Use for: material where aim is to look for and find item or character in pictures, or which have illustrations packed with details to find, but do not necessarily tell a story.
See also: YNVP Children’s / Teenage general interest: Puzzles and quizzes
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YBGS Children’s interactive and activity: papercrafts
Class here: origami, books of paper dolls to dress, paper models to make or assemble, things to cut out or punch-out, dioramas, paper folding, or other activities for children using paper or card
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