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
YN Children’s / Teenage: General interest
Use for: all general interest material not covered elsewhere and not designed specifically for school use. Use all YN* codes for: non-fiction works. Use all YN* codes with: INTEREST AGE 5A* Qualifiers, with relevant YF* code for fiction on specific topics, as appropriate
YNM Children’s / Teenage general interest: Places and peoples
Use with: PLACE 1* Qualifiers as appropriate
YNMC Children’s / Teenage general interest: Countries, cultures and national identity
Class here: national symbols, monuments, dress, flags, customs etc. Use with: PLACE 1* Qualifiers as appropriate
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YNMD Children’s / Teenage general interest: Celebrations, holidays, festivals and special events
Use with: values from 5H* INTEREST Qualifiers as appropriate, also use with YNR* codes as appropriate.
See also: YNR* Children’s / Teenage general interest: Philosophy, Religion and beliefs and its subcategories, 5H* Holidays, events and seasonal interest and its subcategories
YNMF Children’s / Teenage general interest: Girls and women
Use for: books where girlhood / womanhood is a central theme
YNMH Children’s / Teenage general interest: Boys and men
Use for: books where boyhood / manhood is a central theme
YNMK Children’s / Teenage general interest: City and town life
Class here: suburbs, inner cities, small towns, urban and suburban life, etc. Use for: books about life in urban environments or works about particular cities or towns. Use with: PLACE 1* Qualifiers especially if about a named city which has a PLACE 1* code
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YNML Children’s / Teenage general interest: Rural and farm life 1.1
YNMW Children’s / Teenage general interest: Queens, kings, princesses, princes etc
Class here: royalty. Use for: titles about royals or featuring a royal character
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