Currently, the information on reads:

This tag should be used for questions about fiction that is intended for readers approximately aged between 16 and 25. A common abbreviation is YA.

This is incorrect. Young adult books are aimed at teenagers. Most sources give the age range as 12-18, though some are different by a year in either direction. In no case is the age range anything near 16-25. (Note: anyone of any age can (and does) read YA books but the age range here is the industry standard.)


There is also a recent category called New Adult, for ages 18-25. I would have no objections to adding a tag for this, if it seems useful.

I have enough rep to change the tag unilaterally, but I'm posting here first to make sure no one objects. If I don't get any objections in a couple days, I'll go ahead and make the change. I'll also update the info on and to point people to the correct tags by age.

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    Sounds right to me. And you're doing an impressive job adding the age-appropriate tags where they're needed. Commented Feb 14, 2019 at 18:51
  • Thanks @Galastel (and thanks for catching my whoops on not formatting the tags correctly). I've started to do some retags of old posts in preparation for really fixing this all up. I stopped after one page of results as not to completely overwhelm the question queue. There's a lot of bad tagging around! (not even counting the retags needed because of tags added or changed after the question was posted)
    – Cyn
    Commented Feb 14, 2019 at 18:54

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I have revamped the following tags:

Sample usage guidance:

This tag should be used for questions about writing intended for readers between 12 and 18 years old. (Often abbreviated YA.) For readers ages 8-12 use [middle-grade]. For readers under 8 use [children].

Sample full tag wiki (each only lists the needed alternate tags):

For readers under 8 use
For readers ages 8-12 use
For readers ages 12-18 use
For questions about characters who are children (especially in adult books), use
For questions about children or teens who are writers, use

Note that I removed the possibility of being about children who write, because it was confusing and also a dup with the pre-existing .

is more or less the same, I just added information to make it consistent with the others. I also did not change anything about or or the basic definition of

All of the tags refer to each other so questioners can easily differentiate.

Please check for errors. I worked hard to eliminate them, but might have missed something.

  • And sorry for the flood of edited posts but I am now done with anything I found in a search with "children", "teen", or "middle grade." I'm sure there will be more in the future though.
    – Cyn
    Commented Feb 15, 2019 at 20:03
  • In response to the tag confusion on this question today, isn't middle-grade in the US mostly 7th-8th grade? (Sometimes 6th or 9th are included.) 8 -12 looks more like 3rd - 6th grade, which is elementary school, so I can see why the poster didn't consider searching for the middle-grade tag.
    – Troyen
    Commented Mar 15, 2019 at 21:23
  • Unless the tag is not actually referring to the "middle-grade" school level, but then I'm not familiar with the "middle-grade" category of literature and don't recall it being separated out as such in bookstores and libraries.
    – Troyen
    Commented Mar 15, 2019 at 21:25
  • @Troyen Middle Grade is a well known and well-used publishing category that refers to materials for children ages 8-12 (the exact age can vary a bit). You are thinking of Middle School which is 6th-8th grade (compared to Junior High which is 7th-9th, though these days there is some flexibility and either can be anything from 6th to 9th). The other poster could have found middle-grade by searching for "young" or "child." The tag doesn't pop up but the other tags describe each other in their wiki guidance.
    – Cyn
    Commented Mar 15, 2019 at 22:00

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