The circumstances in these picture book selections are very realistic, sometimes the protagnist might imagine an unreal thing, but I think that is very realistic for a child.
Contemporary Realistic Fiction describes books whose plots could have actually occurred. This genre should not be confused with historical fiction, which is any plot set before 1950 or with the biography genre, which is considered non-fiction because it has mostly or actually occurred. This genre has been known to teach children life lessons about growing up and understanding the human condition.
Readers will appreciate how the five protagonists below experienced different changes in their lives that made them "grow-up". Although all five experience different challenges and circumstances, all are easy to relate to.