Children's and Young Adult Literature

In Randall Library, most of the literature for children are shelved by these categories:

  • E : Easy (Picture) books: Arranged alphabetically by author's last name.
  • Fic : Juvenile Fiction: Arranged alphabetically by author's last name.
  • J : Non-fiction, including biographies: Arranged by Dewey Decimal Classification.

The 800 class in Dewey is for literature.  The major type of literature you will find in our Dewey collection is poetry.  American poetry has a call number beginning with 811. English poetry is in 821.  Folk tales are in the 300 classification.

Children's Books are located on the first floor, and the Young Adult books are located on the second floor, shelved in the General Collection, primarily in the PZ range.

Please see below for more assistance on finding resources.

Types of Journals

Types of journals and magazines dealing with children's and young adult literature:

  • Academic journals that focus on scholarly study and have peer-reviewed, research articles.  Please note that many academic journals include non-peer-reviewed articles, editorials, reviews, and interviews. Examine the articles carefully if you are looking for scholarly, peer-reviewed sources. To find such articles, look in the Recommended Databases section for the most appropriate database for your needs.  There are also some Selected Journals listed in the section below.
  • Review journals that review individual books for children and young adults (e.g. Horn Book Magazine - available through Gale Literature Resource Center online).
  • Library Science and Education journals that discuss how to select and/or use books in a library or classroom setting (e.g. School Library Journal, Book Links, Elementary English).
  • Children's magazines, intended for children's reading pleasure (e.g. Cricket, Ladybug, Stone Soup).

Helpful Websites

Center for Children's Books, University of Illinois

Resource for educators, librarians, and students that provides access to historically significant trade books for youth and over 1,000 professional and reference books on the history and criticism of youth literature.

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Children's Literature Association

Membership organization that promotes high standards of criticism, scholarship, research, and teaching in children’s literature.

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ChLA supports two peer-reviewed scholarly journals published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, Children’s Literature, and the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly.
Children's Literature Web Guide

Resource for children's literature, such as banned book lists, book awards and winners, best book lists, discussion groups, and various other resources for educators, parents, writers, and illustrators.

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Website that lists books for children and young adults.
Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature

Index of children's books awarded one of 162 awards in six English-speaking countries.

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Caldecott Medal Homepage (ALSC)

Homepage for the Caldecott Medal, awarded annually to distinguished artists of American picture books for children. Site provides information on award history, past recipients, and criteria for winning the medal.

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Newbery Medal Homepage (ALSC)

Resource provides information on the John Newbery Medal, including the history of the medal, terms and criteria, submission information, and the Newbery Committee.

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Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Book Awards & Booklists

YALSA's Book Awards and Selected Booklists have been selected for teens from 12 to 18 years of age, but the award-winning titles and the titles on YALSA's selected lists span a broad range of reading and maturity levels.

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Recommended Databases

To find articles on specific subjects relating to children's and young adult literature, try searching one of the following databases.

Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database

CLCD (Children's Literature Comprehensive Database) is the premier single-source, single-search provider of online information to help educators and librarians find just the right books to meet their educational and collection management requirements. CLCD provides over 2.1 million Children's and Young Adult Literature records containing more than 500,000 professional reviews of children's books, multimedia and audio books (aggregated from 42 sources).

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Indexes over 450 journals in library and information science since 1969. Includes thousands of articles on children's and young adult books and publishing.
NoveList Plus

A readers’ advisory resource that uses appeal factors and expert reviews to offer read-alike and listen-alike recommendations for fiction, nonfiction, and audiobooks.

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Archive of selected scholarly journals in anthropology, art, art history, communication studies, criminology, ecology, economics, education, English, film studies, foreign languages and literatures, geography, geology, history, mathematics, music, philosophy, political science, public and international affairs, religion, social work, sociology, statistics, theatre, and other humanities and social sciences.

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Archive of scholarly journals in multiple humanities and social sciences disciplines. Use the Advanced Search and select journals in various disciplines such as "Language and Literature".
ERIC (via ProQuest)

The ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) database is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide extensive access to educational-related literature. ERIC provides ready access to education literature to augment American education by increasing and facilitating the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making, and research.

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The U.S. Department of Education's Educational Resource Information Center database contains citations and abstracts from over 980 educational and education-related journals.
Project MUSE

Project MUSE is a unique collaboration between libraries and publishers providing 100% full-text, to high quality humanities, arts, art history, creative writing, education, English, film studies, foreign languages and literatures, history, religion, theatre, and social sciences journals from scholarly publishers.

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A full-text scholarly archive with coverage of children's and young adult literature topics. Select a Research Area such as "Literature".
MLA International Bibliography

Subjects within the MLA International Bibliography consist of literature, language and linguistics, creative writing, English, folklore, film, foreign languages and literatures, literary theory & criticism, theatre, dramatic arts, as well as the historical aspects of printing and publishing. Listings on rhetoric and composition and the history, theory and practice of teaching language and literature are also included.

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The MLA International Bibliography consists of bibliographic records pertaining to literature, language, linguistics, and folklore and includes coverage from 1926 to the present.
Gale Literary Sources

Presents industry-leading literature content, including criticism, biographies, reference articles, reviews, primary sources, plot analysis, explication, and multimedia. Up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. Searches across Gale Virtual Reference Library, Literature Criticism Online and Something About the Author Online.

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Literary Sources includes literature content, including criticism, biographies, reference articles, reviews, primary sources, plot analysis, explication, and multimedia. Up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. Searches across Gale Virtual Reference Library, Literature Criticism Online and Something About the Author Online.

Search the Library Catalog

Books and print materials such as government documents can be found using the Library Catalog.

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Tips for Searching the Catalog

Searching for Authors

If you are looking for resources written or edited by a particular person, you will do an author search in the library catalog.  Author searches should be done last name, first name.

If you are looking for books about a particular person, you will do a subject search in the library catalog.  Subject searches for information about people should also be conducted last name, first name.  Resources about authors are often broken down into particular categories using Library of Congress subject headings.

Searching for Topics

There are two ways to search for literary topics in the library catalog, subject and keyword searches.  Subject searches look in the Library of Congress subject headings, which have a consistent way of describing the information in library materials, leading you to very specific sources.  Because of this, occasionally you may miss some very relevant resources by only doing a subject search.

Keyword Suggestions for Children's and Young Adult Literature

Keyword searches look for the words you enter in every part of the records in the library catalog.  Keyword searches are very flexible, but may result in "false drops" or resources that have all the words you searched for, but are not actually on the topic you were searching.  There are a few techniques to help you create better keyword searches.

AND  When AND is placed between keywords, it searches for all the words, but the words need not be near each other and the relationship between the words is not necessarily important.  EXAMPLE: Milne and criticism

OR  Using OR allows you to search for similar words in one search.  EXAMPLE: Monsters and (children's or juvenile)

Truncation  Using a wildcard symbol (*) allows you to search for a root word with all of its possible endings.  EXAMPLE: Monster* and (children's or juvenile)

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