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ED 231/EDG 576/EDG 876 Children’s Literature

Welcome to this Course Guide.

Purpose: Help CUW undergraduate and graduate students in ED 231/EDG 576/EDG 876 Children’s Literature find useful resources.

Help Available: If you need help finding resources, please feel free to contact librarians with Ask a Librarian or on the Library Tab in the Portal (phone, email, chat)

How to Use: Resources in this guide are organized by type. Click a tab to choose the appropriate information for your needs.

Children’s Literature

Middle and Junior High Core Collection (H.W. Wilson) (EBSCOhost-provided by Badgerlink) This Collection is a selective list of fiction and non-fiction books recommended for grades 5 through 9, along with review sources and other professional aids.

Children’s Core Collection (H.W. Wilson) (EBSCOhost-provided by Badgerlink) This rich resource covers fiction and nonfiction works, story collections, picture books, and magazines for preschool – 6th grade. It also includes Book reviews.

Scholarship about Children’s Literature

Humanities International Complete (HIC) (EBSCOhost-provided by Badgerlink) Provides full text of hundreds of journals, books, and other scholarly sources.

Literary Index (Gale) Master index to every literary series published by Gale. Use to search for authors or works in entries in CUW Print  Reference Books.

Gale Literature

Search across all of your library’s Gale literary databases to find the full-text of literary works, journal articles, literature criticism and analysis, reviews, author biographies, and expertly written work summaries. Includes Children’s Literature Review.

Literary Reference Center Plus (EBSCOhost)
Children’s literature book reviews and articles.


Academic Search Complete (EBSCOhost) 
Scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with full-text periodicals, including peer-reviewed journals. Indexing and abstracts for journals, monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.

Database Tutorials

Using Databases


Looking for some suggestions for Primo or databases? Try one of these keywords or phrases related to your topic.

Books for Children

Juvenile Poetry
“Picture Books for Children”
juvenile fiction
juvenile literature

Books About Children’s Literature

Literature-study & teaching
Children-books & reading
Children’s literature-book reviews
Book review(s)
Children’s literature-periodicals
Children’s literature awards
Children and literature
Young adult literature
Children’s literature-bibliography
Children’s literature-bio-bibliography
Literary prizes
Best books

Children’s Books at CUW Library

  • In Primo, find Book Genre’s under the Format Filter
    • Juvenile Fiction
    • Juvenile Literature
    • Young Adult fiction
    • Juvenile folklore
    • Juvenile poetry
    • Fairy tales
    • Folklore
    • Picture Books for Children
  • For Children’s Books in Print, Filter Location: CUW Curriculum & CUW Curriculum Oversize


Award Winning Children’s Books

Primo Digital Collections of Award Winners

Look for stickers on the spines of print books in the Curriculum Collection:

Corretta King Scott Award
Michael Printz Award
Caldecott Medal
Pura Belpre Medal
Newbery Medal
“Award Winner”

Children’s Picture Book Database
Use this database from Miami University to search for titles by theme


Reference Books

New Directions in Picture Book ResearchEbook
A to zoo : Subject Access to Children’s Picture Books
REF PN1008.4 .L715 2014
Handbook of Children’s and Young Adult LiteratureEbook
Choosing and Using Fiction and Non-fiction 3-11Ebook
Latina and Latino Voices in LiteratureREF PS153 .H56 D3 2003

To locate Graphic novels, use the search term “graphic novel” and the SWITCH Libraries Search:

Graphic novel search in Switch Libraries

The children’s or young adult section of your local public library is also a great resource for graphic novels.

Note: most graphic novels will be labeled with the “book” resource type


Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature Site
“Collection of reviews of great books for kids, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom and collections of books and activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and professional topics”.

Children’s Literature Web guide
“The most comprehensive guide to English-language children’s book prizes on the Internet.”

Children’s Bookwatch Index
“reviews of books, music, games, and DVDs ideal for preschool through young adult readers.”

Cooperative Children’s Book Center (UW-Madison)
Non-circulating research library for Wisconsin librarians, teachers, early childhood care providers, students, and others interested in children’s and young adult literature.

Literature for Children
“A collection of the treasures of children’s literature published largely in the United States and Great Britain from before 1850 to beyond 1950.”


Cedarville University Children’s and YA Literature Database 
Search of content areas for picture books


Database of Award Winning Children’s Literature
“The purpose of this database is to create a tailored reading list of quality children’s literature or to find out if a book has won one of the indexed awards.”

Children’s Picture Book Database
Miami University offers this search base of over 5,000 picture books:  “a place for designing literature-based thematic units for all subjects.” 

Literary Link: Young Adult Literature
Index of recommended books, themed reviews, reading guides, discussion group topics

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