The children’s literature collection at the Rohrbach Library is called the "Library Science Collection." It is located on the ground floor next to the CMC collection.
Big Books (located outside of the CMC Kit Room)
When using children's literature in the classroom, go to publisher and author/illustrator websites!
They sometimes have activities or discussion guides for using their books in classrooms or links to further information to use with the books! You can also find these things at TeachingBooks.net.
The library is also home to a children's literature collection called the “J. Robert and Alice R. Dornish Collection.” Books in this collection will show up in your online catalog searches.
What is it? Dr. Dornish was a professor in Kutztown University's College of Education. During his life, he built a significant collection of children's literature. He and his wife donated part of the collection to the Rohrbach Library between 2001-2019.
Where is it? Any books that were donated and were first editions, rare books, or contained signatures of authors and illustrators were added to The Dornish Collection and are stored in secure locations in the library. A portion of these books are on display on the first floor to the right of the elevator and steps. Any books that were not added to The Dornish Collection were reviewed by librarians and many were added to the Library Science Collection so that our students could use them.
How can I read the books?
DATABASE Children's Literature Comprehensive Database(CLCD): This is a fantastic, fully searchable database of children's literature titles, reviews, and related information! You can search by subject or title, and the database provides a wide variety of search limits to help you find just the right books for your needs. KU authentication is required to use this database.
(A 30-minute tour of CLCD by Karen Wanamaker. Note: The library's website has changed--click on the A-Z Databases link directly below the search boxes now.)
DATABASE Teaching Books - One stop provides resources for books you are reading and teaching, including author and illustrator interviews, lesson plans, and other enrichment content.
DATABASE Gale Literature – This database includes access to critical reviews, biographies, news, and media relating to literature, including children’s literature. You can search for a topic, author, or title. KU authentication is required.
1. MackinVIA: We have access to digital collections of children's literature through EBSCO and through a consortium package with MackinVIA. Both collections will show up in our online catalog results, and to get to the books, you click on the link in the catalog record.
KU patrons also can browse the books we get through MackinVIA by going to:
https://kutztown.mackinvia.com/dashboard and authenticating with your KU login.
2. EPIC: EPIC's website is another way to locate online children's books. We do not have a campus-wide subscription to this, but EPIC has free access to some books. KU students and faculty can subscribe for access individually to obtain the ability to create classrooms and use the educator tools.
WEBSITES: These websites can help you locate children's literature by subject or themes for creating text sets:
OTHER LISTS: National teacher associations, textbook publishers, and children's literature research centers also have great recommendations for books in certain disciplines:
The Children's Book Council has a great list of publisher sites with, "fun and educational resources, activities, discussion guides, teacher guides and more to share with children of all ages"
Evaluating Children's Literature When incorporating children's literature into your curriculum, you want to include books that have diverse characters. However, it is critical to avoid children's literature with bias or stereotypes. These resources will help you to understand what to look for and give you examples of what to use.
Locating Diverse Children’s Literature at the Rohrbach Library
Finding diverse books will take multiple searches in our online catalog. Here are some things to think about and places to go to find some help.
American Library Association:
Some of the most well known awards include:
The following lists show which titles we have at the Rohrbach Library for various awards and types of books. Call numbers are included. While we try to update these lists annually, to find all the titles we have at any given time, please ask a librarian or use the online catalog.
Mentor texts are examples of good writing that students can read and use as a model for their own writing.
These mentor texts can be published trade books, poems, lyrics, articles (newspaper, magazine, journal), or a variety of other writings--anything that demonstrates good elements of writing worthy of emulation.
If you are looking for some mentor texts to use with lessons, we have resources in the Curriculum Materials Center collection that can help. Search for "mentor text" in the online catalog or ask a librarian for assistance. There are also several helpful websites linked below.
The best way to locate materials in any of our collections is to use the online catalog or ask a librarian for assistance.
Search our Streaming video providers. One example from Kanopy that might be of particular interest is:
Fairy-Tale Heroines--New-Style Princesses: "Cinderella. Snow White. Rapunzel. These fairy-tale heroines are imbued in our cultural consciousness. What lessons are they meant to teach? And do these lessons align with our current cultural values? Study the composite fairy-tale heroine, both in the classic fairy tales and in modern revisions from authors such as Angela Carter and Margaret Atwood."
Helpful Databases, journals, and websites for researching Folklore: