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Children's Literature: Databases & Websites

Children's literature resources for KU education majors

Helpful Links

Check out the following links for book lists, book reviews, and other useful information about children's literature.

(If you try to get into CLCD, Picture Book Database, Something About the Author Online, or Literary Criticism Online from off campus, you will need to authenticate as a KU student by logging in with your KU network ID and password.)

  • Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database – The Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD) is a fantastic database of children's literature titles hundreds of thousands of reviews and records for children’s books–all full text searchable!
    • Records compile reviews from over 30 review sources sources including The ALAN Review,
      Booklist, Books for Keeps, The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Canadian Children’s
      Book News, CCBC Choices, Children’s Literature, KIRKUS Reviews, Resource Links, Science
      Books and Films, and VOYA.
    • There is a themed review page with recommended books arranged by topics
    • There is an article that provides an overview of text sets with references
  • Database for Award-Winning Children's Literature - Search through thousands of books to create reading lists tailored to your students' interests. (This database is available on the Web for free.)
  • Something About the Author Online - This is a great place to find out about the authors and their works. The official description reads, "Something About the Author Online provides first-time comprehensive online access to all volumes ever printed in Gale's™ acclaimed and long-standing Something About the Author series, which examines the lives and works of authors and illustrators for children and young adults and is the preeminent source on authors and literature for young people. Something About the Author Online includes both the main series and Something About the Author Autobiography Series, totaling more than 217 volumes, 12,000 entries, and nearly 17,000 images - all delivered in an easy-to-use 24/7 online format that matches the exact look and feel of the print originals."
  • Literary Criticism Online - Our online access to this database includes access to Children's Literature Review, an important reference source for children's literature criticism and author information. The official description: "Online access to ten multi-volume compilations of literary criticism including: Contemporary literary criticism; Twentieth-century literary criticism; Nineteenth-century literature criticism; Shakespearean criticism; Literature criticism from 1400 to 1800; Classical and medieval literature criticism; Poetry criticism; Short story criticism; Drama criticism; and Children’s literature review. LCO covers a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres; it offers tens of thousands of hard-to-find critical essays."


  • ALA/ALSC - This website offers a variety of lists for books for various age groups, including ones on diversity and tough issues.There are also other child-related resources of interest to education majors and a link to their yearly Notable Books lists.
  • Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature Site - This is a 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 Book Almanac- "Daily children's book recommendations and events from Anita Silvey." 
  • Children’s Book Council Reading Lists - This helpful site contains a wide variety of reading lists for teachers and librarians to use, including ones for social studies and science trade books.
  • CLCD's Read & Shine - Read & Shine is CLCD's, "newsletter and online resource for all things children's and YA books and libraries." You'll find book lists and award notifications galore!
  • Early Word - A blog containing "News for Collection Development and Readers Advisory Librarians" that is helpful for finding best books lists and recommended reading as well as literary news items.
  • Kidsreads - This site contains thousands of comprehensive reviews of children's books, searchable by title or author.
  • The Reading Nook - This site has a variety of leveled lists and subject lists of children's literature with descriptions of the books.
  • National teacher associations, textbook publishers, and children's literature research centers also have great recommendations for books in certain disciplines:


You want 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.


  • Book Adventure - Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can find a book, take quizzes on what they've read, and earn prizes for their reading success - requires a FREE registration.
  • Booktalks from scholastic - This site has booktalks and video booktalks to use with your PK-12 students.
  • Nancy Keane's Children's Literature Webpage & Booktalks Quick and Simple - Nancy Keane provides educators with a great collection of booktalks and other resources.
  • Scholastic Book Wizard - Enter your book to find the book level in both interest level and reading level. You can also tell it to find similar books...a great way to build that text set!
  • Tumblebooks - This is a great collection of digital books that can be used alone or with a lesson. They make great attention getters for introducing lesson. If you do not have a subscription to this site through your school, check with your public library.
  • Pinterest - YES, Pinterest! Don't overlook this site. Many teachers and librarians are using it to post text sets, mentor texts, and other children's literature lists. Check over their titles, then go find reviews to see if it is a book you want to include in your own list. Example: Children's Literature on Pinterest