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EDU502: Children's Literature

Library resources and services for graduate education majors

Children's Literature Collection

Library Science Collection: The children’s literature collection in the Rohrbach Library is called the "Library Science Collection." It is located on the ground floor next to the CMC collection. This collection, like the CMC collection, is built through collaboration between the librarians and the College of Education faculty and is maintained by student workers (future librarians) in the Department of Library Science and Instruction Technology.

The collection contains a wide array of children’s titles arranged in four main sections:

  • easy fiction - located on the short shelves and arranged by the author's last name
  • adolescent fiction - located on the short shelves and arranged by the author's last name
  • non-fiction - located on the last two rows of the short shelves as well as on the tall shelves and arranged by the Dewey Decimal System
  • biographies - located along the side wall and arranged alphabetically by the last name of the person who is the subject of the book (For example, to find a book about Abraham Lincoln, go alphabetically to "Lincoln.")
Other books in the Library Science Collection include:
  • a variety of children’s reference titles that can be found under the main bulletin board that you see as you walk through the tunnel towards the collections
  • a small collection of pop-up books that are located along the side wall after the biographies
  • oversized children's literature titles ("big books") that are located on top of the CMC map drawers
    (Note: The library also has a variety of other children's literature big books that are a part of the Curriculum Materials Center. All the big books are located on the outside of the CMC kit room.)

Dornish Collection: The library is also home to a children's literature collection called the “J. Robert and Alice R. Dornish Collection.” You need to be aware of a few things about this collection:

  • The Dornish Collection is located on the first floor of the library in the room to the right of the elevator and steps.
  • Due to the collectable nature of some of these books (some are first editions and/or are autographed) and the details of the University's contract with the Dornish family, these books cannot circulate.
  • Dornish Collection books do show up in your results list in the online catalog.
  • The books ARE accessible for in-house use.
  • The staff and students the Information Commons Desk will retrieve the item for you to use here in the library. 
  • Dr. Dornish is an emeriti professor from Kutztown University's College of Education.

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.
  • MackinVia - Access children's ebooks and audiobooks through KU. 
  • 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.
  • The Best Children's Books - This website lists books by grade and by topic.
  • Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature Site - This site contains book lists for various topics. Some reviews are also included. It's a good starting place, but some of the lists are dated. 
  • 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.
  • National teacher associations, textbook publishers, and children's literature research centers also have great recommendations for books in certain disciplines:


  • Booktalks from scholastic - This site has booktalks and video booktalks to use with your PK-12 students.
  • Database for Award-Winning Children's Literature - Search through thousands of books to create reading lists tailored to your students' interests.
  • KidLit TV - "KLTV is available in over 600,000 schools worldwide via our website and video distribution partners. We’re a diverse group of parents, educators, librarians, kid lit creators, and award-winning filmmakers working together to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives."
  • Nancy Keane's Children's Literature Webpage & Booktalks Quick and Simple - Nancy Keane provides educators with a great collection of booktalks and other resources.
  • 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
  • Read, Wonder, and Learn! Favorite Authors & Illustrators Share Resources for Learning Anywhere--Spring 2020 by Kate Messner: like the title says, authors and illustrators sharing books and talents. 
  • 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!