The School Collection: Children's Literature at the Education and Social Science Library
The School Collection: Children's Literature at the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library

Guide to Sources in the School (S-) Collection

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The School (S-) Collection in the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL) consists of more than 164,000 volumes of children's and young adult literature, both fiction and nonfiction, which makes it the second largest collection of childrenís literature in the United States, after the Library of Congress. Included are children's classics, easy readers, picture books, folk literature, and mythology. In addition, national award-winning and notable books, which encompass the areas of literature, science, and the social sciences, are collected. Non-circulating copies, as well as one or more circulating copies, of every Caldecott and Newbery winner are part of the collection. Comprehensive holdings of specific authors and illustrators are maintained. The S-Collection contains a reference collection relevant to the study of children's literature. Bibliographies, indexes, and biographical materials about children's authors as well as encyclopedias and dictionaries of childrenís literature are housed here. The S-Collection also includes several magazines for children and journals related to the criticism of children's literature.

Children's literature is also held in the Center for Children's Books (CCB), a non-circulating collection of 16,000 volumes reviewed in the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. More information about this collection can be found at Additional works pertaining to children’s literature can be found in SSHEL Stacks and the Main Stacks. An excellent representation of historical children’s literature dating back to the beginning of the nineteenth century is housed in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The Rare Book & Manuscript Library also maintains a separate collection of children’s literature and some instructional materials dating from the early 1600’s to the present century.

S-Collection material is findable through the Online Library Catalog. Books that are located in the SSHEL Oak St. Facility can be requested through the online catalog and must be picked up at SSHEL. Rare Book Oak St. books can be requested for viewing in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library only. Reference materials are non-circulating. All other materials have a loan period of two weeks.

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All titles in this guide are located in the S-Collection Reference Collection unless otherwise noted.

Online items should be searched in the online catalog. Titles in this collection are resources dealing with childrenís and young adult literature, and instructional classroom materials.

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S.011.62 G412c
The Children's and Young Adult Literature Handbook: A Research and Reference Guide. 2005.
Describes and evaluates information sources about children’s literature in the English speaking world. Chapters cover reference books, bibliographies, periodicals, literary awards and prizes, professional organizations, special collections, and internet resources. All entries are annotated. A name index, subject index, and title index are included.

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S. 810.9 Au82
Authors and Artists for Young Adults. 1989- .
This reference series was intended to bridge the gap between Something About the Author, which is for children, and Contemporary Authors, designed for adults. Each teen-friendly entry contains biographical information, lists of published works, and photographs.

S. 011.62 R658b 2007
Black Authors and Illustrators of Books for Children and Young Adults. 2007.
Provides biographical sketches for 274 authors and illustrators. Each entry includes contact information, background, influences, achievements, awards, and a bibliography of published children’s and young adult book titles. Many of the authors and illustrators have also provided a personal statement. A national listing of African-American bookstores and a title index are also included.

Q. S.928 L73c 1987
Childrenís Authors and Illustrators: An Index to Biographical Dictionaries. 4th ed. 1987.
A comprehensive index to approximately 25,000 persons found in more than 450 reference books, with an aim to include all known writers and illustrators of childrenís books whose work is accessible in the English language. Entries are arranged alphabetically.

S.860.9 C767
Contemporary Spanish-Speaking Writers and Illustrators for Children and Young Adults: A Biographical Dictionary. 1994.
Listing of over 200 Spanish speaking authors of the 20th century in Latin America, the U.S., and Spain who write for youth. Each entry contains biographical information and a list of books written and/or illustrated. Indexed.

S.809.89282 G79
Great Authors of Children's Books. 2014
This biographical dictionary of selected authors of children's literature provides "insight into the minds and lives of the people who have created some of the most influential and beloved children's books of all time." This series is aimed at young readers. Includes a glossary, suggestions for further reading, and an index.

S.809.003 G79
Great Authors of Classic Literature. 2014.
Provides brief coverage of 61 authors of "classic" American and European literature that children and teens might read in English classes. This series is intended for use by young readers. Includes a glossary, resources for further reading, and an index.

S.809 G79
Great Authors of Nonfiction. 2014.
This biographical dictionary of classic and contemporary nonfiction writers includes essayists, poets, and journalists who also wrote narrative nonfiction, memoirs, or other book-length works. Entries are brief and appropriate for young readers. Includes glossary, resources for further reading and information, and an index.

S.026.1 M647i
Illustrators of Children’s Books: 1744-1945. 1947. Supplements cover 1946-1956, 1957-1966, and 1967-1976.
Each volume begins with an overview of the time period covered. While largely focused on the US and Europe, the last volume contains an essay on Japanese picture books. Entries give basic biographical information. Includes bibliographies and indexes.

S.016.8109 D331l 2003
Latina and Latino Voices in Literature: Lives and Works. Updated and expanded ed. 2003.
Biographical information of 35 Latina/o authors. Includes a personal quotation, a photograph, and a list of the books written by each author. “Evaluating books for Bias” provides guidelines for examining books for racist, sexist, homophobic, and other biased attitudes.

Popular Nonfiction Authors for Children: A Biographical and Thematic Guide. 1998. (Online)
Includes biographical sketches, selected annotated bibliographies, and a brief message directed specifically to children from each of the 65 authors profiled. Author-title index and subject index are provided.

S.928 So5
Something About the Author. 1971-. (Online)
Biographical sketches of children's and young adult authors and illustrators. Includes photographs, a comprehensive list of books written or illustrated, and references for critical sources.

Q.S.809.89282 St1
St. James Guide to Childrenís Writers. 4th ed. 1999.
A comprehensive guide to English-language authors of works for children. Arranged alphabetically by authorís last name, each entry includes a brief biography, a complete list of published works, and a critical essay written by an authority in the field of childrenís literature. Two appendixes, one focusing on pre-20th century childrenís authors and the other on important foreign language writers of books for children, are included. Also contains a nationality index, a title index and a reading list of general critical works on childrenís literature.

Q. S.820.9 T9185 1999
St. James Guide to Young Adult Writers. 2nd ed. 1999.
Comprehensive guide to authors read by young adults. Organized alphabetically by authorís last name, each entry includes a brief biography, a complete list of published works, and a critical essay written by an authority in the field of childrenís literature. Nearly 500 authors are represented, including adult authors whose work is popular with or studied by young adults. A nationality index, title index, and selected reading list of general critical works on young adult literature are included.

S.809.89282 T26
Tenth Book of Junior Authors and Illustrators. 2008.
Provides 188 biographical and autobiographical sketches of prominent authors and illustrators of children's and young adult books. Selections were voted in by a committee of children's literature specialists. Names were gleaned from annual lists of "Best Books," award winners, and other core lists. It includes a cumulative index of authors and illustrators for all ten editions of the series.

Q.S.741.6420922 M575t
A Treasury of the Great Children’s Book Illustrators. 1987.
Biographical sketches of thirteen artists. Indexed by book title and illustrator. Includes samples of artwork.

S.010 D772w
The Who’s Who of Children’s Literature. 1968.
Alphabetical arrangement of over 300 authors of children’s literature from the early nineteenth century to 1968. Emphasis is placed on British and American authors. Each entry includes basic bibliographic information and a selected list of publications.

S. 810.9 W939
Writers for Young Adults. 3 vols. 1997.(Online)
Provides information about the life and work of 168 authors. Selections were based upon feedback from young adult literature researchers. Essays were written for an intended audience of young people, but are also useful for teachers, librarians, and parents. A supplement published in 2000 is also available [S810.9 W939 2000 and online.]

S.809.89282 Y48
Yesterday's Authors of Books for Children. 2 vols. 1977.
Each entry offers an overview of the life and work of children's authors and illustrators who died before 1961. Quotes from diaries and letters are used extensively. Suggests sources for more information.

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Bibliographies are lists of citations of books, websites, journals, articles, and other resources about a specific subject.

S.011.62 L628a 2014
A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Picture Books. 9th ed. 2014.
Guide to more than 17,500 children's picture books cataloged under nearly 1,350 subject headings. Provides author and illustrator indexes.

S.011.62 B271b 2010
Best Books for Children: Preschool through Grade 6. 9th ed. 2010.
These guides include fiction and non-fiction titles recommended for preschool, elementary, junior and senior high school readers. Entries are arranged by subject and include bibliographic information, review citations, publication and purchasing information. Indexed by author, illustrator, title, and subject/grade level.

S.011.62. B27b 2013
Best Books for Middle School and Junior High Readers: Grades 6-9. 3rd ed. 2013.

S.001.625 B27b 2013
Best Books for High School Readers: Grades 9-12. 3rd ed. 2013.

S.016.98 Sch65b 2003
The Best of Latino Heritage 1996-2002: A Guide to the Best Juvenile Books about Latino People and Cultures. 2003.
An annotated list of noteworthy books that reflect the cultures of Latino people. Arranged first by country/geographical area then alphabetically by author. A “series roundup” lists series books which provide basic information about a particular topic or country. Author, title, subject, and grade level indexes are included.

S.011.62 B28b 2008
Beyond Picture Books: Subject Access to Best Books for Beginning Readers. 3rd ed. 2008.
A bibliography of over 3,700 books intended for first readers (K-3). Each book entry, listed alphabetically by authorís last name, contains title, illustrator, publisher, publication date, series information, subjects covered, reading level, and a short description. Also includes a subject guide, title index, illustrator index, readability index, and series index.

S.016.973 R153b 2001
Black Books Galore! Guide to More Great African American Children's Books. 2001.
Identifies 450 books for and about African American children as well as information about book awards. Included are title, author, illustrator, and topic indexes.
A companion volume, Black Books Galore! Guide to Great African American Children's Books (1998), is available [S.016.973 R153b].

S.015.730625 B64437
Booklist's 1000 Best Young Adult Books Since 2000. 2014.
This compendium of reviews represents the most noteworthy YA fiction and nonfiction titles reviewed in Booklist between January 2000 and August 2013. It is intended to support librarians, teachers and others to help teens develop a love of reading. YA fiction titles are organized by genres of contemporary fiction, graphic novels, historical fiction, mystery and suspense, and speculative fiction. YA nonfiction titles are organized by subjects of arts, history, poetry, science, and social science. It also includes an appendix of the top 50 YA books between 2000 and 2013 and an index.

S.016.2 D687c
Childrenís Books About Religion. 1999. (Online)
The author discusses 692 religious books published after 1990. Older books are mentioned briefly at the end of each section. Includes author, subject, and title indexes.

S.011.62 Sch971c
Core Collection for Children and Young Adults. 2008. (Online)
Each section in this bibliography reviews current and classic award-winning books for youth. Designed to help new libraries and librarians develop a childrenís collection, themes covered include classics, contemporary fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, nonfiction, picture books, poetry, and traditional literature. Includes award index, title/author/illustrator/translator index, character/themes/terms index, and related subjects index.

S. 016.8093876 F444e
Encountering Enchantment: A Guide to Speculative Fiction for Teens. 2007.
A guide to speculative fiction for young adult readers ages 12 through 18. Chapters are organized by subgenre and books are listed alphabetically by author. Some children’s and adult titles are included. Books written for young adults are accompanied by series and title annotation while adult books include only annotations for single titles. Reading levels, media versions, and award winners are also indicated. Eight author interviews are interspersed throughout the work. Appendices include suggested reading lists and a comprehensive list of additional resources. Author, title, subject, and award-winning titles indexes are included.

S.016.80883876 L993f 2005
Fantasy Literature for Children and Young Adults: A Comprehensive Guide. 2005.
Guide to more than 7,600 fantasy novels and story collections for readers in grades 3 through 12. Chapters are arranged by type of fantasy and entries within chapters are alphabetical by authorís last name. Entries include suggested grade level, an annotation, bibliographic information, and review citations. Also includes a lengthy introduction about fantasy literature for children and young adults, a list of outstanding fantasy novels published between 1960-2004, a list of award-winning fantasy arranged by prize, an author and illustrator index, a title index, a series index, and a subject index.

S.016.80808 F447
Fiction, Folklore, Fantasy & Poetry for Children, 1876-1985. 2 volumes, 1986.
A comprehensive guide for children's fiction, folklore, fantasy and poetry from 1876 to 1985. Compiled from Publisher's Trade List Annual 1873-1975, American Book Publishing Record, and Books in Print. Entries can be accessed by title, award, author and illustrator indexes.

Get Those Guys Reading!: Fiction and Series Books that Boys Will Love.  2012. (Online.)
This work lists recommended fiction and series books of interest primarily to boys aged 8-14.  The book is divided into nine chapters by the theme or genre. Within each chapter the annotated bibliographies are divided into books for younger and older readers.  Each chapter has one or two spotlighted authors of books for boys with a brief biography and a list of books recommended by the highlighted author. Author and title indexes are included.

S. 016.9730495 B581G
A Guide to Childrenís Books about Asian Americans. 1995.
This book is divided into two parts. Part One provides information about major Asian immigrant or refugee groups in the United States, and each groupís country of origin and culture. Part Two annotates books published between 1970 and 1993 written by or about members of the groups covered for preschool through sixth grade.

S.016.027 L616h
High/Low Handbook: Best Books and Web Sites for Reluctant Teen Readers. 4th ed. 2002.
Most recommended books are written at the fifth-grade reading level and below, with appeal to reluctant adolescent readers. Reading level, interest level, and summary are provided as is a directory of publishers. The web sites provide additional information on many topics covered in the recommended books. Arranged by subject.

S.011.62 G412h
Historical Fiction for Young Readers (Grades 4-8): An Introduction. 2008.
This book provides annotations for 80 of the best historical fiction for grades 4 through 8 from 1993-2008. Annotations include setting, historical background, point of view, themes, plot summary, how to introduce the book to students, and important passages to read with students.

S.016.3058 K124
Kaleidoscope: A Multicultural Booklist for Grades K-8. 1994, 1997, 2001, 2003.
Annotated bibliographies of books published till 2001 featuring protagonists who are Native American, African American, Asian American, or Latino American. Titles are grouped by subject, theme, genre, or the targeted audience. Author, illustrator, subject, and title indexes are included in each volume. Last edition is held in S-Collection Reference.

S.016.8108 D331L
Lesbian and Gay Voices: An Annotated Bibliography and Guide to Literature for Children and Young Adults. 2000.
This bibliography lists more than 275 books featuring major and minor lesbian and gay characters in books for young readers. Recommended age levels are indicated along with notes, a summary, and any awards that have been won for each book. Includes a chapter written for librarians, educators, and parents about how to support lesbian and gay youth. Title, author, and topic indexes are included.

Q.S.016.3058 B583m
Mixed Heritage: Your Source for Books for Children and Teens about Persons and Families of Mixed Racial, Ethnic, and/or Religious Heritage. 2012.
Provides an extensive annotated bibliography of books about characters of mixed heritage, whether that be racial, ethnic, or religious heritage (i.e., Japanese-Italian; Native American-African American; Cherokee-Seminole; Catholic-Baptist). The books are organized by heritage into broader categories (African, American, Asian, Central American, etc.), then further sorted into specific combinations of nationalities. Includes a section on religious heritage. All sections are organized alphabetically. Includes biographies and author, title, person, and subject indices.

S.016.8108 C883n
Native North Americans in Literature for Youth: A Selective Annotated Bibliography for K-12. 2013.
Presents annotated entries for fiction and non-fiction books published from 1995-2013 featuring Native American characters and culture and realistic and authentic portrayals of native culture. Each entry provides grade levels of audience, a brief annotation, and awards. Author and editor, illustrator and photographer, title, nations, series, subject, book award, and grade/level indexes are all included.

S.016.02855 M437p
Picture This: Picture Books for Young Adults: A Curriculum-Related Annotated Bibliography. 1997.
This book is divided into 6 subject areas, containing annotated lists of picture books for young adults grades 8-12. Also discusses exploring picture books with adolescents in the curriculum. Included are professional resources and title, author, illustrator and subject indexes.

S.011.62 P81
Popular Picks for Young Readers. 2014.
This publication from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) provides a list of books published 2010-2012 that are well-reviewed and award-winning, and also proven successes with young audiences (children 0-14). Information is organized into reading levels, from board books and picture books up through novels, informational books, and poetry. Each entry provides title, author, publication information, and summary. Includes author/title index and three appendices: books by age level, by genre/subject, and books for a diverse collection.

S.011.62 T366p 2009
Popular Series Fiction for K-6 Readers: A Reading and Selection Guide. 2nd ed. 2009.
This book is a guide to 1,200 book series. Annotations describe the series and list genre, grade level, publication dates, and the order of books. There is a genre and subject index as well as appendixes on series books for girls, boys, reluctant readers, and ESL students.

S.016.823008 T36p 2009
Popular Series Fiction for Middle School and Teen Readers: A Reading and Selection Guide. 2nd ed. 2009.
This book is a guide to 700 book series. Annotations describe the series and list genre, grade level, publication dates, and the order of books. There is a genre and subject index as well as appendixes on series books for girls, boys, and reluctant readers.

S.011.62 F444p
Primary Genreflecting: A Guide to Picture Books and Easy Readers. 2010.
Designed to assist in choosing picture books and easy readers for children aged 2 to 8. Most titles were published between 1999 and 2009 and received positive reviews in professional journals. Each entry contains a full citation, brief annotation, and age range. Entries are grouped by topic, including everyday experiences, subjects of interest, and genres. Indexed by title, author, subject, awards, and specialty stories.

S.028.1624 N143r
Rainbow Family Collections: Selecting and Using Children’s Books with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Content. 2012.
Includes a synopsis, awards, professional review citations, and suggestions for librarians considering acquisition for more than 250 books with LGBTQ content from around the world. Also provides a short historical overview of LGBTQ books for children, LGBTQ book awards, tips for developing welcoming library spaces, and collection development guidance.

S.016.028550973 F862r
Reality Rules!: A Guide to Teen Nonfiction Reading Interests. 2008.
Organizes over 500 popular nonfiction titles by genre and reading interests. For each subject, it presents the appeal of that topic, recommendations for starting in the genre, and fiction read-alikes, a term used to indicate a book or author with a similar tone to another. Entries note age level as well as books that both teens and adults will enjoy, books for boys, books good for book clubs, classic titles, and books for reluctant readers. Reality Rules II (2012) available online only.

S.813.09 C223r
Rocked by Romance: A Guide to Teen Romance Fiction. 2004.
A bibliography of romance novels (including series books) that are appropriate for young adult readers ages 11 through 16. Chapters are arranged by subgenre and annotations are arranged alphabetically by author and book title. Included is a history of young adult romance fiction, a chapter on working with teen romance readers and building the collection, a chapter on research materials, a sample core collection, author/title index, and subject index.

Q. S.016.5078 P643s
Science Experiments Index for Young People. 4th ed. 2005.
An index to experiments and activities found in more than 870 elementary and intermediate-level science books.

S.016.813 H412t 2011
Teen Genreflecting 3: A Guide to Reading Interests. 2011.
Organizes fiction for young adults by genre, subgenre, and theme. Author, title, publication date, and reading level (middle school, junior high school, or senior high school) are provided for all titles. Most titles include a brief descriptive annotation. Includes an introductory chapter on serving teen readers, appendixes on further resources, epic fantasy, and genre fiction for reluctant readers, and title, subject, and author indexes.

S.011.62 Em364t
Thatís Me! Thatís You! Thatís Us!: Selected Current Multicultural Books for Children and Young Adults Presenting Positive, Empowering Images. 5th ed. 2002.
Annotates 6,258 in-print books written by or about people who have been systematically marginalized in the United States on the basis of their race (color), ethnicity, class, language, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, and other characteristics. Author, illustrator, title, and culture/ethnicity indexes are provided.

S. 016.808 H147u v.4
Using Picture Storybooks to Teach Literary Devices: Recommended Books for Children and Young Adults. 2008.
Organizes well-reviewed picture books by the literary devices they employ to guide teachers and librarians in using them in their literature curriculum. Each device is briefly defined and the listing for each book, most published after 2002, includes a brief summary, cross-references to other literary devices in the book, a description of the art style, and a curriculum tie-in. Appendixes list storybooks by author, title, art style, and curriculum tie-in. A general index is included as well.

S.016.813 W215v
Voices from the Margins: An Annotated Bibliography of Fiction on Disabilities and Differences for Young People. 2002.
Lists picture books, middle-grade chapter books, and young adult novels that feature characters with disabilities and differences. The majority of the titles were published between 1998 and 2001. Title, author, age-level, and subject indexes are included.

Q. S.016.813 W55
What Do Children and Young Adults Read Next? 2002-. (2012 edition online)
This reader’s advisory tool is designed to match readers from preschool through high school with books that reflect their interests and concerns. It guides both reluctant and avid readers to new authors and titles for further reading. In addition, each entry provides alternate reading selections. Twelve indexes assist in locating titles for reading in favorite time periods or geographic locales, about special subjects or characters, or for a particular age level.

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Resources that include reviews of books, either non-fiction or fiction, where a book is evaluated based on content, style, and merit.

S.010 C4362
Children's Book Review Index. 1965-.
Author and title index to reviews of children's materials in more than 400 publications. Content is derived from the larger Book Review Index. Published annually.

The Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD). (Online)
Offers a wide range of information on children's literature. The database allows users to search for titles by genre, age, grade, topic, author, illustrator, and other categories. It contains more than 260,000 reviews of children's books—all full text searchable from 35 review sources.

S.026.1 C537
Children's Literature Review. 1976-. (Online)
Presents significant passages from current published criticism of both contemporary and older works for children. Published annually.

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S.028.52 C5354
Children's Books in Print. 1969-.
Author, title and illustrator access to children's books published in the United States which are currently available for purchase. Complete bibliographic information is given. Published annually.
See the companion volume also:
Subject Guide to Children's Books in Print. 1970- [S. 028.52 C53INDEXSUBJ]

S.026.11 W748c1
Children's Core Collection. 2010-. (online)
A classified catalog of books, magazines, and online resources recommended for preschool through sixth grade that are currently available. Published every five years with annual supplements. The catalog was previously called Children's Catalog (1909-2010).

S.027.821 J959m ed.11 2014
Middle and Junior High Core Collection. 2014. (online)
Provides an extensive, up-to-date list of books recommended specifically for students in fifth to ninth grade (although some suggestions go up through 12th grade). The new edition has added 2,000 titles and identification of the "most highly recommended" books. Intended as a professional resource for librarians and school library media specialists. Includes an author, title, and subject index.

S.028.52074 Op3
The Opie Collection of Children's Literature: A Guide to the Microfiche Collection. 3 vols. 1990.
Three volume guide to the Opie Collection of Children's Literature on microfiche. Guide covers pre-1850 fiction and is indexed by fiche number, author, title, and Opie number. The microfiche collection is available at Illinois State University. Individuals may obtain fiche through interlibrary loan.

S.026.11 T687o
The Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books: A Catalogue. 2 vols.1958.
Lists the contents of the Osborne collection held by the Toronto Public Library. Entries are arranged by subject and then alphabetically by author. Each entry consists of a bibliographic citation and an explanatory note if appropriate. Vol. 2 lists the items added to the collection since the publication of the first volume. Vol. 1  also contains an introduction by Edgar Osborne explaining his collection and its donation to the Toronto Public Library. Both volumes contain indexes and Vol. 1 includes appendixes on illustrators and engravers, publishers, booksellers, and printers. Facsimile editions of some books are in the S-Collection and can be searched using “Osborne collection” as Note Words in an Advanced Search (in Classic Catalog only). Information about these facsimiles is also available in our Early English Children’s Books bibliography.

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S.714.642 B141a
American Picturebooks from Noah's Ark to the Beast Within. 1976.
The author presents a comprehensive look at 20th century picture books. Artists, editors, authors, printers, printing techniques and the psychology of picture book makers are a few of the topics discussed. Examples and actual picture book illustrations are used frequently. Index is included.

S. 051.088054 C437
Childrenís Periodicals of the United States. 1984.
Arranged alphabetically, this volume contains 423 entries, each on an individual American childrenís periodical. Each signed entry includes an analysis of the content, a bibliography, index source, locations of libraries holding complete runs, and a publication history. An introduction traces the development of childrenís periodicals in America from 1789 through the early 1980s and the preface includes a detailed look at scholarly studies on childrenís periodicals. There are three appendixes (an alphabetical list by title, a chronological listing by date of publication, and a listing by place of publishing) and an index.

S. 026.11 R813e
Early American Children’s Books. 1933.
Descriptive bibliography of 816 rare and early American children’s books in the personal collection of A.S.W. Rosenbach. Entries are arranged by publication date. Includes a lengthy introduction, illustrations of title pages, author/title index, printer/publisher index, and short bibliography of references.

MFICHE 011.62 B537e (SSHEL microform)
Early Children’s Literature [microform]: The Birmingham Central Library Collection to 1830. 1995.
Includes early juvenile fiction, fairy tales, chapbooks, periodicals, and non-fiction works. Items in this collection date from 1530 to 1830, and represent 1,200 volumes by over 740 authors. A guide to the collection is available in the School Collection reference area [MFICHE011.62B537eguide].

S.011.6242 G443
Girls Series Books: A Checklist of Titles Published 1840-1991. 1992.
Provides an alphabetical index of American fiction series for girls published from 1840 to 1991. Each entry lists individual titles in the series, authors, publisher(s), and occasionally, other notes on publications. Author, publisher, and chronological indexes are included.

Keywords for Children’s Literature. 2011. (online)
Presents original essays by scholars on the essential terms and concepts central to the study of children’s literature. Includes a general index.

Making Americans: Children’s Literature from 1930 to 1960. 2013. (online)
Examines children’s books and their authors from 1930 to 1960 and how they addressed both directly and indirectly the major social issues of this turbulent time in their works for children, including racial discrimination and segregation, gender roles, class differences, the fate of Native Americans, immigration and assimilation, war, and the role of the United States in the world. Includes a bibliography and general index.

S.809.89282 C226o 2015
The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature. 2015.
Offers readers an extensive alphabetical listing of entries related to the Anglo-American world of childrenís literature. This new edition contains updated entries and over 900 new entries to reflect the present-day landscape of childrenís literature. Concludes with an appendix of award winning books, authors, and illustrators.

MFICHE 820.8 P91 (SSHEL microform)
Pre 1890 Australian Children’s Books Microfiche Package [microform]. 1994.
Contains the text of 297 books which are listed in A Bibliography of Australian Children's Books [S.010 M896B]. A guide to the collection is available [MFICHE 820.8 P91GUIDE].

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Background information can be found in reference sources, online or in print, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks. Dictionaries contain brief definitions, usually only a sentence or two in length. Encyclopedias provide a more in-depth description, usually a few paragraphs in length. Handbooks contain descriptions that can be multiple pages and describe the development and future of a subject.

S.011.62 K634c
Companion to American Children’s Picture Books. 2005.
Contains more than 400 entries on authors, artists, works, and general topics related to American picture books for children. Emphasis is given to critically acclaimed and popular books as well as picture books of historical and scholarly interest. An introduction to the definition and history of picture books is provided.

S.809.8928203 C767
The Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature. 2001. (2005 edition online)
The two encyclopedias describe the development, significant authors, and current trends in childrenís and YA literature, with emphasis on English-speaking authors and works appearing in English translation. Contains about 190 topical entries and 2,100 biographical/critical entries on authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults. Includes lists of award-winning YA books. Indexed.

S. 809.89283 C767
The Continuum Encyclopedia of Young Adult Literature. 2005.

S.813.09 H366d
Dictionary of American Children's Fiction: Books of Recognized Merit. 1859-1959; 1960-1984; 1985-1989; 1990-1994; 1995-1999.
These five volumes contain about 4,000 title, author, character and setting entries from children's and young adult fiction books written between 1859 and 1999. Most titles selected are award winners or finalists. Later volumes contain a listing of books by awards won. All volumes include indexes.

S.813 H366d
Dictionary of American Young Adult Fiction, 1997-2001: Books of Recognized Merit. 2004.
Contains 741 title, author, characters, and setting entries from 290 young adult books by 242 authors. A list of books by awards and an index are included.

Q. S.809.8928203 Ox22
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature. 2006. (Online)
Provides over 3,200 entries about children's literature internationally from medieval times to the 21st century. Focuses on the Anglo-American English-speaking world. Includes biographies of major author/illustrators in addition to essays on children's literature.

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Gale Directory Library (Awards, Honors & Prizes). (Online)
This directory contains contact information and brief descriptions for many different types of awards, including over 100 children's literature awards from around the world. To find children's literature awards, go to the Advanced Search tab and select "Awards, Honors & Prizes" from the menu. In the search box, enter "children's literature" as a keyword. To find information about a specific award or category of awards, add that term to your search (e.g. "pura belpre" or "canada") to narrow the results.

S.027.625 C127
Caldecott Medal Books, 1938-1957. 1957.
Discusses medal winning books and authors. Includes author acceptance papers and related material. See also Newbery and Caldecott Medal Books series.

S.010 C436
Children's Books: Awards & Prizes. 2005-.
Guide to children's and young adult literature awards. Emphasis is on the U.S. and other English speaking countries, but select international awards are covered. Entries include a brief history and description of the award and a listing of award winners. Title and person indexes included.

S.011.62 Y825e
Ethnic Book Awards: A Directory of Multicultural Literature for Young Readers. 2005.
Alphabetically lists books that are winners, honor, or commended titles of seven ethnic juvenile book awards, including awards that identify high-quality books about Jewish, African-American, Latino, Caribbean, and Asian-American cultures. Subject index and author index are provided.

S.011.62079 P442n
Newbery and Caldecott Medal and Honor Books: An Annotated Bibliography. 1982.
Provides a brief summary of each Newbery and Caldecott Medal and Honor book, a commentary on the text and illustrations, and a look at the trends apparent in the Medal and Honor books.

S.016.813 G412n 2006
The Newbery/Printz Companion: Booktalk and Related Materials for Award Winners and Honor Books. 3rd ed. 2006.
For each Newbery winner, this book provides author information and a plot summary, identifies major themes and subjects covered in the text, recommends passages suitable for reading aloud or retelling, and lists additional titles that are related to the prizewinner. For each of the honor books, a plot summary is provided. Titles are arranged chronologically, beginning with the first Newbery award in 1922 and ending in 2006.

S.028.5 N424 1955
Newbery Medal Books, 1922-1955. 1955.
Series discusses each medal winning book and author. Includes the author's acceptance paper, excerpts from the book, biographical notes and book and format notes. Series continues as In the Words of the Winners.

S.028.5 N424 1965
Newbery and Caldecott Medal Books, 1956-1965. 1965

S.028.5 N424 1975
Newbery and Caldecott Medal Books, 1966-1975. 1975.

S.028.5 N423 1985
Newbery and Caldecott Medal Books, 1976-1985. 1986.

S.011.62079 N428
The Newbery & Caldecott Medal Books, 1986-2000. 2001.
Series discusses each medal winning book and author. Includes the author's acceptance paper, excerpts from the book, biographical notes and book and format notes. Series continues as In the Words of the Winners.

S.028.5079 N423
The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Complete Listing of Medal and Honor Books. 1986-.
Describes in full each of these prestigious medals awarded to childrenís literature by the American Library Association. A list of all of the winners follows the description. Included are author, illustrator, and title indexes. The latest edition is the 2015 ed.

S.810.9 P5654
The Phoenix Award of the Children’s Literature Association, 1995-1999. 2001.
Provides a list of the winners and honor books of the Children’s Literature Association Phoenix Award, which is awarded 20 years after the original publication date to an English-language children’s book that did not win a major award at the time of its publication. Included are the acceptance speeches of the winners, a biographical sketch of the author, a bibliography, and scholarly criticism on the authors’ work.

S.011.62079 In11
In the Words of the Winners, 2001-2010. 2011.
The continuation of Newbery Medal Books. Discusses each medal winning book and author. Includes the authorís acceptance paper, excerpts from the book, biographical notes and book and format notes.

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The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales. 2008. (Online)
In addition to containing information on well-known tales and historical movements in the multidisciplinary field of fairy tales studies, this three-volume e-book contains definitions of critical terms, concepts, and genres, as wells as information on modern interpretations in text, film, music, and other media. Entries are organized alphabetically, the Guide to Related Topics allows readers to view contents by title, medium, genre, region/language, character/motif/theme, and creator, which is divided into several categories including filmmakers, illustrators, authors, and editors. Each entry is signed and recommends additional reading on the topic, both within the text and from external sources. Works of children's literature are included.

S.016.80881 B75i
Index to Children's Poetry. 1942. Supplement, 1954, 1965.
Dictionary index to collections of poems for children with title, subject, author and first line entries. Continued by Index to Poetry for Children and Young People, 1964-1969. [S.016.8081B75in].

S.016.7846 P442i
Index to Children's Songs. 1979.
Title, first line and subject index to more than 5,000 songs and variations contained in 298 children's books published between 1909 and 1977.

S.016.398 Ea79i 1926
Index to Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends. 1926. Supplements cover 1937, 1949-1972, 1973-1977, 1978-1986, and 1987-1992. (Online)
Alphabetically arranged title index. Source of the story is listed after the title. Selected years available online

S.016.8081 B75in
Index to Poetry for Children and Young People 1964-1969. 1972. Supplements cover 1970-1975, 1976-1981, 1982-1987, 1988-1992, and 1993-1997.
Title, subject, author and first line index to poems contained in collections. Continues Index to Children's Poetry.

S.398.8 Ox22 1997
The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes. 1997.
The second edition to Opie’s classic text, this volume contains a comprehensive listing of English nursery rhymes arranged in alphabetical order of the most prominent word in the rhyme. Explanatory commentary is supplied for many of the entries and all contain the original source. Also includes a lengthy introduction on nursery rhymes, black and white illustrations from early works, an index of first lines, and an index of notable figures.

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S.011.62 F877b
Books Kids Will Sit Still For 3: A Read-Aloud Guide. 2006.
Annotated guide to approximately 1,705 titles that can be read aloud to children from grades K-6. Categories consist of picture books, fiction, folk and fairy tales, myths and legends, nonsense, poetry, biography, and nonfiction, which the author has field-tested. The annotations consist of plot summaries, related titles, subjects, and lesson plan suggestions.

Booktalking Nonfiction: 200 Surefire Winners for Middle and High School Readers. 2014. (online)
Provides an introduction to selecting and writing booktalks, summaries of a book presented in a way that would interest someone in reading the book described. Focuses on nonfiction books such as informational texts, biographies, and autobiographies.

S.016.3982 M145s
The Storyteller's Sourcebook: A Subject, Title and Motif Index to Folklore Collections for Children. 1982.
Index to 556 folktale collections and 389 picture books. Each story is briefly summarized.
See also the follow-up, which indexes folklore published between 1983 and 1999 [Q. S.016.3982 M145s2001].

S.372.642 M145s
The Storyteller's Start-Up Book: Finding, Learning, Performing, and Using Folktales Including Twelve Tellable Tales. 1993.
Beginners guide to storytelling covering techniques, selection suggestions and ways to incorporate storytelling into the classroom. Each chapter concludes with a bibliography of related titles for additional reading on the chapter topic. Twelve stories, covering listening levels from preschool to teen, are included. A list of cited works and an index are included.

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S.323.445 Am35b
Books Under Fire: A Hit List of Banned and Challenged Children’s Books. 2015.
Resource to support librarians and teachers in dealing with book challenges; also gives suggestions on how to discuss with young readers the social issues often at the heart of book challenges. Each featured challenged book includes a plot summary and review, details of challenges, list of awards, and further reading and online resources. Includes an index and six appendices with information on the first amendment, book censorship, the top 100 most banned or challenged books from 2000-2009, banned children’s classics, challenged Caldecott medal books, and challenged Newbery medal books.

Challenged Children's Books. (Online)
This S-Collection guide lists challenged books by reading level: picture books, easy reader/chapter books, and young adult books. It also cites additional print and web resources about challenged books.

S.323.445 Am35hch
Hit List For Children 2: Frequently Challenged Books. 2002. (Online)
The Hit List series is a select listing of frequently challenged books compiled by the ALA office for Intellectual Freedom. Entries include a list of and rationale for challenges, awards and prizes won, and a bibliography of reviews.

S.323.445 Am35hyou
Hit List For Young Adults 2: Frequently Challenged Books. 2002. (Online)

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Major Non-Fiction Call Number Ranges

General Reference S.000-099
Philosophy and Psychology S.100-199
Religion and Mythology S.200-299
Social Sciences S.300-399
--Folktales and Fairy Tales S.398
Languages S.400-499
--Dictionaries S.423
Natural Science/Math S.500-599
--Math S.510
--Dinosaurs S.560
--Plants S.580
--Animals S.590
Technology and Applied Sciences S.600-699
--Human Body S.610
--Machines S.620
--Pets S.636
--How To? S.660
Art, Music, and Hobbies S.770-799
--Graphic Novels S.741.5
--Sports S.796
Literature S.800-899
--Poetry S.811
--Plays S.812
Geography and History S.900-999
--Geography S.910
--Ancient History S.930
--U.S. History S.973

Oversized Q.S. books are shelved within the collection. Oversized F.S. books are shelved on oversize book cases.

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