Use databases such as NoveList, Children's Literature Comprehensive Database, and the Database of Award Winning Children's Books to find books by topic and / or age group. You will then need to search the Library Catalog to determine if the University of Illinois library owns the books.
- Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)
- Database of Award Winning Children's Literature (DAWCL)
- Does the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library own these books?
NoveList, accessible through the Online Journals & Databases, is a fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, etc. for fiction books for all ages.
Go to the “Advanced Search” page and click on “Boolean Search.” It's possible to search fiction titles by subject terms or keywords. This page also offers a convenient way for you to define age range of the books you are looking for (Audience or Grade Level).
The Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD), also available through the Online Journals & Databases, offers a wide range of information on children's literature titles. It is a good place to look to find more information about a specific title, or to find books based on the genre, reading level, age range, awards won, and additional categories.
The CLCD includes the following information about children's books:
- author, title, and publisher
- reading level and age range
- awards, prizes, and best book lists
To conduct a broad search, choose the default singular and plural forms and search within All Fields. To do a narrow search, choose exact phrase or exact words and search within Subject Hdgs.
The Database of Award Winning Children's Literature (DAWCL) of award-winning children's literature can be searched by a number of useful categories, such as the gender of the protagonist, the age of the reader, and the book's setting or genre.
Once you enter DAWCL, click "Search DAWCL" in the upper left and select the relevant age, setting, language, format, genre, or other criteria to create a list of award winning literature.
After conducting a search in a database and finding books of interest, search for the item by title in the Library Catalog to determine if the University Library owns the books. If we do not own the book, search the I-Share Catalog or your local public library's catalog.