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Use Databases to Find Books by Topic and / or Age

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Use databases such as NoveList and the Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD). 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)

The Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD), 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
  • subjects
  • reading level and age range
  • reviews
  • 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.

CLCD Advanced Search

To learn more about specific search/display procedures, click on “CLCD Advanced Search” above. Click on “Resources” at the top of the Advanced Search page. Then click on “Help.””


NoveList, 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).

Does the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library own these books?

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.