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Children's Literature

Information about Books

  • Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
    Full-text reviews of fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults from over 30 publications (such as Booklist, Publisher's Weekly, VOYA) back to the early 1990s. You can limit searches by grade level, genre, etc.
  • Novelist K-8
    Reader's advisory compilations for a younger audience. Includes descriptions of over 60,000 fiction books, read-alikes, book discussion guides, award lists, and recommended reading lists.
  • Children's Core Collection: A Selection Guide (EBSCOhost)  
    Selective annotated list of fiction and nonfiction books and magazines for children from preschool through sixth grade. Entries offer bibliographic data, price, subject headings, a descriptive summary, and excerpts from a review when available.
    A combination of original author interviews, readings and videos with a structured portal to open-access Web sites on children's literature and literacy.
  • Discovery Education Streaming Videos -- see Reference Desk for login  
    A multimedia database with video clips, images aligned to Washington State Standards. There are lesson plans, writing prompts and an event calendar. Clips can be saved in your account or downloaded.

Background Information

It is worth checking the Education databases for articles as well. Particular magazines can also be searched. Booklinks is a premier journal.

  • Encyclopedia of Children's Literature
    Over 3,000 entries on all aspects of children's literature; biographical sketches on authors and illustrators, as well as articles on genres, trends and themes from an international perspective.
  • Children's Literature Review (Gale)
    Full-text entries on over 600 authors, plus individual works and themes. Author and individual work entries consist of biographical information, list of works, interviews, and critical essays/review (or excerpts from essays/reviews).
  • Picturing Books- Picture Book Design and Art
    This web site has clear explanations with examples about picture books, including a timeline, design, medium, and art. Look at the links on the left. While most of the resources are free is also has a subscription database.
  • Center for the Book- Kids
    Library of Congress resources.

Find Children's Books

The Curriculum Center in the Lower level of JFK Library has thousands of children's books.

  • EWU WorldCat Catalog
    Combined catalog of EWU and over 30 academic libraries in Washington & Oregon, as well as thousands of other libraries worldwide. EWU holdings are ranked first. Requested items from Summit Libraries take 3-5 days; WorldCat interlibrary loan requests take 1-2 weeks.
  • Advanced WorldCat- directed search
    You may limit by juvenile and may limit by language.
  • Spokane County Library District
    Free card to all in the county (except cities of Spangle and Liberty Lake)
    Cheney Branch
  • International Children's Digital Library
    "A Library for the World's Children." Free database includes over 1500 full text picture books from around the world in 39 languages.
  • OneClickDigital Audiobooks
    Listen to thousands of audiobooks, including over 100 in Spanish. All titles may be downloaded to your MP3 device.
  • World Book Dramatic Learning
    Plays, reader's theater, monologues & skits.
  • Storyline
    Storyline provides a reading experience in video with actors reading books.
  • Serial Online Book
    The Library of Congress and Jon Sceizka have a serial book online- try it.
  • Baldwin Digital Historical Collection
    Historical American children's literature and books from Great Britain, back to 1700's
  • SLJ's Battle of the Books
    Every March noted children's authors decide in a March Madness approach between the January award winning books which is the book of the year.

Find a Particular Journal, Magazine, Newspaper

  • EWU Library Catalog
    Search to see if we have a particular journal online, in print or microfilm. Carefully note date ranges available. If online, offers links to the databases. If print or microfilm, note the call number and format for the year you need.
  • Horn Book
    The premier review and article magazine on children's literature.
  • Book Links
    Wonderful lists and articles about topics, and authors.

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