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Selecting Children's Books


Required for the assignment

Caldecott Medal Winners and Honor Books

Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature

Newbery Medal and Honor Books

Orbis Pictus Nonfiction Award

Pura Belpré Medal

Scott O'Dell Award


International Literacy Association: Choices Booklists

Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal

Mildred L. Batchelder Award

Robert F. Sibert Medal


Challenged Children's Books (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Frequently Challenged Books of the 21st Century (American Library Association)


Graphic Novels (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

Great Graphic Novels for Teens (Young Adult Library Services Association)


    Finding Reviews of Children's Books: Indexes & Databases


    The following sources provide citations for reviews of children's books:

    Book Review Digest
    Location: Main Collection (Ref.) 015.73 B724d

    Book Review Index
    Location: Main Collection (Ref.) 015.73 B724i

    Children's Literature Review
    Location: Main Collection (Ref.) 028.5 C536

    Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature
    Location: Main Collection (Ref.) 051 R286g


    Academic Search Complete
    This is a general, interdisciplinary database that contains full-text and/or indexing of several of the journals that contain reviews of children's books. To find these search for the title of the book or the author's name (last name first) as a subject or word.

    Encompass Search
    Encompass Search finds information by searching through a massive collection of books, scholarly journals, newspapers and magazines, dissertations, conference proceedings, music, video, maps, and more. Rather than searching in separate databases, Encompass Search helps you find resources from many catalogs and databases quickly and easily, all from a single search box. 

    LexisNexis Academic
    A news database that includes book reviews. 1980s to present.

    This database includes an electronic version of the Reader's Guide, but is linked to several other databases by the same producer. Search for the title of the book or the author's name (last name first) as a subject or as a word.

    Readers' Guide Retrospective
    Provides indexing of general-interest periodicals published in the United States for the period 1890-1982.


      Getting the Full Text of Articles

      To get the full text of an article, consider the following options:

      - If you are in Encompass Search or a library database, look for "Check for Full Text buttons," "Access Online," or "Check eResources" buttons. These buttons will take you the full text of the article or tell you that the full text cannot be found. If the full text is not available from Trexler Library, look for buttons to request the item from another library via interlibrary loan. Or go directly to the interlibrary loan request forms.

      - If you have citation information for the article (i.e., journal title, article title, publication year, etc.), type the information about your article in Encompass Search on the library website. If the library subscribes to the full text, you will be directed to the article (see first bullet above). If not, you can request a copy of the article via interlibrary loan.

      - If Trexler Library does not have access to the full text of the article, search Google Scholar by article title to see if the author has made a copy freely available online. If not, you can request a copy of the article via interlibrary loan.

      Researching Children's Book Authors

      Something About the Author
      Online: Search Encompass Search by title or
      Print Location: Main Collection (Ref.) 028.520922 S696a


        Finding Lesson Plans

        Use this education database to find lesson plan ideas using your children's book.

        Carol Hurst
        A personal website with recommended activities for featured books. See "Featured Books" under "Children's Books."

        NEA Lesson Plans
        Lesson plans from the National Education Association.

        "Providing educators and students access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction."


          Need Help with Your Research?


          Jen Jarson
          Social Sciences Reference Librarian
          phone: 484-664-3552


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