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
BANNED / CHALLENGED BOOKS
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
PRINT INDEXES AND SOURCES
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 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.
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 http://muhlenberg.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/mul_coll?db=SATA
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.
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."
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