San Juan College Library

Children's Literature

Reference Books

Circulating Books

Book Reviews and Journal Articles

Web Sites

The San Juan College Library is organized using the Library of Congress Classification. PZ is the call number assigned to children's fiction. Nonfiction children's books are assigned classification numbers that correspond to their subject area (i.e. books on "reptiles" will be classified as QL 644.2). Books for children can be found in the two study rooms of the SJC Library.

Study Room A: picture books and children's nonfiction
Study Room B: novels and award winners (Newbery and Caldecott), children's magazines

Some children's material may also be found in the Spanish Collection and the Southwest Room.

The following is a list of subject headings you can use to search for children's literature.

  • Children's literature
  • Children's plays
  • Children's poetry
  • Children's stories

Special subject headings have been added to the catalog records to help identify books for children.  Enter the following terms into the library catalog and hit the Subject button below the phrase: "Search for keyword(s) in."

  • hi-lo (high interest, low reading level materials for adults and children)
  • Juvenile fiction
  • Juvenile literature
  • Stories in rhyme

There are several important prizes for children's literature.  The Randolph Caldecott Medal is awarded to illustrators of picture books.  The Newbery Medal is given to authors of children's literature.   The Michael L. Printz Award is given to the author of an outstanding book for young adults.  All of these prizes are awarded annually.  Additional "Honor" books are selected in each category as well. The Coretta Scott King Award is given to an African-American author or illustrator who promotes understanding and an appreciation of the culture and contributions of all people.

If you are looking for recipients of any of these awards, enter the following terms and search the catalog by Keyword.

  • Caldecott Award
  • Caldecott Honor
  • Coretta Scott King Award
  • Coretta Scott King Honor
  • Newbery Award
  • Newbery Honor
  • Printz Award

Books about children's literature, reading, and literacy can be found in the PN, LB, and Z sections of both the circulating and reference collections.  The following subject headings are good places to begin a search of the library catalog.

  • Children--Books and reading.
  • Children's libraries
  • Children's literature--Bibliography
  • Hispanic American children--Books and reading.
  • Hispanic American youth--Books and reading.
  • Hispanic Americans and libraries.
  • Reading--Parent participation.
  • School libraries

For more information on Education and Curriculum Development, click here.

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The following is a list of selected resources.

Reference Books Examples

Children's books in printRef Z1037.A1 C482 SJC

Subject guide to Children's books in printRef Z1037.A1 C482 Suppl. SJC

Barr, Catherine, editor, Reading in series : a selection guide to books for childrenRef  Z1037 .R36 1999  SJC

Gillespie, John T., editor, Best books for children : preschool through grade 6Ref Z1037 .B547 1998SJC

Gillespie John T., editor, Best books for young teen readers, grades 7 to 10.  Ref Z1037 .B55 2000  SJC

Lima, Carolyn W. and John A. Lima, A to Zoo : subject access to children's picture booksRef Z1037 .L715 1998 SJC

Lipson, Eden Ross, The New York times parent's guide to the best books for children.  Ref PN1009.A1 L724 2000  SJC

Shilling, Caren, editor, Open the books and see all the people. Ref Z1037 .O63 2000 SJC

Silvey, Anita, editor, Children's books and their creators. Ref PN1009.A1 C5424 1995 SJC<

Circulating Books Examples

Bialostok, Steven, Raising readers : helping your child to literacyZ1037.A1 B52 1992  SJCWest

Clark, Beverly Lyon and Margaret R. Higonnet, Girls, boys, books, toys : gender in children's literature and culture.PN1009.5.S48 G57 2000 SJC

Cullinan, Bernice E., Let's read about-- : finding books they'll love to readZ1037 .C9457 1993  SJCWest

Ellis, Sarah, From reader to writer : teaching writing through classic children's booksLB1576 .E445 2000 SJC

Fox, Mem. Reading magic: Why reading aloud to uor children will change their lives forever.  LB1042 .F64 2001 SJC

Hart-Hewins, Linda and Jan Wells, Better books! Better readers! : how to choose, use, and level books for children in the primary grades.  LB1525 .H26 1999  SJC

Hearne, Betsy, Choosing books for children : a commonsense guide. Z1037.A1 H42 1999   SJC

Jobe, Ron and Mary Dayton-Sakari, Reluctant readers : connecting students and books for successful reading experiences.  LB1573 .J538 1999  SJC

Nelsen, Marjorie R. and Jan Nelsen-Parish, Peak with books : an early childhood resource for balanced literacyZ1037.A1 N347 1999  SJCWest

Post, Arden DeVries with Marilyn Scott, Michelle Theberge, Celebrating children's choices : 25 years of children's favorite books. PN1009 .A1 2000  SJC

Spitz, Ellen Handler, Inside picture books.  BF456.R2 S685 1999  SJC and SJCWest

Zipes, Jack, Sticks and stones : the troublesome success of children's literature from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter. PN1009.A1 Z57 2001SJC

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Book Reviews and Journal Articles

Book Reviews

The following journals in the SJC Library have reviews of children's literature:




Booklist 2000 + SJC and SJCWest

Book Links



Bulletin of the Center for the Children's Books


Available online

Horn Book Guide



SJC (bound and shelved at end of the Z section in the library)

Horn Book Magazine



Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy



Reading Today



School Library Journal


and online


Electronic Indexes and Abstracts

The following electronic databases are good places find references to articles about children's literature, authors and illustrators, and reading.  Some of them provide the full-text of articles as well.

First Search:
Below are descriptions of some of the databases in First Search. 

Education Abstracts: Contains abstracts from 550 publications in the field of education.  Provides some full-text articles.  Covers 1983 to the present.  Abstracts from 1994.

ERIC: Contains annotated references to educational materials issued in the monthly Resources in Education (RIE) and to journal articles issued in the monthly Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE).  Provides some full-text articles. Covers 1966 to the present.  If you find a reference to an ERIC Document (accession numbers that begin with ED instead of EJ), San Juan College West has these on microfiche from 1998 to the present.  If you need an earlier year, ERIC microfiche can be obtained from InterLibrary Loan.

Library Lit: Includes records for selected library journals, books (more than 600 a year), conference proceedings, library school theses, pamphlets, and book reviews.  Includes English and non-English records. Provides some full-text articles.  Covers 1980 to the present.

Wilson Select and Wilson Select Plus: Provides full-text articles in education and other fields.  Covers 1994 to the present.

Gale Literary Databases
Below are descriptions of some of the databases available from Gale.  You can narrow your search to children's literature in each of the databases.  You can also search all of these databases at once by selecting "Search All Literature Databases" after you have selected a database and arrived at the search screen.

Contemporary Authors: Information and bibliographies on current writers in fiction, general nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures, television, and other fields. Provides complete biographical and bibliographical references for more than 90,000 authors in the U.S. and around the world. 

Contemporary Literary Criticism Select: Critical essays on contemporary writers. Each CLC Select entry also contains a biographical/critical introduction including pseudonyms and nationality, a listing of principal works, and sources for further study. Search options include author name, author profile, titles, subject/themes, critics and critical sources. 

Dictionary of Literary Biography: Documents the lives and careers of authors from all eras and genres. In addition to providing biographical and critical studies written by scholars and academics, DLB presents bibliographic information about each author's writings as well as sources for further reading. 

Print Indexes (located near the Periodical back issues)

Education Index: Covers education periodicals from 1994 to the present. 

Additional Journals in the San Juan College Library Collection

The following journals also include material on children's and young adult literature and reading.  If you need a title not listed below, please check with the Reference Librarian for assistance with InterLibrary Loan.




English Journal

1981 +


Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy



Language Arts



Reading Today



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Web Sites

Children's Literature Books for Children Books for Young Adults

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

Children's Literature Web Guide

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site

Children's Book Council

Children's Literature Authors and Illustrators on the Web

Cinderella Stories

Digital Librarian Children's Literature Page

Fairrosa Cyber Library of Children's Literature

Fifty Multicultural Books Every Child Should Know

Internet Public Library's Reading Zone

Internet Public Library's Teen Reading Page

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators

Kay Vandergrift's Children's Literature Page

KidLit Web Site

The Little Red Riding Hood Project

Multicultural Children's Literature

Native American Books

Native American Children's and Young Adult Literature

Young Adult Library Services (YALSA)

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Library Account Questions 505-566-3249
Research Questions 505-566-3256