Children's and Young Adult Literature

Periodical Databases

  • Academic Search Premier
  • Google Scholar 
    Different from regular Google, GoogleScholar can be used to search for peer-reviewed articles and papers from broad areas of research, inclluding children, reading, and education.

Selected Periodicals

NOTE: Articles from these journals are available electronically, but the most recent year or years may not be available. Those articles can be delivered to you, usually within 48 hours, through Interlibrary Loan.

Online Books about Kid Lit

Children's literature in second language education. Bloomsbury, 2013.
Thomas E. Wartenberg. A sneetch is a sneetch and other philosophical discoveries: finding wisdom in children's literature. Wiley, 2013.​
​Kimberley Reynolds. Children's literature: from the fin de siecle to the new millennium. 2nd ed. Northcote House, 2012.
​Jackie C. Horne. History and the construction of the child in early British children's literature. Ashgate, 2011.
​Ellen McIntyre, Nancy Hulan, Vicky Layne. Reading instruction for diverse classrooms: research-based, culturally responsive practice. Guilford Press, 2011.
​Laura M. Justice and Amy E. Sofka. Engaging children with print: building early literacy skills through quality read-alouds. Guilford Press, 2010.
Michael Sullivan. Serving boys through readers' advisory. American Library Association, 2010.
Michael Sullivan. Connecting boys with books 2: closing the reading gap. American Library Association, 2009.
Kenneth B. Kidd. Making American boys: boyology and the feral tale. University of Minnesota Press, 2004.
​Victor Watson. Reading series fiction: from Arthur Ransome to Gene Kemp. Routledge, 2000.
Where texts and children meet. Routledge, 2000.​
Cedric Cullingford. Children's literature and its effects: the formative years. Cassell, 1998.
​Vivian Gussin Paley. The girl with the brown crayon. Harvard University Press, 1997.
​Murray Knowles and Kirsten Malmkjær. Language and control in children's literature. Routledge, 1996.
​Literature for children : contemporary criticism. Routledge, 1992.
​Gillian Klein. Reading into racism: bias in children's literature and learning materials. Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1985.
​In the words of the winners: the Newbery and Caldecott medals, 2001-2010. American Library Association, 2011.

Selected Websites

The American Librarian Association, through its ALSC division, maintains pages concerning the Newbery and Caldecott medal and honor books and other awarding winning books and media.
Children's Book Council: featuring news, events, and lists.
Carol Hurst's Books in the Classroom: a collection of book reviews, ideas and activities about particular subjects and curriculum areas.
Lisa R. Bartle's Database of Award Winning Children's Literature: searchable tool for identifying and compiling quality children's books.

Contact Us

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John Henderson

Social Sciences Librarian
(607) 274-1961

Search Argos

Where in the library are the kid's books?

The Ithaca College Library does not maintain a curriculum library for children's materials. Most of the kid's books, from picture books to young adult titles, are in the PZ section of the library on the Fifth Floor. Browse "PZ 3" or "PZ 4" for most children's books. Check the "PZ 8" section for fairy tales.

There are few children's non-fiction books, but those in the collection are interspersed with other books in the general stacks by the call number of the subject matter.

Searching the catalog

You can browse the catalog by call number. Just type in PZ 3, PZ 4, or PZ 8, and see what is in the collection and what is available.

It is also easy if you know the author or title. If you want to search by subject, however, it is probably best to try an advanced search for a subject or keyword and then add one of these terms:
  • juvenile fiction
  • juvenile literature
       (this term includes non-fiction)
  • juvenile poetry
  • juvenile drama

Online Access to Old Children's Books

There are several online digital collections that provide full text or original image access to children's literature:
  • Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature from the University of Florida's George Smathers Library with more than 130,000 books and periodicals published in the United States and Great Britain from as far back as the mid-1600s
  • International Children's Digital Library: a collection of over 4000 children's books. The mission of the ICDL Foundation is to promote tolerance and respect for diverse cultures by providing access to the best of children's literature from around the world. ​
  • Children's Books Online: The Rosetta Project: with an emphasis on illustrated books
  • ​​Google Books: children's books are not neglected in this comprehensive resource.
  • Hathi Trust: another major digitalization project from a partnership of academic and research partnerships. Juvenlie literature titles are included.