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.

Online Books about Kid Lit


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?

Most of the kid's books, from picture books and easy readers to young adult novels, are in the PZ section of the library on the Fifth Floor. It is not always true, but mostly books for younger readers will start with PZ3 (such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar). Novels for young adults will most often start with PZ7 (such as the Harry Potter series). Check the "PZ8" section for fairy tales. For juvenile literature in languages other than English, try PZ11 and beyond.

You will find a few surprises in the PZs. Because the PZ classification was used for popular fiction of all ages until 1980, mixed in with children's young adult fiction in the PZ4 area will be several best selling adult fiction titles from an era before you were born.

There are few children's non-fiction books in the library's collection, but they have been assigned a call number appropriate to the book's subject matter.
It's Perfectly Normal : Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health, a book intended for young teens (HQ53 .H37 2014) is found side by side with Sexuality After Your Spinal Cord Injury (HQ54 .S4 1985).

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.