Juvenile Literature Research Guide


Juvenile literature books and periodicals are located on level 4 in the southwest wing and are arranged by the Dewey Decimal Classification. The Juvenile Literature Reference Collection is also on level 4 and is arranged by Library of Congress Classification. Books of criticism and interpretation of juvenile literature are housed primarily on level 5 and are arranged by Library of Congress Classification. Reference assistance is available in 4720 HBLL .The Juvenile Literature Reference Office is open:

Fall/Winter Spring/Summer
Mon.-Thurs. 11:00-8:00 p.m.* 11:00- 6:00 p.m.
Friday 11:00-5:00 p.m. 11:00-4:00 p.m.
Saturday 12:00-4:00 p.m.

*Reference office is closed at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesdays for devotionals and forums.

At other times, consult the Humanities Reference Desk. Juvenile Locked Case items are available by request in 4720 HBLL or at the Humanities Reference Desk.

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Dewey Decimal Classification

000 Generalities 600 Technology (Applied Sciences)
030 General encyclopedic works 610 Medical science
100 Philosophy and related disciplines 630 Agriculture
150 Psychology 640 Home economics and family
180 Ancient, medieval, Oriental 680 Manufactures
200 Religion 690 Buildings
220 Bible 700 The arts
280 Christian denominations 720 Architecture
290 Other and comparative religions 740 Drawing and decorative arts
300 Social Sciences 750 Painting and paintings
360 Social problems and services 770 Photography
370 Education 780 Music
390 Customs, etiquette, folklore 790 Recreation and performing arts
394-394.26 Holidays 800 Literature
398.2 Folk tales 810 American Literature
400 Languages 813 American Fiction
420 English 820 English Literature
460 Spanish and Portuguese 823 English Fiction
500 Pure Science 860 Spanish/Portuguese literature
510 Mathematics 900 General geography and history
520 Astronomy 910 General geography and travel
530 Physics 920 General biography
540 Chemistry 930 Ancient history
550 Earth sciences 940 European history
560 Paleontology 950 Asian history
570 Life sciences 960 African history
580 Botanical sciences 970 North American history
590 Zoological sciences 980 South American history

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Searching the Harold B. Lee Library Website

Library Catalog

Author or Title Searches

      1. Select Find Books. Select Advanced Keyword Search.
      2. Select author search. Enter author's or illustrator's surname first.
      3. Select subject search when looking for books about an author or illustrators.
      4. Select title search. Enter first word(s) of title, omitting initial articles.

Juvenile Books

      1. Select Advanced Keyword Search.
      2. Enter the keyword, author, title, subject that you wish to search in the appropriate search box(es). Use the left pull-down boxes to select the type of search you wish.
      3. To search the basic juvenile collection, omitting Big Books, Locked Case materials and Quartos, scroll down to Location and select Juvenile Collection. Click on Search.
      4. To search all juvenile books, select AND from the right pull-down box and enter the word juvenile in the next box as a subject. If you want to search only fiction, enter the phrase juvenile fiction. To search all other juvenile books including non-fiction, enter the phrase juvenile literature. Click on Search.

Resources by Subject

      1. Select Find Articles and then choose Juvenile Literature as the subject.
      2. If you know the database you wish to search, select Find Databases.


      • Awards and Prizes Online is the most comprehensive source for information about children's and young adult book awards published in English. Includes adult-selected awards, children's choice awards, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and United Kingdom awards, and selected international awards.
      • Library Literature and Information Science (EBSCO) will index articles about authors and issues in children's and young adult literature; criticisms; book reviews; and bibliographies.
      • Literature Resource Center (LRC) provides full-text access to biographies, bibliographies, critical analysis, and Web resources of authors from every age and literary discipline.
      • Eric (EBSCO) primarily provides information on using children's literature in the curriculum. ERIC (EBSCO) provides some full-text articles.
      • The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature includes brief biographies of major authors and illustrators and features essays on all genres of children's literature, individual works, and prominent trends and themes, as well as general essays on the traditions of children's literature in many countries throughout the world.
      • Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD) is an acquisition, research, and reference service that offers more than 1,400,000 MARC records and more than 280,000 reviews of children's books--all full text searchable from 36 review sources.

Periodical Indexes

      • Middle Search Plus (EBSCO) is designed for middle and junior high school students and provides full text articles from more than 100 magazines.
      • Primary Search (EBSCO) is designed for elementary school students and provides full text articles from more than 70 magazines.

Web Sites

      • Children's Literature Web Guide (David K. Brown, University of Calgary) provides links to lists of children's books awards, bestsellers, and recommended books; on-line stories; children's writing; resources for reader's theatre, teachers, parents, storytellers, writers, and illustrators; more than 170 authors' web pages; Internet book discussion groups, and children's literature organizations.
      • Great Web Sites for Kids (Children and Technology Committee, American Library Association) includes sites for parents, caregivers, and teachers, home schooling families, librarians, storytellers, puppeteers, and more. A second component of the guide lists sites for children.
      • International Reading Association includes the annual Young Adults' and Teachers' Choices.
      • Yahoo! Kids, a web guide for kids, is a useful source to find kid-friendly information on curriculum-related topics, also contains resources for teachers.


      • Literature Resource Center and Biography Reference Bank are starting points for finding information about authors of children's and young adult book. More complete information will be available for most authors and illustrators in the print title, Something About the Author.


      • The ALAN Review is the official journal of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents with articles and reviews.
      • Children's Literature Database lists more than 10,000 children's books searchable by author, title, illustrator, publisher, grade level, genre, topics, description, and awards.
      • Magill on Literature Plus (EBSCO) includes plot summaries, character analysis, and author's biographical information for approximate 600 juvenile literature titles.
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Selected Juvenile Reference Sources

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Children's Books and Their Creators. Houghton Mifflin, 2002.
Juvenile Reference PN 1009 .A1 C5424 2002

The Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature. Continuum, 2001.
Juvenile Reference PN 1008.5 .C66 2001

Oxford Companion to Children's Literature. Oxford University Press, 1984.
Juvenile Reference PN 1008.5 .C37 1984

Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes. Oxford University Press, 1997.
Juvenile Reference PN 6110 .C4 O65x 1997


Children's Authors and Illustrators: An Index to Biographical Dictionaries. 5th ed. Gale, 1995.
Juvenile Reference PN 1009.A1 L23x 1995 (index table)

Children's Book Illustration and Design. 2 v. PBC International, 1992,1994.
Juvenile Reference NC 965 .C43 1992 vol. 1 and 1994 vol. 2

How I Came to Write: LDS Authors for Young Adults. Center for the Study of Christian Values. 2007.
Juvenile Reference PS 153 .M66 H69 2007

Something About the Author: Facts and Pictures about Authors and Illustrators of Books for Young People. Multiple volumes. Gale, various dates.
Juvenile Reference PN 451 .26

Something About the Author: Autobiography Series. Multiple volumes. Gale, various dates.
Juvenile Reference PN 497 .S66

Book Reviews and Criticisms

Children's Book Review Index. Gale, annual.
Juvenile Reference Z 1037 .A1 C475 (index table)

Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. v 1-10. Beacham, 1989-2003.
Juvenile Reference PN 1009 .A1 X515

Children's Literature Review: Excerpts from Reviews, Criticism, and Commentary on Books for Children and Young Adults. Gale, Annual.
Juvenile Reference PN 1009 .A1 C5139

Finding Aids and Bibliographies

Barstow, Barbara et al. Beyond Picture Books: Subject Access to Best Books for Beginning Readers. 3rd ed. Libraries Unlimited, 2008.
Juvenile Reference PE 1119.3 .X1 B37 2008

Barr, Catherine. From Biography to History. Bowker, 1998.
Juvenile Reference CT 104 .X1 F76 1998

Books for the Teen Age. New York Public Library, Annual.
Juvenile Reference PN 1008.2 .B66 [year]

Freeman, Judy. What Do Children and Young Adults Read Next? Gale, 2005.
Juvenile Reference PN 1009 .A1 X582 2006

Jones, Patrick et al. Connecting With Reluctant Teen Readers. Neal-Schuman, 2006.
Juvenile Reference Z 1037 .J56 2006

Keane, Nancy J. The big Book of Teen Reading Lists. Libraries Unlimited, 2006.
Juvenile Reference Z 1003.7 .K295 2006

Lima, Carolyn W. and John A. Lima. A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Picture Books. 7th ed. Bowker, 2006.
Juvenile Reference PN 1009.5 .P5 X56 2006

Lynn, Ruth Nadelman. Fantasy Literature for Children and Young Adults. 5th ed. Libraries Unlimited, 2005.
Juvenile Reference PZ 4 .A16 I97 2005

MacDonald, Margaret Read. The Storyteller's Source Book: A Subject, title, and Motif Index to Folklore Collections for Children. 1st ed. Neal-Schuman, 2001.
Juvenile Reference GR 74.6 .M3 2001

Plays for Children and Young Adults: An Evaluative Index and Guide. Garland, various dates.
Juvenile Reference PN 1627 .K37 1991.

Prater, Mary Annd and Tina Taylor Dyches. Teaching about Disabilities Through Children's Literature. Libraries Unlimited, 2008.
Juvenile Reference PN 1009.5 .C44 P73 2008

Silvey, Anita. 100 Best Books for Children. Houghton Mifflin, 2004.
Juvenile Reference Z 1037 .S575 2004

Spencer, Pam. What Do Children and Young Adults Read Next? A Reader's Guide to Fiction for Children. Gale, 2006.
Juvenile Reference PS 374 .C454 X53 2006

Sullivan, Joanna. The Children's Literature Lover's Book of Lists. Jossey Bass, 2004.
Juvenile Reference Z 1037 .S895 2004

Thomas, Rebecca L. and Catherine Barr. Popular Series Fiction for K-6 Readers. Libraries Unlimited, 2004.
Juvenile Reference Z 1037 .T4654 2004

Thomas, Rebecca L. and Catherine Barr. Popular Series Fiction for Middle School and Teen Readers . Libraries Unlimited, 2005.
Juvenile Reference Z 1037 .T4654 2005


Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market. Writer's Digest Books, Annual.
Juvenile Reference PN 147.5 C48 2009

Trelease, Jim. The Read Aloud Handbook. 6th ed. Penguin, 2008.
Juvenile Reference LB 1573.5 .T68 2006

Other bibliographies and finding aids for children's books on various subjects are available in the Juvenile Reference Collection.

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