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Children's Literature

Find information about the CSULB University Library's children's collection as well as information about children's literature in general.

Issue Books

There are lots of children's books that address specific issues that might incite anger, sadness or other feelings. These might not be best shared in group settings, but can be very helpful in working with children experiencing these issues.

*Be sure the read books all the way through before sharing with a child.

Tips for using "issue" books:

  • Use a book to provide language for children to use in expressing their own feelings.
  • Use a book to allow children to see they are not alone in their experiences and feelings.
  • Be available, or provide access to another adult to discuss the book.

Absent Parents (Incarceration, military service, etc.)

Subject terms:

  • Prison
  • Prisoners
  • Separation (psychology)
  • Children of military personnel

Adoption

Subject terms:

  • adoption
  • intercountry adoption

Bullying

Subject Terms:

  • Bullying in schools
  • Bullies

Child Abuse

Subject terms:

Child abuse

Coming Out / Gender and Sexual Identity

Subject terms:

  • Homosexuality
  • Gay
  • Lesbian
  • Coming out (sexual orientation)

Drug Abuse

Subject terms:

  • Drug addicts
  • Heroin abuse
  • Drug abuse

Grief

Subject terms:

  • Grief -- juvenile fiction
  • Death

Homelessness

LGBTQ+ Alternative Families

Subject terms:

  • Same-sex marriage
  • Children of gay parents
  • Gay fathers
  • Lesbian mothers

Mental Health (Anxiety, Depression, etc.)

Subject terms:

  • Worry
  • Stress in adolescence
  • Panic Attacks
  • Mental Health
  • Mental Illness

Refugees

Subject terms:

  • Refugees
  • Immigrants
  • Emigration and Immigration

Sexual Abuse/ Rape

Subjects terms:

  • Rape
  • Sexual abuse

Suicide

Subject terms:

  • Suicide -- Juvenile Fiction
  • Suicide -- Fiction