Find books using the advanced search feature of OneSearch and select Books & Media (CSULB), then enter "CSULB children's collection", and then enter your keywords in the second box and click search:
Also, search DAWCL or ALSC Awards Shelf for award winning children's book titles and then use our OneSearch to see if we have them:
Search for articles ABOUT children's literature, written by teachers, librarians and university professors
These journals publishing research about children's literature and child development are available free on the web.
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There are many factors that determine the appropriate age to read a book, and it can be hard if you haven't read the book, or don't know the child. (Labeling books by age is a problem, since a child with lower reading skills having to select "little kid" books to find something they CAN read successfully can turn them off reading.)
Two major considerations:
Recommendations from teachers or librarians who know the child and the books, are an excellent way to find appropriate books.
Publishers usually assign an age range to the books. These are some of the designations you will see:
These publisher designations can not determine both content AND difficulty, only a suggested age range to sell the book.
Web Search Tools
Scholastic's Reading Counts HMH Book Finder designates both an Interest Level and a Reading Level:
Lexile Find a Book database can determine the difficulty level, but not the content level:
Scholastic Book Wizard allows you to search by reading level systems: