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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.

Our Collection

Children’s Literature for Teaching and Learning English Arts
Your Librarian: 
Cathy Outten |

Our Collection

Room 200

  • Picture Books (PZ8.)
  • Beginning readers (PZ6.)
  • Juvenile Fiction (PZ7.)
  • Young Adult Fiction (PZ7.5.)
  • Children’s Graphic Novels (all call numbers)

Room 204

  • Nonfiction (by subject LC call numbers)
  • K-12 Curriculum (by subject LC call numbers)
  • Videos, audiobooks (all call numbers)
  • Braille (all call numbers)
  • Poetry (PZ5.)
  • Oversized (all call numbers)


Online Guide

  • Link through Home Page/ Research Guides/ Children’s Literature
  • We Need Diverse Books / Banned Books
  • Includes info about OneSearch, Award Winners
  • EDEL 442 page for this handout

Using our Collection

  • Don’t put books back on shelf, use bin or leave on tables
  • Check out books on the first floor of the library
  • Or via a locker system out front, request the book in OneSearch, you will get an email when they are ready, limit 5 book requests at one time
  • Check out books for 16 weeks, up to 50 at a time

Using OneSearch

  • Use Advanced Search and enter “CSULB Children’s Collection” in first box
  • Use keywords (e.g. bunnies) or library “subject terms”: (e.g. rabbits)
  • Limit Location on the left to:  Picture Books, Nonfiction, etc.
  • Find the LOCATION and CALL NUMBER for your book and find it on the shelf, OR use locker system


Evaluating a Picture Book

  • Find a book, using OneSearch and booklists/awards lists.
  • Age/ability appropriate?
  • Content Standards, can this book promote learning?
  • Multiethnic/cultural? Are different cultures reflected in a positive way?
  • Anti-bias? Are biases and stereotypes avoided?
  • Accurate information?
  • Appealing illustrations, does the cover and other art attract the reader?
  • Illustration style, what techniques and colors are used?
  • Illustrations and content, do they connect?

Banned and Challenged Books

  • Challenges are increasing exponentially
  • Top reasons for challenges are for LGBTQ+ and/or racial/ethnic content
  • Book removal harms children who need to see themselves represented

When you look at a challenged book:

What might make someone challenge this book?

What person might this book be valuable for? (If this book were removed, who would miss out?)

Check yourself:

  1. Do you see this book as “appropriate”? 
    1. For what age? (Does age matter?)
  2. Would you spend resources on purchasing it (for your classroom, school, library?)
  3. Where should it be accessible (everywhere, classroom, school library, public library, etc.)?


  1. Can you think of a book you wish you hadn’t read at a young age?
  2. A book you wish you HAD read at a younger age?