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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.

Looking for books for older children?

Use the links below to navigate to the sections of this page:

Absent Parents (Incarceration, military service, etc.)

Subject terms:

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


Subject terms:

  • adoption
  • intercountry adoption


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)

Dementia / Alzheimer's

Drug Abuse

Subject terms:

  • Drug addicts
  • Heroin abuse
  • Drug abuse


Subject terms:

  • Grief -- juvenile fiction
  • Death


LGBTQ+ 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


Subject terms:

  • Refugees
  • Immigrants
  • Emigration and Immigration

Sexual Abuse

Subjects terms:

  • Rape
  • Sexual abuse


Subject terms:

  • Suicide -- Juvenile Fiction
  • Suicide -- Fiction