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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.

Literacy Skills for Infants and Toddlers

Print Awareness
A child understands the nature and uses of printed words and books.  Sees parents and others reading, recognizes books and print as a means of communication.child and caregiver
Print Motivation
A child has interest and excitement about books. Books reflect their lives and interests. Sees parents and others reading, books are readily available and reading is a regular activity.

Selecting books for Infants/Toddlers

  • Positive
  • Boardbook/Pop-Up or Movable book
  • Interactive Story
  • Classic Story or Tale (e.g. Cinderella)
  • Mother Goose or Poetry
  • Silly words and sounds, music or song
  • About Familiar Characters, (e.g. TV stars, book series)
  • Informational book (nonfiction)
Other considerations:
  • Brief Text
  • Interesting Subject matter (nonfiction)
    • Accurate information
  • Multiethnic/cultural We Need Diverse Books!
    • Accurate information
    • Non-sexist
    • anti-bias
  • Award winner
  • Quality illustrations

Selecting Books Examples

Cuddle Book

Positive Message

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Silly Words, Songs

Press Here

Pop-Up/Interactive

The Korean Cinderella

Classic Tales

Cinderella

Classic Tales

Will Moses' Mother Goose

Mother Goose

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Poetry Silly Words and Sounds

Happy!

Songs

Actual Size

Interesting Subject Matter

Freight Train

Brief Text

Last Stop on Market Street

Multicultural
Last Stop Book Trailer Video

Olivia

Non-Sexist

Print Awareness

A child understands the nature and uses of printed words and books.  Sees parents and others reading, recognizes books and print as a means of communication.

Use board books to give infants and toddlers the opportunity to experience how a book works.  Books where the text connects obviously and directly with the pictures are perfect to teach this skill.

Freight Train Big Book

My Car

Can You Turn the Page?

Where's Spot?

Where Is the Green Sheep?

Lots of Dots

Maisy's Toys/Los Juguetes de Maisy

Babies on the Go

What Does Baby Do?

Alphabears

Black and White

Black and White

Choo Choo

Baby Food

Family

Print Motivation

A child has interest and excitement about books. Books reflect their lives and interests. Sees parents and others reading, books are readily available and reading is a regular activity.

Use books that are of high interest, such as books with babies characters or interactive books.  Also, books ABOUT books are great for teaching this skill.

Have You Seen My Lunch Box?

I Like Books

Press Here

Higher! Higher!

We Are in a Book!

Lola at the Library

Maybe a Bear Ate It!

Baby Bear's Books

I Love Mommy

Lulu's Busy Day

Phonological Awareness

A child understands the concept that words are made up of combinations of small sounds. Books that promote this are often comprised of silly words and sounds.

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb

Duck! Rabbit!

Baby Danced the Polka

Hello, Day!

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Wiggle

Time for Bed

Fox in Socks

Green Eggs and Ham

Animal Noises

Letter Awareness

A child learns the names and sounds of letters.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

ABC T-Rex

Max's ABC

ABC for You and Me

Flora McDonnell's ABC

Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack

Dr. Seuss's ABC

Do Your ABCs, Little Brown Bear

Narrative Skills

A child understands the telling of stories, that there is a beginning, middle and end.

Triangle

A Good Day

I Kissed the Baby!

Knuffle Bunny

The Snowy Day

Wolf in the Snow

Winner 2018

Concepts

A child learns the words for objects, shapes, numbers, colors: Helps a child to describe their world.

My Colors/ Mis Colores

My Numbers/ Mis Numeros

Hippopposites

Butterfly Butterfly

Big Fat Hen

Orange Pear Apple Bear

Ten Little Fish

Cindy Szekeres' I Love My Busy Book

Of Colors and Things

Vocabulary

A child learns the meanings of words, increasing their number of familiar words. Helps a child to further describe their world.

I Went Walking

Baby's Day

Oops!

First Word Book

My Big Book

Goodnight Moon