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Children's and Young Adult Literature: Finding Books

This guide includes resources and information about children's and young adult literature

Searching for Books: Tips and Tricks

LibrarySearch sidebar showing St. Thomas Location of Keffer Library - Children's Literature Collection

Use LibrarySearch to search for books: 

  •  If you are looking for a title, type it in the search box. When you are looking for books on a particular subject, try a keyword search for the term(s) - it can help to add the term "juvenile" to focus the search. 
  • For an author, type the last name first.
  • Limit the "St. Thomas Location" to "Keffer Library - Children's Literature Collection" on the left-sidebar.

If Keffer Library doesn't own a book you are looking for, request the title through Interlibrary Loan and get it for free.

Reference Guides

The books below may help you identify relevant books for your project. Almost all are located in the reference collection at the Keffer Library.  

Contact me for assistance

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Conrad Woxland
Charles J. Keffer Library | MOH 206F
Subjects: Education, Psychology

Need a specific reading level?

How do I find books for reading level 3.4 (substitute your level)? Mackin is a local company that works with schools and libraries and has an excellent online catalog that will help you identify books at specific reading levels--also Lexile level, Accelerated Reader, or Fountas & Pinnell levels.  You need to set up a free account to search their catalog (and then you will need to use LibrarySearch to see what books are available at Keffer). Use the advanced search option to search for reading and interest levels.