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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

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. For an author, type the last name first. Limit the "St. Thomas Location" to "Keffer Library - Children's Literature Collection" on the left-sidebar. When you are looking for books on a subject, try a keyword search for the term(s) you are looking for. It often helps to add the term "juvenile" to focus the search. 

If Keffer Library doesn't own a book you are looking for, broaden the search to all CLIC libraries (Bethel, Concordia, Hamline, Northwestern-St. Paul, St. Catherine's). If you find it in another library, you can request the item.. If no one in CLIC has the book, check at a local public library (if you have a library card there), or get the book details from WorldCat and request the item on Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Reference Guides

These subject guides and bibliographies may help you identify good books for your project. Almost all are located in the reference collection at the Keffer Library.  They list more books than St. Thomas owns, so you will need to consult LibrarySearch to locate items in other libraries.

Contact me for assistance

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Trent Brager
OSF Library 116
(651) 962-5013

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 search CLICnet to see what books are available at Keffer or other CLIC libraries). Use the advanced search option to search for reading and interest levels.

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