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Children's Literature and Literacy Education

Links to databases and resources for award-winning and popular children's/young adult literature. Also helpful for authors studies, language arts, literacy, literary criticism, reading, and related topics.

Finding Children's Literature at Penn State

Many Penn State libraries have children's and young adult literature, sometimes called "Juvenile Literature." Age/grade levels, genres, and other focuses of these collections vary depending on each campus's needs. 

To search children's/YA materials at Penn State libraries:

  • Use the Penn State University Libraries Catalog to find materials in our collections.
  • In the "Keyword" box, type in your topic, such as "cows" or "rockets," and click on the blue "search" button.
  • After your results appear, look to the left side of the page, under "Refine search results." 
  • Under "Format," choose "Juvenile Book."
  • If applicable, use the "Campus," "Publication Year," "Genre," and other facets to narrow your search. Your results list will update automatically.
  • Click on the blue "View Availability" button for more details about the book's location. Alternatively, click on the book's title to get more bibliographic details and location details. 
  • Note the "Call number" and "Location" of each item you want.
  • To order an item from another location, click on the blue "I Want It" button.

Juvenile materials are organized by varying methods depending on the location. Before visiting, contact the owning library to learn about opening hours, borrowing rules, etc. 

The CAT Tutorial Video

Additional Sources of Children's/Young Adult Literature