||Welcome, Education students, to the Library’s web page for EDU 120. You will find a variety of resources that you can use to further your enjoyment of children’s and young adult literature in grades K-12. If you have any questions, you can or .
This course page is designed to introduce you to the children’s and young adult literature in the ODU Library collection. You will learn where these materials are located, and how this literature is organized and shelved in the library so that you can easily find materials. This course page is designed also to familiarize you with how to conduct catalog searches and read catalog records to find K-12 children’s and young adult literature from picture books to fiction and nonfiction books to related literary videos. Finally, you will learn how to find thematic and age-appropriate books, and award-winning children’s books.
- Location: The Juvenile Materials room is located on the bottom (3 rd) floor of the Spangler Learning Center ().
- Checkout: All Juvenile items can be checked out at the Library’s Circulation Desk on the top floor of Spangler ().
- Organization: The Juvenile Materials room is organized into four sections, as shown in the chart below.
|Juvenile Picture Books
|Alphabetical by author’s last name
|Alphabetical by author’s last name
|Numbered using , 000-999
|Numbered using , 000-999
It’s easy to search for juvenile literature in the ODU Library Catalog. Just follow the steps shown below.
- Select BOOKS & MORE from the .
- Click on the ADVANCED SEARCH button, as shown in the screen image below.
- Type in your keywords in the search box.
- LIMIT YOUR SEARCH by using the LOCATION pull-down menu to limit your search to JUVENILE MATERIALS
- Click the Submit button.
Note: Your search results will include both juvenile literature and audiovisuals.
- Select BOOKS & MORE from the ODU Library homepage.
- Select either a TITLE search or an AUTHOR search from the drop-down menu.
- Enter the book’s title or author’s last name, and then click the “Go” button.
To find a juvenile book or audiovisual item on the shelves in the Juvenile Materials room, you will need to know how to read a catalog record. See the example below to understand what information you’ll need to find your item.
- Look at the LOCATION of the book to determine in which of the four sections of the Juvenile Materials Room the item can be found. In the following example, the book is located in the Juvenile Fiction section.
- Make note of the CALL NUMBER or author’s last name so that you can find the item in the correct location. In the example below, the book can be found by the author’s last name. If you were looking for a juvenile audiovisual or juvenile nonfiction book, the call number would be a number.
- Check the STATUS field to make sure the item is AVAILABLE.
The reference section of many college, public, and school libraries include bibliographies of thematic and age-appropriate books for children and young adults. Following are examples from the ODU Library Reference collection of bibliographies about children’s books.
Search Tip: To search for books that specify a reading level or age level in the ODU Library Catalog, just add AND LEVEL to your search and scan for the age or reading level you need from among the books in your results. Sample search: cats and level.
To find books by topic and age group, you may have to check the index at the back of the book and use the legend given for identifying the age group for whom the book is appropriate. Other bibliographies will have chapter entries and after the title will specify the age group for whom the book is intended.
The world of children’s and young adult's literature abounds with award-winning books and honorable mentions. The ODU Library’s Juvenile Materials collection contains many of those, a sampling of which is described below. Click on the award name to access the award-winning titles that ODU Library has in its collection.
To connect Caldecott titltes to the Common Core State Standards, read the recent article by Cyndi Giorgis, "Caldecott in the Classroom," in Book Links 9 (September 2012): 4-9. Book Links is a supplement to Booklist and available in the library on the shelves with .
For more information about each award, view the .
For a comprehensive list of the names of all award-winning titles for these children’s literary awards, see the websites listed below.
Be sure to search the to request any award-winning books that are not available in the ODU Library.
There are two major types of resources you can use to find reviews of children’s books at the ODU Library – print periodicals and online research databases.
Periodicals, typically journals and magazines, found in the ODU Library and in school and public libraries often contain book reviews of children's literature. Examples include the following:
Key library databases for journals that contain book reviews on children's and young adult literature include the following. Search strategies are provided below:
- Search by AUTHOR'S LAST NAME
- From your list of results, look for TITLES with the word “REVIEW” in them (e.g., Children’s Literature Review).
- Once you’ve found a “REVIEW” title, search the for the item, checking to make sure the correct volume is available.
- Enter AUTHOR'S LAST NAME, followed by FIRST NAME in search window & Select "AU Author" from the adjacent drop-down menu.
- Limit your results: Under "Document Type" in the left-side navigation menu, select “Book Review” from the menu.
- Scan the results for reviews.
- Select ADVANCED SEARCH
- Enter AUTHOR'S FIRST and LAST NAME in the search box
- Limit your results: Under "Document Types," uncheck all boxes except REVIEWS.
- Scan the results for reviews of books by the author specified.
For more resources on children’s literature, view the .
According to one of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education from the Association of College Research Libraries (ACRL), information literate students are able to access needed information effectively and efficiently and retrieve information online or in person using a variety of methods (2.3.).
This course page was created to help meet the following desired outcomes of that standard, wherein the information literate student:
- Uses various search systems to retrieve information in a variety of formats
- Uses various classification schemes and other systems to locate information resources within the library or to identify specific sites for physical exploration
- Uses specialized online or in-person services available at the institution to retrieve information needed
Page last modified: 23 June 2014 | Creator: Mary Ellen George, M.L.S.; Editor: Christina Bonner, Ph.D., M.L.I.S.,