Children's literature: Finding Resources
How to Find Children's Books in Newman Library
Children's Literature Section
On the 3rd floor of Newman Library, you will find the children's literature collection which consists of both fiction and non-fictions. Titles often have historical and critical value.
Browsing this Collection
To browse the collection physically, just head up to the third floor. To browse digitally, you can use the library's catalog.
- Start on the catalog's home page
- Then click advance search
- Under shelving location on the bottom of the advance search page, choose "Newman Juvenile" and search.
- Then filter to what you are looking for using the filters on the left.
Finding a Physical Book
If you know what book you are looking for, you can do a title search in Discovery search on the library's home page lib.vt.edu.
Children's Literature in Electronic Format
We also have children's literature available in ebook via discovery search and in International Children's Digital Library listed below.
- International Children's Digital LibraryThe International Children's Digital Library provides over 4,000 ebooks written to appeal to 3 to 13 year olds. Each book was originally published in a printed form; the site includes both copyrighted and public domain titles. Scanned images (JPEG) or pages or spreads are presented for each book. Ebooks cannot be downloaded. Late 1800s-present.
Finding Critical Sources on Children's Literature
Critical Writing on Children's Literature
To find critical writing on children's literature, you should look in a number of places.
Start with Discovery Search
Discovery search is the main search box on the library's website. While it does not search everything the library owns, it does search a lot of it. Discovery search has physical books listed as well as e-books, scholarly articles, newspaper articles, gray literature, and numerous other kinds of information. To learn more about how to use Discovery Search check out this guide.
Note that physical books about Children's Literature (not the actual children's literature) will be located in the P section of the 3rd floor.
Databases Dedicated to Children's Literature
Databases dedicated to children's literature are listed below with short descriptions
- Children's Core Collection from EBSCOhostThis databases has book reviews and citations for books that include Lexile Rank. It does not provide full text to books, but you can check our collection via lib.vt.edu or use interlibrary loan to gain access to a title.
- Gale Literature CriticismThis database has 3 main collections: Short Story Criticism, Dram Criticism, and Children's Literature Review. The Children's Literature Review is why I list it here. In the Children's Literature Review, the most popular and influential authors of the genre are assessed through criticism of their major works.
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Interlibrary Loan Services
All current Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff, regardless of your location, may request through ILLiad for materials:
- not owned by Virginia Tech (books, articles from journals and conference proceedings, book chapters, standards, and technical papers)
- owned by Virginia Tech but are unavailable for use (print books)
- owned by Virginia Tech and available in print (scans of articles from journals and conference proceedings, book chapters, standards, and technical papers)
We ship requests via UPS to users outside the immediate Blacksburg area (Montgomery, Giles and Pulaski counties).
Articles, book chapters, and many technical papers are delivered in PDF format to your ILLiad account. Occasionally, due to copyright restrictions, a paper copy of an article or standard is held for your at the Newman User Services Desk or sent o the mailing address listed on your account.
Background Information On Children's Literature
- The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature byISBN: 9780195146561Publication Date: 2006-05-04For much of its history, children's literature has been overlooked or looked down on by scholars. This Encyclopedia offers comprehensive coverage of children's literature, from medieval chapbooks of moral instruction for children to J. K. Rowling's immensely popular Harry Potter books. General essays illuminate prominent trends, themes, genres, and the traditions of children's literature in many countries. In addition, the Encyclopedia provides biographies of important writers, as well as extensive coverage of illustrators with numerous examples of their work.
- The Cambridge Companion to Children's Literature byISBN: 9780521868198Publication Date: 2009-12-10This Companion offers a state-of-the-subject survey of English-language children's literature from the seventeenth century to the present. With discussions ranging from eighteenth-century moral tales to modern fantasies by J. K. Rowling and Philip Pullman, the Companion illuminates acknowledged classics and many more neglected works. Its unique structure means that equal consideration can be given to both texts and contexts.