University Library at St. Cloud State University

Children's Literature

L:ibrary resources for Children's Literature
The Miller Center Library has a Juvenile Collection (birth through early high school) of more than 20,000 books on the 3rd floor.

Students from many majors can effectively use children's books: Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Communication Studies, Social Work, Art Education, Early Childhood Education, Information Media, and Criminal Justice are some of the majors who have used the Juvenile Collection.

Books in the Juvenile Collection are arranged by Library of Congress classification numbers, just like the rest of the Miller Center Library. Most picture books, chapter books, and novels are located in the PZ7 section. It's often easiest to find the PZ7 section and then look alphabetically by the author's last name.

Juvenile collection books will be displayed in the search results along with the other books in the library.  Or, you can limit your search to the Juvenile Collection by doing an Advanced Search for books.

Enter desired search terms.
Under Collections list at bottom right of screen, scroll and select Juvenile Collection.
Click Find.
Results will be limited to the Juvenile Collection.
Finding articles and reviews about children's
Academic Search Premier (all topics) from EBSCO Restricted Resource Some full text availablefindit elm database
Full-text articles in biology, chemistry, education, engineering, humanities, physics, psychology, religion and theology, sociology, etc. Tip: Click the check box to limit to Academic (Peer Reviewed) Journals.

Book Review Digest
Miller Center Reference Index Shelves Restricted Resource Some full text availablefindit elm database Check MnPALS Catalog for Location and Availability
Provides citations to and excerpts of review of current juvenile and adult fiction and nonfiction in the English language. Use AUTHOR or SUBJECT-TITLE indexes to locate information on a particular book.
Note: 1905 - present

ERIC (EBSCO) Restricted Resource Some full text availablefindit elm database
ERIC is the primary database supporting research in all areas of education, including psychology, administration, and library science.

Fnding information about children's authors
Something About the Author Online
Print Location: REF PN451 .S6 and online
Biographical and bibliographical information on children's authors and illustrators. Often includes interviews and personal information. For the print version (in the library), use most recent cumulative index volume to determine volume of entries or look on the Web at
Note: 1971 to present

Biography and Genealogy Master Index Restricted Resource
Find which books contain biographic information about individuals both living and deceased. Search more than 13.3 million biographical entries. NOTE: BGMI does not include full text. Check SCSU MnPALS to see if we have a title listed in the search results. Subscription cancelled; access ended on 30 Sept 2014.
Facts and background
Browse the REF collection Z 1037 - 1039 sections for a variety of books about children's literature. Representative titles include: A to Zoo: Subject Access for Children's Picture Books; Popular Series Fiction for K-6 Readers; Using Children's Literature to Learn About Illness and Disabilities.
Other local libraries
Great River Regional Library (GRRL) Unrestricted Resource
Central Minnesota public library system consisting of 33 local libraries, including the main library in St. Cloud.
Children's Collection is on the 1st floor.
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Award Winning Children's Literature
  • Minnesota Children's Authors and Illustrators
    The Children's Literature Network was started in Minnesota by Minnesota children's authors, illustrators, and teachers. CLN gives you links to more information about Minnesota children's authors and illustrators.
  • Banned Books
    Most frequently challenged authors of 21st century (Amer. Library Assoc.)

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