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Library Resources for Children's and Young Adult Literature: Reference Books

These resources, both print and electronic will help you successfully complete your course assignments for the Trade Books courses.

Reference Section

The Reference Section of the Library is on on the Main (Second Floor) behind the Reference Desk (and Reference Librarian on duty to answer your questions.)

The Reference Section is arranged by the Library of Congress Classification system, the same as the Stacks upstairs on the Third Floor.  The call numbers start with letters, and you will be able to browse the shelves to find similar books on any given subject.  If you find a call number area that is useful in the Reference section, you can go upstairs and check the Stacks to see if there are additional books that you can check out. 

(Note: The Reference books normally do not circulate, but the Reference Librarian may occasionally make an exception and allow you to take a book home overnight.  There are photocopiers and scanners nearby to get the information you need from the Reference books.) 

Authors and Illustrators

There are several titles that are useful for the Trade Books projects, most are found in the P's (Library of Congress call number area), which is the Literature section.  The Z's may also have some titles, bibliographies are found here.  Just a reminder, but the L's are where most of your Educational Theory books are housed.



Book Reviews & Subject Guides


  • Children’s Book Review Index  REF Z1037.A1 C475 
  • A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children’s Picture Books  REF Z1037 . L715

  • Children’s Books in Print (including Subject Guide)  REF Z1037 .A1C 483 
  • Best Books for Children (series)  REF Z1037…

  • Children’s Catalog REF Z1037 .C5443