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Children's Literature and Librarianship

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University of Maryland

Looking for children's, juvenile, or young adult literature? Try these subject headings when searching the catalog: 

Children's literature
Children's literature, American
Children's literature, English
Children's literature, Spanish
Children's literature -- Bibliography
Children's literature -- Book Reviews
Children's literature -- History and Criticism
Children's literature -- Illustrators
Children's literature -- Study and Teaching
Children's periodicals
Children's plays
Children's poetry
Juvenile fiction (preceded by a subject word, e.g., "magic," etc.)
Young adult fiction
Young adult literature
Caldecott Medal
Newbery Medal
School librarians
School libraries
School libraries -- Administration
School libraries -- Periodicals
School libraries -- United States

For more information on searching for children's literature, please visit this guide

Links and Lists

The University of Maryland has a variety of special collections.  Here is just one of them.

Call Numbers in the Juvenile Collection

The most confusing aspect of the Collection is understanding the Call Numbers. You will find books with the following call numbers: Bio , Easy, Fic , Dewey Decimal Call Numbers, Library of Congress Call Numbers.

When you go to the shelves to locate the book, the books are arranged in the following call number order:

  • 1. Bio [Biographies]
  • 2. Easy [Picture Books]
  • 3. Fic [Fiction]
  • 4. Dewey Decimal Call Numbers [000=999]
  • 5. Library of Congress Call Numbers [A-Z]
  • 6. Juvenile Award (810) NON-CIRCULATING BOOKS

Juvenile Collection

The Juvenile Collection houses approximately 8,980 books. The Collection is located in McKeldin Library on the first floor in the Current Periodical Room. It consists of materials intended for children in pre-school through tenth grade. The Juvenile Collection has circulating and noncirculating books.

The Juvenile Award collection is a small non-circulating collection of Newbery and Caldecott Medal Winners and Honor books with the call number, 810. Each award book has a circulating copy located under another call number.

The collection's strength is its award winning titles, such as the Newbery, Caldecott, Corretta Scott King Award and Pura Belpre Award.

The collection's weakness is the limited number of books within the collection. Being such a small collection, if you are unable to locate children books on a specific topic or a specific title, don't forget to check the holdings on the other USMAI libraries.

International Children's Ditigal Library

  • International Children's Digital Library
    Read children's books from all over the world. The Library offers free access to exemplary works from more than 42 countries. The ICDL collection includes 4431 books in 54 languages.