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Children's & Young Adult Literature Subject Guide

Library Search for Books

Use the Library Advanced Search to find children's books in the WMU collection.

If you already know the title or author, use the pull-down arrow to select Title or Author

SEARCH TIP:  If you are using a phrase in your search, be sure and put it in quotation marks, e.g., "african americans"

SEARCH TIP:  Use the asterisk * at the end of keyword(s) to pick up variant endings of words, e.g., child* will retrieve child, child's, children, children's, childhood, etc.

SEARCH TIP:  You can use the "OR" connector to string similar terms in the same box, e.g., folklore OR folktale* OR myth* OR legend*

SEARCH TIP:   You can combine terms in your search, e.g., type "native americans" in the first box, and poetry in the box directly underneath, to find poems about Native Americans.

IMPORTANT STEP:  Once you get your results, look for the LOCATION option on the left side of the page, click the "more options" and then limit your search to the Children's Collection, Easy and Beginning Readers for picture books, or Children's Collection, Fiction and Non-Fiction, for novels and non-fiction books.

Be sure and write down the book's call number since you will need this to find the book on the shelves.

Checkout Loan Period

Children's books in Waldo Library circulate for 4 weeks; you may renew them online. 

In the Education Library, children's books checked out to graduate assistants/faculty circulate for a semester-long period.

How Children's Books are Arranged

The Children's & Young Adult Collection is classified into 5 major areas:

E  Easy books
Mostly picture books, Pre-K-3rd grade

BR Beginning Readers
48- to 64-page books intended for young readers, K-2nd grade

Fic  Fiction books
Chapter books and novels for students in 4th-12th grades

Non-fic Non-fiction books Arranged by Dewey Decimal number, from 001 to 999

Caldecott & Newbery Award books
A reference collection of the Caldecott and Newbery award-winning books arranged by year.

Meet Your Librarian

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Maria Perez-Stable
Dwight B. Waldo Library, Room 1012
Telephone: 269-387-5322

OFFICE HOURS for Fall 2019:By appointment