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Children's & Young Adult Collection

Purpose and Scope of the Collection

The Children's and Young Adult Collection serves primarily as a resource and examination center for classes in English, literacy, education and early childhood education. It makes available the best writing in the field, including fiction, non-fiction, and picture books.

It also includes a substantial amount of material at the middle and high school reading levels. Since September 1981, the emphasis has been in the areas of picture books, fiction, multicultural and ethnic books, poetry, folk literature, biography, and historical fiction and non-fiction.

There are two locations for the Children's & Young Adult Collection:

  • Waldo Library, 2nd floor, near the bridge to the Computing Center
  • The smaller Curriculum Enrichment Collection, located in the Education Library, 2800 Sangren Hall (second floor)

How the 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, 4th-12th grades

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

Caldecott & Newbery Award books, "C" or "N" .
A reference collection of the Caldecott and Newbery award-winning books arranged by year; the books are arranged chronologically

Children's & Young Adult Literature Guide

Check out the extensive subject guide I have created for children's and young adult literature.  You will find considerable information there about the field of children's literature.