Children's Literature: Finding Children's Books

A research guide for Children's Literature from West Chester University Libraries.

Searching the library's catalog for children's books

On the library's home page, enter your topic in the library search box and choose Catalog instead of Everything.

Once you select Search and your results appear, look on the left for Location. Click on Show More, and then choose one or more of the following:

  • WCU Juvenile Fiction Collection
  • WCU Juvenile Nonfiction Collection
  • WCU Juvenile Picture Book Collection

Award Books

Lists of award winning books.

More Children's Books

The International Children's Digital Library is a collection of over 2500 books in in over 40 languages.

Locating Books in the Children's Room

The books in the Children's Room are arranged into five categories; picture books, juvenile fiction, juvenile non-fiction (true books), Board Books, and reference books. Everything, except the reference books, can be borrowed for 14 days and may be renewed for an additional 14 days.  The reference books are for use in the library and cannot be borrowed.

  • Picture books have the designation jP and are on the shelves in alphabetical order by the author's last name. They are located nearest to the windows.
  • Juvenile fiction (grades 3-6)  have the designation J (look for the Fiction Books sign) in alphabetical order by the author's last name.
  • Juvenile Non-fiction books are arranged on the shelves near the door closest to the hallway. They are arranged in in call number order according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System. 
  • Board Books are located the tall bookcase on the wall with windows.
  • Juvenile Reference books are on the left side of the room as you enter from the hallway.

Getting books WCU does not own

Finding Books about a topic, grade level, age level or reading level

How to request WCU buy a book

Looking for a book we don't own?  Think it should be here?  Send me an email Trish Lenkowski and I will get back to you.

Subject Guide

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Katie Manwiller
FHG Library, Room 234
(610) 436-3393
Subjects: Education

Contact Information

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Rachel McMullin
F.H. Green Library, Room 209
West Chester University   ---    WCU Libraries  25 West Rosedale Avenue, West Chester, PA 19383  610-430-4400