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Juvenile/Young Adult Literature: Find Books

Books in UMW Libraries

The UMW Libraries Catalog will help you to locate books about education and about children's literature. It will also help you find classic and award-winning books for children.  Use the "Location" option in a catalog search (located in the left-hand column) to narrow to Simpson or Stafford Campus Library's Juvenile / Young Adult Collections.

To browse UMW's libraries' shelves for children's fiction, visit the Juvenile / Young Adult collection on the second floor of Simpson Library, or the Children's Literature Collection at Stafford Library. Most children's literature falls between call numbers PZ 5 and PZ 90.

Books about Children's Literature

To find books about children's literature, search for any of the following terms in the Library Catalog as a Subject:

  • Children's literature - History and criticism
  • Children's literature - Study and teaching
  • Children's poetry
  • Children's stories
  • Fairy Tales
  • Folklore
  • Picture books for children
  • Tales

Books by/about a Specific Author

To find children's books by a specific author, perform a Browse Search in the library's catalog using the author's name in this format: last name, comma, first name. "AUTHOR" should already be selected in the drop-down menu.

  • Carle, Eric
  • Milne, A.A.
  • Rowling, J.K.
  • Rylant, Cynthia
  • Seuss, Dr.


Use the same type of search to locate books illustrated by a particular artist:

  • Aliki
  • Mathers, Petra
  • Nelson, Kadir
  • Pinkney, Jerry
  • Shepard, Ernest H.

To find books about a particular author or about an author’s work, use the same format to enter the author's name in a basic search, but change "Author" to "Subject " in the drop-down menu.

Sample Books about Children's Literature

The following books can be found on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Simpson Library.

Finding Children's Books Locally

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Sample Children's Books