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Children's Books: ABOUT

What's at Otis College Library

sheld of children's books

We have over 7 shelves of illustrated children's books. They are mostly located in NC 965.

Books about children's literature are mostly located in PR 990 and PN 1009.5. There are MANY e-books as well.

There are also books ABOUT illustrating for children, illustrators, history and criticism, and interpretations of children's literature from various perspectives.

Possible terms to search in the catalog:

  • children's literature
  • folktales
  • folklore and children
  • fairy tales
  • fables
  • illustrated children's books
  • legends
  • picture books for children

You can always add a name of a county to terms above.

There are also many collections of fairy tales, folktales, and fables.

Relevant Articles

Using Children's Books for Research and Inspiration

Desai, Christina M.. "What’s so important about children’s literature?: Nostalgia meets research." College & Research Libraries News, vol. 75, no. 3 . Apr. 2014, pp. 144-146,

leeandlowbooks. “Where Is the Diversity in Publishing? The 2019 Diversity Baseline Survey Results.” Lee & Low Blog, 28 Jan. 2020,

Banned Children's Books

Robinson, Joanna. “30 Banned And Challenged Kids Books That Will Make You Feel Terrible About Humanity.” Pajiba, 1 Sept. 2016,

Keenan, Kathleen. “Banned Children’s Books to Read During Banned Books Week.” BOOK RIOT, 25 Sept. 2017,

Major Book Awards for Children's & Young Adult Literature

These books are available at public libraries everywhere:

Database of Award Winning Children's Literature: A searchable database that tracks the major children's book awards. Searchable by author, illustrator, topic, historical period, age of reader, language, type of book (picture, chapter, etc.). Use this database to find books of interest, then search the ASU Library Catalog.

International Reading Association Award for Children and YA Lit: Children’s and Young Adult’s Book Awards are given for an author’s first or second published book written for children or young adults (ages birth to 17 years). Awards are given for fiction and nonfiction in each of three categories: primary, intermediate, and young adult. Books from any country any language are considered.

Jane Addams Book Award: Books that promote the causes of peace, social justice, world community and the equality of the sexes and all races.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal: Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.

Michael L. Printz Award: The Michael L. Printz Award is chosen by the YALSA division of the American Library Association. The award winning title and honor titles exemplify literary excellence in young adult literature (ages 12-18).

NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children: Established in 1977 to honor a living American poet for his or her aggregate work for children ages 3–13.

NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children: Established as an annual award for promoting and recognizing excellence in the writing of nonfiction for children.

The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book: Since 1952, the Book Review has asked a panel of judges to make a selection from among the several thousand children's books published that year.

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People: Titles selected by NCSS & the Children's Book Council focus on books written primarily for K-8 students.

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12: Titles selected by book review panel of NSTA in cooperation with the Children's Book Council focus primarily on books targeted at grades K through 8 although in 2002 the list began to also include high school level titles as well.

Pura Belpré Award: This award is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award: Awarded annually to the author (including co-authors or author-illustrators) of the most distinguished informational book published in English during the preceding year.

Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction: Award goes to a meritorious book published in the previous year with a focus on historical fiction.

Theodore Seuss (Geisel Award): The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.

Tomas Rivera Mexican American Book Award: Presented to authors or illustrators that authentically reflect the lives of Mexican American children and young adults in the United States.

Erza Jack Keats Award: The Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Awards are given annually to an outstanding new writer of picture books for children (age 9 and under) and are presented jointly by the New York Public Library and the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.

Children's Books Get Banned More Than You Think!

Banned Books Week 2023 Let Freedom Read

Banned Books Week: October 1-7, 2023: Let Freedom Read


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