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Early Childhood Education 234: Children's Literature: Home

Best Bets

  • Click on the tab for the type of children's book you need. Each tab gives some suggested  titles, and you can see if the title is available. This is the quickest way to find a children's book, but the titles listed are not comprehensive.
  • Lists of recommended children's books are found at the end of each chapter of the textbook, in the section "Creating Your Classroom Library." Look for those individual titles in the online catalog.
  • If the book is not available at the campus library where you are, you can have it delivered from the other campus library.
  • Additional books can be found at branches of the county public library system. Their catalog is available at You will need a public library card to check out books from the public library system.




Exploring Cuesta Library Search

Use the Cuesta Library Search box to search for children's literature. Use one of the words or phrases listed below in bold, and add “Juvenile”. Example: Fantasy fiction juvenile.

Picture Books: Nursery rhymes, Alphabet Books (omit Juvenile)
Location: Mostly in PZ 7
Note: Must look at book to tell; usually for younger ages; includes board books

Traditional Literature: Folklore, Fables, Fairy tales, Tales, Tall tales, Folk literature, Mythology, Myth, Epic, Legends, Bible stories
Location: Mostly in PZ 8-PZ 8.2

Modern Fantasy: Fantasy fiction, Science fiction, Fantasy literature, Humorous stories, Adventure stories
Location: Mostly in PZ 7; some in Reading Corner or ESL Collection.

Realistic Fiction: Family (or Mothers, Fathers, Grandmothers, Grandfathers, etc.), Brothers and Sisters, Friendship, Disabilities, Orphans, Death, War, Divorce, Detective and mystery stories, Human-animal relationships, Prejudices, Race relations, Schools, Christian life, Character, Sports stories, Survival, Adventure stories, and Humorous stories
Location: Mostly in PZ 7

Historical Fiction: Historical Fiction
Location: Mostly in PZ 7

Poetry: Poetry, Children's poetry

Nonfiction (Biography): Biography

Nonfiction (Informational Books): Enter the desired informational subject
Location: At the beginning of PZs, followed by full call number from A-Z (e.g. PZ TJ603.2 .F56 2013)

Diversity: African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, Indians of North America, Buddhism, Jewish, Islam; Aging, Disabilities, Homeless, Migrant, Adoption, Divorce, Single-parent, Foster, Gay
Location: Varies depending on subject

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