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Finding Children's Literature

Finding fiction, poetry, and trade books for children


Clipart of booksHello! This guide is designed to help education students find children and teen's fiction and poetry, trade books, children and teen's magazine articles, K-12 scientific information, and more through the library. The guide will also help you identify high-quality children's books through reviews, awards, and recommendations.

If you would like assistance from a librarian in finding what you are looking for, use the Research Assistance boxes on each page or come visit us in Beeghly Library. 

Guide Organization

  1. Searching the Catalog: Where to search for children's book and how to do so more effectively.
  2. Finding Reviews: How to find professional book reviews through library sources as well as some free online resources. 
  3. Award Winners: Lists of major children's book awards. Most of those winners are available through Beeghly Library. 
  4. Recommended Lists: Collections of recommended books from a variety of sources, including diverse literature and trade books. 
  5. Databases for Children: Databases of magazines, encyclopedia articles, scientific information, and other resources for K-12 students, including some INFOhio databases. 

Simple Search Tools

Use these to improve your database and catalog searching.


  • Searches for results with all words
  • smoking AND cancer


  • Searches for results with either search word
  • If combined with AND, words connected by OR need to be in parenthesis
  • Great for synonyms and related concepts: (smoking OR tobacco) AND cancer


  • Combines multiple words into one search term
  • Great for names: "Martin Luther King"