Children's Literature Resources

Library Catalog

To locate Children's and Young Adult books in Hawkeye's Library collection.

  1. Go to Hawkeye Library Catalog Advanced Catalog Search.

  2. Select "Any Field", "AUTHOR", "TITLE", or "SUBJECT" from the dropdown.

  3. Enter your search term(s) in the text box.

  4. In the Location dropdown select "HCC Child."


If I wanted to look for books about the seasons in Hawkeye Library's Children's Collection, I would:

  1. Select "Any Field" from the dropdown.
  2. Type in seasons in the search term(s) text box.
  3. Select "HCC Child" from the Location dropdown.

Suggested Keywords

Here is a list of suggested keywords that you can use when searching the Hawkeye Library Catalog or the EBSCOhost databases for Children's Literature Resources. These keywords can be used alone or you can try combining several with the AND connector.

children's literature early childhood pre-reading
children's books preschool literacy
children's stories young adult review* (the * will retrieve both "review" and "reviews")
child development reading activities


  • "children's literature" AND reviews
  • "early childhood" AND pre-reading
  • preschool AND books

There are several ways you can find Children's Literature Resources through Hawkeye's Library. You can search the Library catalog, online resources, or suggested websites.

Online Resources

* Requires Hawkeye username and password for off-campus use.

  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature *

  • EBSCOhost article databases *
    Use the suggested EBSCOhost databases below to find book reviews (except in the ERIC database), articles on using children’s literature in the curriculum, and much more.

    • Academic Search Premier
    • ERIC (use for curricular or educational topics)
    • Professional Development Collection
    • Primary Search
    • MagillOnLiterature Plus (use for biographies and critical essays on classical children’s authors, but you won’t find all authors there.)

    Browse articles in an individual periodical by clicking on the Title List link for a particular database. Search for the periodical title, then click on the title to go to a page with links to the issues (arranged by years.) By clicking on one of the issues, you will then be able to access available full text articles. In some cases there might only be a citation and summary available online. Accessing the article via interlibrary loan might be possible if the article is not available full text online.




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