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EDUC 3313 Children’s Literature (K–8)

An extensive reading of genres in children’s literature.

Books & eBooks

Books for You about Books for Children

Our recommended titles are of scholarly books containing in-depth information about children’s literature.

See also the tips for searching our catalog and an overview of the Dewey numbers you will find most useful while looking for children’s books.

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How to Find Books in the Catalog


Type any term, such as psychology or modeling. Remember, keyword searching only looks for your term. There’s no guarantee the results will be about your term.


Type any known words from the title. Avoid articles like a or the.


Use Last name, First name or First name Last name order.

  • To Northwestern Oklahoma State University Library Services to discover items held at NWOSU (Figure 1).

  • By Format (book, article, etc.) to get materials of a particular type.

  • To Full Text to see materials you can read right away on your screen.

  • To Peer Reviewed to see only scholarly journal articles.

Figure 1
Limiters in the Catalog
Detail of catalog limiters.
  • Select the Advanced Search option to refine your search or use the options in left sidebar after you have begun your search.

  • Use quotes around phrases like "social media" or "college athletes".

  • A search for books will include both print books and eBooks but can be limited to either format.

    Figure 2
    An Example of Search Results
    Detail of catalog with the words book and eBook highlighted.

    Note. This example contains both books and eBooks.

  • Use the Boolean operators and, or, and not.


    • Soviet and Russian

    • "Soviet Union" or Russia

    • Mexico not New

    Note: Some databases and search engines require that Boolean operators be typed in all caps to distinguish them from search terms.

  • To truncate a search term, enter a minimum of the first three letters followed by a question mark (?) or an asterisk (*).

    Example: child* or infant*

  • Use parentheses to create more precise searches.

    Example: (games or toys) and (child* or infant*)

Note for Distance Learners

If you are on a satellite campus or taking classes online, you have the same access to library resources as students on the Alva campus. That includes books in our print collection, which we can deliver by mail or courier. See the Interlibrary Loan page for details:

Finding Specific Types of Books

Looking for a specific type of children’s book? Let Dewey come to your rescue.

The Dewey Decimal System categorizes books by subject: In particular, the numbers from 800 to 899 are reserved for literature while 390 to 399 are for customs and folklore. Use the following Dewey numbers to find the types of children’s books you need.

Selected Dewey Classes
Dewey NumbersSubject
390–399Customs, Etiquette, & Folklore
810–819American Literature in English
811American Poetry in English
820–829English & Old English Literature
821English Poetry
860–869Spanish, Portuguese, & Galician Literature
861Spanish Poetry

Suggested Books

Try these books about children and reading.

This is a selection of titles from our catalog.

Databases of Children’s Nonfiction

These collections contain nonfiction works aimed at younger readers.