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Social Sciences Librarian
Find Children's Books
Here is how you find children's books at the TCU Library:
- Start at the TCU Library homepage.
- Find the tab that says "Library Catalog" and click on the "Search" button. You do not need to enter any words in the search box.
- In the next screen, find the "Advanced Search" option.
- Below the search boxes on this screen, you will see a dropdown menu labeled "Collection." Choose "Juvenile Collection" to find children's books and young adult books at the TCU Library.
- This is a small collection. Keep your search words simple, use only one or two words in your search.
- Use the word "fiction" in your search to find storybooks. For example: dogs AND fiction
- Use the call number (usually starts with JUV PZ.....) to find the book on the shelf. The juvenile books are located on the first floor, on the west (University Dr.) side of the building.
When considering your topic, think about synonyms -- other words to try. For example, if your topic is "environmentalism," what other words can you use?
Think about what words a child might use to find this information.
Search for Books With Illustrations
Our Juvenile Collection also contains young adult books, and most of them do not have pictures. To find children's books specifically, search for books with illustrations. "Ill." is the abbreviation used in our library catalog to notate that a book contains illustrations. To find picture books specifically, include "ill." as a term in your search. For example: Pollution AND "ill."
Remember to Reset the "Collection" option to "Juvenile Collection"
The search form resets itself every time you do a search. Remember to change the "Collection" back to "Juvenile Collection" or you will get too many irrelevant results.
Includes digital picture books for children and students in grades K-6.
Search Tips for TumbleBooks
- Tumblebooks is meant to be browsed by children. Think about what words kids would use to find books in this database.
- Keep your search terms very simple: moms, mothers, dads, fathers, dogs, friends, trees, etc.
- Use the Index to find a complete list of titles.
International Children's Digital Library
Read digital children's books produced in a variety of nations around the world, and in different languages.
Type in the title of the children's book you are looking for to see if you can find someone reading it out loud.