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Children's Literature: Find Children's Books

For students taking children's literature classes

Social Sciences Librarian

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Robyn Reid
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Librarian for: Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Communication Studies, Education, Geography, History, Military Science, Political Science

2022 Awards Highlights


Caldecott Medal Winner, 2022
Newbery Honor Book, 2022

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

Coretta Scott King Award, 2022
Caldecott Honor Book, 2022

¬°vamos! Let's Cross the Bridge

Pura Belpre Award Winner, 2022

The Last Cuentista

Newbery Medal, 2022

Find Children's Books

Here is how you find children's books at the TCU Library:

  1. Start at the TCU Library homepage.
  2. 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.
  3. In the next screen, find the "Advanced Search" option.
  4. 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.
  5. This is a small collection. Keep your search words simple, use only one or two words in your search.
  6. Use the word "fiction" in your search to find storybooks. For example: dogs AND fiction
  7. 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. 

Search Tips

Consider Synonyms

When considering your topic, think about synonyms -- other words to try. For example, if your topic is "environmentalism," what other words can you use? 


  • trees

  • animals

  • water

  • oceans

  • forests

  • pollution

  • sustainability

  • trash

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.

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.