ENG 232: Children's Literature

Professor Pat Brown

Hans Christian Anderson

This guide is designed to help you research children's literature topics. It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!
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The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.
Tutorial for searching catalog and ordering books from Metro Boston Library Network (includes BPL)

Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

  • "Children's literature"
  • "Children's books"
  • "Children reading"

New Books

Children's Literature Studies: cases and discussions: Z1037.A1 S237 2006

Feeling Like a Kid: childhood and children's literature: PN1009.A1 G75 2006

Multicultural Children's Literature: through the eyes of a child: PS153.M56 N675 2005

Reference Books

General Children's Literature Reference

Accross Cultures: a guide to multicultural literature for children, by Kathy East, Westport Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2007. Ref. Z1037 .E19 2007
Best Books for Children, by John Gillespie, Westport, Conn. : Bowker-Greenwood, 2002. Ref. Z1037 .G482 2002
Black Authors and Illustrators of Books for Children and Young Adults, by Barbra Thrash Murphy, New York : Routledge, 2007. Ref. PN1009.A1 M87 2007
Children's Literature: a guide to information sources, by Margret Denman-West, Englewood, Colo. : Libraries Unlimited, 1998. Ref. PN1009.A1 D35 1998
Children's Literature Review, Detroit : Gale Research, 1976. Ref. PN1009 .S4
Sensitive Issues: an annotated guide to children's literature, K-6, by Timothy Rasinski, Phoenix : Oryx Press, 1992. Ref. Z1037 .R23 1992
The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature, New York : Oxford University Press, 1984. Ref. PN1008.5 .C37 1984


The Children's and Young Adult Literature Handbook, Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2005. Ref. Z1037.A1 G475 2005


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's first floor periodicals section for articles about childrens literature.
  • Booklist- Reviews
  • Choice- Reviews


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

Academic OneFile

Academic OneFile is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. Has over 15,000 articles mentioning "children's literature", 13,000 articles "children's books" and 1,000 articles mentioning "children reading".

Academic Search Premier

Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including over 31,000 articles mentioning "children's literature", 9,700 articles mentioning "children's books" and 400 articles mentioning "children reading".

Contemporary Literary Criticism

CDC is an extensive collection of critical essays on contemporary authors. Use to find information on children's literature authors.

Literary Reference Center

Literary Reference Centerâ„¢ is a comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. Has over 27,000 articles mentioning "children's literature", 40,000 articles mentioning "children's books" and 4,000 articles mentioning "children reading".

Literature Resource Center

Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. The optional MLA International Bibliography module adds citations for hundreds of thousands of books, articles and dissertations from 1926 to the present, linked to full text where available.

Web sites

There are many good children's literature web sites on the internet. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Lesley University has a very good guide.

Search Engines

Web sites

General Children's Literature

Book Awards

Citing Sources: Style Guides

APA Style Tutorial
Duke Library Guide to Assembling a List of Works Cited
Laguardia Community College Library MLA and APA citation styleThe Owl at Purdue: APA Formatting and Style GuideThe Owl at Purdue: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide

Basic Research Help

Please click the Ask a Librarian icon if you have any questions concerning these guides, need help finding material for your research or any general questions you might have.

General Library Information

Research guide updated on 02/09/2009 by Wiliam Hoag: whoag@rcc.mass.edu
Updated on 12/21/09