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Children's & Young Adult Literature

Spring 2021: Whitewater Leads & EDUINDP334

2020 Spring/Fall: Finding Books for Assignment Categories

For one assignment you are asked to read books from each of the categories below.

Begin with your textbook! Each of the types of books below is described in depth along with examples. Use Research@UWW to find out whether titles listed are in Andersen or another UW System library.

Here is a summary of finding strategies covered in class and on this guide:

1. Chapter Books: 

Strategy 1: Walk to the Easy Book section in the Curriculum Collection on 2nd floor. Look for books that are 40-100 pages, usually smaller format books - not picture books.

Strategy 2: Look at the CCBC Choices for the previous years. They are located toward the bottom of the CCBC Choices page. There are also copies located at the Reference Desk. Open the document/publication to the chapter "Books for Newly Independent Readers." These will most likely be chapter books.

Note: Look at the section in your textbook about transitional books. There is a list of examples in the appendix. According to your textbook, these "lie somewhere between picture books and full-length novels"(p. 105). Characteristics listed include:

  • uncomplicated writing style and vocabulary
  • illustrations on about every third page
  • chapters
  • enlarged print
  • average length of about 100 pages (p. 105)

2. Audio books or digital books: 

A) Audio book: Try this search:  ("juvenile fiction" OR "juvenile literature") AND " audio disc*" NOT illustrations

B) Digital book, or Ebook: Use the instructions on the "FInd Children's Books online (E-books)" navigation link on this guide. 

3. Visual / multimodal texts:

The International Reading Association (ILA) describes these as "ensemble" texts, which present "information across a variety of modes including visual images, design elements, written language, and other semiotic resources to convey meaning and engage readers" (para. 1). There is no subject heading or genre filter in online catalogs, so Begin with your textbookfor a starting point. Find additional examples of multimodal texts mentioned in this blog from the Univ of Brighton College of Education as well as in the article mentioned above from the ILA. Goodreads can be a potential source, but you must verify that the selections truly fit the multimodal description in your textbook.

4. Charlotte Zolotow Award Winner:

Try this Research@UWW search. For additional titles, see the Find Award Books navigation link on this guide.

5. Censored books:

Visit American Library Association (ALA) Frequently Challenged Books List, then search for the titles in Research@UWW

Use the following title:

6. Traditional Literature: Think fables, legends, myths, and fairy tales.

  • You can find many of these in the Non-fiction 398 section. 
  • Try this search and then filter to Curriculum Collection Easy Books:

"fairy tales" OR legends OR myth* OR folktales OR "folk tales"

7.  Graphic Novels

There are many ways to find these in Research@UWW.

Step 1, try this search:

"graphic novels" OR "comic books"

Step 2, try both of these strategies, one at a time:

  • REFINE YOUR RESULTS to Curriculum Collection Easy Books:
  • Use the Filters for GENRE, such as "comic books, juvenile" or "graphic novels, juvenile"

8. Multicultural Literature

  • Begin with your textbook
  • Search Research@UWW and search for a specific cultural group or nationality. FILTER your results by location.
  • See the two additional search boxes on this page. 

9. Poetry

  • Strategy 1: Go the the Non-Fiction section, starting with call numbers 811
  • Strategy 2: Some poetry books are in the Easy Book section. Try this search and REFINE by location:

"children's poetry" AND "picture books"

8. Multicultural Literature

  1. Follow the link above which will take you to an active Research@UWW search. 
  2. Under Refine by, find the Location category.
  3. Click View More.
  4. Limit to Curriculum Collection Easy.
  5. After viewing Easy books, delete the Easy filter under the Active Filters section.
  6. Limit to Curriculum Collection Nonfiction
  7. Change the Scope to search Books, Media and more (UW System)
  8. Change the search by adding AND juvenile so that it looks like this:

(norse OR norway OR norwegian) AND juvenile