LLLS 4345: Survey of Children's Literature: Find Children's Books

Find Children's Books in OneSearch

To find a specific title:

  • Use quotation marks for an "exact phrase"
  • If results are unclear, try an advanced search where you can:
    • restrict terms to the title field
    • add creator's name in author field if needed


Advanced Search

Selected awards and honors are noted in a book's detailed record.

To find children's books on a given topic (e.g., polar bears), select and apply relevant Location filters to search results, including:

  • Pearland Juvenile Collection​
  • UHCL Easy Book Collection
  • UHCL Juvenile Collection
  • UHCL Juvenile Reference Collection

To list newer titles first, change the Sort-by filter from Relevance to Date-newest.

Find awards listed in the Details section of a detailed record.

Sample detailed record for Eric  Rohmann's My Friend Rabbit, which includes an awards note

Map of upper floor with Curriculum Library, Juvenile Reference, Easy Book Room, and Juvenile locations noted

Classification numbers used for children's fiction may not be unique.

Fic Wil 2005 for example is used for:

  • Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles
  • Broken China by Lori Williams
  • Brothers in Hope by Mary Williams
  • The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson

Write down or remember the author's name. When you get to the right shelves (Juvenile Fic Wil in this example), books are filed alphabetically by author, then subfiled by title. The date is ignored.

 1. Sign in to OneSearch, and use Request under Get It if a UH library has a copy available.

         Shows request link

 2. Or submit a Book Request form.

While Neumann Library and Pearland Library are closed , we (like your professors) are looking for free online resources for children's books. Some of these resources may require you to create an account or download an ebook viewing app.
Remember that if you have a public library card, you can access your public library's ebooks for children. Links to local area public library catalogs are provided below in the tabbed box on the left of the page. Your public library homepage may offer a way to sign up for a card remotely if you need one.
Here is the beginning of what we hope will become a long list of resources:

Award-Related OneSearch Shortcuts

There will be some false matches; check detailed records to verify that award or honor or medal appears in an Awards note.

For realistic fiction, search for a known title in OneSearch. If you don't have a specific book in mind:

  • identify books of interest in Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature, which has a limiter for realistic fiction
  • then search for those titles in OneSearch
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