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Children's Literature Research Guide: Children's Books

Children's Literature includes books written for Young Adults.


Children's Literature available in the FSC library consists primarily of award-winning titles such as those selected for the Randolph Caldecott Medal and Honors, the John Newbery Medal and Honors, School Library Journal Best Books, Coretta Scott King Awards and Honors, Horn Book Fanfare List, Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children, and several International awards.

Find Books!

The Children's Literature collection is located on the Hammond third floor, and the call numbers are prefixed with C.L.  Most children's fiction is located in the call number PZ7 or PZ8.

Books written for Young Adults have been separated from the Children's Literature.  These books generally are for young people beginning at age 12 and have the prefix Y.A. Both the Children's Literature collection and the Young Adult collection have been enhanced by the hundreds of books generously donated by Dr. Marilyn McCaffrey, retired Fitchburg State College English Professor.

Books about Literature for children and collections of children's literature will be found on the fourth floor.  Some of the call number areas are:

  • PN1009.A4
  • PN6110.C4
  • Z1037.A1

Subjects that can be used for locating these books are as follows:

  • Children - Books and reading
  • Children's literature
  • Children's plays
  • Children's poetry
  • Children's stories
  • Youth - Books and reading

2010 Childrens and Young Adult Book Awards


Newbery Medal

"When You Reach Me" by Rebecca Stead, published by Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books

Newbery Honor Books

"Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice" by Phillip Hoose, published by Melanie Kroupa Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

"The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate" by Jacqueline Kelly, published by Henry Holt and Company

"Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" by Grace Lin, published by Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers

"The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg" by Rodman Philbrick, published by The Blue Sky Press, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.

Caldecott Medal

"The Lion & the Mouse" illustrated and written by Jerry Pinkney, Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers

Caldecott Honor Books

"All the World" illustrated by Marla Frazee, written by Liz Garton Scanlon, published by Beach Lane Books

"Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors" illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Joyce Sidman, published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Other Sites for Finding Books

Subject Guide

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Nancy Turnbull
HA-201A,, Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library, Hammond Hall