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You need kids' books? We've got you covered!

KidLit: The Books

Are you looking for youth literature, from board books to teen novels? You've come to the right place!


Our Juvenile collection lives in a largely contained space.


The bulk of the youth collection is in L119b—that's the room across from the elevator, and right across from the hallway leading from the stairs.

Locating Materials

Books in L119b are shelved alphabetically by author. Can't find something? It's possible it's been misshelved.

Searching for Materials

Want to look beyond SXU's collection? You can! Change the dropdown menu to select "All i-Share Libraries." You'll want to plan ahead, as it takes anywhere from three days to a week to get a book from i-Share.

Researching Children's Literature & Youth Literacy

Are you ready to research that youth literature? Here are some places to start!

Selected Databases

  • Academic Search Complete offers peer reviewed articles and more in a broad range of topics. You may find youth literature discussed here.
  • Central Index covers thousands of journals that address youth literacy, drawing from a wide variety of disciplines and journals.
  • JSTOR includes articles on youth literacy.
  • Scopus, which focuses largely on STEM disciplines, may include some youth literature and youth literacy articles.
  • Check out other database options with these journals and more.

Researching with Monographs

Looking for more? Check out some books! You'll find books and compilations by children's literature experts, from people who study kids' literature to people who teach kids and work with youth literacy.

Play around with subject headings—if you're looking for research about Harry Potter, for instance you might want to try searching for fantasy fiction. And you can always ask a librarian for help!

Youth Media

Are you in need of youth media—or interested in learning more about it? Get started here!

Children's Films at SXU

SXU has selected youth films available on shelf! Here are a few tips and tricks for locating them.

Streaming Content

Have you checked out SXU's streaming video content? You'll find documentaries pertaining to education, as well as educational resources.

Children's Films Outside SXU

Your local public library is often a treasure trove of information about children's media, including children's films and television programs.

Utilizing Children's Films

Every film will not be appropriate for every kid—it's always a personal thing. Research your films, check their ratings, and use your judgement—you're the professional.

Researching Youth Media: Tips & Tricks

Did you know that education scholars have studied youth media, too? You have all sorts of amazing resources available if you're interested in studying (or producing!) it.

Keeping Track of Your Research

Building up a great collection of research materials? Trying to map out your next project (or just keep your resources in line)? Check out Zotero! It's free, open-access, and available for your Mac or PC. Just remember to sign up with your school email, so you'll get more storage space!

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