Education Psychology Library
Ed/Psych Library
UC Berkeley
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Berkeley, CA 94720

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Children's Literature

Education Psychology Library's Children's Literature Collection
Special Collections - Jack Graves' Early American Readers
Children's Literature on the Web
Children's Literature Awards

Children's Literature Collection. The Children's Literature collection is a very selective collection originally begun to support courses in children's literature and elementary/secondary school curricula for the Graduate School of Education. The collection is now entirely endowment supported and focuses on high quality illustrated books, award-winning books, multi-cultural books, books that deal with children in challenging life situations, significant editions or translations of folklore/folktales and classics, and selected high quality books from foreign publishers. This special collection of primary source material supports reading development in youth from toddlers to young adults, students of foreign languages, and children's literature scholars.

To identify and locate children's book titles at UC Berkeley, search OskiCat. It is helpful to add the word "juvenile" to the subject field.

The Jack A. Graves Early Reader Collection was donated to the Education Psychology Library in 2004. Professor Graves is an alumnus of the UC Berkeley School of Education and a retired faculty member of California State University, Stanislaus. He collected these early readers and primers throughout his career. Jack Graves is also the author of children's books, including What is a California Sea Otter? and What is a California Gray Whale?

Several illustrated readers are on display in the Education Psychology Library Reading Room. Additional readers are available for browsing upon request. To find the readers, search the following in OskiCat: In the Title Keyword field, search "Jack Graves Early Reader Collection." The 106 titles should appear with call number location. Ask at the reference desk for assistance in viewing the readers.

Children's Literature on the Web


The following online databases are helpful to identify children's titles by subject, to discover reading and grade levels, and to find book reviews, international books, online books and award winning titles. Some require UC Berkeley authentication and others are free on the web.

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database. more information
Database of Award Winning Children's Literature.
International Children's Digital Library.
Literature databases at UC Berkeley.
Literature Online.
Modern Language Association International Bibliography.
OskiCat. Children's books at UC Berkeley.

Web Links

The following web links are sponsored by professional associations, libraries, universities, and an array of organizations that promote children's books; their authors and illustrators; book preservation and archiving; and children's reading and literacy.

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database. The Library provides to its users, through its paid subscription, the Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD). CLDC is a research and reference database that points to nearly two million children's literature records. Approximately 1500 new records are added monthly. CLCD also links to more than 315,000 reviews of children's books--all full-text searchable from nearly 40 review sources. CLCD can also search for award-winning books, best books, and books on state reading lists. A digital newsletter is also available through online registration.

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