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ENGL 387: Studies in Children’s Literature

If you need help, please contact Elyse Neufeld, Education Librarian at 778.782.7419 (eneufeld@sfu.ca ), Ivana Niseteo, Librarian for English at 778.782.6838 (iniseteo@sfu.ca) or Ask a librarian.

Research on children's literature

See the Books + Articles page for key databases and journals to search for your research paper.

Collection development

Curriculum Collection

  • The Curriculum Collection is located on the 2nd floor of the Bennett Library (Burnaby). It's designed for students in the teacher education program in the Faculty of Education, and it includes books for children and young adults, among other resources for teaching and lesson planning.
  • To find fiction books by topic, search the 'Curriculum Collection' in the Library catalogue by keyword, in combination with fiction, e.g. autism fiction.  You can also browse the PZ call number range.
  • To find juvenile non-fiction, search the 'Curriculum Collection' in the catalogue by keyword in combination with 'juvenile literature', e.g. autism juvenile literature.

Book awards

Find children's literature that has won awards or received honorary mention:

See more book awards

Book reviews

Find critical reviews of children's literature at these websites:

  • Canadian Review of Materials 
    • Book reviews, media reviews, web reviews, news, features, and stories of interest to teachers, librarians, parents, and kids.
    • Click on ‘Search within the publication’, and then in the ‘Document Type’ select ‘Book review’. 
  • Horn Book Magazine
    • Reviews of children's books, articles and interviews of authors and illustrators.
  • School Library Journal 
    • Review source for books, multimedia and technology for children and teens.
  • Booklist 
    • Reviews materials for public libraries and school library media centers.
  • Through the Looking Glass
    • Use the 'Library of Reviews' tab to find book reviews in various categories, e.g. picture books, graphic novels, etc.

See more book review sources

Challenged or controversial literature

Find books that have been challenged, banned or censored:

More information

Find articles and books about collection development:

  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text (LISTA)
    • Find articles about collection development in children's literature.
  • Search the Library Catalogue by subject term. Find books containing bibliographies of children's literature. For example: (To search for books by subject heading, use the Browse Search option in the SFU Library Catalogue, then select Subject browse from the drop-down menu.) 
    • Children's literature -- Bibliography
    • Young adult literature -- Bibliography
    • Children's literature, Canadian -- Bibliography
    • Best books -- Children's literature
    • High school libraries -- United States -- Book lists
    • Teenagers -- Books and reading -- United States
    • High school students -- Books and reading -- United States
  • ALA Collection Development Wiki
    • A wiki developed by and for librarians with information about collection development practices.