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Monmouth College Hewes Library

Children's Literature Resources: Children's Books

Finding Children's Literature at Hewes Library and beyond

Children's Literature

Finding Children's & Young Adult Books

children's literature bookcovers

Finding Children's Literature in the Hewes Library

The Monmouth College Library has a children's literature collection on the lower level of Hewes Library. Materials circulate for 30 days and can be renewed.


Searching @ Monmouth College Library

Monmouth College Library Catalog

1. Think of KEYWORDS that express the subject you are searching for and then think of SYNONYMS. Put the words together in a search phrase.

Search fields to try: KEYWORD   or   SUBJECT


Search:  math*  OR  number*  OR  count*

Search:  Underground Railroad  OR  slave*

catalog search



2. Limit the results on the right side to LOCATION = Children's Collection.

limit to children's collection



3. Here is a book retrieved through the search:  underground railroad OR slave*.  See the TOPICS words in the record for more KEYWORD ideas.

Freedom's Wings book example



4. Evaluate a specific book by clicking the MORE DETAILS tab. Information such as book summaryawards won, and target audience may be available. library catalog example

Warren County Public Library

The Warren County Public Library is a fantastic source of children's materials, available for browsing or checkout. Bring your College ID and a state issued ID to apply for a library card. Books circulate for 2 weeks and can be renewed. [map to library]

Searching @ Warren County Public Library

Warren County Public Library Catalog

1. Think of KEYWORDS that express your subject you are searching. Note: it is NOT possible to use OR with synonyms like in the Monmouth and I-Share catalogs, therefore, you may wish to search ONE subject keyword at a time.

Search fields to try:  ALL FIELDS   or   KEYWORD in SUBJECT HEADINGS 


Search:   caterpillar*

Search:   butterfl*

Warren County Public Library catalog search



2. Limit the results on the left side to READING LEVEL = Juvenile or Young Adult. Click "Include".

reading level limit






3. Here is a book retrieved through the search: butterfl* butterfly book example



4. Evaluate a specific book by looking at the SUMMARY tab.

book summary




5. Note the Lexile Measure for Reading Level on the right side of the page (near bottom, if available). 

lexile reading level

Lexile Measures describe the typical reading level of the book and corresponding grade level.  (more on Lexile Measures

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