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Children's and Young Adult Literature

Library of Congress Subject Headings Links to Children's Literature

Please contact Linda Salem at for assistance finding books by subject

Strategy for finding children's books by subject. 

Click on this link to Juvenile Books to get a list of children's books in the SDSU Library. To narrow your results by subject, go to the left side of the screen and click on the ^ next to the word SUBJECT. Examine all of the subjects that appear and check the boxes next to those that you like. Click on APPLY FILTERS to get a list of books on these subjects. 

Here are some preset subject searches for you to use as well: 

Book Information

  • Teen Book Finder
  • TeenBookFinder
  • Children's Literature Comprehensive Database [SDSU] 1922 to present for book lists; 1993 to present for book reviews.

    Annotated listings of recommended books, critical reviews of children's books and brief review articles.

  • International Children's Digital Library

    Free access to digital children's books from around the world.

  • Recommended Literature (K-12). California Department of Education.

    CDE Staff, Lott, D. & Wheeler, M. CA: California Department of Education.
    Free online source. Recommended books for children and adolescents selected by children’s school and public librarians, teachers, parents, administrators and curriculum planners, and college professors. Users can search for books based on grade level, language, culture, genre, classification, curriculum connection and awards received. Print version of Recommended Literature: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve with database contents available in the library's reference section.

  • WorldCat [SDSU]

    Combined catalog of many U.S. and international libraries.

Digital Collections

Books in Other Libraries

To find and order books from other San Diego area libraries use the Circuit or use Interlibrary Loan to borrow books from libraries elsewhere.