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Instructional Resources Center (IRC) website with course guides supporting the Division of Teacher Education curriculum.

Course description

EDU 280 Literature/Creative Drama for Children. A comprehensive survey of the literature written for children; emphasis on the development of techniques for encouraging enjoyment of literature; a special component on the use of creative drama.

Professional Organzation Websites

Children's Literature Awards

Each year children's literature and young adult literature receive many fine awards. To find out if we own an award-winning book listed in the sites below, search the catalog by title.

Children's books in the content areas

How to search for items in the Teacher Education Library

Limit search results by choosing: Library - Teacher Education Library.

Choose "Format" to limit by books, kits, toys, etc.

Sample searches below.


Shelf locations of children's books

To browse children’s/YA literature on the shelves-


Picture books  are in the  C E area, shelved by the first 4 letters of the author's name, and the first 4 letters of the title:

   C E REYN WORD is the call number for author Peter H. Reynolds' book titled The word collector.

Intermediate and young adult books are in C FIC, shelved the same as picture books:

  C FIC MEDI MERC is the call number for Meg Medina's Merci Suárez changes gears

Most historical fiction, fantasy, and realistic fiction are found in C FIC. You will need to use the online catalog to find these 3 genres. See below Genres and Realistic Fiction.

Non-fiction / Informational books for children begin with C, followed by 3 or more Dewey Decimal (subject classification) numbers:

    C 534 MARS 2019 Sound waves.

Traditional literature (fairy tales, myths, legends):              C 398.2’s.

Poetry, including collections by author and theme:   C 811’s.        

Biographies are found mainly in in the nonfiction subject area that the person represents.

   For example, you will find biographies about authors under the subject heading Authors, and a biography about a scientist under the subject heading Scientists.

   The amazing life of Benjamin Franklin C 973.3 GIBL 2000  is in the 973s -United States History.


Award winners, biographies, and holiday books can be identified on the shelves by the sticker on the book spine.



Genres in children's literature  

Some genres are simple to search for in the library catalog. Poetry books (C 811 area) are found in the online catalog under the subjects children’s poetry. Fantasy  books (C E or C Fic) are found under Fantasy. Other genres require a little more thought.
Realistic Fiction  Use subject headings such as: schools,  family,  friendship,  prejudices,  mystery and detective stories, animals (or dogs or cats, etc.), sports (or baseball, basketball, etc.).  Subject: Schools AND fiction 
Traditional literature is found in the C 398.2’s.  Search subjects such as:
  fairy tales, tales, folklore, mythology, legends, or legendary character. 



Find resources for your storytelling presentation.

Print and Online: Storytelling in education, Drama, Reader's theater              

Media   Hand puppets are located on the puppet tree. Kits, games, pictures, and art prints are in the Media Room.

Follow-up activities   Get ideas from activity books located at the end of the English textbook section (call numbers beginning with ENG 372.6 and. Search for this type of book in the catalog by combining keywords with the subheadings (Study and teaching) or (Activity programs.)

Dewey Decimal System

The ten main classes of the Dewey Decimal Classification system

000        Computers, information & general reference

100        Philosophy & psychology

200        Religion

300        Social sciences

400        Language

500        Science

600        Technology

700        Arts & recreation

800        Literature         

900        History and geography