James H. Thomason Library

English 111

Introduction to Children's Literature  

Reference Sources


Aesop's Fables: The Frog and the Ox

McLoughlin Bros, 1880

  Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, etc.
  Biographical Sources
  Bibliographies, Reading Lists
  Series Lists
  Other Websites and Directories
Selected Tales & Resources
  Tale Collections in Thomason Library
  NoveList K-8 Plus
  Storytelling Resources
  Style Guides
Locating Books
  PASCAL Catalog
  WorldCat & Interlibrary Loan
  Clinton/Laurens Public Library
Locating Articles & Criticism
  Reference Sources & Criticism
  Journal Databases
  Selected Journals
  Selected Newspapers & Blogs
 Get Help

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Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Companions, Guides

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Children’s Books and Their Creators, Houghton Mifflin, c1995.  

Main Level, Reference: R 028.16203 C437C

Children's Literature: A Guide to Information Sources. Margaret W. Denman-West. Libraries Unlimited, 1998.  

Main Level, Reference: R 016.80889 D417C

The Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature [CREDO Reference], Bernice E. Cullinan and Diane G. Person, editors. Continuum Pub., 2005.

Native American Literatures: An Encyclopedia of Works, Characters, Authors, and Themes, ABC-CLIO, 1999.
Main Level, Reference: R 810.9897 W617N

Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales [3 volume eBook]. Greenwood Press, 2007. 

International Companion Encyclopedia of Children's Literature. Peter Hunt, editor.  Routledge,1996.  

Main Level, Reference:  R 809.89282 In8I

Myths and Hero Tales: A Cross-Cultural Guide to Literature for Children and Young Adults. Helbig and Perkins, editors. Greenwood Press, 1997.

Main Level, Reference: R 016.3982 H366M

The Storyteller's Sourcebook: A Subject, Title, and Motif Index to Folklore Collections for Children. Margaret Read MacDonald. Neal-Schuman Publishers in association with Gale Research, 1982.

Main Level, Reference: R 016.3982 M145S

Biographical Sources (Sources also include information on authors' works)

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Authors of Books for Young People, Scarecrow Press, 1990.
Main Level, Reference: R 809.89282 Au814A

Gale Biography in Context
[Thomson Gale] Discus Logo

Includes reference works such as Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Major Authors and Illustrators for Children and Young Adults, Newsmakers, and Contemporary Authors Online.

Something About the Author, Gale Research, 1971-.
Main Level, Reference: R 928.1 C737S [182 vols]    
Provides brief biographical info, list of works by the author, “sidelights,” and bibliography of reviews/critical sources. Alternating volumes provide cumulative index to all previous volumes.

Twentieth-Century Children’s Writers Laura Standley Berger, ed. St. James Press,1995. 
Main Level, Reference: R 809.89282 T918T 1995

Provides brief biographical information, list of works by the
author (also includes listing of adult titles, if any, written by
the author).  Summaries/overviews of authors’ major works
are also provided.

Literature Resource Center [Thomson Gale]Pascal Logo

Search here for your author or use advanced search criteria
to compile a list of authors by type.



Children’s Books and Their Creators Anita Silvey, ed. Houghton Mifflin 1995.  Main Level, Reference: 

R 028.16203 C437C

Bibliographies & Reading Lists


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Appalachian Children's Literature : An Annotated Bibliography. Compiled by Roberta Teague Herrin and Sheila Quinn Oliver.  McFarland & Co., 2010  
Main Level, Reference:
R 016.974 H435A

Fantasy Literature for Children and Young Adults: An Annotated Bibliography
. Ruth Nadelman Lynn. 4th ed., Bowker, 1995.  Main Level, Reference:
R 016.80883 L993F   

Great Books for Girls: More than 600 Recommended Books for Girls Ages 3-14,  Rev. ed., Ballantine Books, 2002.  Main Level, Reference: R 028.16242 Od2G


Read-Alouds with Young Children.  Robin Campbell. International Reading Association, c2001.

Children's Lit - Lrn. Ctr., Lower Level: EC 372.4 C153R

Reid's Read-Alouds: A Selection for Children and Teens. Rob Reid. American Library Association, 2009. [eBook] EBSCO eBook Collection.

Reid's Read-Alouds 2: Modern Day Classics from C.S. Lewis to Lemony Snicket

Rob Reid. American Library Association, 2011.

[eBook] EBSCO eBook Collection.

Series Lists Compiled by Public Libraries, and Other Institutions   back to top

Juvenile Series and Sequels (Mid-Continent Public Library)

(Can be browsed by Series title or subject)

Children’s Series Binder (Webster Public Library) The Children's Series Binder is organized by series title and genre, and the entire wiki is searchable by keyword. Series titles are listed in alphabetical order in the Table of Contents. You can also browse the Category Link List, which is a list of all the genres, authors, and categories of books in the Children's Series Binder.”


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Award-Winning Books [American Library Association]

Provides lists of award-winning children's books, such as Newbery and Caldecott winners. 

Awesome Library: Elementary Literature [Evaluation and Development Institute (EDI)]
Provides links to books (listed by author, genre), classroom activities, etc.

Baldwin Library of Children's Literature: Digital Collection
The Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections at the University of Florida's George A. Smathers Libraries contains more than 100,000 volumes published in Great Britain and the United States from the early 1600s through the current year. Its holdings of more than 800 early American imprints is the second largest such collection in the United States.

DMOZ: Directory for Folk & Fairy Tales [Open Directory Project]

Folklore and Mythology: Electronic Texts [University of Pittsburgh]

Series Books (KidsReads.com)

Annotated listing of children's book series. Provide suggested age ranges for readers.


Beatrix Potter Tales

Selected Tales & Resources  
Tale Collections in Thomason Library   back to top


You Read to Me, I'll Read to You : Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together (In Which Wolves Are Tamed, Trolls Are Transformed,

and Peas Are Triumphant). Mary Ann Hoberman; illustrated by Michael Emberly. Little, Brown, 2004. 

Children's Lit - Lrn. Ctr. , Lower Level: CL 398.2 H653Y 


The Fables of Aesop: 112 Moral Tales Retold  Selected and edited by Ruth Spriggs ; illustrated by Frank Baber. Rand McNally, 1975.

Children's Lit - Lrn. Ctr., Lower Level: CL 398.2 Sp113F

Myths and Enchantment Tales, Adapted from the Original Text.  Illustrated by Evelyn Urbanowich
Twenty-six myths which encompass most of the rich folk heritage left by the ancient Greeks.  
Children's Lit - Lrn. Ctr., Lower Level:
 CL 292 P931M


Tales of Faraway Folk   Chosen and retold by Babette Duetsch and Avrahm Yarmolinsky. Pictures by Irena Lorentowicz.  

Children's Lit - Lrn. Ctr., Lower Level: CL 398.2 D489T


Tales from Silver LandsCharles J. Finger; woodcuts by Paul Honoré. Doubleday & Co., c 1924
Children's Lit - Lrn. Ctr., Lower Level: CL 808.83 F494T c.2 
We also have 1972 Scholastic Book Services edition
Children's Lit - Lrn. Ctr., Lower Level:
CL 808.83 F494T


Chimney Corner Stories : Tales for Little Children. Collected and retold by Veronica S. Hutchinson ; illustrated by Lois Lenski.

Children's Lit - Lrn. Ctr., Lower Level: CL 398.2 H975C


Babar's Anniversary Album: 6 Favorite Stories. Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff
Children's Lit - Lrn. Ctr., Lower Level: CL B8357B


Just So Stories: For Little Children. Rudyard Kipling. illus. by the author. Doubleday, Page & Co., 1914.   
Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 823.89 K628J2.
We also have The Complete Just So Stories. Rudyard Kipling ; illustrated by Isabelle Brent  

Children's Lit - Lrn. Ctr. , Lower Level:   CL 823.89 K628J

Ready, Set, Read!: Hundreds of Exciting, Skill-Appropriate, Ready-To-Use Reading Readiness Activities, Crystal Springs Books, 1999. 
Lower Level, Curriculum Collection: 372.414 F333R


NoveList K - 8 Plus


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NoveList K-8 Plus helps parents, teachers, and librarians improve literacy, connect reading across curricular areas, teach reading and writing concepts, and engage young readers.

In NoveList K-8 Plus you'll find:

  • Fiction and nonfiction titles for children and teens
  • Expert reading recommendations from librarians and school media specialists
  • Read-alikes for every title, author, and series
  • Specialized resources for parents, teachers and librarians including:
    • BookTalks
    • Curricular Connection articles
    • Premade lists for young readers (Recommended Reads) and for teachers (Grab and Go Book Lists)
    • Teaching with Books section


Storytelling Resources  

Center for Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling - StoryPlace [Charlotte Mecklenburg Library]

Chosen by the American Library Association as a Great Web Site for Kids.

National Storytelling Network

The National Storytelling Network is dedicated to advancing the art of storytelling – as a performing art, a process of cultural transformation, and more.

Storytelling in the Classroom

NSN-We Grow Storytellers

UNESCO Teaching & Learning: Storytelling [United Nations]

This module focuses on storytelling as a key teaching strategy for achieving the objectives of education for sustainable futures.

Style Guides   back to top

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. Modern Language Association, 2009. 
Main Level,
Ready Reference Shelf (located behind Reference Desk) and
R 808.02 M72M [2 copies]

Writing Center, Presbyterian College
Citation styles, writing guides, and scheduling an appointment with a tutor.

Humanities: Documenting Sources [Research and Documentation Online], Bedford/St. Martins, 2003.

The American Heritage Guide to Contemporary Usage and Style. [CREDO Reference Collection] Houghton-Mifflin, 2005.

This authoritative survey of English usage, grammar, and style offers guidance on almost any writing problem imaginable. Arranged in a single, easy-to-use A-Z list, the guide's entries include examples and quotations that show not only correct and incorrect usage but also the relative effectiveness of different expressions in context.



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Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • When searching for a PERSON, use AUTHOR or SUBJECT search, with last name first:

  Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936 [as AUTHOR]  
  Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936 [as SUBJECT]  
  Cleary, Beverly                      [as AUTHOR]  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to Postcolonial literature:
        Examples of Subject Headings in THOMCAT

Children's stories

  Jack tales -- United States
  Storytelling -- United States
  Oral tradition -- United States
  Frame-Stories History and Criticism   (1 entry)
Examples of Subject Headings in the PASCAL Catalog
  Picture-books for children -- Educational aspects.
  Frame Stories History And Criticism    (21 entries)


Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • If you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use, try a KEYWORD search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."
  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.


KEYWORD Searching Tips

Add an ASTERISK * to the root of a word


This will usually expand your search results,

 by retrieving any variations on the word stem.

For example:
child* = child, children, children's, childhood, etc.



Use AND between words to narrow your search.
In this
example, all items retrieved must have

BOTH the phrase young adult* AND the word book*


 child* AND book*



Use OR between words/phrases to expand your search

literature OR stories

Group "OR" terms in parentheses
(  )

when used in the same search with an "AND" connector


(children* OR juvenile) AND (literature OR stories OR books)

Try KEYWORD Searching

with ThomCat, other Library Catalogs,

& the Library's journal databases.


PASCAL Catalog  

PASCAL Catalog

If you need books that are not available at Thomason Library, try your search here for books in other academic libraries in SC. Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.

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A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through PASCAL or InterLibrary Loan.

InterLibrary Loan

ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff who need to request resources that are not available at Thomason Library or in the PASCAL catalog. Check link for instructions.

Laurens County Library

Search the Laurens County Library's catalog  to identify titles held at both the main library in Laurens and at the Clinton branch.

Clinton Public Library , located just a few blocks from campus, is adjacent to Fred's (department store). The public library has an extensive collection of children's books.

PC students are allowed to check out books from the Clinton Public Library,

but you must have your PC ID with you.


Reference Sources & Criticism   back to top

Literature Resource Center
[Thomson Gale]
Biographical, bibliographical and contextual information from the Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography databases, as well as full-text criticism from the Contemporary Literary Criticism Select database. Contains full-text journal articles from more than 250 literary journals, critical essays, author biographies, and definitions of literary terms from Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature.

Journal Databases   back to top


  Educational Resource Information Clearinghouse.


The most comprehensive index to materials in education, ERIC provides full-text of more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 1,000 educational and education-related journals.

Also provides indexing/abstracts for ERIC Documents, which include conference proceedings, research reports, speeches, curriculum guides, etc.  

Use the ERIC Thesaurus (online or print) as an aid in selecting descriptors (subject terms) for searching this database. 

Linked full-text provided for articles available in Academic Search Premier database.


Examples of ERIC Descriptors
Use the Thesaurus link in ERIC database (top blue band) to browse descriptors

(subject terms)

Reading Aloud to Others

Oral Reading

Story Reading

Story Telling

Learner Engagement

Student Participation

Attention Span

Listening Skills

Listening Comprehension
Classroom Techniques
Creative Teaching

Academic Search Complete [EBSCOhost] 
The world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.

Arts & Sciences Collections I, II, & III contain an archive of over 350 full-text journals which are searchable through JSTOR or accessible through Journal Finder, which guides the user to full-text articles available at Thomason Library. The collections include journals in economics, history, political science, sociology, and humanities. This archive covers the full run of journals from the first issue of volume one; however, the most current three to five year issues of the journals are not available as specified by the publishers in their agreements with JSTOR.

MLA International Bibliography  [EBSCOhost]
Indexes critical literary and language scholarship and provides access to journals and serials published worldwide, as well as books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies. Nearly 45,000 records are added annually.

Project MUSE Basic Undergraduate Collection  
Current and recent volumes of 112 core journals in the humanities and social sciences.

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Booklist [2002 - present]

Published by the American Library Association, Booklist provides reviews of recently published books. The Books for Youth section provides categories “Books for Older Readers, “Books for Middle Readers,” and “Books for Young Readers.”

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books [2005 - present]

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books is devoted to the review of current books for children. Providing concise summaries and critical evaluations, this invaluable resource assists readers with questions regarding the ever-evolving children's literature field. These reviews give an in-depth look at selected book's content, reading level, strengths and weaknesses, quality of the format, as well as suggestions for circular use. The Bulletin also includes: Bulletin Blue Ribbons- a selection of the year's most distinguished titles and The Big Picture- a monthly editorial that looks at titles and trends.

Children's Literature Assocation Quarterly print only [2004 - present]

Children's Literature Association Quarterly publishes first-rate scholarship in children's literature studies. Each issue features an editorial introduction, juried articles about research and scholarship in children's literature, and book reviews.

Children's Literature in Education  [1993 - present, 1 year embargo]

Covers clasic and contemporary material,the highbrow and the popular, and ranges across works for infants to young adults. It features fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fictional materials (plus studies in other media: film, TV, computer games, online works); visual narratives from picture books and comics to graphic novels; interviews with writers and artists; textual analysis and interpretation from differing theoretical perspectives; historical approaches to the area; reader-response work with children; and ideas for teaching children's literature.

The Horn Book Magazine [1990 - present]

The Horn Book Magazine is a bimonthly journal containing reviews of children's and young-adult literature, articles, editorials, and interviews of authors and illustrators. Designed for professionals and

academics in the field of children's books.

Selected Newspapers & Blogs back to top

Getting Kids Reading

This is a blog that offers suggestions to help get kids interested in reading and writing. It includes book reviews, author interviews, and ideas for activities.

The Guardian - Children's Books

This branch of the Culture section of The Guardian - a British daily newspaper - is largely written by children and for children.  It includes book news, book reviews, author interviews, illustrations, and activity suggestions. 

Mixed-Up Files

From the Mixed-Up Files is the group blog of middle-grade authors celebrating books for middle-grade readers. For anyone with a passion for children’s literature—teachers, librarians, parents, kids, writers, industry professionals— we offer regularly updated booklists organized by unique categories, author interviews, market news, and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of children’s books from writing to publishing to promoting.

The New York Times

The New York Times Archive [ProQuest Historical Newspapers]
Full-text & full-image of NYT articles with coverage from 1851 up to three years ago.

Reading Rockets

This is a blog written by Reading Rockets' children's literature expert Maria Salvadore that brings you into her world as she explores the best ways to use kids' books inside — and outside — of the classroom. Reading Rockets is a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.

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