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Children's Literature Review

Excerpts from reviews, criticism, and commentary on books for children and young people. Over 90 volumes. Check the cumulative index for individual authors.

REF 028.52 C437

Castleton's children's and young adult books are shelved in the juvenile collection, between the reference area and the current periodicals. 

The books are in Dewey subject order, except for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Collection (DCF) books. 

The DCF books are in order by year, then by author's last name.  The library has the complete DCF collection back to 1957.

Some subject terms that might be helpful:
  • Children's literature
  • Children's literature bibliography
  • Children's literature, English History and criticism
  • Children's literature, American History and criticism
  • Children's literature History and criticism

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Dewey decimal #s for books about children's literature: 

028.1 and 028.5

(in the downstairs stacks)
808.899282

(in the upstairs stacks)

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Something About the Author

Entries and pictures about authors and illustrators of books for young people. Over 230 volumes. Check the cumulative index for individual authors/illustrators.

REF 920.03 G131s

Subject terms to try in the catalog or databases

  • llustrators
  • Illustrated children's books
  • Illustration of books
  • Picture books for children

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