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Children's & Young Adult Literature: Finding Books

Guide for library and Internet research resources about children's and young adult literature.

Catalog Search

Search here to see if ASU has the children's book you want.

When searching for books on a specific subject a keyword search is the easiest approach. Do a keyword search on the subject & include "juvenile" [example: horses juvenile]  This keyword search will locate children's & young adult books on horses.

A subject search using 'juvenile fiction' and 'children's literature' will also locate children's and young adult books. it will also locate books about children's and young adult books.


To Find Books FOR Children & Young Adults

Search the ASU Library Catalog using the same approach as used with printed titles physically located in the library. For example, if you are looking for an online children's or young adult book on history follow the example below:

  • Use the Advanced Search mode
  • Enter these keywords, history juvenile, in the search boxes 
  • Select "Online Access" in the 'Location' category
  • Select "Book/Journal" in 'Material Type'


Searching for Books ABOUT Juvenile Literature

Library One Search is the most comprehensive single source for the e-book, but it does not have a complete compilation of e-book titles owned by ASU.

To limit results to ebooks only, on the left hand the side of the page under

  • Refine your search, select:  Items with full text online
  • Content Type, select: Book / eBook. 

 If you are looking for a specific title, use ebook search.

View all E Book Collections provided by the ASU Library

Subjects for Childrens & Young Adult Literature

Following are subject headings that can be searched to locate children's and young adult literature in the library catalog.  Often searching by keyword is as fruitful in locating titles and an easier search to perform.  The keyword "juvenile" can to added to any topic search to find books suitable for young people.  The subjects listed below are divided between those used to find titles FOR children and those used for finding books ABOUT children's and young adult literature.

To locate books FOR Children & Young Adults use these subjects:

Childrens Books
Children's Stories
This is used instead of juvenile fiction which is generally either a sub-heading under a topic [eg. Arizona-juvenile fiction] or it is used in conjunction with a topic [e.g. juvenile fiction horses]

Picture Books for Children

Children's Poetry

To locate books ABOUT Children's and Young Adult Literature use these subjects:

Children - Books and Reading

Children's Literature
This subject also locates some books for children

Teenagers - Books and Reading

Young Adult Fiction
Generally followed by a qualifier in the manner: Young Adult Fiction, American

Young Adult Literature



Juvenile Literature
This is similar to searching juvenile fiction; it cannot stand alone as a main subject in the same way the subjects above do; it must be combined with a topic  If you want to find all titles that are juvenile literature there are 2 options:  search juvenile literature as a keyword OR search it together as part of a topic. For example, if you want to find juvenile literature about a topic you can do a subject search like this: flags-juvenile literature or Africa-Juvenile Literature. Juvenile fiction or juvenile literature can be searched alone as keyword phrase but they are "monster" searches retrieving thousands of titles.  It is best to combine one of these phrases with a specific topic [e.g. families juvenile literature].


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Bee Gallegos
Specialties: Children's & Young Adult Literature, Tests & Assessments, Library Science, Citation Styles
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