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Children's Books for Early Childhood Educators and Parents of Young Children: Find a Book or Article

A guide to recent juvenile fiction and non-fiction additions to the STLCC catalog. Also includes links to children's literature newsletters, databases, eBook resources and reference tools.

Search Strategies

The STLCC Library Catalog is your gateway to finding all items, including books, which the College Libraries own. 

The two basic methods for searching the catalog are by keyword and by LC subject heading.  Because most library users are not familiar with the official Library of Congress (LC) subject headings, it's often a good idea to begin with a keyword search. Results of a keyword search can lead to appropriate subject headings.  Ask a reference librarian for help with subject searching.

Getting Books from outside STLCC

  • MOBIUS
    Search for and request books from other academic libraries in Missouri.
  • WorldCat
    World-wide catalog of books.

Keyword Searching

Every item owned by an STLCC library is listed in the College's Library Catalog.  Each listing is called a record.  A powerful way to search for books on a particular topic is to perform a keyword search, which looks for records containing the words you use in your search.

 Example keyword search: 

  • This search will find all records in the STLCC catalog which somewhere contain the word .  
  • Records normally include a book's title and author, as well as descriptions of its subject matter. In addition, a record may include a book's chapter headings or a summary of its contents. 
  • Therefore this search will retrieve all records with your keyword(s) in any of these areas.

 Narrowing your search with and.  Example keyword search: 

  • This search will find all records in the STLCC catalog which somewhere contain both the your subject and the words, juvenile fiction .
  • By using and between keywords, you've specified that all of your keywords must be present in the record for it to appear in your results.  
  • One major reason to use and is that it lets you narrow broad searches (baseball) to more specific topics (for instance, books on baseball AND juvenile fiction).

The best way to limit your search to children's books is to add the keywords "juvenile fiction" or "juvenile literature" to your keyword search.

Finding Articles

You can use the same search techniques as above in Keyword Searching to locate articles about children's literature and reviews of books. STLCC has purchased access to many Databases for you to use in your search. Click here for a complete list. Some of the most useful databases are:

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Library of Congress (LC) subject headings are special, standardized words and phrases which describe the primary subject(s) on which a book focuses.  Searching by subject heading rather than by keyword often allows you to look for books on a particular topic more efficiently. 

Since LC subject headings are included in a book's catalog record, looking at the records you get from a keyword search can help you identify appropriate subject headings.  Ask A Librarian for help with LC subject searching.

Below are just a few examples of subject headings you will find in the STLCC Catalog:

Picture Books for Children

Picture Books

Caldecott Medal

Stories without words

Missouri Building Block Award

St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000