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Children's Books for Early Childhood Educators and Parents of Young Children

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.


image of mother reading to child Welcome to the world of early childhood literature.  The intention of this library guide is to introduce you to one of the best ways to connect with young children.  Sharing a picture book one to one or in a group allows you to introduce children to the world outside themselves as well as the feelings and emotions they each experience internally. There are appropriate titles in so many subject areas, from the four seasons to slavery to snowflakes to sadness.

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Why Picture Books?

“What is a picture book, anyway? In the most basic, classic, and very best sense, you could say it’s a story for young children told in both words and pictures that unfolds over thirty-two or so printed pages that are sewn together at the spine and housed within hard cardboard covers. And this story, when read aloud, will cast a spell over all who are present to hear it and look at it; and, with luck, it will go straight into their hearts and never be forgotten. “

Johnston, Allyn, and Marla Frazee. "Why We're Still In Love With Picture Books (Even Though They're Supposed To Be Dead)." Horn Book Magazine 87.3 (2011): 10-16. Academic Search Elite. Web. 6 May 2014.


Image of storytime circle

New and Recommended

Outstanding Science Trade Books 2019 and Best STEM Books 2019

The books that appear in these lists were selected as outstanding children's science trade books. They were chosen by a book review panel appointed by the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) and assembled in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC).


Best STEM Books is a joint project of the  American Society of Engineering, the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association, the National Science Teaching Association, the Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees and the Children’s Book Council. This list of 31 books aims to provide recommendations to educators, librarians, parents, and guardians for the best children’s books with STEM content.

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