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CIED 3133: Children's Literature: CIED 3133

Resources for educators who use children's literature with elementary and middle schoolers.

Book Reviews Gathered: CLCD

     Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

Useful for finding and evaluating children's books AND professional books for educators. Compiles 300,000+ critical reviews from trade and professional journals (notably NOT Horn Book Magazine or Guide). Also includes awards, reading levels, genres, and some links to lesson plans or study guides. Search by author, title, date, genre, reading level, grade level, and other facets. Monthly features: themed book lists, apps of the month, and author/illustrator interviews.

Now available to OSU students for one year after graduation for those who register a user account with CLCD before graduation.

NOTE:  For access off-campus, students and faculty must go first to the OSU Library's Database page to authenticate your access.


Book Reviews in Journals

ALAN Review - peer-reviewed journal about adolescent (young adult or YA) literature and teaching it. Themed issues, with critiques and surveys, research, author interviews, and "Clip & File" book reviews (on heavy paper). Published by NCTE's Assembly on Literature for Adolescents.

Booklist  (BL) - library trade journal primarily for book reviews, both adults and youth. Includes themed booklists ("Spotlight on..."), author interviews, and hot lists. BL reviews are often included on

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)  current issues only online.

Children's Literature Review  Significant overviews of and literary criticism about children's and adolescent (young adult, YA) literature, both recent and older titles. Available both in print (older volumes) and online.

Horn Book Magazine and Horn Book Guide (semi-annual, reviews only) - trade journals with outstanding articles and longer reviews, most of which are recommendations. Includes notes about recent awards in children's literature. July/August issue features articles about the recent winners of top awards, especially the Caldecott, Newbery, and Coretta Scott King. NOTE:  Horn Book reviews are NOT included in the CLCD database.

Library Media Connection (LMC) - book reviews and monthly themed articles, e.g. Author Studies. Ratings are:  Highly recommended (starred), recommended, additional selection, not recommended. Additional reviews online.

School Library Journal (SLJ) "For Children's, Young Adult, and School Librarians" - A leading journal for teacher-librarians, and media specialists. Articles on timely topics plus book and media reviews (arranged by grade level and type). Starred reviews are especially recommended. Bonus online features. SLJ reviews are frequently included on

School Library Monthly (SLM) - trade journal (Libraries Unlimited). Some articles include themed booklists, such as geometry, quilting, and literature. In print and online editions.