Children’s and YA Collections

The Children’s and YA collections support current students preparing to be educators in K – 12 schools.

Although the library liaison orders materials that are clearly relevant to the collection, faculty participation in selection decisions is needed and welcomed for materials in support of their teaching areas.

In order to determine which books will be added to the collection in addition to the annual award winners, follow the reviews in literature journals such as Booklist, School Library Journal, and Horn Book. Many of the links to these journals can be found at the CCBC (Cooperative Children’s Book Center): http://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/default.asp. Click the Links button in the left sidebar to find the Review Journals tab.

Things to look for in the reviews are authors with proven track records, titles that support our curricular objectives, ethnic diversity, and titles of local interest. Although reviews are extremely helpful, whenever possible, it is best to see the product prior to purchase.

When purchasing picture books, it is important to consider both illustrations and text. They need to complement and extend each other in order to produce a lasting impression on the reader. Some picture books are intended for much older readers. They are shelved with in the Young Adult collection due to mature subject matter.

Early Readers are not currently well supported in the library collection. If the budget allows, it would be wise to consider addition of the winners of the Theodore Suess Geisel Award to the list above. This would be of benefit to the university’s Education majors.

Award Categories

The library collects winners in the following award categories. If the budget allows, the library also collects Honor Books in these categories.

Newbery – The Newbery Medal honors the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Caldecott – The Caldecott Medal honors the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Coretta Scott King (Author, Illustrator, and John Steptoe Award for New Talent: 3 separate awards) – The Coretta Scott King Book Awards annually recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience.

Michael Printz – The Michael L. Printz Award honors the book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

Pura Belpre – The Belpré Medal honors a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose works best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Sibert Award – The Sibert Medal honors the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published during the preceding year.