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Children's and Young Adult Literature: Find Books

New Children's Lit and YA Books at Hekman

Searching Hekman's Catalog for Children's and YA Books

Search the library's catalog to find out what children's books we have at Hekman.

  • If you are looking for a specific book, enter the title, and select Title from the pull-down menu.
  • If you are looking for books about an author, enter the author's name (Last Name, First Name), and choose Subject from the pull-down menu.
  • If you are looking for books by an author, enter the name and instead choose Author as the search option.

Other tips for searching for Children's and YA books:

  • Try limiting your search to the Curriculum Collection (a collection for Calvin Education students and faculty)
  • Add the keyword "juvenile" to your search (especially helpful if trying to find a non-fiction book aimed at children)
  • Try limiting your audience in the catalog's Advanced Search screen

Looking for Books at Other Libraries


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To find books we don't have at Hekman, try MeLCat This will let you search the catalogs of public libraries in Michigan (which often have much more extensive children's and YA books collections than what you'd find at an academic library). 


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If you'd rather not wait to have books delivered here, you could visit a branch of Kent District Library or Grand Rapids Public Library in-person and still check out materials with your Calvin ID (through the MeLCat Visiting Patron service).



Browsing Child Lit Books by Genre

Many books in the Child Lit collection (on the 5th floor, PZ call# area) are marked by colored spine labels to indicate genres:

Folk Tales & Fairy Tales  
Historical and Geographical Accounts  
Major Illustrators  
Informational Books  
Modern Fiction  
Myths and Epics