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Children's and Young Adult Literature

This guide helps orient users to locating juvenile fiction and non-fiction in the James C. Kirkpatrick Library.


What is a genre? A literary genre is a category of literary composition. Typical genres in children's literature include: picture books, traditional tales, fantasy, realistic fiction, historical fiction, biography, informational books, poetry, drama, etc.

Subject Headings

What are subject headings? Subject headings are a set of terms or phrases that classify library materials. They pull together items about a given subject. You can use subject headings to locate specific genres of children's books in the Library's collection.

In the search box add the terms listed below to help limit your search and use the Subject dropdown on left, OR use the Advanced Search option and choose "Subject" from the dropdown box to create a search for "Subject contains [folklore]". 

SMART TIP: Use "Location" on the left side of the screen to limit your results to "JE Fiction" or "JE Nonfiction" to get titles geared toward children and young adults.

Traditional Tales - use "folklore," "fables," or "fairy tales"

Modern or Traditional Fantasy- use "fantasy"

Biography - located in Non-Fiction Juvenile Biography section on the 3rd floor

Informational books -located in Non-Fiction by Dewey Decimal subject

Poetry- use "poetry" -located in Non-Fiction JE800s

Fiction is trickiest- books are categorized generally under fiction, but not necessarily under subcategories such as realistic or historical fiction. Try searching online for book lists that make recommendations and looking for specific items by title.

Graphic Novels are found in the Non-fiction area in the JE741 section, and will sometimes be assigned the Children's Subject "Graphic Novels."

Wordless Picture Books can be found under the subject heading "stories without words"