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Children's and Youth Literature

This guide provides literature resources for all ages of TWU Library patrons.

Start from the TWU Libraries Homepage

  • If you are looking for a specific title:
  1. Enter a book title, author name, or subject keywords into the search box and press “Enter” on your keyboard.
  2. You can select a book title from the results page to see its full record, which provides more information about the book and where to find the book.
  • If your search is more general (subject, author, etc.):
    1. Click Advanced Search
    2. In the “Search for”  field, select TWU Libraries Catalog
    3. In the “Search Scope” field, choose Denton Library
    4. In the “Resource Type” field, choose “Books” to limit what you find to just books. Select "Electronic Books" if you specifically need eBook format.
    5. Using the drop-down arrow on the “Search Filters” line, select what type of search you are conducting (Title, Author/Creator Subject, Call Number, etc.)
    6. Type the name of what you are searching for
    7. Click “Search” or press your keyboard’s “Enter” key
  • On the left side of the page, there are options to refine your search results. These options include availability, subject, author/creator, and language. You can use this list to limit your search results to materials of different formats.



The Jimmie Lyn Harris Children's Collection is located on the 1st floor of Blagg-Huey Library and comprises over 58,000 books. These titles are a selection of physical materials that are available for checkout. This collection is open during library hours and includes board, picture, early reader, chapter, middle grade, young adult, graphic, and nonfiction titles. These books encompass materials published in hardcover, paperback, board, oversized, large-print, and pop-up formats.

These books are organized by the Library of Congress (LoC) Classification system.

For fiction titles, the books are ordered alphabetically by the author. Standard book call numbers include:

  • PZ 5 short story collections (multiple authors, stories by a single author are in PZ7)
  • PZ 7 and PZ 7.1 fiction
  • PZ 7.1 is for authors first published 2015+
  • PZ 7.5 novels in verse form
  • PZ 7.7 graphic novels
  • PZ 8 and PZ 8.1 folk and fairy tales
  • PZ 8.2 fables
  • PZ 8.3 poetry and stories in rhyme

Nonfiction titles are arranged throughout the rest of the collection (call numbers starting with A-PS and Q-Z).

Ask a librarian for assistance if you cannot locate something. 

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Finding eBook Advanced Reader Copies (ARC)

Advanced Reader Copies, or ARCs, are copies of unpublished books offered free of charge in exchange for honest reviews. Offering ARCs to readers benefits authors and publishers because it generates material for marketing campaigns and helps build hype before a book’s release. For readers, this has the obvious benefit of free books and can also help grow reviewer platforms ranging from classic book review blogs to BookTok. These sites mainly offer eARCs (electronic advanced reading copies) so it’s as simple as downloading the book, cozying up in your favorite reading chair, and getting started on your read and review! That said, be careful not to take on more book reviews than you have time for on NetGalley especially, failing to submit a review will affect your credibility.