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Use this guide to find children's books at the Sullivan Lexington campus on various topics like: concepts, cooking, families, holidays, and occupations.
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How Do I Use This Guide?

This guide is organized by various subjects or topics found in the juvenile collection. Each subject tab lists some of the children's books, alphabetically by title, that the library has on the topic along with information on how to locate the books. The tab also contains a search box for NoveList, a literature database that includes books owned by the library and activity guides to help teachers use children's books.

The websites tab includes links to websites that are useful to teachers.

If you need any assistance with finding children's books, finding websites, or using this guide, please ask one of the librarians. We will be glad to help you.


How Can I Find the Books I Need?

The Sullivan University Library and Learning Resource Center in Lexington has organized the juvenile collection, which includes the children's books, using the Dewey Decimal system. Each book has what is called a call number on it to help students, faculty, and the librarians find the book.

Most of the books in the juvenile section have a call number that looks like this:



So why does the book have a JF and an A? The JF stands for juvenile fiction, and the A stands for the first letter of the author's (the writer of the book) last name. This means that the book is in the juvenile fiction section of the library, and that the author of the book has a name that begins with A, like Allen, Aylesworth, or Arnold.

The books are organized alphabetically by the last names of the authors. If you want to find a book written by Eric Carle, for example The Very Hungry Caterpillar, you will need to go to the JF C section (since Carle begins with a C) and look at the spine of the book for the author's name and the book's title.

The board books, which are books made out of sturdy board material so that the youngest child can open and enjoy them without tearing the book's pages, are shelved at the very end of the children's book sections. The board books still have the call numbers that start with a JF though.

Some of the books in the juvenile collection have different call numbers on them that have a combination of numbers and letters.

Here is an example:




These numbers and letters are part of the Dewey Decimal system too. They just describe the book and its location in a different way. Nearly all of the books that have the numbers and letter spine labels are reference books, meaning they have to stay in the library. These reference books have lists of children's books, ways to use children's book with children, and suggested resources to help teachers learn more about children's literature.

If you need any help locating a specific book or several titles about a particular subject, please don't hesitate to ask one of the librarians. We will be glad to assist you.


Featured Book

The library gets new books each quarter, and we will feature some of the new children's titles here in this "Featured Book" box. Please ask one of the librarians if you have questions about the book or if you want to borrow it from the library.

Cover Art
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf - Lois Ehlert
Call Number: JF E (Sullivan-Lexington)
ISBN: 9780152661977
Publication Date: 1991


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