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Children's Literature: Chapter Books and Novels: Home

Users can find chapter books and novels from the Sullivan University Library by using this guide.

What Is a Chapter Book?

-Chapter books serve as a bridge between picture books and novels.

-The books usually have simple plots, and the stories focus on events and themes that children between the ages of 7-9 can appreciate and understand (Lynch-Brown, C., 17).

-The book The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron is an example of a chapter book. 

For more information about chapter books and novels, the library has a book titled Children's Literature: Classic Texts and Contemporary Trends that may be helpful to you. The book can be found at the end of the juvenile fiction section with the call number R 809.892 C536. 


Sullivan University Children's Literature Collection

  • Children's literature is written for children to give them both, "pleasure and understanding" (Lukens, 1999). 


Lukens, R. (1999). A Critical Handbook of Children's Literature. New York: Longman.

Raines, S. & Isbell, R. (1994). Stories: Children's Literature in Early Education. Albany, NY: Delmar Publishers, Inc.

How can I look for books? 

  • Go to the library's website:, and choose the Books tab.
  • Search for a title or an author's name. 
  • Select the book(s) your are interested in and choose the All Copies link.
  • Write down the shelf location listed and go to the children's book section in the library.

How are the children's books organized on the shelf?

  • The children's books are organized alphabetically by the last names of the authors.
  • If you want to find Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar, go to the JF C section, look at the side of the book for the author's name, and look for the book's title.

Please don't hesitate to ask one of the librarians if you need help. We will be glad to assist you.

  • A picture book is a book written for children where the pictures tell the story.

For more information about picture books check out the following resources. 

A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Picture Books by Carolyn and John Lima; R 011.62 L732a 2010

Companion to American Children's Picture Books by Connie Ann Kirk J 028.5343 K 591c

If you want help finding books, just ask one of the librarians. We will be glad to assist you. 

  • Caldecott & Newbery Books at Sullivan University 
    Click on this link to go a complete listing of Caldecott and Newbery books. Titles with an * beside them are available at one of the Sullivan campuses, and the librarians will be glad to help you find them.
  • Caldecott Medal-official page  
    The American Library Association awards the Caldecott Medal, and here is the link to the official Caldecott page.
  • Newbery Medal-official page 
    The American Library Association awards the Newbery Medal. This is the link to the official Newbery page.

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