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Children's Literature: Informative Books: Home

Use this guide to locate nonfiction books, also known as informative books, that can support classroom units or create curiosity in young learners.

How to Use This Guide

Select one of the tabs above to see some of the library's children's books and teaching resources about these the topics listed. 

Ask a librarian if: 

  • You need any assistance with finding children's books.
  • You need help using this guide.
  • You have questions about how to do research.

Look in the Contact Us box below and select the tab for your campus to get the contact information for the librarians there.   

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.

What Are Informative Books?

According to author Rebecca Lukens, informative books, which are also known as nonfiction books, are designed to provide, "the discovery of factual or conceptual information." (Lukens, 1999, p. 298). While this tab is dedicated to informative books, several other tabs in this guide have informative titles in them. Look in these tabs to locate more books: biographies, cooking and nutrition, disabilities, health, holidays, and seasons and weather.


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

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