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Children's Literature • Topics: Welcome 

Explore the juvenile collection and locate children's books on a variety of topics.

Welcome to Archer Library

Children's Literature Topics Library Guide

Welcome! This guide is a starting place for information and resources about Archer Library's juvenile collection. 

Our collection includes picture books, chapter books, fiction, non-fiction, young adult fiction and non-fiction, big books and leveled books kits. This collection is located adjacent to the Instructional Resource Center. Need help locating a title? Stop in the IRC for help.

Library Guide Overview

Use the tabs at the top of the page to navigate this library guide. Explore resources from left to right, or choose a topic that is of interest to you. Topics include:

  • Welcome: This page, getting started with Archer Library Guides
  • Alphabet & Counting Books: Explore IRC Pinterest boards and the library catalog.
  • Arts & Performing Arts: Children's books on art, music, dance, and performing arts.
  • Environment: Locating children's books related to environmental topics.
  • Exceptionalities: Subjects related to exceptionalities and Schneider Family Book Award resources.
  • Health & Exercise: Topics include sports, physical fitness, and nutrition.
  • Holidays & Seasons: A growing collection of holiday and seasonal titles.
  • Math: Resources for mathematics topics.

Exploring Guide Topics

Why these topics?  Items featured on this guide were selected to support frequently requested resources and catalog searches, they support a variety of different course assignments. Bookmark this guide, it is consistently updated with new books and resources.

Juvenile Collection

Browsing the Collection

Juvenile fiction falls under the Library of Congress subject heading P, language and literature; specifically PZ for general juvenile fiction. To help browse the collection, signs are posted in the stacks.

Below is a quick guide similar to the available signs, it features frequently used subject headings for language and literature. Be sure to ask in the IRC if you need help locating children's books in the catalog or in the stacks.


Class P Language & Literature
  Subclass Description
  PE English Language
    1155 Alphabet Books
    1591 Juvenile Thesaurus
    1628 Juvenile Dictionaries
  PN Literature (General)
    6110 Poetry Anthology
    6371 Riddles
    6727 Graphic Novels Categorized for YA Readers
  PR English Literature
      Individual Authors: Poetry, Prose, Drama
  PS American Literature
      Individual Authors: Poetry, Prose, Drama
  PZ Fiction & Juvenile
    PZ 5 Collections
    PZ 6 Early to 1860 / 1870
    PZ 7 General Juvenile Fiction
      Alphabetical by author last name, then book title
    PZ 7.5 Novels in verse
    PZ 7.7 Graphic Novels Categorized for Young Readers
    PZ 8 Fairy Tales
    PZ 8.1 Folklore, Legends, Romance
    PZ 8.2 Fables
    PZ 8.3 Stories in Rhyme, Nursery Rhymes
    PZ 10.3 Animal Stories
    PZ 23 Languages, French
    PZ 73 Languages, Spanish



Diane Schrecker

Diane Schrecker, MLIS, M.Ed.

Curriculum & Instruction Librarian
Head of the IRC
☏ 419.207.6406

Instructional Resource Center
Archer Library at Ashland University
509 College Avenue
Ashland, OH 44805

☏ 419.289.5406

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