Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
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     Welcome to the Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD), your resource for an extensive array of information about children's books, video and audio recordings, and other children-focused media. The CLCD presently contains more than 2 million catalog records in MARC format. The majority of these MARC records come with all of the official cataloging data, subject terms, and annotations. In addition, the database contains more than 365,000 critical reviews of thousands of children's books, ranging from the earliest baby board books to novels and nonfiction for young adults, and an average of more than 1500 new reviews are added to the database monthly. Information about awards, honors, prizes given to specific books is also provided along with information about reading measuement program information as well as best book lists and state reading lists.

     Access to the records within this database is provided via two separate information retrieval mechanisms, a Search page and a Browse page:

  • The Search page allows you to perform full text searches of the bibliographic data and book reviews within the database.
  • The Browse page provides you with the ability to create several types of browse lists that also can be used to access records in the database.

     To learn more about specific search/display procedures, click here. However, if you are just starting to experiment with this database, we suggest that you begin by stepping through the tutorials. By following the tutorials, you will quickly become proficient in this new information retrieval service.

Review Sources

    In general, the majority of the reviews provided by review sources date from 1993 and move forward. Multiple reviews give varied perspectives and assist in locating hard-to-find reviews of series and small press books. At this time, reviews are provided by the following review sources:

  • Africa Access--Reviews and annotations of over 900 items about Africa written by university professors, librarians, and teachers most of whom have lived in Africa and have graduate degrees in African Studies. Undated.
  • The ALAN Review--A peer-reviewed (referred) journal of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English. 1994-present.
  • The American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)--An annual publication designed to assist academic, public, and school libraries in the systematic selection of suitable reference materials for their collections. 1998-1999.
  • Appraisal--A nonprofit quarterly publication that reviews current science books for children and teenagers. Each book is reviewed by a practicing children's librarian as well as a scientist in the relevant field. 2001.
  • AudioFile--The magazine for people who love Audiobooks. June 1992 to present. The web site which includes reviews of all types of audio materials for a variety of age groups is located at AudioFile.
  • BookHive--The reviews found in Bookhive are written by the staff of the Public Library of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County (Charlotte, NC). It provides reader's advisory service and contains hundreds of recommended book reviews in a variety of reading levels and interest areas for children, their parents, teachers and others interested in children's literature. Undated.
  • Booklist--An American Library Association publication. September 1991 to present.
  • Books For Keeps--A British publication focusing on the best children's and young adult books. 1984 to present.
  • The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books--Reviews from the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. September 1990 to present.
  • Canadian Children's Book News--A quarterly journal published by the The Canadian Children's Book Center (CCBC). New and prior reviews will be added beginning in March 2007.
  • Canadian Review of Materials (CM)--An electronic reviewing journal supported by the The Manitoba Library Association that reviews Canadiana of interest to children and young adults, including publications produced in Canada, or published elsewhere but of special interest or significance to Canada, such as those having a Canadian writer, illustrator or subject. CM review books, video and audio recordings and CD-ROMs.
  • Catholic Library World, the official publication of the Catholic Library Association, is published quarterly. In addition to book reviews are articles of interest to libraries and librarians in all segments of the community. Each issue contains reviews of Children's and Young Adult books and media. In addition, there are reviews of materials pertinent to everyone involved in or associated with Library Science.
  • CCBC Choices--Reviews prepared by the Cooperative Children's Book Center, School of Education, university of Wisconsin at Madison. 1990 to present.
  • Children's Bookwatch is part of the Midwest Book Review which was established in 1976 and publishes monthly book publications specifically designed for community and academic librarians, booksellers, and the general reading public. The Midwest Book Review is an organization of volunteers committed to promoting literacy, library usage, and small press publishing.
  • Children's Literature--A compilation of reviews from more than 125 teachers, librarians, children's literature specialists, authors and illustrators across the US. September 1993 to present.
  • Children's Literature Abstracts--abstracts of books providing criticism and research in children's literature. 1990 to 1999.
  • Children's Literature Association Quarterly--a publication committed to publishing serious scholarship and research in children's literature. Summer 2000 thru Winter 2002.
  • The Five Owls--A publication for readers personally and professionally involved in children's literature. 1987 to 2001.
  • ForeWord Reviews, a journal dedicated to reviewing independently published books, was established in 1998 and serves as the flagship periodical of booksellers, librarians, agents and publishing professionals who want to access the best from small presses. ForeWord also provides a myriad of services to publishers including international trade representation, Book of the Year Awards, fee-for-review services, and an interactive website for the book community,
  • Inis--The quarterly magazine of Children's Books Ireland contains reviews and articles on Irish and international children's books. Children's Books Ireland is the national children's book organization of Ireland and also runs the prestigious Bisto Book Awards, Ireland's only annual children's book awards. Summer 1997 to present.
  • KIRKUS Reviews--A well-known review media that has been around for seventy years. 1990 to present.
  • KLIATT--Reviews of paperback books, hardcover young adult fiction, audiobooks, and educational software recommended for libraries and classrooms serving young adults. 1992 to 2008.
  • The Kobrin Letter--No longer published but the backfile is incorporated under Children's Literature.
  • Library Media Connection--The magazine for school library media and technology specialists features critical reviews of new books, software, videos, online subscription services, and free Web sites. Only material of interest to K-12 library media specialists, teachers, and technology specialists is reviewed. 2004 to present. Further information available at
  • Lollipops - What's on For Kids--From Australia, features reviews from both students and adults of books, cinema, and multimedia. Undated.
  • The Lion and the Unicorn--Quarterly Review of Children's and Young Adults' Books published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. Fall 2006 to present.
  • The Lorgnette--Quarterly Review of Children's and Young Adults' Books published by the Heart of Texas Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa at Howard Payne University. Fall 1999 to present.
  • Media & Methods--Reviews of multimedia products for K-12. September 1999 to present.
  • Midwest Book Review - Vicki's Column--Reviews of children's books and related materials. August 2002 to November 2003.
  • The Newsletter of the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL)--A quarterly publication. It contains both an adult and a children's and teen book review section. Volunteer reviewers from among AJL members contribute reviews. About forty children's books of Jewish content are reviewed in each issue. Information about the Association of Jewish Libraries and the Newsletter can be found at
  • NSTA Recommends--Reviews of scientific and technical books suitable for children and young adults published in the Journal of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). 2000 to present.
  • Parent Council--A semi-annual guide to the best in children's books and other media. September 1993 to April 2002.
  • Parent's Guide--A review of children's media published by Shenandoah University. 1998 to 2002.
  • Recorded Books--Descriptions of complete and unabridged audiobooks for a multisensory approach to reading. The recording use professionally trained actors to create dramatic, unabridged recordings of authentic literature.
  • Resource Links--Reviews of books and other resources published in Canada. October 1995 to present.
  • Science Books & Films--A guide to science resources from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. January 1991 to present.
  • SOUNDCOMMENTARY.COM, "the wise guide to audiobooks," provides detailed evaluations/recommendations of a broad range of recommended audiobooks for individual listeners and for libraries; recommends selected audiobooks for libraries and classrooms serving children and Young Adults; searches for hidden gems, guilty pleasures, special 5 star reader/text combinations that make audiobooks truly outstanding listening experiences.
  • TnT - Tips & Titles--The reviews from this newsletter by Jan Lieberman are incorporated under Children's Literature.
  • VOYA--The Voice of Youth Advocates is a magazine that reviews books for young adults (grades 6-12). April 1997 to present.
  • WOW Review: Reading across Cultures is an on-line quarterly journal that publishes reviews of children's and adolescent literature with a focus on critiquing the cultural authenticity of the culture or country featured in each book. http//

   Other review media are scheduled to be added and this section will be updated periodically to reflect these additions.

Awards, Honors, Prizes, Best Books and State Reading Lists

   In addition to the review data, the CLCD database has information about thousands of books that have been recognized as having particular merit. There are over 525,000 entries identifying these select books. Over 81,000 images of book jackets/covers also have been incorporated in the database.

   National, state and international awards back to the first Newbery in 1922 and hundreds of others such as Jane Addams Book Award, Caldecott Medal, Golden Kite, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Coretta Scott King Awards, Michael L. Prinz Award, Robert F. Silbert Award, Carnegie Medal, Kate Greenaway Medal and Hans Christian Andersen Award are included.

   If that isn't enough there are over sixty best books lists such as School Library Journal Best Children's Books, International Reading Association, National Conference of Teachers of English, National Science Teachers Association and National Council for the Social Studies annual lists, YALSA's Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, ALSC's Notable Books for Children and dozens more. This section also includes listings from standard bibliographies such as Wilson's School Catalogs and NCTE's Adventuring With Books.

   All state and provincial reading lists are included and updated annually. The records for books that received a starred review in publications such as School Library Journal and Publisher's Weekly also are updated on a regular basis. There currently are a total of more than 1.2 million value added tags in the database.

   If you know of an award or reading list that we may have overlooked, please let us know ( and we will do our best to get the information included.

Reading Measurement Programs

   Since their introduction almost twenty years ago, over half the schools in America have adopted various Reading Measurement Programs such as Accelerated Reader, Lexile, and Reading Counts as a way to encourage children and young adults to read more, improve their reading skills, measure comprehension, and identify the appropriate reading level for each student. By incorporating the measurement parameters of these programs into the basic bibliographic record for each evaluated book, CLCD adds yet another information tool to help teachers, librarians and parents find just the right book or books to meet their individual needs.

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Last updated: 4/30/2012