The Children's & Juvenile Literature Collection in the Newton Gresham Library at Sam Houston State University serves various purposes:
to support the literacy of children ages 0 through young adulthood in the SHSU and surrounding community;
provide pre- and in-service educators with access to quality children's titles that coincide with the Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS) and Common Core Standards (CCS) for early childhood (approx. age 3) through grade 12 (e.g., EC-12) across all content and subject areas;
ensure a high-quality and diverse collection through memorial and honorarium special collections; and
maintain titles reflective of the historical value of the collection for scholars of children's literature, transferring rare volumes to the special collections library for preservation as needed.
A small portion of the collection is available online, however, recognizing the need and preference for books in print by children and educators, the majority of the collection is in print.
Description of the Collection
The Collection is approximately 26,000 titles, spanning 180 years in children's literature publication, and includes picture books, fiction, and nonfiction titles. At present, the collection is balanced as follows:
Nonfiction: 12,800 titles with an average publication date of 1979
Fiction: 14,000 titles with an average publication date of 1981
As of December 31, 2018, 30% of the collection was pre-1969