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Children's & Juvenile Literature Collection


The Children's & Juvenile Literature Collection in the Newton Gresham Library at Sam Houston State University serves various purposes:

  • 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;
  • to support the literacy of children ages 0 through young adulthood in the SHSU and surrounding community; 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.

** Note: It is the responsibility of the adult caregiver, family member, or teacher to select titles that are appropriate for the child(ren) that will be reading or interacting with items from the SHSU Children's Collection.  This is a diverse collection that represents a variety of viewpoints in historical and current representations.  

Description of the Collection

The Collection is approximately 27,000 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 
  • 89.1% of the Collection has circulated

The Space


IMC & Children's Literature Floor Plan

IMC / CLC Soft Seating and Reading Area

Picture Books and Reading Area

IMC in Use

IMC hosting a class on Children's Literature


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