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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:

  • 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 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 / CLC Soft Seating and Reading Area

IMC / CLC Soft Seating and Reading Area

Children's Lit Picture Books

Children's Lit Picture Books

Children's Lit NonFiction

Children's Lit NonFiction

Children's Lit Fiction

Children's Lit Fiction


IMC & Children's Literature Floor Plan

IMC in Use

IMC hosting a class on Children's Literature

Group Study & Instructional Space


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