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Circulating and Special Collections titles

Library of Congress Classification

LC Classification Outline

P: Language and Literature


PZ7: Juvenile Fiction published from 1870-2014

PZ7.1: Juvenile Fiction published 2015 and beyond.

(American and English)

PZ8: Traditional Fairy tales

PZ8.1 Folklore and Legends

PZ8.2 Fables

PZ8.3 Nursery Rhymes and Stories in Rhyme

Comparison between the LC Classification and Dewey Decimal System

The LC Classification system divides all knowledge into twenty-one basic classes, each identified by a single letter of the alphabet. Most of these alphabetical classes are further divided into more specific subclasses, identified by two-letter, or occasionally three-letter, combinations. 

The Dewey Decimal Classification system is not used in academic libraries but in public libraries. The Dewey decimal system is divided into ten categories, each with a number in the hundreds (example: 800 is literature). Fiction books are organized by the author's last name in alphabetical order.

Glendora Public Library, a public library near APU.

Los Angeles Public Library, a public library with a wide variety of ebooks.


Folklore LCC: PZ8.1

Folklore Dewey Decimal Classification: 398

Children's Literature Publishing Companies

Macmillan Publishers: Macmillian was the first publishing house to publish Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Caroll's fantasy novel was the beginning of the Golden Age of Children's Literature.

Random House Children's Books: A Penguin Random House Company that publishes children's books for babies to young adults.

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing: An American publishing company that publishes books for children 0-12. 

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: Publishes diverse books for young readers of all backgrounds. The publishing division is the first and only one to have won the Caldecott Medal three years in a row.

Organizations for Children's Literature

Children's Literature Council of Southern California (CLCSC), Glendale, CA 

Centre for Book Cultures and Publishing, University of Reading, Reading, Berkshire, UK

Children's Literature Center, Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Children's Literature: A CLCD Company, an independent review source for children's literature, Somerspoint, NJ

Importance of Children's Literature

Developed by many APU faculty, including, Dr. Nancy Brashear, Dr. Maria Pacino, Dr. James Hedges, and former APU librarian, Deborah Quast, the APU children's collection supports scholarly work in the fields of Liberal Studies, English, Sociology, Psychology (and other majors) by providing insight into multiple cultures languages, oral traditions and the rich history of identity development through storytelling. 

Upper floor of APU's Marshburn Library located on East Campus (Riley Davis, photographer). The Children's Literature Collection at Azusa Pacific University supports the research and study of Children's and Young Adult Literature. The 5,000-volume collection features materials for children of preschool age through 12th grade and features award-winning titles.

APU Catalog

Search for books and media:

1. Search by title or by call number

2. Select "Childrens Literature" for the location

APU Databases

Academic Journal and Book Review Resources

Sample Academic Journals

  • The Alan Review
  • The Bulletin 
  • ChLA Quarterly 
  • Children's Literature in Education 
  • The Lion and the Unicorn 
  • The New Advocate

Voices from the Middle

Book Review Resources

  • The Horn Book Magazine
  • The Horn Book Guide
  • Best Books for Children
  • Children's Literature Review

Children's Literature Associations

American Library Association (ALA)

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) 

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate. 


Riley Davis

Senior at Azusa Pacific University 

English Major and Biblical Studies Minor

Librarian & Curator

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Luba Zakharov
Azusa Pacific University
Hugh and Hazel Darling Library
701 E. Foothill Blvd., Azusa, CA 91702
626.815.6000, ext. 5938

Online Scholarly Resources

Children's Folklore Review, (The American Folklore Society), Bloomington, IN

School Library Journal, (, New York, NY

PiCoBoo project, an aggregated resource of colour children's picture books from the 19th Century Europe, initiated by Dr. Francesca Tancini and hosted by the Children’s Literature Unit in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University Newcastle University, UK

Multilingual Folk Tale Database, powered by TEITOK (a web-based platform developed at the Centro de Linguistica da Universidade de Lisboa), and classified by the Aarne-Thompson-Uther (ATU) Classification of Folk Tales, is indexed by Maarten Janssen and hosted at the University of Alberta, Canada

International Children's Digital Library (ICDL): A Library for the World's Children, University of Maryland, MD

MLA Citation Resources

MLA Formatting and Style Guide, Purdue Online Writing Lab, West Lafayette, IN

How to Cite Sources in MLA 9 Format, Steve Jung (Stamps Theological Library), APU LibGuide

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, APU hardcopy (Call Number: LB2369 .G53 2009)