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Kathryn A. Martin Library

IESE 3331: Children's Literature in the Elementary School Research Guide

This guide provides resources for children's literature.

Search the Library Catalog to find Children's Books at UMD


ELM (eLibrary Minnesota) gives Minnesota residents access to many resources online, including a selection of children's literature. Checkout this resource to explore ebooks.

Duluth Public Library

For access to even more children's books, check out the Duluth Public Library.

Interlibrary Loan

Use our interlibrary loan (ILL) services to borrow books owned by other libraries. The books will be mailed here for you to check out.

Recommendations for Using and Building a Children's Literature Collection

When building and using a children's book collection, it is critical to:

  • Seek out diversity and intersectional representation in the characters, storylines, setting, etc.
  • Purposefully look for books that center people of color and their authentic stories. Purchase books written or illustrated by people of color.
  • Analyze books from implicit or explicit racist imagery, language, or whitewashed narratives.
  • Provide necessary context to the story being told. Be prepared to host conversations about the storyline, conflicts, characteristics , etc., with students.
  • Refer to book lists from the following resources:

Recommendations by UMD Education student Meghan Hesterman, '23