There are lots of different categories of books in our children's area and it may be confusing. Let's take a tour of the children's area.
When you enter the children's area you will notice the shelves (we call them "stacks") to your right.
On the first shelf against the back wall you will find all of the new books as well as the children's DVDs and VHS movies. Across from that shelf you will find the juvenile reference collection, the children's periodicals, and the juvenile biographies.
|Juvenile Reference||Juvenile Biographies|
The juevenile reference books will have a call number that begins with "J R"; these books may not be checked out. Any of the periodicals on this shelf, however, may be checked out. The juvenile biographies have call numbers that begin with "J B" and then the last name of the person that the book is about. These books are in order by the last name of the person that the book is about (NOT the author).
|Juvenile Non-Fiction||Juvenile Fiction|
As you move towards the windows among the taller shelves you will find juvenile non-fiction books (books about "real things"). These books are in order by their subject, and their call number will begin with the letter "J", and there will be a series of numbers and letters. Also on the taller shelves is the juvenile fiction ("made-up stories") collection. These books are in order by the author's last name; their call number will be the letter "J" and the first three letters of the author's last name.
|Newbery Medal||Easy Holiday||Spanish/bi-lingual||Early Chapter|
The final tall shelf houses the Newbery Medal Winning books, the easy holiday books, the Spanish/bi-lingual, books, and the early chapter books. Early chapter books will have a call number that begins with "JE" and will also have a small blue dot on the spine.
|Early Reader||Easy Non-Fiction||Easy Biographies|
The shorter shelves contain books for smaller children. On the first set of shelves is the early reader collection. These books are just right for beginning readers. However, one should glance through the book because there is a wide range of books in this section; some are very simple and some have short chapters with more difficult vocabulary. There are both fiction and non-fiction early readers. All of the early reader books will have a call number that begins with "ER" and will have a green dot on the spine. On the other side of this shelf is the easy non-fiction collection and the easy biographies. All of these books will have a call number that begins with "E".
|Easy Fiction||Caldecott Medal Winners||Caldecott Medal|
The final group is the easy fiction collection. These are picture books that are perfect for reading aloud or for reading alone. All of these books will also have a call number that begins with "E". The final section of easy fiction contains the Caldecott Medal winners. These are award-winning books that will not disappoint.