Children's literature

A guide to children's literature including resources at the State Library and elsewhere

Book reviews

This guide helps you find reviews of picture books, children's, young adult and crossover fiction and non fiction.

The Library holds magazines and eresources that contain reviews of children's books. See the 'Review magazines' box below.

To find more book reviews search the Library catalogue and enter the phrase children's literature book reviews in the search box.

At the top of the results list you can click Show only: Online resources for electronic reviews or scroll down the column on the left hand side of the results screen to refine your search.

Review magazines

Checking book review magazines will keep you up to date with new children's book publications.

Current Australian children's books reviews

and for young adult book reviews go to recent issues of Viewpoint on books for young adults.

Current overseas children's book reviews

or recent issues of the magazine Viewpoint on books for young adults and for Canadian children's books recent issues of Quill and quire.

Australian and New Zealand children's books published some time ago

Use print copies of review magazines such as these journals and request the year the book was first published and the following two years or so.

Overseas children's books published some time ago

Use print copies of review magazines such as these journals and request the year the book was first published and the following two years or so.

Databases and Indexes

In addition to going through the main review magazines, you can find reviews and additional information using electronic databases and print indexes.

Print indexes to children's book reviews

From the Pictures Collection

2004 61 228 Essendon ball

Essendon Ball, young girls with books, H2004.61/228

H91.20/48

Child seated in cane chair reading a book, H91.20/48

Judith Elcoate H37823/14

Miss Judith Elcoate, H37823/14

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