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Poetry for Children & Teens: Sources & Research

To provide and preserve a comprehensive collection of poetry written and published for children and teens, birth through age 20, from 1960 on.

Recommended Databases

Scholarly Organizations

Poetry Educators for Children/Teens

Locating Particular Articles and Reviews

To locate a review on a particular title in a particular journal, use the Ebsco or ERIC Database. Select Journal Name, from the drop-down menu, and type in the journal title. Then, in a separate search box, type in the title of the book or the author's name.   

Links to these databases appear on the upper-left of this guide. If you would like assistance, visit the reference desk (in-person or online) or, contact the CLIC librarian, Sylvia Tag.

Publications that Review Children's and Young Adult Literature

Journals that review children's literature:

The Horn Book, Book Links, Reading Teacher, Multicultural Review,  Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal are all available in print or full-text online via the Western Libraries Home Page:

Published online, The Voice of Youth Advocates, VOYA  and The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books   are excellent resources. 

Children's Literature Review, is a multi-volume series (over 150!) that contains history and criticism of authors and illustrators. Cumulative indexes, for finding entries, are located within the series. Search in OneSearch - the library catalog for access to issues.

More about these important publications

Horn Book Published since 1924, The Horn Book offers interviews, articles, reviews and editorials. Go to the Web site for inks to the newsletter, blog and awards:

Book Links is for teachers, youth librarians, school library media specialists, reading specialists, and curriculum coordinators. Articles provide comprehensive information on using books in the classroom, including thematic bibliographies with related discussion questions and activities, author and illustrator interviews and essays, and articles by educators.

Reading Teacher includes:

  • Articles written by reading professionals, for reading professionals
  • Practical, evidence-based teaching ideas
  • Information on the latest developments in research
  • Columns on critical issues in the field
  • Reviews and information about great children's books for classroom use 


MultiCultural Review: Dedicated to a Better Understanding of Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Diversity, includes discussions, bibliographic essays, ethnographic articles, and reviews of non-print resources.

    Kirkus Reviews, founded in 1933, is published twice monthly and reviews, one to three months before the publication date, 4,000-5,000 titles per year: fiction, mysteries, science fiction and fantasy, translations, nonfiction and children's and young adult books. The reviews are reliable and authoritative, written by specialists selected for their knowledge and expertise in a particular field.

    School Library Journal was first published in 1954. It is  a  monthly publication with articles and reviews for school and public librarians  who work with young people. Lots of material is available on the Web site:

    Consult the CLIC Librarian

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    Sylvia Tag
    The Western Libraries

    Office: Wilson Library 272

    Phone: 360.650.7992