In support of students in Fredonia's College of Education, Reed Library acquires and maintains a selection of fiction and non-fiction books for Pre-K to Grade 12 age groups. These range from picture books to young adult literature.
The Juvenile Collection also includes a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion sub-collection. These are children's and young adult books that focus on underrepresented communities.
Reed Library makes a particular effort to collect books honored by the leading award-granting bodies in juvenile literature. These books are shelved separately in the last row of the Juvenile Collection. Each book is distinctly marked to indicate its respective award.
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.
The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature.
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The Juvenile Collection is located on the second floor of the Carnahan-Jackson Center. It is separated into easy readers (picture books), fiction, nonfiction, and award winners (as described at left).
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