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Library Resources for ECED221 Students: Children's Literature Portfolio

Locating Children's Literature

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

The Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD) is an acquisition, research, and reference service that offers more than 1,450,000 MARC records and more than 315,000 reviews of children's books--all full-text searchable from 37 review sources.

Library Catalog- Search this database to see if IUP Libraries' owns a particular title.

What do the books' call numbers mean?

Example Call #


591.54 P935w

Indicates a non-fiction book.


Indicates a fiction book.

OVERSIZE 511 G563n

Indicates a big book.

PALCI (Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc.)- Search this database to request titles IUP Libraries does not own.

What are Lexiles?

They are numbers indicating the reading demand of text in terms of the semantic difficulty (vocabulary) and syntactic complexity (sentence structure).

Lexile-to-Grade Correspondence

Typical Reader Measures, by Grade


Reader Measures, Mid-Year

25th percentile to 75th percentile (IQR)


Up to 300L


140L to 500L


330L to 700L


445L to 810L


565L to 910L


665L to 1000L


735L to 1065L


805L to 1100L


855L to 1165L


905L to 1195L

11 and 12

940L to 1210L

The table above shows the middle 50% of reader measures and text measures for each grade. The middle 50% is called the interquartile range (IQR). The lower number in each range marks the 25th percentile of readers and the higher number in each range marks the 75th percentile of readers. It is important to note that 25% of students in the studies had measures below the lower number and 25% had measures above the higher number. Data for the reader measures came from a national sample of students.

Note: A child may wish to read a book outside of his/her lexile range. MetaMetrics, the company that created lexiles, recommends no more than 100 points below and 50 points above the appropriate grade level.

Additional Codes:

IG= illustrated glossary, independent pieces of text

NC= non-conforming text having semantic difficulty and syntactic complexity

BR= lexile measures 0 or below

NP= at least 50% nonstandard prose

AD= designed to be read to or with readers

*For example, a book with a lexile of 250AD would be appropriate for a teacher to read aloud to his/her 1st or 2nd grade classroom.

For more information about the Lexile Framework for Reading, including a tool that allows you to search for the lexile of specific books, visit .


Citing Children's Literature in APA

Online Writing Lab at Purdue University (APA 6th Edition Guide)


Author's last name, Author's first and perhaps second initial. (Year of publication). Title of work. City, State: Publisher.


Curtis, C.P. (1999). Bud, not Buddy. New York, NY: Delacorte Press.