Collection Development Statement Children's Collections


. Purpose of Collection

To support classes in children's literature.

. User Population (Curricular and Program Needs)

Students in Library Science and Education taking classes in children's literature.

History of Collection (Collection Characteristics)

This is a strong historical collection that compliments special collections.  There are a lot of first editions in this collection, and notable writers and illustrators are represented.


Existing Strengths and Weaknesses

Picture books and juvenile fiction are strongest.  In nonfiction,  books  on math concepts and science have been added recently. Most of the nonfiction area needs to be updated.

Collecting Priorities (include retention strategies)

Over the past two years, publishers have sent the library potential William Allen White Award titles.  Because of this, the emphasis on purchasing has shifted to picture books and juvenile nonfiction titles.  Books relating to Kansas or the great plains are also being targeted.  Books that have won awards during the past year are also being identified and purchased.

Some of the award titles collected are:

  • Newberry

  • Caldecott

  • Coretta Scott King

  • Mike Printz Award (YA award )

Selection Process and Tools

. Particular vendors

. Specific Selection Guides

  • Yearly best books lists from ALA committees

  • School Library Journal

  • Library Journal

  • Booklist

. Publishers to be Aware of in this Subject