Children's Core Collection

The Children’s Core Collection database is the ideal collection development, readers’ advisory and curriculum support resource for educators and librarians working with elementary students. Containing more than 49,000 titles, this rich resource covers fiction and nonfiction works, story collections and picture books recommended for readers in preschool through sixth grade. In addition, it includes professional literature for children's librarians.

What are Core Collections?

For all of your collection development and maintenance, general reference and readers’ advisory needs, Core Collections (formerly H.W. Wilson's Standard Catalogs) are reliable guides to help librarians build and maintain well-rounded collections of the most highly recommended reference, non-fiction and fiction books. Learn more about Core Collections.

Available Packages:

H.W. Wilson Core Collections 3-pack:

  • Children’s Core Collection
  • Middle & Junior High Core Collection
  • Senior High Core Collection

H.W. Wilson Core Collections 5-pack (includes access to dedicated Core Collections Complete interface):

  • Fiction Core Collection
  • Nonfiction Core Collection
  • Children's Core Collection
  • Middle & Junior High Core Collection
  • Senior High Core Collection

Individuals who work with children’s literature collections, teacher preparation programmes and those who work with library schools will find this a helpful [...] companion.

Languages and Literature

Created by Librarians, for Librarians

Selected and recommended by specialists in library service to children, listed books within the Children’s Core Collection database encompass a wide variety of topics, including a new abundance of books on technology, social sciences and sciences. Books are searchable by subject, author, grade level, Dewey Decimal number and more.

Features include:

  • Content for collection development, readers’ advisory and curriculum support
  • Complete bibliographic data for purchasing guidance
  • Coverage of graphic novels
  • Full-text book reviews of recommended books
  • “Similar Books” and “Other Books by this Author” suggestions in each book record
  • Starred reviews, book lists and awards notations within applicable records