Juvenile Collection


The Queens College Juvenile Collection has been continuously growing since the college’s founding in 1937 and is now home to over 25,000 picture books, early readers, award-winners, young adult novels, non-fiction texts, and biographies that celebrate the diverse cultures and languages of New York. Its primary purpose is to support the development of teachers and educational professionals in the School of Education, however it is also open to the entire college community to find books to share with the young people in their lives.  This collection is made possible through the generous support of the Debra Elkins and Leonard & Elaine Kaplan endowments. 

Sign for Juvenile Literature Collection

The collection is located on the west wing of the 4th floor and is organized similarly to school and public libraries: 


  • Easy Juvenile: Ages 2-8. Organized alphabetically by author’s last name. 
  • Juvenile Fiction: Ages 8+. Organized alphabetically by author’s last name.


  • Easy Juvenile: Ages 4-8. Organized in the Dewey Decimal System.
  • Juvenile: Ages 8+. Organized in the Dewey Decimal System.
  • Biography: Organized alphabetically by the subject’s last name.

Search the Collection

  1. Begin your search with OneSearch.
  2. Enter keywords for the subject that interests you such as: alphabet, bravery, counting, food, friendship, holiday, math, music, stories without words, etc. Or by a country: Dominican Republic, Haiti, South Korea, etc. 
  3. After searching, a set of filters will appear on the left side of the screen. On mobile, look for the filter icon  . Filter the results by “Location” for those that are in “Easy Juvenile 4” or “Juvenile 4” for books in our physical collection.


Please reach out to our Education Librarian if you wish to use the collection with your class or for help finding specific books.