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Writing for Children and Young Adults: Welcome

This Guide is designed to help you explore topics ranging from the history of children's literature to the trustworthiness of narrators to hedgehogs.

Use Summon to start exploring. Summon searches most of our databases, which include books, ebooks, online articles, and streaming videos.

Want to dig deeper?  Explore the tabs above.


The Children's Literature Collection @ Hamline

The Children's Literature Collection is housed on the 2nd floor of the Hamline Library.  This collection provides research support for students in the Writing for Children and Young Adult (MFAC) program and includes:

If you live more than 50 miles from Hamline and need:

Books:  Use Summon to do your search.  

  • You'll be able to find Hamline's ebooks and use them from home.
  • Found a print book?  If you live:
    • In Minnesota, find the title in MnLink and use the Get It! button to have it sent to your local public library.  Be sure to use your public library barcode (not Hamline's).
    • Anywhere outside of Minnesota, contact your local public library, which may be able to get it via their Interlibrary Loan service for you.
  • Or, use to search worldwide.  Using this database, you can see which libraries are closest to you.  You may be able to visit these and, if you can't check items out (e.g. from a university library), you can almost always look at them in the building and make photocopies.


  • If they are not available full text in your search, fill out an ILLiad form to get an electronic copy.