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ERL External Children's Literature Databases
Oakland University subscribes to the following databases which review literature for children and young adults:

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD) -  

  • Contains both fiction and non-fiction selections for children and young adults as well as some professional materials. 
  • Entries include awards and notables listings, reviews, reading levels and lexile codes. 
  • Reviewers include: 
    • Bulletin for the Center of Childrens Books (BCCB)
    • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
    • KIRKUS
  • If you are off campus, you will need your OU NetID to log in.

Horn Book Guide

  • Published each spring and fall.
  • Includes short, critical reviews of virtually every hardcover trade book published in the US for young people.
  • The reviews are rating the books on a scale of one to six, 1 or 2 being the highest rating.
  • Searches can be refined by author, illustrator, title, subject, and bibliographic data, as well as by rating assigned the book in the original Horn Book Review.
  • If you are off campus, you will need your OU NetID to log in.

Mometrix eLibrary

Now Available!!

  • Access to up to 50 titles of MTTC, counseling & ESL test preparation study materials & flash cards.
    • LIST of titles available
    • If there is a title you are interested in that is not on the list, please contact Barb Campbell (
  • If you are off campus, you will need your OU NetID to log in.
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NoveList K-8 Plus

  • A database about books specifically for K-8 readers.
  • Includes both fiction and non-fiction selections.
  • Entries include reviews, awards , reading levels, series information, read-alike suggestions, curriculum connections, and much more.
  • Searches can be limited in a variety of ways including by age, interest, genre, and literary style
  • If you are off campus, you will need your OU NetID to log in.

Something About The Author (Online)

  • Provides electronic access to all volumes of Something About the Author and Something About the Author: Autobiography Series
  • Multiple search and browse options are combined with an easy format that matches the look and feel of the print originals
  • Entries include personal life, career, writings, adaptations, additional sources, photographs, and illustrations
  • Illustrated biographical profiles of children's authors and artists for more than 15,000 individuals Access

  • An easy-to-use online database which includes detailed information about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K-12 environment
  • Selected resources to encourage the integration of multimedia author and book materials into reading and library activities
  • Ready-to-use lesson plans and activities that enrich the teaching of books
  • Listen to author name pronunciations
  • Extensive award book resources
  • If you are off campus, you will need your OU NetID to log in