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Infant Through Grade 12 Resources: Early Childhood

Collections for those working with children and youth.


IG12 has close to 100 puppets that you can check out to use with your students -- and many books that give you great ideas for puppetry!

Finding Books

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Do a keyword search to quickly find materials; narrow your search to items in IG12.

    CLCD logo

    Children's  Literature Comprehensive Database

    An amazing database for anyone interested in finding and using children's and young adult literature. Not all titles found here are available in the IG12, but it's a good place to start your search.


    Springfield-Greene County Library District

    Search the catalog

    Students living on campus and Greene county residents can request an online card. The Park Central branch and the Midtown branch are closest to the Springfield campus. (You can take the shuttle to the square downtown to get to the Park Central branch). If you can't find a book in IG12 and need it quickly, the public library is a great place to check.


    A statewide consortium of mostly college and university libraries. Search the MOBIUS catalog to borrow books from other consortium members and request books for delivery to MSU’s libraries. Most MOBIUS items arrive in 5-7 days. An email will notify you to go to Circulation for pick-up.

    Professional Links

    Use Our Die-Cut Machine

    Ellison frog       Ellison umbrella    Ellison snowman    Ellison house

    Use our Ellison Machine to cut out patterns or letters from almost any kind of paper.

    You can create bulletin boards, game pieces, name tags, gift cards, and more!

    Bring your own paper; use of the die-cut machine is free.

    Please press down GENTLY on the arm; this saves us from replacing the platen!

    How to Find a Great Picture Book



    Search for titles by theme, age/grade level, and more using the Children's Literature Comprehensive Database.

    Need a specific title? Do a title search on SWAN; if our copy is checked out or if we don't own the item, click on the MOBIUS button to search in our consortium. You can request that a book be sent to you. Or search the public library catalog to find or request the book you need. See the sidebar for quick links to these resources.

    For lists of books by theme or topic available in I-G12, click here.

    Check out these great sites, as well!

    Choosing a Child's Book - Guidelines for choosing books for babies and toddlers, preschool and kindergarten students, early schoolagers, and older children. Short and sweet.

    Getting the Most Out of Picture Books - From hooking kids with illustrations to using pictures to build reading skills to exploring art using picture books, this short essay gives lots of good ideas for choosing and reading picture books.

    Selecting Books for Young Children - Great ideas for identifying books appropriate for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers via elements such as repetition, "...funny-sounding words," and number of lines on a page.

    Multicultural/Multiethnic Books

    The sites below provide good 'starting points' for finding multicultural books. It is helpful to review sites that give good guidelines for evaluating multicultural titles; many award-winning books do not accurately represent the cultures they are attempting to depict, and some are, quite frankly, what one reviewer calls "toxic". 

    Lesson Planning


      The Giant Encyclopedia of Preschool Activities for Four-Year-Olds       More Toddlers Together        Participation Stories

    Find IG12 Resources with Lesson Plan and Activity Ideas
    for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

      Go to:

      Enter a term into the keyword search screen. Try toddler* and activit* to find activities for toddlers or infant* and activit* to find activities for infants.  Try preschool* and activit* to find activities for preschoolers. Try music and activit* to find movement and activity songs.  You can also add a term such as "frogs" to further narrow your search.

      When the results come up, click on the blue "Modify Search" icon near the top of the screen.

      Scroll down to the “Specific Library Location” drop-down box to highlight "MSU-Meyer Curriculum." Click "Submit".
      Browse through results; click on a title for more information on that item.

      Be sure to scan the shelves nearby for more titles!

          Find Activity Ideas Online

          Songs and Fingerplays

          Storytime Stretches

          These websites have videos that demonstrate songs, fingerplays, and rhymes.

          Johnson County Library Videos from Johnson County Public Library in Johnson County, Kansas, showcasing videos of librarians performing fingerplays as well as demonstrating reading of wordless books.

          Storyblocks Videos of songs and rhymes demonstrated by Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL).

          Hennepin County Library Videos of songs and fingerplays by librarians at Hennepin County Public Library in Minnesota.

          RIF Videos of fingerplays on the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) website.

          We're Going on a Bear Hunt Author Michael Rosen performs his book We're Going on a Bear Hunt.

          NAEYC Songs Features songs for young children at home or in the classroom or library.

          Movement Songs From Preschool Inspirations A Collection of tried and true songs to get kids moving.

          Storytime Stretches

          Use these fun movement and activity songs, fingerplays, knee bounces, and chants to keep the action going in your Circle Times. Great to get the wiggles out!

               Six Little Ducks Song by Jason at Webster Public Library

               Five Little Ducks Song acted out by a group of children - words included!

           The Very Hungry CaterpillarWatch the video below to learn how to tell "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" using this traditional storytelling version! Some tellers use a felt butterfly that they stick inside the sock before telling the story; when you turn the sock inside out to hang down from your hand (as a chrysalis), you can slide the butterfly inside your hand to reveal it at the end of the story.  This version's use of food is fun!

          Try These Early Childhood Resource Links!

          From storytime ideas for babies through preschoolers to apps for the very young, these links have ideas that are worth exploring! Thanks for these goes to Stephanie J. Smallwood, Early Literacy Specialist for the Springfield Greene County Library District.

          Finding Books by Level

          Lexile Levels:  go to  for information on this program. It is free to register.

          This Web site is a fabulous starting point.  You can take the grade level ranges and use them in CLCD for preliminary choices in choosing books for students.

          Remember that your student will be working within a range – 100 below to 50 above his or her score. To find your student’s approximate level, go to:

          Ask your student if s/he finds reading her grade level textbook easy, pretty much on target, or hard – and fill in the appropriate grade level and “circle” on the page. Follow directions to create a list of potential titles. Look these up in our Catalog, or use CLCD to find. CLCD gives Lexile and other reading levels for many of its titles.

          You might also try Follett Titlewave. Go to and register. Under “Collection Development” on the left of the screen, click “Books” under Search. Fill in the boxes for the types/levels of books your student might be interested in. Click on “Want” for titles you’d like to save; you can create a number of lists.


          Evaluating Websites

          Make sure the information you are using online is accurate and reliable.  Evaluate the site in terms of currency, relevance, authority, accuracy and purpose.  This document will give you more information:

          Evaluating Websites

          Still need more information?  Go to the Internet Public Library, and search websites chosen by librarians to be accurate and reliable.

          Early Childhood Blogs

          Blogs are written by individuals and may give opinions, news regarding early childhood, and ideas for lesson plans.  When reading blogs, make sure you evaluate the site to make best use of the information


          Please e-mail suggestions for additions to this page to
          Cherri Jones

          Great Resource!