BTC Juvenile Collection

What is in the Juvenile Collection?

The Ballenger Teachers Center houses an extensive Juvenile Collection with fiction and non-fiction books for PreK-12 children. The primary purpose of the collection is to support the needs of our pre-service teachers in the College of Education and Professional Studies as they do their coursework and lesson planning. With this in mind, the BTC Coordinator maintains a robust, current collection of children's books that mirrors areas covered in the Illinois Learning Standards.

Every year, the BTC Coordinator collects the latest publications in PreK through Young Adult Literature. Priorities include the American Library Association's Youth Media Award Winners, the National Book Award for Young People, other award winners, the Illinois Young Readers Choice Awards, and best book lists of various national education associations.  The Coordinator selects other well-reviewed titles by consulting various review journals including, The Horn Book Magazine, School Library Journal, and The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books.

Where is the Juvenile Collection?

Location of the Juvenile Collection in Ballenger Teachers Center

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Location of the Juvenile Collection in the Library Building

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Photos of the Juvenile Collection


How is the Juvenile Collection Organized?

The Juvenile Collection uses the Dewey Decimal System. The Dewey Decimal System is a numeric system that groups books into different subjects.

000 Computer science, information & general works
100 Philosophy & psychology
200 Religion
300 Social sciences

305.9 People with Disabilities
385 Trains
387 Boats and Ships
388 Cars, Trucks Motorcycles
394.26 Holidays
398.2 Myths/Fairy Tales
398.245 Dragons

400 Language
500 Science

508 Seasons
510 Mathematics
520 Astronomy
530 Physics
540 Chemistry
550 Earth sciences & geology
551 Weather
560 Fossils & prehistoric life
567.9 Dinosaurs
570 Life sciences; biology
580 Plants (Botany)
582.16 Trees
590 Animals (Zoology)

597.7 Insects
597.9 Reptiles
598 Birds
599 Mammals

600 Technology

610 Medicine & health
612-617 Sight, Hearing, Taste, Touch
620 Engineering
629 Airplanes
629.2 Tractors
630 Agriculture and Domestic Animals

636.1 Horses
636.5 Chickens
636.7 Dogs
636.8 Cats

700 Arts & recreation
796 Sports
800 Literature

800-810 Picture books and easy readers
811 Poetry
813-823 Chapter Books

900 History & geography

920 Collective Biographies
923.173 U.S. Presidents
973 United States History