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  • Writer's pictureHaley Westbrook

Picture Book Organization


If you have been in the Kids' Room at the library recently, you might have noticed some colorful new signs along the back wall where the pictures books live. We have reorganized our picture book collection into topic categories rather than organizing them simply by author last name.


Young kids often get excited to find books on their favorite subjects, and they don't always recognize or look for specific authors. Every day we get questions like "where are your dinosaur books?" or "where can I find books about outer space?" While people can search these topics in our online catalog, it is not as easy to find picture books on specific topics while you are browsing the shelves in person when the books are organized by author. With our new organization system, if your child wants to find picture books about dinosaurs, they can simply look in the dark green Animals section.


Each picture book has a sticker on its spine that matches the color and icon on the sign for its category. Within each category, the books are still organized alphabetically by author's last name. At the beginning of each section, you will find a list of the types of books you will find in that category.




Screenshot of the CPL online catalog with an arrow pointing to the call number where the picture book category information is located.
Here is an example of where you can find a picture book's category when searching the online catalog. Click image to expand.

Below is a list of the 8 main categories our picture book collection has been organized into, along with a description of the types of books you will find in that section. Keep in mind that some books might fit into multiple categories. If you don't know which category a certain book is under, you can ask a librarian or look on our online catalog. A book's category will be listed in the call number column.




Picture Book Categories

Maroon category sticker with an white icon depicting a truck and the text Things That Go.







Things That Go

This category contains books about:

  • Bikes

  • Cars

  • Planes

  • Rockets

  • Trains

  • Trucks


Light green category sticker with an white icon depicting a leaf and the text Nature.







Nature

This category contains books about:

  • Habitats (oceans, forests, etc.)

  • Plants

  • Seasons

  • Outer Space


Red category sticker with an white icon depicting a castle and the text  Once Upon a Time.







Once Upon a Time

This category contains books about:

  • Castles

  • Fairy Tales

  • Fantasy

  • Folk Tales

  • Imagination

  • Monsters

  • Ninjas

  • Pirates

  • Princesses

  • Superheroes


Dark blue category sticker with a white icon depicting an open book with the word Stories underneath.







Stories

This category contains books about:

  • Bedtime Stories

  • Historical Fiction

  • Nursery Rhymes

  • Song Adaptations


Dark green category sticker with a white icon depicting a paw print with the word Animals underneath.







Animals

This category contains books about:

  • Dinosaurs

  • Pets

  • Wild Animals


Blue category sticker with a white icon depicting a banner with the word Celebrations underneath.







Celebrations

This category contains books about:

  • Birthdays

  • Celebrated Months

  • Celebrations

  • Festivals

  • World Holidays

Browsing Tip: Books that might also fit into other categories, but contain a celebration in them, will always be in the Celebrations section. For example, while most of the Paw Patrol books are located in the Favorites section (see below), any of the books where the Paw Patrol characters celebrate a holiday, like in "Howl for Holloween," will be located in the Celebrations section.


Pink category sticker with a white icon depicting a book cover with a heart on it and the word Favorites underneath.







Favorites

This category contains books by or about:

  • Award Winners

  • Disney/Star Wars

  • Lego

  • Nickelodeon

  • Popular Authors

  • Popular Series

  • Popular TV Characters


Orange category sticker with a white icon depicting two people with a speaking bobble between them  and the words Learning/Growing underneath.







Learning & Growing

This category contains books about:

  • 123s

  • ABCs

  • Adoption

  • Colors

  • Divorce

  • Feelings

  • Friendships

  • Hard Topics

  • Relatives

  • Religion

  • School

  • Shapes

  • Sports


It is our hope that this new organization method makes it easier for kids and parents to browse our picture book collection in person. If you need any assistance locating a specific book or topic, our friendly and knowledgeable staff is always happy to help you find exactly what you're looking for.

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