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E. H. Butler Library, Buffalo State, The State University of New York

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database: Introduction

What is Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD) 

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CLCD is the premier index of children's literature. CLCD has bibliographic information for over 3,000,000 titles, ranging from Pre-K to 12 reading levels. over 650,000 reviews are available for titles in the CLCD collection. CLCD also allows for searching by reading levels: 
  • Lexile Measurement 
  • Scholastic Reading Level
  • ATOS Text Complexity
  • Grade Level & Age Level 
In addition, CLCD has the ability to filter titles that have been honored or achieved an award in excellence for children's literature. 
Over 35,000 bibliographic records from E. H. Butler Library's Curriculum Materials Lab have been uploaded into CLCD so that Buffalo State students can limit searches in CLCD to include only those titles that are available in Butler Library. CLCD is an essential resource supporting childhood and exceptional education at Buffalo State College. For questions about CLCD please contact Electronic & Educational Resources Librarian Chris Hulsman, 

CLCD Search Criteria 

  • Word / Keyword Criteria 
    • Singular & Plural Forms 
    • Exact Phrase 
  • Specific Fields 
    • ​​​​​​​Author / Illustrator 
    • Title 
    • Series 
    • Annotation 
    • Subject Headings 
    • Awards 
    • Best Books 
    • Reading Lists 
    • Review ISBN 
    • Dewey Decimal 
  • ​​​​​​​Special Search Qualifiers 
    • ​​​​​​​Children & YA Only 
    • Professional 
    • Award Winners and Honor Books 
    • Books with Author / Illustrator Links 
  • ​​​​​​​CLCD Limiters: Reading & Genre 
    • ​​​​​​​Readers Age 
    • Grade 
    • Category 
    • Publication Date 
    • Genre 
  • ​​​​​​​CLCD Reading Metrics
    • ​​​​​​​Interest Level - Harvested from reviews in authoritative sources like Booklist and Kirkus Reviews 
    • Lexile Range - Standard measure for reader's level and text level 
    • Reading Level and Point Range - Measures established by Scholastic's "Reading Counts!" and the Accelerated Reading Programs 

Challenged & Banned Children's Books 

Statement of Attribution:

Portions of this LibGuide were derived from the CLCD LibGuide, University of West Florida University Libraries
Many thanks to Dr. Christopher J. Levesque & Victoria Quante-Dulaney for permission to use some of their layout! 
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