Livingston Lord Library
Curriculum Materials Center

Curriculum Development in Early Childhood:
Resources Available at Livingston Lord Library
Minnesota State University Moorhead

1.Background – A variety of resources may be used to gather background information on your topic.

a.World Book Encyclopedia. Curric. Ref. 031 W927 2003. Look up your topic in the index, volume 22.

b.Childcraft: The How and Why Library. Curric. Ref. 031 C535. Look up your topic in the index, volume 15. There is also an older set of Childcraft that circulates.

c.Children’s books on your topic appropriate for intermediate/upper elementary.

d.K-12 Databases available on the Curriculum Materials Center website http://web.mnstate.edu/cmc/. Search in Kids InfoBits.

2.Activity Books/Resources for Teacher

a.Consult the handout entitled "A Selection of Materials Useful for Developing Units for Young Children."

b.Do a subject keyword search in MnPALS: ACTIVITY PROGRAMS PRESCHOOL.

c.Browse in the curriculum bulletins/activity books and textbooks in the CMC under the call number 372.21 or 372.218.

d.Kraus Curriculum Development Library - This is available from the CMC web page.  Click on K-12 Databases and scroll down the alphabetical list.  For directions, see the handout entitled "A Guide to the Kraus Curriculum Development Library (KCDL)."

3.Picture Books - Stories and Informational Books

a.MnPALS keyword search: TOPIC JUVENILE

i.You may search for only Easy Books by clicking on Advanced Searches.  Then, type in your topic juvenile. From the drop down menu for collection, choose curriculum easy.

b.Consult Selection Aids from the CMC reference collection.  Suggested titles include:

i.A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Books.  Curric. Ref. 011 L732a 

ii.Best Books for Children Preschool through Grade 6.  Curric. Ref. 010 G478b 

iii.Character Education: A Book Guide for Teachers, Librarians, and Parents. Curric. Ref. 372.01 M1416c

iv.Informational Picture Books for Children. Curric. Ref. 028.1 C566i

v.Picture Books by Latino Writers: A Guide for Librarians, Teachers, Parents, and Students.  Curric. Ref. 016.8109 Y63p

vi.Picture This: Using Picture Story Books for Character Education in the Classroom. Curric. Ref. 158.2 S832p

c.Use Web-based Internet databases:

i. Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature

ii. Children's Picture Book Database

iii. Horn Book Guide Online

4.Big Books – click on Advanced Searches.  Then, type in your topic. From the drop down menu for collection, choose curriculum big book.

5.Poetry

a.MnPALS keyword search: TOPIC JUVENILE POETRY

b.Consult the children's poetry indexes located in the CMC reference collections, call number Curric. Ref. 808.81.

6.Children's Songs

a.Consult Index to Children's Songs (Curric. Ref. 016.7846 P485i) to find songs in books.  See "Broad Topic Guide" beginning on page 163.

b.Consult Children's Song Index (Curric. Ref. 016.7846 C536) or Children's Jukebox (Curric. Ref. 016.7842 R357c) for songs on record, tape cassette, or CD.

7.Fingerplays

a.MnPALS keyword search: FINGER PLAY

b.Consult Creative Fingerplays and Action Rhymes (Curric. Ref. 793.4 D316c) or Neal-Schman Index to Fingerplays (Curric. Ref. 793.9 C777n).

8.Pictures - Sizes of pictures vary from 8 1/2" x 11" to large posters.

a. In MnPALS from the select a library catalog drop down menu, choose Picture File. Then, do a keyword search under your topic.

9.Puppets/Puppetry/Storytelling

a.For actual puppets located in the CMC: In MnPALS from the select a library catalog drop down menu, choose Audio Visual. Then, do a keyword search under your topic.

b.For books on making puppets and puppet plays, do a keyword search in MnPALS: PUPPET#.

c.For books about storytelling, do a keyword search in MnPALS: STORYTELLING.

10.Computer/CD-ROM Programs - Consult the handout entitled "Computer Programs for Preschool Level."

11.Other Multi-Media Materials: In MnPALS from the select a library catalog drop down menu, choose Audio Visual. Then, do a keyword search under your topic.

Compiled by Carol H. Sibley, Curriculum Librarian, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, Minnesota, 09/07.