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How do I find materials for children ages 0-8?

I have to put together a list of children's material for ages 0-8, they can't be print materials. How would I tell the appropriate age level in the catalog?
Last Updated: Feb 01, 2017  |  16 Views

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Thanks for asking! Since everyone develops literacy skills at their own pace, and may be ready for different ideas or kinds of content at different times, most items in our library catalog aren't indexed with specific years of "age-appropriateness" beyond the broad categories of Children's, Young Adult, and Adult. There are a couple of search strategies you can use within our catalog, and your library card will also give you access to a resource that I think will be perfect for this task. 

I would absolutely recommend that you try out our subscription to the Novelist K-8 database. Follow this link and sign in with your library card. You can also access it through our Resource Center at under the category "Books & Reading." Novelist is a reader's advisory tool that is a great source for recommended reads and, conveniently, does use the 0-8 age group as an identifier. You'll see options to browse titles for that age group all over the landing page. This will be useful if your search is focused on ebooks and audiobooks. 

Another thing you can always do is call or visit your neighborhood library and ask to speak to a children's librarian! Their professional training includes reader's advisory for young audiences, and they can help you identify some solid options. We also offer a Custom Reading List service for both kids and adults: and have curated Staff Picks lists.

If you're looking for media like DVDs and music CDs, do try a catalog search with a basic audience limiter for Children's. The overwhelming majority of materials in that category would work fine for ages 0-8. Our Toy Library is also a bit of an outlier in that most items will have the manufacturers' recommended ages tagged in the catalog record. 

Some items in our catalog do have Lexile scores identified, and the Advanced Search function of the catalog allows a search within a Lexile range. This is one particular measure of text difficulty, and any correlation with age or school grade is imperfect by its nature, but this article does a decent job of breaking it down. 

Try Novelist K-8 first, and give us a call at 402-444-4800 if you don't find what you need there. But thanks again for asking, and thanks for using AskOPL! 

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