Pathfinder: Early Childhood



How to Find Books in the WPCC Library

A child reading for early childhoodUse our library catalog, found at one of our catalog terminals near the library entrance or online here. Click on “browse for materials” then choose “subjects,” and type in your subject. Double-click on the appropriate subject heading from the resulting list. Books on your subject in our library will then be displayed.  (If you know an author’s name or a particular title you can type that name in at the “author” or “title” box).  There is a special “Early Childhood Collection” locate in the room in the library behind the Goodfellow Art Gallery (Room 107) in the library. This collection contains children’s picture books and teacher resource books.

You can also search the catalog from home on the Internet via the library’s web page.  You can access the library home page by going to the WPCC home page at and then clicking on “Academics”, scroll down to “Library” then click on the “Online Library Catalog link.


Selected Reference Books

  • Early Childhood Education: an International Encyclopedia (Ref. LB 1139.23 .E272 2007)
  • Encyclopedia of American Education (Ref. LB 7 .U54 1996)
  • The Continuum Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature (Ref. PN 1008.5 .C66 2001)
  • World Education Encyclopedia (Ref. LB 15 .W87 2001)


Selected Books

  • Awakening Children’s minds: How Parents and Teachers Can Make a Difference (HQ 767.9 .B465 2001)
  • A Child’s Mind: How Children Learn During the Critical Years from Birth to Age Five (LB 1140 .B36)
  • Children with Learning and Behavior Problems: a Behavior Management Approach (HQ 773 .G37 1978)
  • Comparing Theories of Child Development (BF 721 .T456)
  • Contemporary Influences in Early Childhood Education (LB 1140.2 .E9 1975)
  • Creative Resources for Infants and Toddlers (HQ 774 .H475 2001)
  • Development in Infancy (BF 723 .I6 B623)
  • Educating and Caring for Very Young Children:  the Infant/Toddler Curriculum (LB 1139.4 .B47 2001)
  • Games for Reading: Playful Ways to Help Your Child Read (Z 1037 .K26 1984)
  • Growing a Reader from Birth: Your Child’s Path from Language to Literacy (LB 1139 M3345 2004)
  • The Irreducible needs of Children: What every Child Must Have to Grow, Learn, and Flourish
    (BF 721 .B71345 2000)
  • Language Development in Early Childhood (LB 1139.5 .L35 o83 2002)
  • Now Upon a Time: a Contemporary View of Children’s Literature (PN 1009 .A1 S23)
  • Phonemic Awareness in Young Children: a Classroom Curriculum (LB 1139 .L3 P46 1998)
  • We Are Not Babysitters: Family Childcare Providers redefine Work and Care (HQ 778.5 .T86 2003)
  • Who’s Minding the Children? The History and Politics of Day Care in America (HV 854 .S73)


Selected Videos

  • Believe It or Not … You Can Be A Storyteller (call number: VT 2947)
  • Is Block Play Really Important? (call number: VT 2951)
  • Play Power: Skill Building for Young Children (call numbers: VT 1891 and VT 1892)

Where to Look for Periodical Articles

PLEASE NOTE: These online resources require a password or Library ID for remote access. Contact any member of the Library staff for information on how to access them off-campus.

Thompson Gale Academic OneFile Database

Academic OneFile is a multi-disciplinary database providing the complete content- indexing, abstracts, and

full text. Titles include the following:

  • American Journal of Education
  • Australian Journal of Early Childhood
  • Child Development
  • Early Childhood Today


To begin your NCLive search try Academic Search Premier and ERIC. These two databases contain full-text articles on many topics from several thousand magazines and journals, including childcare related publications.

Childcare related periodical subscriptions include the following:


WPCC Childcare Periodical Subscriptions

The current issues of the above magazines are located in the Periodical Reading are and are shelved by title in alphabetical order. Back issues can be obtained by contacting any library staff member.


Where to Look on the Internet

Several suggested websites are:

  • Child Development Institute – provides clear concise info on children’s learning and development.
  • Childcare Express – this site provides support and resources for child care providers.
  • NAEYC – National Association for the education of Young Children website – focuses on educational and developmental services for all children ages birth to eight.
  • Office of Child Care – US dept. of Health and Human Services Administration for Children website. Government website that provides link for parents, providers, policy makers, researchers, and the public to childcare and after school programs.
  • PBS Learning Media – provides access to classroom ready videos, games and lesson plans.
  • Doing What Works – translates research-based practices into practical tools to improve classroom instruction.
  • ZiggityZoom – Website full of fun activities and great ideas for educators, parents and kids!
  • NIEER – National Institute of Early Education Research – website that supports early childhood research by providing “objective, nonpartisan information based on research”.
  • Zero To Three – National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families. Website provides extensive information and interactive resources for education professionals, parents and policy makers.

Feel free to ask a librarian for assistance!

update 4/22/14