Easy Fiction/Picture Books/Specialty Books

General Comments

This collection consists of children's easy fiction, picture books, and board books. The Easy Fiction collection bridges the gap between picture books and juvenile fiction. This collection serves the needs of children who are just learning to read through those completing grade two. These fiction books have controlled vocabulary, large print, and, in some cases, short chapters. The picture book collection is a large, popular section in the Children's Department. Picture books ideally should be books with illustrations on every page. These illustrations should be so detailed that the story can be understood by studying the pictures alone, without the accompanying text. This broad category includes alphabet books, counting books, animal books, seasons and holidays, etc. The board book collection is comprised of smaller cardboard books whose format is geared to the youngest child. These specialty books are not cataloged but given accession numbers due to the short duration of circulation. These books are kept in a separate area.

Development Plan

The primary goal of this collection is to provide an introduction to literature that meets the educational and recreational needs of the community. In order to meet these goals, the Library:
  • strives to provide a wide range of reading levels from birth to second grade.
  • strives to provide a balanced collection of current popular titles and core materials.
  • evaluates patron requests either through reviews, or knowledge and popularity of the author or title. Patron requests are given serious consideration and added to the collection as warranted and as budget allows.
  • purchases multiple copies of popular titles where patron demand warrants and as budget allows. Multiple copies of Caldecott award winners are purchased.
This collection offers as wide a variety of topics as possible. Attention is given to holiday, concept books, problem stories, beginning readers, series, and core recommended children's literature.

Influencing Factors

Purchases and buying patterns are determined in large part by:
  • visual appeal.
  • new works.
  • budget constraints.
  • circulation statistics.
  • patron requests.
  • shelf space.
  • titles in a series.


  • Books are kept as long as they are in readable condition and continue to circulate.
  • Titles are replaced and supplemented as needed based on demand.
  • Books are withdrawn due to damage and loss.
  • Titles with multiple copies are checked for usage, and duplicate copies are withdrawn as demand decreases.
  • Caldecott award winners are retained in duplicate.