Children's Literature: Books and videos

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Use any public library across SA with a single card, and have access to over 4 million items. Members can borrow and return from 130 libraries across the State.

Libraries of SA have ebooks and audiobooks for use on most ereader devices.

  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
  • Holes by Lousi Sachar and,
  • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colpher

*Kindle devices are not compatible with this system.

Searching for videos

The Library collection includes a diverse range of online streaming videos and DVDs.

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Searching for books

Find books using the Library catalogue, 

There are a number of simple ways to start your search. 

1. Title search: select the 'Title option' from the drop down menu and type in the correct title. 

E.g. Children's Literature: a very short introduction

Many fiction items can be found in the Library catalogue Here are some examples:

  • Dragonfly song
  • Captain Jimmy Cook discovers third grade
  • All I want for Christmas is rain
  • Molly and Pim and the millions of stars

Common title? Add extra information (e.g. author's surname), or try the Advanced Search.

2. Topic search: enter key terms such as: "children's literature" history

Use double quotes to search for phrases e.g. "children's literature"

Keyword search example:




You can refine the results by selecting a range of subjects from the Subject option located in the left hand  menu.



Start with a subject search in the catalogue.  Use one of your key concepts in the search field and then change the drop down box to Subject

The following examples have also been sorted by date.

Visit the Library's ebook guide for information about finding, accessing, printing and downloading ebooks.

Project Guttenberg

Project Gutenberg offers over 46,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.

Find classics such as:

  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and
  • The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Award-Winning Books

Find award-winning books, as well as bibliographies and other material about the awards held in our Library:

Teaching Resource Collection

The Teaching Resource Collection (TRC) at Magill and Mawson Lakes Libraries holds materials useful for Education students in their practicum placements. However any UniSA staff or students may browse through and borrow from this section.  Children's fairy & folk tales (Folklore) - TRC 398.20944  |  Picture books - TRC 823