How to find a Picture Book

How to find a Picture Book

Do you ever want to find a specific item in the Children’s Room, but don’t know exactly where to look? That’s okay! Any staff member will be happy to help you find what you are looking for. But if you’d like to locate them on your own, here’s how.

Find the Call Number

For example, suppose you want to find the book Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. First, look it up in the catalog and see if it’s available. It is! Now, look at the call number, E FIC Rosentha. E FIC means that it is a picture book. Next, look at the location. Some picture books are in neighborhood bins, but this one says “children picture book” so it is in the main picture book collection.

The picture books are usually arranged by the author’s last name. That keeps them together for the people who want to see everything by that author. So, when we look for Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s numerous books, we will find them together on the shelf.

Book cover Chopsticks by Amy Krause Rosenthal  Book cover, Little Pea by Amy Krause Rosenthal  Book cover Spoon by Amy Krause Rosenthal

To the Picture Books!

Now we have all the information we need to find Chopsticks! We know the location and the call number, so it’s time to find the picture books.

The picture book section.

Next we’ll need to find all the books written by authors whose last names start with R.

Getting Close

The picture book shelf with authors Ro-Ry.

The picture book shelves look like this. On the bottom shelf they are spine-out and in alphabetical order. The face-out books on the top shelf are chosen from the shelf directly below. So if you’re looking for an author with a last name between Ro and Ry, it should be here, either in the bottom row of books, or displayed on the shelf above.

Found It!

Can you spot Chopsticks in the picture?

The book Chopsticks visible on a top shelf.

Just to make sure, we can double check the label on the spine to make sure it matches what we wanted.

Chopsticks, the book we were searching for.

Enjoy Your Book!

Here’s the review of Chopsticks that was in the Kirkus review journal:

When one member of a pair of chopsticks suffers an accident, both learn that friendship can benefit from separation. Full of visual and verbal puns, with a supporting cast of the familiar Knife, Fork and Spoon, the plucky chopsticks learn that sticking together sometimes requires venturing out alone. Encouraged by his injured friend to get out and go, the healthy chopstick discovers hidden strengths by joining in a game of pick-up sticks, helping Spoon with the pole vault, testing cupcakes for doneness and conducting a cutlery band. When the friend recovers (and “[f]eels fantastic(k)!”), the two find that being apart “had made each of them even stronger”—and furthermore they find many new things they can now do together. “Toasted” by their friends, they conclude with a rendition of “Chopsticks,” with Magoon’s clever drawings hitting all the right notes. Most picture books that deal with a separation between friends focus either on healing after an argument or getting by after a friend has moved away. This is refreshing in its lighthearted, upbeat treatment of the value of occasionally going one’s own way.

Other locations in the Children’s Room will have a similar layout. If you aren’t sure where to look or want us to walk you through the process, a staff member will always be happy to help!



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