Answered By: Joelle Maurepas
Last Updated: Sep 28, 2015     Views: 150

Because of the nature of Children's books written for that age group tends to be toward items that are heavily illustrated, Overdrive's collection in not yet competitive with our actual print collection in that regard, as the devices on the market are just now providing capability to display illustrated children's books. In other words, our collection of items for children 6 and under available on Overdrive outside of the audio formats is not yet comprehensive.

The double-whammy here is that you would like to filter out text-heavy books for slightly older kids. Unfortunately since the way Overdrive organizes or "tags" their items is not as precise as typical library cataloging, you won't be able to browse for the books you'd like to see to the exclusion of others.

That being said, there are several ways to access Children's Literature.  The first is by the link you'll find on the Overdrive Page titled: "Browse Children."  You will find this on the left hand side of the screen near the bottom of the sidebar.

Second, you may access the advanced search screen by clicking the link underneath the search box at the top of the screen.  You can then search by subject which include "Children" and "Children's Literature" "Juvenile" and "Juvenile Literature."

If there are any titles we lack that you would like to see added, please feel free to suggest them through our "Patron Recommendation" form.

In the meantime, since you are interested in introducing your child to literature and reading in electronic formats, you might want to check out our new Playaway Media Players (lent by the children's room at the Main library).  These are portable devices loaded with several children's titles, with text, sound, and animation capability.  Call (225) 231-3760 for more information.

If you have any questions, please give us a call at (225) 231-3750 or write back to us here.

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