Children's Literature Collection

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The University of Arkansas Libraries support a diverse campus community, which include caregivers and their families. The Family Study Space is located on the fourth floor of Mullins Library in room 464. This room is large enough to fit 12 people, and it is encouraged that caregivers and families share this space when possible.

To ensure this space is readily available for caregivers and families, the Family Study Space remains locked when not in use. All caregivers and families looking to use this space will need to stop by the Mullins Library Help Desk upon arrival so staff may unlock the room. Families and caregivers will also need to stop back by the Help Desk when finished so the room can be relocked.

The Family Study Space includes:

  • Kid-sized furniture
  • Kid's books and toys
  • Adult-sized tables with seating for 8
  • Large display monitor with HDMI connection
  • WIFI
  • There are no computers in the room, so patrons must bring their own computer devices to connect to the display monitor

Guidelines for Use

  • Responsibility and care for children in the Libraries resides solely with the parent or designated caregiver.
  • Children may not be left unattended in the Family Study Space.
  • Libraries patrons using the space without children may be asked to leave the Family Study Space to make room for patrons with small children.

Children's Literacy & Learning Bags

These bags will soon be available in the Children's Literature Collection on the fourth floor of Mullins Library. Each bag contains books, toys, and learning activities on a specific theme.

Bags are available in three levels:

  Book Reading Level Description
Red Pre-readers These backpacks contain materials for toddler and preschool aged children. Board books with colors and textures are emphasized along with gross motor skill activities.
Blue Beginning readers to grade 2 These backpacks contain materials for early elementary aged children. The books in these bags are for children who are beginning to read up to a 2nd grade reading level. Materials include games, puzzles, and other learning activities.
Black Grade 3 to grade 6 These backpacks contain materials for upper elementary aged children. Books included are at or above a third grade reading level. More complex learning activities, games, and puzzles are included.

Currently available bags:




(early elementary)


(upper elementary)



  • Black Bird, Yellow Sun by Steve Light
  • Colors by
  • Green is a Chile Pepper by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
  • Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton
  • Poke-a-Dot: First Colors

Learning Activities

  • Color sorting busy book pages
  • Jumbo counting and sorting bears
  • Stack and sort color board


  • National Geographic's Weird But True: Animals
  • Stellaluna
  • In the Ocean
  • Cat Problems
  • Not Norma

Learning Activities

  • Ocean life puzzle
  • Animal tracks game
  • Toy animals with matching cards


  • Where the Sidewalk Ends
  • Change Sings
  • If it Rains Pancakes
  • Bow-Tie Pasta
  • National Geographic Book of Nature
  • Oxford Children's Rhyming Dictionary

Learning Activities

  • Write your own poems (composition notebook and pencils)
  • Haikubes
  • Storycubes


  • Very Hungry Caterpillar's First Summer and First Winter by Eric Carle
  • Our Weather Touch and Feel Board Book by Little Hippo Books
  • Do I Have to Wear a Coat? by Rachel Isadora
  • Full STEAM Ahead: The Four Seasons by Crystal Sikkens

Learning Activities

  • 22 piece HABA wood seasons puzzle
  • Weather balancing toy
  • Dress-for-the-weather felt doll set
Pizza Fractions


  • Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party
  • Pizza Day
  • Secret Pizza Party
  • Peg + Cat: Pizza Problem
  • Professor + Pollito: Fractions

Learning Activities

  • Magnetic pizza fractions toy
  • Draw your own pizza (paper plates and colored pencils)
Foods Around the World


  • Alice Waters Cooks Up a Food Revolution
  • My Food, Your Food, Our Food
  • Dinner on Domingos
  • Fry Bread
  • Vamos! Let's Go Eat
  • Tomatoes for Neela

Learning Activities

  • Chopstick practicing with pompoms
  • Fill & Fold taco and tortilla play set
  • Draw your family dinner (paper plates and colored pencils)


  • Kit and Kaboodle Blast Off to Space
  • Hidden Figures
  • Planets
  • How to Catch a Star

Learning Activities

  • Constellation cards and craft
  • Solar system fidget toy
  • Mix and match magnetic space vehicles
  • Magnetic rocket ships build-it game