There are three tricks to finding fiction books (and sometimes non-fiction books) using the catalog. Let’s suppose you are looking for books on frogs. Here are two ways to find juvenile books on frogs:
Do a keyword search for frogs, but limit your search to the juvenile collection only. Your search would look something like this:
Do a subject search for frogs and use the phrase juvenile literature (to find mostly non-fiction books) or juvenile fiction (to find fiction books)
You may also search what the catalog calls genre/form using a keyword search. The most common genre/form searches in the juvenile collection are for: picture books for children, board books, and stories without words. This last one may retrieve items from the main collection or the fiction collection, so be sure to limit this search to the juvenile collection.
A Note About Finding Age Appropriate Books
As noted above, neither juvenile collection is broken down by age group. But a look at the number of pages in a book will give you a quick, if not totally accurate, idea. Books to be read to young children will generally say something like “1 v. (unpaged).” Books for beginning readers will generally be somewhere around 32 pages. Books for more advanced readers or for young adults will contain far more pages.