Discovery is CLCD's newest product to assist users to find great titles in the most comprehensive children's literature database in the industry. This new product brings with it several industry-first features that are not available in any other product and allows users to benefit from the deep content through its simple but powerful interfaces.


With an ever-increasing number of books being published, finding the precisely right titles for patrons and librarians alike is challenging. Discovery PreK-12 invites the users to immerse themselves in the world of children’s books by letting them naturally follow topic-focused threads where they can explore various themes and associated titles.

A topic such as Being Human or Children’s Challenges allows users to find titles they may not have considered. If users already know what they are looking for, an easy-to-use advanced search interface lets them find the materials quickly. If they are focused on finding great award-winning books, an industry-first Award Search interface supports the discovery of winning titles from our 2 million title CLCD database. The most comprehensive database in children's literature is at your fingertips to discover the titles that you want. The CLCD's proprietary ranking system lists the very best titles in the chosen area. Powerful yet easy-to-use interfaces combine the depth and breadth of data with a simple and attractive design.

Notable Features

  1. Intelligent Books Like This
    CLCD has the most comprehensive database of children’s literature. We add thousands of new titles each month along with over 30,000 new professional reviews and over 15,000 award entries annually. Add to that thousands of reading counts, thousands of Reading Lists and Best Books Lists and the problem of finding great titles that meet our users' needs grows up exponentially.
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    Books Like This is the Reader’s Advisory feature in PreK-12 Discovery. We believe that the curated content we gather, enhanced with cutting edge artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, assists our users in meeting their needs. CLCD’s unique depth and breadth of data and technically strong team positions us as the industry leader in this area. These strengths work together to propose titles to users which they can further limit to the local collection. Local Collection Services allows users to upload their collection into Discovery. The Intelligence we have developed further enhances users' ability to find titles locally. less ...

  2. Unique Topic-Focused Search
    The industry-first Topic Search is a central theme of PreK-12 Discovery. It is purpose-built to invite users to explore the world of children’s books. You can’t help but click at various topics to see the titles. Over 250 topics were created, aggregated into 34 top-level topics. The partitioning of titles, along with the markers for Local Collection, allows users and librarians to find topic like Dinosaurs, Super-heroes, Human Body, in only two clicks. This interface will enable users to find something they like with minimum effort. more ...

    The titles are further segmented by ages so that not only can you find a topic of interest, you can also find the right titles for age 0-3, 4-7, 8-12 and 13-18. Or, users can simply look up to search titles for all age groups ranked by the proprietary weighted scores.

    Search by topics is an amazing and easy way to identify gaps in the collection or to simply answer a patron’s request to find titles on a given topic. When Local Collection Services, a free feature, is employed, users can also quickly identify titles in their local library.
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  3. Industry-first Award Search
    Over the past 10 years, CLCD has made a special effort to capture the largest comprehensive collection of national and international awards in the industry. Today, the database has over 140,000 entries for thousands of diverse and different awards. This diversity of awards is not evident when viewed from a single title. While we have always provided hyperlinks for all the awards, we have now introduced a more effective means of displaying award winners and nominees..
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    Industry-first Award Search is simply the solution that allows users to view titles from an entirely new perspective. Users can search just by an awards' partial name or any word in the name to find the award. They can also search Awards by the state where the award is hosted or its country of origin. Soon the award subject area will be added to the search, and more filters will follow.

    For each award, the comprehensive results display presents all the years the award has been given, along with the logo, a brief description of the award and the ability to quickly see the winners and nominees for any of the years. This assists with identification of books for collection development or maintained at the time of weeding. Local Collection Services adds additional benefits.
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  4. Local Collection Services
    The LCS feature has been available in CLCD products for over two years and is also available in PreK-12 Discovery. This powerful but straightforward feature requires the institution to upload their MARC file into CLCD. With the depth of titles in CLCD, up to 95% of an institution's children's and YA collection data can be identified. This simple action leverages the power of Discovery to overlap the local collection. Even as they search, users see what is available locally. All the topics and super-topics, advanced search features and the robust award search feature show the titles that are locally available. more ...

    Using the Advanced Search feature, users can limit a search to just their data. The strength of other features is enhanced when an institution uses LCS. By a simple checkbox, a user can use the power of PreK-12 Discovery for their local titles. As a future enhancement, CLCD will introduce reports for in-depth analysis of their Local Collection. These reports will assist in collection development, weeding and identifying titles that would support the Institution's collection.
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  5. Deep and Broad Content
    PreK-12 Discovery presents the most comprehensive database in the industry. Acknowledged for its depth and breadth of content, the database contains over 600,000 reviews, 140,000 awards notations, tens of thousands of titles on awards, best books, reading lists and curriculum tools.

    The PreK-12 Discovery Beta version is now available for you and your staff to use and evaluate. It uses the same database as your Enterprise product, however, the PreK-12 Discovery runs on a different platform that offers an exciting interface designed for schools and public libraries.


1 CLCD PreK-12 Discovery

Discovery's content is primarily targeted for early readers through young adults covering the broad and in-depth fiction and non-fiction content needed for the changing needs of the school environment.

2 CLCD PreK-12 Advanced Search

A simple interface with advanced filters to cater to the school library and public library users.

3 Award Search

Search for your favorite award or, search awards given in your state, or search for awards by subject.

4 Book Details

See detailed book reviews, awards, reading lists and curriculum tools specific to each title.


With My CLCD you can - Save your searches, Create & Share your custom lists, Review your Search History.