Date of Award


Degree Name

Specialist in Education


Library Science

First Advisor

Marguerite Baechtold

Second Advisor

Dr. Laurel Grotzinger

Third Advisor

Dr. Dorothy McCuskey

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose was to determine if a subject arrangement of easy fiction books, based on the interests of primary-grade children, and denoted by picture symbols, would make the students more satisfied with, and independent in, their book selections, as compared to an author arrangement of easy fiction books.

The study was divided into two parts, the former dealing with the author arrangement and the latter dealing with the subject arrangement. Tally sheets of student subject requests were kept by the librarian in a comparison of the two arrangements. Followup included questionnaires to primary grade teachers and librarian, and interviews with randomly selected students.

The findings indicated that primary grade children preferred the subject arrangement, and were more independent and satisfied when using this arrangement. Implications suggest that the subject arrangement aids in the development of self-worth and independence in small children, and promotes a readiness-for-symbols in young children.