The Center for Children's Books

Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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This Month's Newsletter

July/August Newsletter

This Month's Bibliographies

Judging a Book by Its Cover: Covers with Deadly Weapons

Water, Water, Everywhere...: Books Centered on Water

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Youth Lit Book Club

We will be reading Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick for our meeting on September 10th in the CCB from 5-6pm.

Fall Hours

Monday: 10am-5pm
Tuesday: 10am-7pm
Wednesday: 4pm-7pm
Thursday: 10am-7pm
Friday: 10am-5pm

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CCB Closed July 30 through August 3

The CCB will be closed July 30 through August 3 due to staff travel. We apologize for any inconveniences. Please contact ccb (at) or ccboutreach (at) if you have any questions. We will reopen for normal hours on Monday, August 4.

CCB Welcomes Elizabeth Hoiem to GSLIS Youth Services Faculty

The CCB welcomes Elizabeth Hoiem to GSLIS as an assistant professor in youth services. Hoiem conducts research on fantasy literature and the history of children's literature. Specifically, her interests include technological innovation in children's literature. We are excited to have Hoiem join us as a CCB affiliate. For more information about Hoiem and her appointment, see the article from the GSLIS newsroom. Elizabeth Hoiem, new GSLIS faculty

2014 Storytelling Festival

The 2014 Storytelling Festival was held on Saturday, April 12 from 7-9 in room 126 of GSLIS. The festival was a student-run evening of tales ranging from skillful imaginings age-old folklore to innovative uses of new media...and everything in between! Audio from this year's festival and video highlights are now available! Also check out the festival archives for audio and video of past events.

2014 Gryphon Award Recipient

We are pleased to announce that Battle Bunny, written by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett and Alex, illustrated by Matthew Myers but mostly Alex, and published by Simon, is the recipient of the 2014 Gryphon Award for Children’s Literature. For more on this year's winner and honor titles, please see our Gryphon Award page. A press release from the GSLIS Newsroom is also available.

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Center Mission

The Center for Children’s Books (CCB) at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) is a crossroads for critical inquiry, professional training, and educational outreach related to youth-focused resources, literature and librarianship. The Center’s mission is to facilitate the creation and dissemination of exemplary and progressive research and scholarship related to all aspects of children’s and young adult literature; media and resources for young (age 0-18) audiences; and youth services librarianship.

In partnership with The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books—an authoritative analytic review journal—the Center aims to inspire and inform adults who connect young people with resources in person, in print, and online. The Center sponsors activities and hosts interdisciplinary research projects involving both theory and practice. In its dual role as research collection and educational community, the Center has national impact on the future of reading and readers.

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