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

April Newsletter

This Month's Bibliographies

A Spectrum of Ability: Exploring Disabilities through Literature Both Realistic and Fantastical

Sleuths with Sass: Modern-Day Maidens of Mystery

Storytelling Bibliography: Cinderella Tales from Around the World

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Youth Lit Book Club

The next YLBC meeting will be on Wednesday, April 16th from 5-6pm. We will be discussing Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick.

Spring Semester Hours

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

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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! Join us for an evening that's sure to entertain. Audio from this year's festival is now available! Video highlights are forthcoming. Also check out the festival archives for audio and video of past events.

Jane Jankowski telling The Veldt

2014 Gryphon Lecture

Michelle Martin

The 2014 Gryphon Lecture was held on Friday, February 28. Michelle Martin, the inaugural Augusta Baker Endowed Chair of Childhood Literacy at the University of South Carolina presented "Augusta Baker and the Art of Storytelling: Gateway to Children's Literacy and Literature, which examined the Baker's work in storytelling as part of her efforts to promoting children's literacy and diversifying children's literature nationally. More information and audio from the lecture can be found on our Gryphon Lecture page.

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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