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

November Newsletter

This Month's Bibliography

Write On: Stories About Female Authors

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Youth Lit Book Club

Thanks to your votes, the December book club book will be Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. Youth Lit Book Club will be held on Thursday, December 3 at 5:00pm.

Fall Hours

Monday: 10am-7pm
Tuesday: 10am-5pm
Wednesday: 4-7pm
Thursday: 10am-1pm, 4-7pm
Friday: 10am-5pm

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CCB Closed: Fall Break

The Center for Children's Books will be closed from Monday, November 23 through Monday, November 30 due to fall break. We will reopen with regular hours on Tuesday, December 1. We apologize for any inconvenience. Have a wonderful week!

The 2015 Guide Book to Gift Books is Here!

We’re thrilled to tell you that the annual Guide Book to Gift Books is available for download now from the Bulletin website! Look no further than this yearly publication for help finding books for holidays, birthdays, and any other gift-giving occasion throughout the year. Categorized into four age groups and featuring all kinds of genres and themes, this handy guide is designed to ensure the best fit for any kind of recipient. Everything in the Guide Book has been reviewed and recommended by the professionals at the Bulletin, each complete with a succinct annotation to help you decide. Curious about the process? Get the behind-the-scenes scoop in the November newsletter.

GSLIS Receives Grant Funding for App Authors: Closing the App Gap II

Following the results of the recently completed “Closing the AppGap I” planning grant, we are thrilled to announce that The Institute of Museum and Library Services has recently awarded GSLIS with grant funding to pursue “App Authors: Closing the App Gap II.”

Led by principal investigator Deborah Stevenson and co-PI Kate McDowell, this multi-year grant project will focus on hands-on app creation as a way to encourage STEM involvement among young learners from diverse backgrounds. GSLIS will partner with schools and libraries across the country to develop a curriculum for children aged eight to twelve, for eventual use in other library and school settings. Through this project, children will both develop their own apps and share them with others, highlighting their achievements and learning about others’ as well.

Read more in the Letter from the CCB Director in the September newsletter, and stay tuned for more information as the project begins this fall.

Upcoming CCB Events

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Annual Storytelling Festival

On Saturday, April 4, the CCB hosted the 2015 Storytelling Festival at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Coordinated this year by Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Kate McDowell and GSLIS alum, CAS student, and Uni High School Librarian Amy Atkinson, the Festival featured both new performers and returning seasoned storytellers sharing age-old folklore, personal stories, and everything in between, followed by a decidedly impressive open mic that lasted long into the evening. Thanks to everyone who made the event a success!

Video highlights are below, audio of each story can be found here, or you can listen to the full program here.

2015 Gryphon Lecture

On Friday, March 6th, Rebekah Willett, Assistant Professor of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, presented the 2015 Gryphon Lecture, "Research on Children, Youth and Media: Applications for LIS Education and Practice." A reception in the GSLIS East Foyer followed the presentation.

Dr. Willett conducts research on children’s media cultures, focusing on issues of gender, play, literacy, and learning. Her publications include work on playground games, amateur camcorder cultures, young people’s online activities, and children’s story writing.

The Gryphon Lecture series is hosted every spring semester by the Center for Children's Books and features a leading scholar in the field of youth and literature, media, and culture. Gryphon Lectures are free and open to students and the public. A reception to discuss issues raised, network across departments, and meet with the speaker follows each lecture. Illinois educators are eligible to receive CPDU recognition for participation.

Audio from this presentation is available here. For more information about the program, please see our Gryphon Lecture page.

2015 Gryphon Award Recipient

We are pleased to announce that Skateboard Party, written by Karen English, illustrated by Laura Freeman, and published by Clarion Books, is the winner of the 2015 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.

Calling all interested libraries and schools!

Would you like to work with the CCB on our three-year national-level App Author project where we use libraries and schools as sites to teach youth, especially in underserved populations, to create apps and team with younger kids to use them?

Deborah Stevenson, director of the CCB, and Kate McDowell, Associate Professor at GSLIS, are following our Closing the App Gap IMLS-funded project with a proposal to involve youth in app creation at several sites across the country to strengthen digital opportunities, and we’re looking for possible partners. We’re not asking for commitment yet, just possible interest, so if you’d like to consider being a site, drop us a line. Send your name and that of your library/school (preferably with a link to the website) to, and we’ll be in touch as the proposal evolves.

Behind the Scenes at the Bulletin

Ever wonder why the CCB is closed on Wednesdays? The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, a nationally recognized review journal of children’s books and the source of most of the CCB’s collection, is the only major reviewing periodical for children’s literature whose entire reviewing staff meets regularly and reads everyone else’s reviews for the issue. Check out this video to learn more about our Bulletin reviewing team!


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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