The Center for Children's Books

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

Reading Corner

This Month's Newsletter

September Newsletter

This Month's Bibliographies

KA-POW!: Stories About Superheroes

Are We Alone?: The Alien Invasion into Youth Literature

Check out more annotated bibliographies sorted by topic or date.

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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Banned Books Week Read-In Monday, September 22

Banned Books Week September 21 - 27

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.

In celebration of the 2014 Banned Books Week, an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association and other like-minded organizations, read a banned book out loud! From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Monday, we will have a video recorder set up in the CCB, and YOU are invited to make your support visible (and audible) as you read aloud from a banned book! Bring your favorite or select from one of the many banned books in the CCB. Sign up for a 5-minute segment at the CCB, email us at, or simply drop in that day to show your support.

Annual Open House & Galley Giveaway

Please join us for our upcoming Annual Open House on Wednesday, September 17 at 5 pm. Learn more about the center and mingle with GSLIS youth services faculty while you enjoy cider and doughnuts from Curtis Orchard. This event also serves as the first Galley Giveaway of the school year, so come on in for free pre-publication copies of picture, middle grade, and young adult books. We look forward to seeing you there!

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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