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This Month's Newsletter

December/January Newsletter

This Month's Bibliographies

Suffragettes, Artists, and Pilots Oh My!: Biographies of Women of Action

Burning Brightly: Fiery Titles that Bring the Heat

Storytelling Bibliography:

Stories and Legends from the Land of the Rising Sun: Stories about Japan or Japanese Culture

Check out more annotated bibliographies sorted by topic or date.

Youth Lit Book Club

We will be reading My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins for our meeting on December 10th in the CCB from 5-6pm.

Fall Finals Hours

Monday: 2pm-7pm
Tuesday: 10am-3pm
Wednesday: 2pm-7pm
Thursday: 10am-3pm
Friday: Closed

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Reduced Hours & Closures During Winter Break

The Center for Children's Books will be operating at a reduced schedule during finals week, December 15-18, and we will be closed from Friday, December 19 through Friday, January 2. We will reopen with reduced hours for the remainder of winter break starting on Monday, January 5. Regular spring semester hours will begin on Tuesday, January 20. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Finals Week & Winter Break Reduced Hours:

Monday: 2pm-7pm
Tuesday: 10am-3pm
Wednesday: 2pm-7pm
Thursday: 10am-3pm
Friday: Closed


The 2014 Guide Book to Gift Books is here!

Each year, the Bulletin puts out a handy collection of recent and recommended titles to help with gift solutions for all the young bibliophiles in your life. The Guide Book is organized into four age categories and features a wide variety of titles to suit any taste. The Guide Book to Gift Books is free and available for download now on the Bulletin website - happy gifting!


Mix IT Up! Amazon Wish List

Interested in supporting a community library this holiday season? Highlighted in the most recent newsletter feature, the Mix IT Up! project is wrapping up a multi-year history of successful partnerships with local organizations. Many of Mix IT Up!'s partner programs will be continuing this spring, and they could use your help. Check out the Mix IT Up! Amazon Wish List and donate a book to a local organization to support the reading interests of local youth. Donated books will support libraries at:

For more information, please contact Joe Coyle at joe.a.coyle@gmail.com.


Youth Lit Book Club 2014 Winter Reading Recommendations

Are you suddenly faced with a lot of free time now that the semester is over? Look no further than the Youth Lit Book Club's annual winter reading suggestions to keep you entertained this winter break! You'll find book club selections from the past year, plus more book club nominees and some that we just think are wonderful, including fiction, nonfiction, and a few graphic novels. Download the PDF here, and enjoy the winter reading!


Upcoming CCB Events

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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!

 


Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out

In celebration of the 2014 Banned Books Week, an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association and other like-minded organizations, we hosted a banned book read-in on Monday, September 22. Participants chose their favorite banned books and read them out loud on camera in support of the ALA Virtual Read-Out. Check out our videos below, or take a look at the Banned Books Week YouTube channel for read-ins from around the world. Thanks to all of our wonderful readers!

 


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.

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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