The Center for Children's Books


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

2011-2012 Events | Lecture/Workshop Resources | Archived Events (before Aug. 2011)

The Center for Children's Books sponsors and particpates in a variety of special events relating to children's literature and early literacy throughout the year. Past events have included author visits, the Youth Literature Festival, the Edible Books Festival, and our annual Open House. We also have resources from some of our events that are listed chronologically under each event and on our Lecture/Workshop Resources page. For recordings and program information from our past Storytelling Festivals, visit the Storytelling Audio page.


2012 Gryphon Lecture

On Thursday, March 1st Dr. Margaret Mackey, Professor at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta, presented the 2012 Gryphon Lecture in a talk entitled "Grounding our Perspectives on Children's Literature."

Her presentation considered the resources that child readers bring to their reading of their literature. Their repertoires include their own local understandings of the world and their other encounters with texts, fictional and otherwise. The presentation explored how our views of children's literature and children's reading are affected if we take a full 360-degree account of children's textual lives: their school books, their media experiences, their daily environmental literacies, and the like. How does our analysis of a literary experience change when we regard it as embedded and embodied?

After the lecture, attendees enjoyed an informal reception with Dr. Mackey.

Dr. Margaret Mackey
2012 Gryphon Lecturer

Lecture attendees listen as Dr. Mackey connects mapping and physical geography to early literacy experiences. Dr. Mackey demonstrates an iPad app that maps her early literacy experiences.

2012 Book Sale

We enjoyed seeing all of our CCB friends at our 11th Annual Book Sale. Whether it was Pre-Sale attendees purchasing for their school or classroom libraries, or regular sale attendees buying books for their own children, we enjoyed seeing faces both old and new. Thanks for supporting the CCB, and enjoy those new books!

Rows of paperback fiction lined up for Pre-Sale attendees. Pre-Sale attendees set aside stacks of books to sort through and purchase. Graphic novels were among our most popular items at the Pre-Sale. This cart cleared out quick!

2011 Open House

With Curtis Orchard donuts, apple cider, and free galleys, the CCB opened our doors to GSLIS students, staff, and friends during our September Open House. Many thanks to all who came to learn about the CCB!

Galleys all lined up, ready for Open House guests to browse through. Open House guests look through boxes of galleys.