The Center for Children's Books

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


Current Research Spotlight

Michelle Martin

The 2014 Gryphon Lecture will be held on Friday, February 28 from 7-9pm. Michelle Martin, the inaugural Augusta Baker Endowed Chair of Children's Literacy at the University of South Carolina will present "Augusta Baker and the Art of Storytelling: Gateway to Children's Literacy and Literature, which will examine the Baker's work in storytelling as part of her larger efforts to promoting children's literacy and diversifying children's literature nationally. More information can be found on our Gryphon Lecture page.

Affiliate Current Research Overviews

Updated montly, this section will detail conference presentations, publications, and other research activity by CCB Affiliates.

CCB Director Deborah Stevenson, along with CCB Affiliates GSLIS Interim Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Kate McDowell and GSLIS PhD student Cass Mabbott, will present “Closing the App Gap I: Tablets in Summer Reading for Youth" at the GSLIS Research Showcase on March 14.

CCB Affiliates and GSLIS adjunct instructors Georgeann Burch and Betty Bush were interviewed in a feature for the CCB Newsletter.

CCB Affiliate and GSLIS Assistant Professor Carol Tilley was interviewed a feature called “An Uncensored Look at Banned Comics” that appeared in the February 2014 issue of Print Magazine. She also presented a talk, “Comics: A Love/Mystery/Adventure Story” for Chicago-based tech company BrightTag’s Hack Week event.

CCB Outreach and Communications Coordinator Tad Andracki has been appointed to the Rainbow List Project Committee of the GLBT Round Table of ALA for a two-year term.


Doctoral Research

The CCB maintains a list of current and recent doctoral students at GSLIS and elsewhere at the University of Illinois whose research relates to youth services or children's literature. See what kinds of work is being done on our doctoral student research page.



The Youth, Literature, & Culture group (YLC) is an interdisciplinary collaboration of faculty and doctoral students from the University of Illinois, Illinois State University, and Eastern Illinois University.

In formal existence since 2004, this group brings together faculty and doctoral students who share a scholarly interest in children’s and young adult literature and media. We represent various disciplines, including Education, English, History, Library and Information Science, and meet monthly to discuss research on young people, texts, and cultural contexts. We also participate in the annual GSLIS Research Showcase, and host the Gryphon Lecture, an annual lecture featuring a leading scholar of youth and literature, media, or culture.

For the 2013-2014 academic year, YLC will meet on selected Fridays in the CCB (Room 24 of GSLIS) from 10:00-11:00 am. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. Please email Deborah Stevenson for more details.

The next Youth, Literature, and Culture Research Workshop will take place on Friday, October 25 at 10:00 am. CCB outreach and communications coordinator Tad Andracki will share his ChLA presentation, "Playing with Everything: Childhood, Biopower, and Animacy in The Brave Little Toaster," which draws on queer studies, affect theory, and posthumanism to examine the classic animated film.


Gryphon Lecture

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 literature. It is an event developed to hold relevance across disciplines at the University. These 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. Visit our Gryphon Lecture page for archives of previous speakers and audio of past lectures.

Research Archives

Archived information about previous conferences, presentations, and research profiles is kept in our research archives.