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CCB Newsletter

September/October 2017


In this Newsletter…

  • News and Updates
  • Calendar
  • Our Affiliates Out and About
  • New Bibliography on the CCB Website: Scary Good: New Paranormal Tales to Fright and Delight
  • New Books We Just Had to Read Autoboyography and A Different Pond
  • Highlighted Book from Our Wish List: Wild Robot



News and Updates


Welcome New Students

The CCB is excited to welcome a new cohort of students at the iSchool! The CCB graduate assistants will be doing class visits and giving tours to new students to give them more information about the CCB We offer students volunteer opportunities that focus on practical library experience with the CCB collection.  We also offer course reserves for the youth literature classes offered in IS and the Curriculum and Instruction program in the College of Education. Our space is open for students to come and work on group projects, browse our non-circulating collection, and attend events such as the the Open House we will be hosting in September.


CCB Youth Book Club

The CCB will be hosting a book club during the 2017-2018 book club. This year’s club will be wide-ranging, expanding beyond books to other media geared to youth, and it will be student led. If you are interested in joining please join our Facebook group here.


Fall Hours

The CCB will start our Fall Semester hours August 28th. Our Fall hours will be:

Monday 10am-1pm

Tuesday 10am-7pm

Wednesday 4-7pm

Thursday 10-5pm

Friday 10-4pm



September/October Calendar

CCB Fall Hours Start August 28th see Fall Hours for more information.

CCB Open House and Galley Giveaway: Wenesday September 27th 4-6pm



Our Affiliates Out and About

The Scott O’Dell Historical Fiction Award Presentation was held in Chicago at ALA Annual in June; CCB director and BCCB editor Deborah Stevenson and adjunct lecturer, BCCB reviewer, and committee member Betty Bush attended the ceremony along with Horn Book editor (and former BCCB editor) Roger Sutton and committee member Ann Carlson.   hobnob with O’Dell Award Winner Jennifer Holm who wrote the winning book Full of Beans.


Assistant Professor Liz Hoiem published her paper, “The Literature of Child Workers: Toward a Bottom-Up History of Children’s Literature,” in The Lion and the Unicorn. She attended the Children’s Literature Association in June and presented her paper, “The Politics of How Things Are Made: Representations of Slavery and Labor in Children’s Histories of Technology.” She also attended Digital Humanities 2017, where she presented her poster, “Teaching Digital Humanities Tools at a Distance: A Librarian-Instructor Partnership Integrating Scalar into a Graduate Distance Course,” co-authored with Daniel Tracy. Drs. Tracy and Hoiem also co-authored At the Helm: Leading Transformation: The Proceedings of the ACRL 2017 Conference March 22–25, 2017.


App Authors wrapped up its successful Summer Programing at Champaign Public Library Douglass Branch in July with a successful showcase displaying participants’ achievements. Additionally, our remote partners at Maryland’s Frederick County Public Library system taught the curriculum at their C. Burr Artz Library.  The project is now moving onto its third and final year, and it’s pinning down final school and public library sites—if you’re interested, please reach out to CCB director Deborah Stevenson at



New Bibliography on the CCB Website

Scary Good: New Paranormal Tales to Fright and Delight

Created by Sam Greenfield



New Books We Just Had to Read

Every month, the CCB and BCCB Graduate Assistants highlight books reviewed in the most recent issue of the Bulletin that we were excited to read.  These decisions are based on personal preference, but all books listed are Recommended by the Bulletin. For complete reviews, visit the Bulletin website ( to learn how to subscribe.


Hannah’s Review: Autoboyography written by Christina Lauren

Reading Level: Gr. 9-12

Pages: 404p.

Publisher and Year: Simon, 2017

Trade ed. ISBN: 978-1-4814-8168-7

E-book ed. ISBN:  978-1-4814-8170-0

Trade ed. price: $17.99

Ebook ed. price: $10.99

It has been three years since Tanner Scott and his family relocated to Provo, Utah from sunny California. In California, Tanner was out about his bisexuality, but in his new conservative surroundings he’s back in the closet. Now, Tanner is only a semester away from the freedom that an out-of-state college will provide, and senioritis has hit him hard. Tanner was planning on coasting through his final semester, but his best friend Autumn dares him to take Seminar, a course where students write an entire book in a semester. He is never one to turn down a dare, and joins Seminar to prove how easy writing a book is. Instead he finds himself falling in love with his teacher’s assistant, Mormon writing prodigy Sebastian Brother. Autoboyography, explores the challenges of faith, sexuality, and love, contrasting  Tanner's supportive family with Sebastian’s conservative parents (his father is a Mormon bishop). Both Tanner's struggle with loving someone from a different background, and Sebastian's struggles with making peace between his religion and sexuality are explored. Tanner and Sebastian’s whirlwind romance is authentic, and it will have the reader rooting for their relationship to flourish.


Sam’s Review: A Different Pond by Bao Phi; illus. By Thi Bui.

Reading Level: 4-7 yrs

Pages: [32p]

Publisher and Year: Capstone, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-62370-803-0

Price: $15.95

In this autobiographical picture book, Canadian author Bao Phi tells the story of one of many early morning fishing trips that he used to take with his father. They must rise “hours before the sun comes up,” because Phi’s father has recently gotten a second job. Readers will soon come to realize that this is a fishing trip beget out of necessity, not of fun, but that does not make the shared moments between father and son any less special. The tone of the story is quiet, contemplative, and a bit nostalgic, perfectly fitting for telling the story of a quiet morning in which the two bait catch a few fish, share a bologna sandwich, and discuss Phi’s father’s experience in Vietnam, the country he left behind. Thi Bui’s artwork complements the story well, sticking to a palette of cool blues, grays, and browns in the early morning outdoor scenes. This is a story not only of fishing, or of the small moments that make our childhoods what they are, but also the immigrant experience in America, and it is sure to have appeal to a wide variety of readers. An author’s note detailing the family’s experience as Vietnamese refugees in Minneapolis, Minnesota is included.




Highlighted Book from Our Wish List


Brown, Peter. Wild Robot. Hardcover ed. Little Brown Books, 2016. ISBN 978-0316381994.


For more book selections or to order this one, visit the CCB’s Amazon Wish List.



CCB Fall Hours and General Information

Fall 2017 hours

Monday: 10-1pm

Tuesday: 10am-7pm

Wednesday: 3:00-7pm

Thursday: 10-5pm

Friday: 10-5pm

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