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CCB Newsletter

February 2016


In this Newsletter…

  • News and Updates
  • Calendar
  • New Bibliographies on the CCB Website: Nyet Your Familiar Fairytales: A Russian Babayagraphy
  • Our Affiliates Out and About
  • New Books We Just Had to Read: When Mischief Came to Town and Behold the Bones
  • Highlighted Book from Our Wish List: Eleanor & Park


News and Updates

15th Annual Book Sale

The CCB is gearing up for our annual book sale, which will be held from February 15-17 from 10 am to 6 pm each day. Thousands of brand-new children’s books will be available for youth ages birth through high school. The titles available represent the full spectrum of children’s publishing in fiction and non-fiction: board books, picture books, easy and transitional readers, chapter books, series fiction, novels, activity books and kits, non-fiction series, mass-market paperbacks, and more.

Paperback books sell for $1 or $2 each, hardcover books $5 each, and special items are priced as marked.

For the best selection of the book sale, we encourage you to attend the pre-sale, which will be held on February 14. A ticketed reservation is required for the pre-sale, and the tickets sell out quickly. We’re currently taking reservations, and will continue to do so through February 8; you may call (217) 244-9331 or email to reserve a ticket.

For further information about the book sale or the pre-sale, please see our Book Sale webpage.

Gryphon Award Announced

The CCB is pleased to announce the 2016 Gryphon Award winner: Little Robot, written and illustrated by Ben Hatke. Wordless sequences along with short bursts of simple dialogue guide readers through this early reader graphic novel that follows our young heroine with her tiny tool belt as she repairs, befriends, and adventures with a goofy but sincere robot.

The Gryphon Award committee also recognized two honor books:

  • Flutter & Hum: Animal Poems/Aleteo y Zumbido: Poemas de Animales, written and illustrated by Julie Paschkis
  • The Long Dog, written and illustrated by Eric Seltzer

The Gryphon Award is presented annually to the author of an outstanding English language work of fiction or non-fiction for which the primary audience is children in kindergarten through fourth grade. The title chosen best exemplifies those qualities that successfully bridge the gap in difficulty between books for reading aloud to children and books for practiced readers. More information about the award can be found at the CCB Gryphon Award webpage.

The Gryphon Award winners, as well as the 2015 Bulletin Blue Ribbons and winners from the recently announced ALA Youth Media Awards are on display in the CCB on the awards shelf. We invite you to come take a look at these distinguished books for yourself.


February Calendar

  • Thursday, February 11: Extended pre-sale reservations! Final day for CCB Pre-Sale ticket reservations; payment must be recieved by Friday, February 12 at 5pm.
  • Sunday, February 14: CCB Annual Pre-sale, 1-4 pm, GSLIS East Foyer
  • For more information, please visit the Book Sale webpage.
  • Monday, February 15-Wednesday, Februrary 17: Fifteenth Annual CCB Book Sale
  • One of our biggest events of the year. We’ll have thousands of book for ages 0-18 for sale at greatly discounted rates every day from 10am-6pm each day in the CCB. For more information, please visit the Book Sale webpage.
  • Thursday, February 25: CCB Brown Bag: Outside Looking In: A Discussion about Disability in Literature for Young People, 12pm
  • Childhood is the time in our lives when we struggle to find acceptance as we form our individual identities. When compounded by a disability, the struggle becomes a battle. Presented by the CCB and the Diversity Committee, this brown bag explores the challenges of living with disabilities through moderated discussion of the following four books:
    • El Deafo by Cece Bell, Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper, Accidents of Nature by Harriet McBryde Johnson, and Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

Events take place at the CCB unless otherwise noted. For complete descriptions of events, visit the calendar on our website.


New Bibliographies on the CCB Website

Nyet Your Familiar Fairy Tales: A Russian Babayagraphy

Created by Heather Riley, CCB Volunteer


Our Affiliates Out and About

Learn quick and easy book repair and preservation techniques at the hands-on Book Repair Workshop by Kary Barth from Kapco Book Protection on Saturday, February 27. The event is hosted by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science K-12 Office. Register online by February 13.

Associate Professor Carol Tilley has been selected to serve on the judging panel of the 2016 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. The winners will be announced at Comic-Con in San Diego on July 22, 2016.


New Books We Just Had to Read

Every month, the CCB 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.

Lauren’s Choice:  When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad

Reading Level: Gr. 3-5

Pages: 180

Publisher and Year: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.

ISBN: 978-0-544-53432-2

Price: $16.99

Nothing says mischief quite like the young and boisterous Inge Maria.  She journeys

bravely on her own to her grandmother’s quaint farm in Bornholm, a small Danish island.  There colorful scenery, silly farm animals, and a healthy dose of scatological humor counterweigh Inge’s heartbreaking loss of her mother.  With her (seemingly) conservative grandmother as her only companion, Inge finds joy in everyday tasks and expresses her fondness of storytelling.  By recounting bittersweet memories of bedtime stories with her “Mama,” Inge settles in to her grandma’s unfamiliar cottage. Nannestad’s fondness for Danish culture shines through with vivid descriptions of round churches and “fairy-tale beautiful” coastal villages. Mischief would work well for bedtime storytelling; each chapter ties up nicely and leaves a sweet aftertaste.  Notable H. C. Andersen story parallels create clear opportunities to introduce young readers to intertextuality. Further, the connection developed between Inge and her grandmother exemplifies the importance of resilient female friendships. Inge’s character is heavily influenced by her well-known precursors, Pippi Longstocking and Anne of Green Gables, which would serve as excellent read-alikes for readers looking to add a little more mischief to their bedtime stories.

Melissa’s Choice: Behold the Bones by Natalie C. Parker

Reading Level: Gr. 8-10

Pages: [368]

Publisher and Year: HarperTeen/HarperCollins, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-06-224155-9

Price: $17.99

Candace “Candy” Pickens knows her family’s tradition of standing in their private cemetery and reciting the names of the deceased who had inherited the “Craven family curse” on her birthday is… unusual, but the whole of Sticks, Louisiana is unusual. For one thing, the swamp that surrounds the town has inspired local lore and ghost stories for decades. For another, in the past few months, more and more spirit sightings have occurred, drawing a well-known ghost hunting television show host to Sticks to film the series’ next installment. Unlike everyone else, Candy cannot see nor does she believe in the magic of the swamp, but when spirits are repelled by her presence and she experiences thoughts that are not her own, Candy begins to search for answers and must loosen her skepticism toward the swamp’s power. This companion to Beware the Wild gives voice to blunt, brazen Candy and expands on the tight knit friendship between Candy and her two best friends.


Highlighted Book from Our Wish List

Rowell, Rainbow. Eleanor & Park. St. Martin’s Press, 2013. ISBN 978-1250012579.

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


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