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CCB Newsletter

May/June 2018

In this Newsletter…

  • News and Updates
  • Calendar
  • Our Affiliates Out and About
  • New Books We Just Had to read All Summer Long and Doll-E 1.0
  • Highlighted Book from Our Wish List: Julie of the Wolves



News and Updates

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Jiying Sun, Assistant Professor of Elementary Education at Tianjin Normal University as our Scholar-in-Residence for the year. Sun’s research interests include app development and science media resources for children.

Award and Grant Winners
We would like to congratulate our affiliates on their recent awards and grants.

Associate Professor Kate McDowell is the 2018 recipient of the Excellence in Online & Distance Teaching Award, given annually by the University of Illinois.

Assistant Professor Rachel M. Magee has been awarded a three-year Early Career Development grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program for her project, “Young Researchers: Collaborating with Youth and Libraries for Community Based Scholarship.”

2018 Children’s Literature Award and Grant Winners

Dr. Karen Coats, reviewer at The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, has been awarded the Edited Book Award for her work on Mother’s in Children’s and Young Adult Literature: From the Eighteenth Century to Postfeminism

Lettycia Terrones, PhD Candidate at the School of Information Sciences, has been awarded the PhD Honor in the Graduate Student Essay Award for “Pedagogies of the Home in the Art and Narrative of Chicanx Picturebooks,” sponsored by Dr. Elizabeth Hoiem, Assistant Professor of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Wesley Jacques, reviewer at The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, has been awarded the Beiter Graduate Student Research Grant.

Summer Getaway 2018: Professional Development for School Librarians
Back by popular demand, Summer Getaway 2018: Professional Development for School Librarians will be hosted by the University of Illinois' School of Information Sciences from July 12-14, 2018. This unique PD event, held on-campus in Champaign, IL, repeats the well-received format of a daily focus on a single, high-demand topic. Led by school library professionals, each in-depth session offers a relaxed learning environment where authentic dialogue is encouraged.

Attendees can customize the conference experience, electing to attend for 1, 2, or 3 full days of engaged learning.  This year’s conference will place emphasis on the cultivation of community partnerships as a mechanism to support youth literacy and inquiry.  School library professionals are encouraged, though not required, to invite a potential community partner/educator to attend.

Please visit our #SG18 conference website,, to view this year’s sessions and to complete the registration process. Register by June 1st to receive the discounted, early bird rate and attend for just $50/day!  Brain food (breakfast and lunch) is included in the cost of registration. We encourage current iSchool students to attend Summer Getaway 2018 for a discounted student rate of $10/day.  Please have your Campus ID number accessible for registration. Be prepared to pack your bags; you won't want to miss this Summer Getaway opportunity!

Storytelling Festival
The 2018 Storytelling Festival was a great success! Thanks to everyone who supported the CCB and enjoyed a night of stories. Find the full audio recordings here and a highlight reel can be viewed here


May/June Calendar

Summer hours begin Monday May 7th:  Tuesday 8am-5pm, Wednesday 2-7pm, and Thursday 8am-5pm


Our Affiliates Out and About

In April, Dr. Kate McDowell directed the Storytelling Festival, along with the CCB, and the iSchool. Full audio recordings of each performance can be found here and a highlight reel can be viewed here

On April 24th, Dr. Kate McDowell gave the keynote speech at the 10th Annual Illinois Recruiters’ Forum:

On May 4th McDowell will lead a workshop on “Data Storytelling: Structures and Strategies” for the Library UX Chicago group:

McDowell will represent the University on May 17th-18th at the Illinois State Library:

Dr. Deborah Stevenson will be giving a talk at "Border-Crossing in Children's Literature," the Second International Symposium for Children's Literature & the Fourth US-China Symposium for Children's Literature at Princeton University, from June 14th-15th.

In June Dr. Deborah Stevenson will be attending the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans to participate in The Scott O’Dell Historical Fiction Award Presentation and to meet informally with possible App Authors participants. Click here for more information about the ongoing App Authors project.

Dr. Elizabeth Hoiem will present her paper, “A Child-Centered Universe: Growth and Development in Nineteenth-Century Children’s Nonfiction” at the Children’s Literature Association Conference, which will be held June 28-30 in San Antonio, Texas.

Hoiem published her paper, “From Philosophical Experiment to Adventure Fiction: English Adaptations of French Robinsonades and the Politics of Genre,” in Children’s Literature 46, (2018).

Hoiem also published “Scaffolding and Play Approaches to Digital Humanities Pedagogy: Assessment and Iteration in Topically-Driven Courses,” co-authored with Dr. Daniel Tracy, in Digital Humanities Quarterly 11, no 4. (2017).


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: All Summer Long by Hope Larson

Reading Level: Gr. 5-18

Pages: [172p.]

Publisher and Year: Farrar, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-374-30485-0

Price: $21.99

Austin and Bina have been best friends since before they could remember. Now, though, Austin is going away to a soccer camp, which is totally going to ruin their annual summer fun index,(which Austin thinks they’re too old for anyway). Faced with a whole summer alone, Bina begins to tire of sending unanswered texts to Austin, and Bina’s parents begin to tire of her constant TV watching.  In an unexpected turn of events, Bina finds a friend in Charlie, Austin’s formerly scary older sister. Of course, hanging out with a high schooler, no matter how cool her music taste is, comes with its own set of issues. All of this leaves Bina wishing that Austin would just come home from camp, even if he has been ignoring her texts and acting kind of strange. Throughout this graphic novel Bina learns that different isn’t always bad, and that growing up isn’t always growing apart. While Austin and Bina’s relationship is the focus, Larson also touches on family dynamics and individuality. The black, white, and gold art depicts Bina's long summer days hangout with Charlie, Austin, and her diverse family. Readers who have enjoyed Shannon Hale's Real Friends will enjoy Larson's exploration of evolving friendships.


Stacia’s Review: Doll-E 1.0; written and illus. by Shanda McCloskey

Reading Level: 5-8 yrs

Publisher and Year: Little, 2018

Pages: [34p.]

ISBN: 978-0-316-51031-8

Price: $17.99

Charlotte is a confident, curious, tech-savvy girl with blue hair who loves to problem solve. She spends her days with Blutooth, her best friend and pet dog, creating and tinkering, slowing down occasionally to help her parents navigate their devices (“Easy fix, mom. Just press this, this, and this”). Mom and Dad wonder if maybe she’s too techy, so to help their daughter expand her modes of play they surprise her with a doll, but neither Charlotte nor Blutooth are impressed by its lack of engagement. Naturally, Charlotte gets to work designing a creative solution, but not without resistance from Blutooth, who is beginning to feel overshadowed.  Gestural and washy, McCloskey's illustrations mimic the drawings found throughout Charlotte’s lab, creating a cozy and supportive setting for characters to work through their feelings in. Effective compositions full of energy and movement lead the viewer's eye back and forth between characters as their very different inner dialogues unfold together on the page. Doll-E 1.0 presents tech in an accessible and creative way that will help kids feel unintimidated by tinkering, and reassure parents that kids can balance interests in a way that works for them. 



Highlighted Book from Our Wish List

George, Jean Craighead. Julie of the Wolves. Paperback ed. HarperClassics, 2016. ISBN 978-0064400589.

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


CCB Summer Hours and General Information

Our Summer hours will begin Monday, May 7th.

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday: 8am-5pm

Wednesday: 2-7pm

Thursday: 8am-5pm

Friday: CLOSED


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