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CCB Newsletter

May/June 2019

In this Newsletter…

  • News and Updates
  • Calendar
  • Our Affiliates Out and About
  • New Book We Just Had to Read: Can Cat and Bird Be Friends? written and illus. by Coll Muir
  • Highlighted Book from Our Wish List: Because You’ll Never Meet Me


News and Updates

Summer Getaway 2019: Professional Development for School Librarians
Back by popular demand, Summer Getaway 2019: Professional Learning for School Librarians will be hosted by the iSchool at Illinois from July 11-12 on the Urbana-Champaign campus.

This year’s conference will allow attendees to dive deeply into state and national library standards, with a special focus on Linking for Learning and AASL's National School Library Standards. Led by iSchool faculty/instructors/staff and school library professionals, each daily session will offer a relaxed learning environment where authentic dialogue is encouraged and practical application remains at the forefront.

Early Bird Registration will open until June 15, 2019. Please visit our #SG19 conference website for more information and to register. Be prepared to pack your bags—you won't want to miss this summer getaway opportunity!

Questions? Contact Ann Ohms, School Librarian Program Coordinator


May/June Calendar

Summer hours begin Monday, May 6th: Tuesday 10am-6pm, Wednesday 2-6pm, Thursday 10am-6pm


Our Affiliates Out and About 

On April 15th, Dr. Deborah Stevenson and Stacia McKeever gave a brown bag: Picture Book Art is Fine: Learning to Look at Picture Book and Fine Art Together.

Dr. Elizabeth Massa Hoiem, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Judith Plotz Emerging Scholar Award, which is given annually by the Children’s Literature Association (ChLA), for “Radical Cross-Writing for Working Children: Toward a Bottom-up History of Children’s Literature.” The Lion & the Unicorn vol. 41, no. 1, 2017: 1-27. She will receive the award at the 2019 ChLA conference, which will be held June 13-15 in Indianapolis.

CCB GA Stacia McKeever has been awarded the Edith Harris Camp Award, which will be presented to her at the School of Information Sciences Convocation Ceremony on Sunday, May 12th at Foellinger Auditorium.

Monica Hoh, CCB volunteer and MS/LIS student, has been awarded a fellowship from the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP). The fellowship program lasts for one year and begins at the SSP Annual Meeting, which will be held May 29-31 in San Diego, California.

In June Dr. Deborah Stevenson will be attending the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC to present the Scott O’Dell Historical Fiction Award for Finding Langston to Lesa Cline-Ransome and to meet informally with possible App Authors participants. Click here for more information about the ongoing App Authors project.


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 (http://bccb.ischool.illinois.edu) to learn how to subscribe.


Elora’s Review: Can Cat and Bird Be Friends? written and illus. by Coll Muir
Reading Level: Gr. 1-2
Pages: [32p]
Publisher and Year: Harper, 2019
ISBN: 978-0-06-286593-9
Price: $17.99

While tales of cats and birds can often end in tragedy, Can Cat and Bird Be Friends? wonders if that age old dynamic can be changed. The book starts with a classic set up between the two (“Are you a bird?” “Yes, I am”. “Then I must eat you”), but things quickly change as the bird asks “why?” and the pair start going through all the things they like to do. Through this activity, the two realize that they actually like each other and could be friends. However, the budding friendship is almost immediately challenged, only to be saved by a surprise shared interest. The story is told only using black and white drawings on an olive background, and the text font is rendered similarly, allowing the reader to quickly associate black with the cat and white with the bird. The proposed hobbies of the cat and bird, such as hiding under cars and sitting on wires, will be sure to get giggles out of young readers. The text of the story is very straightforward and almost terse, reminiscent of the Jon Klassen Hat trilogy, and the increasing silliness of the situation keeps the mood light and the story moving. 


Highlighted Book from Our Wish List

Thomas, Leah. Because You’ll Never Meet Me. Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 978-1681190211

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


CCB Summer Hours and General Information

Summer 2019 Hours

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 10am-6pm
Wednesday: 2pm-6pm
Thursday: 10am-6pm
Friday: CLOSED

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