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CCB Newsletter
April 2012


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News and Updates

Spring Semester Wrapping Up

It’s hard to believe, but April is the last full month of the spring semester—and that means it’s the last month of regularly scheduled CCB events!  We hope to see you all at our last Youth Lit Book Club of the academic year, where we’ll be discussing the 2012 Newbery Award winner Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos.  We’d love to hear your thoughts on this award-winner!  For our last CCB Brown Bag, we’ve invited GSLIS CAS student Jeanie Austin and her fellow Independent Media Center librarians to present a zine-making workshop.  For more about these or other CCB events, be sure to check our calendar.  Of course, our biggest April event is the 9th Annual Storytelling Festival, which you can read more about in this month’s Feature.  We wish everyone a happy spring, and best of luck to those finishing up another academic semester!


April Calendar

Wednesday, April 4:       K-12 Professional Book Club, 4-5pm in the CCB, also online via Blackboard Collaborate
                                                Getting Started with English Language Learners: How Educators Can Meet the Challenge by Judie Haynes                                                                              

Thursday, April 5:        CCB Brown Bag with Jeanie Austin and Chris Ritzo, 11:30am-1:00pm
                                                Presentation about zines, 11:30-12:00
                                                Zine-making workshop, 12:00-1:00

Saturday, April 14:       2012 Storytelling Festival, 7-9pm, LIS 126
                                                $3 with student ID, $5 public
                                                Ticket sales begin at 6:30pm

Thursday, April 19:      Youth Lit Book Club, 5-6pm
                                                Discussing Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

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


New Bibliography on the CCB Website

Our Planet on the Page: Books about the Environment

Created by Anna Holland


Our Affiliates Out and About

CCB Affiliates Georgeann Burch and Betty Bush will be presenting at the ISLMA Mini-Conferences, April 21 in Moweaqua and April 28 in Libertyville.  Their session, entitled “Here Comes the Core!: Implications for the Nonfiction Collection” will explore how the New Illinois Learning Standards will impact school library collection development, and how the Common Core standards can connect the library with the classroom.  Registration information is available at


Feature: Announcing the 2012 Storytelling Festival

The Center for Children’s Books (CCB) at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) will host their annual Storytelling Festival on Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 7-9 pm at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science Building, Room 126, 501 E. Daniel St. in Champaign. The Festival will feature a wide variety of stories from around the world and will bring to life some eclectic characters including curious Corn Fairies, the legendary Paul Bunyan and his blue ox Babe, and a talking noodle kugel. Stories will be performed by a select group of GSLIS students and faculty, including new storytellers and seasoned professionals.

“The Festival is a great opportunity for the community to enjoy the art of storytelling and it provides our emerging student storytellers with a chance to shine,” said Assistant Professor Kate McDowell, who teaches storytelling courses at GSLIS.

The cost for students is $3 with a Student ID and $5 for the public. Tickets can be purchased at the door beginning at 6:30 pm. Some material may not be appropriate for children.

For more information or if you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this program/event, contact the CCB at (217) 244-9331 or

Enjoy a taste of last year's festival by watching the trailer. For more, check out the full highlights of the 2011 Storytelling Festival.


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.

Laurel’s Choice: The Boy on Cinnamon Street by Phoebe Stone
Reading Level:
Gr. 5-7
Publisher and Year:
Levine/Scholastic, 2012

After suffering a traumatic loss, seventh-grader Louise’s life has been turned upside down. She now lives with her grandparents, goes to a new school, and quit the gymnastics team even though doing cartwheels used to be as natural as breathing for her. Louise’s grandparents, her best friend Reni, and Reni’s brother Henderson try to help Louise re-find herself and mend with their steadfast support. When a note turns up under Louise’s doorstep from a secret admirer after a cute pizza delivery boy has just been by, Louise and Reni turn their energies into figuring out who likes Louise. The journey to discover the mystery crush helps Louise move forward and heal by activating the repressed memories of her mother’s suicide and her father’s prior abandonment. It’s no surprise when we learn that Henderson is responsible for the notes and Louise realizes their friendship is something more. Louise’s honesty coupled with the genuine and infallible relationships portray a touching and realistic experience of overcoming grief and regaining one’s identity after tragedy.

Anna’s Choice: Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony
Reading Level: Gr. 9-12
Pages: 272
Publisher and Year: Razorbill, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-59514-435-5
Price: $19.99
Gloria “Glory” Fleming is a world-famous piano prodigy gone missing.  Since the death of her mother nine years ago, Glory has become a shell of her former self. Isolated by her piano-coaching father’s strict practices and parenting, Glory finds herself drawn to her newly implanted Argentinian neighbor, Francisco.  The mystery unfolds in a series of captivating collages by book designer Rodrigo Corral, whose use of staged models and carefully arranged mementos such as ticket stubs, letters, and drawings give the book an almost picture book quality. As the pages turn, the musical and artistic story of Glory and Francisco’s eighteen-month romance is told in a sequence of flashbacks. As visual clues build, the question of Glory’s sanity heightens. When in concert, she frequently and abruptly slips into preforming “Chopsticks” to the world’s horror. Careful observers will recognize her maddening performance as one of several pieces of delicately hidden evidence of a mental breakdown, which in the end strings together a narrative that begs questioning our own perception of reality—and even the existence of Francisco himself. 
Lauren’s Choice: Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani
Reading Level: Gr. 5-8
Pages: 298
Publisher and Year: Candlewick Press, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7636-5684-3
Price: $15.99

Meena, a twelve-year-old girl and recent Indian immigrant living in New York City, and River, a Kentucky born-and-bred twelve-year-old boy, build a remarkable friendship as old-fashioned pen pals in this novel of trading perspectives.  With their connection established by a shared fondness for letter writing, the pair’s first letters are marked by honest curiosity about the other’s life, and the ensuing dutiful—yet illuminating—responses contribute to the novel’s remarkably authentic character development.  River likes to play basketball and comes from a mining family, while Meena enjoys drawing and spending time with her older neighbor Mrs. Lau.  But as the letters continue, Meena reveals her family’s secret living status in a rent-controlled apartment supposedly occupied by Mrs. Lau’s son, and River starts to worry that the mountaintop removal process begun by the mining companies in his community will seriously damage the environment.  Delicate treatment of themes like racial injustice, corporate responsibility, and personal integrity favorably elevate this novel of friendship. 


Highlighted Book from Our Wish List

Keding, Dan. Elder Tales: Stories of Wisdom and Courage from Around the World. Libraries Unlimited, 2007. 204 p. ISBN 978-1591585947.

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


CCB Spring Hours and General Information

Monday: 10 am – 5 pm
Tuesday: 10 am – 7 pm
Wednesday: 3 pm – 7 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 7 pm
Friday: 10 am – 5pm

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