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CCB Newsletter
November 2012


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News and Updates

Guide Book to Gift Books 2012 Release

Now available for download on the Bulletin’s website, the annual Guide Book to Gift Books is an excellent resource to help choose books for holidays, birthdays, and all sorts of gift-giving occasions. The Guide Book selects a wide range of books that will have something to match every taste. It’s designed to help you match books to recipients, so it categorizes books into four classes based on a likely age range. Each book has been annotated to help you decide whether it will match your reader’s interest. All of the selections have been reviewed and recommended by professionals at the Bulletin. We wish you well in your shopping!

November is Picture Book Month

Picture Book Month is an international literacy effort that encourages everyone to celebrate the picture book throughout the month of November. You can visit to find a celebration calendar, activities, and posts from “Picture Book Month Champions,” well-known authors and illustrators joining the Picture Book Month cause. The CCB is happy to celebrate Picture Book Month, and we encourage you to join in by visiting us!



October Calendar

  • Tuesday, November 6: K-12 Professional Book Club, 4-6 pm
    Discussing Bullying Prevention and Intervention: Realistic Strategies for Schools by Susan M. Swearer, Dorothy L. Espelage, and Scott A. Napolitano. Professor Espelage will be in attendance at this meeting.

  • Wednesday, November 14: Youth Lit Book Club, 5-6 pm
    Discussing Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony

  • Monday, November 19-Friday, November 23: CCB Closed—Fall Break

  • Friday, November 30: CCB Brown Bag with local GSLIS youth services and school library alumnae, 11:30 am
    Featuring Kristin Hungerford, children’s librarian at Champaign Public Library; Corinne Hatcher, librarian at Champaign’s Central High School; and Hope Morrison, librarian at Urbana’s King Elementary School. The panel will discuss the transition to professional life, the hiring process, and related topics.

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

Celebrating English and Spanish Together: Bilingual Books and Books with Spanish Vocabulary/ Celebrando los Idiomas Inglés y Español Juntos: Libros Bilingües y Libros con Vocabulario en Español
Created by Anna Holland and Katie Boucher, CCB GAs

Art, Museums, and Culture: A Trip to the Krannert Art Museum
Created by Tad Andracki, CCB Outreach and Communications Coordinator



Our Affiliates Out and About

CCB Director Deborah Stevenson will be serving on the ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) Preconference Planning Committee, working to prepare for the summer 2013 preconference—which will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal—at ALA Annual.

CCB Affiliate and GSLIS Associate Professor Christine Jenkins has been appointed to the 2014 Committee for the Sibert Information Book Medal, awarded by ALSC.

CCB Affiliate and GSLIS Assistant Professor Kate McDowell will present a talk on “Places, Spaces, and Ideas: Public Library Architecture and Technologies for Children” at the Central Illinois Regional Children’s Librarians meeting in Peoria on November 5.

CCB Affiliate and GSLIS Assistant Professor Carol Tilley will present “Children and the Comics: Young Readers Take on the Critics” at the University of Arizona’s School of Information Resources and Library Science Research Brown Bag series on November 7.

CCB Affiliate and GSLIS doctoral student Karla Lucht will present “The Search for Hapas: Identifying Titles Featuring Mixed-race Asian Protagonists in Youth Literature” at the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia as an open guest lecture for the course Contemporary Literature and Other Materials for Children.



Feature: For the Future: A New Blog about Youth Services Librarianship

CCB Affiliate and GSLIS Assistant Professor Carol Tilley has recently launched a new resource: a blog featuring interviews and information from youth services librarians. The blog is called For the Future: What Today’s Youth Services Librarians Want the Next Generation to Know. The CCB found the blog intriguing, so we decided to sit down with Tilley and talk to her about it.

Tilley says the blog sprang from time she spent looking at ways for bringing practitioners into conversation with her classroom. She’s considered bringing in guest speakers and having librarians talk from a distance virtually. However, she realized those kinds of projects can limit the number of people who are able to share with her students. With the blog, Tilley says, “the time commitment is different, and we’re able to reach more people.”

According to Tilley, “Practitioners are often invisible, in a sense. Not all of them are writing articles and publishing, so we can’t see them sharing what they do.” After reading so many professional articles about the history of youth services librarianship, Tilley also realized: “Real people wrote those things. Sometimes, I wish I could talk to them.” The blog helps bring practitioners back to the forefront and helps create a record about the stories of real youth services librarians.

Tilley hopes the blog can have multiple kinds of effects. She hopes students and prospective students can use it as a measure for whether they’re entering the right field. “Students sometimes have romanticized notions of youth services librarianship. Stories about the actual practice can sometimes be a reality check.” She also hopes the blog can help explore the nuances of youth services. “We understand that we’re all in the same job, but the communities we live and work in shape our jobs.” She also hopes the blog can help bring a sense of value to youth services librarianship. “There’s room for lots more stories.”

Each post consists of an interview with a librarian with a minimum of three questions: a general overview of the interviewee’s job, a question about day-to-day practice and management, and a question about advice, inspiration, or values. Tilley encourages people to stay engaged—she hopes to see commenters start interacting with the librarians and asking questions. She does see the blog evolving in the future, but for now, her advice? “Keep reading.”



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.

Anna’s Choice: Black Dog by Levi Pinfold
Reading Level: 5-8 yrs.
Pages: 32
Publisher and Year: Templar/Candlewick, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7636-6097-0
Price: $15.99

One snowy morning, the Hope family awakens to a gigantic black dog looming outside their window, which grows taller and larger upon each look. Startled, Mr. Hope calls the police, Mrs. Hope spills her tea in fright, Adeline Hope closes the curtains, and Maurice Hope dashes under the covers with the others. But the youngest Hope (known as Small) sees things a bit differently and calls them all “sillies” for being so afraid. Small dons her coat, boots, and mittens and marches out to meet the mountainous black dog. Whether the dog truly wants to eat her or is simply rather curious is left unsaid. With a quick turn on her heels, Small scampers away singing a magical chant. “You can’t follow where I go, unless you shrink, or don’t you know?” The black dog follows through increasingly smaller holes and tunnels until at last he jumps through the Hope family’s cat flap, whereupon the very brave Small Hope presents the new pet to her family. Highly detailed illustrations of the Hopes’ cluttered home and the folkloric elements of this picture book will surely entertain young audiences with a liking for playful and slightly strange stories. 

Katie’s Choice: Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
Reading Level:  Gr. 9-12
Pages: 368
Publisher and Year: Hyperion, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4231-5956-8
Price: $17.99

Sixteen-year-old Anna Greene has spent her entire life wishing she was somewhere else, living the life of a “daring adventurer.” Instead, she is stuck in Evanston, Illinois with only running and her dreams of distant places to tamper her restlessness—that is, until the enigmatic Bennett Cooper transfers to her high school. At first cold and distant to Anna, Bennett is harboring a weighty secret that Anna later discovers is the ability to time travel. Despite his efforts to avoid closeness with those around him, Bennett cannot suppress the feelings he has for Anna, nor can she ignore the torch she carries for him. With Bennett’s ability to transport them both to any location around the world at any time within his lifespan, their relationship is off to an intense and truly magical start. Anna, however, must face the realities of Bennett’s gift when she learns that her present is actually his past and his stay in her life is anything but permanent. Time Between Us will leave readers with the same longing that its characters endure as they grapple with a love distanced by decades and the bittersweet hope of a seemingly impossible future together.

Tad’s Choice: Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Reading Level: Gr. 5-7
Pages: 240
Publisher and Year: Scholastic, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-545-32698-8
Price: $23.99

Callie is excited when she’s given the opportunity to lead set design for her middle school’s production of Moon over Mississippi, especially since she’s only a seventh-grader. Indeed, the entire cast and set crew is energetic—up until their personal drama begins to outshine the drama of the production. Callie can’t help but grow more and more confused as her many romantic interests start messing with her head: Her good friend Matt starts acting like a jerk, but his jock big brother kisses Callie—but won’t talk to her around his friends. Meanwhile, Justin’s adorable and talented—but he’s gay. His twin brother, Jesse…well, Jesse just might surprise everyone by the time the curtain falls. This graphic novel’s heartwarming depiction of the vagaries of middle-school friendship has broad appeal, and those into drama will identify with Callie’s genuine passion for the stage. There’s much to love here: the colorful and playful art that pulls the story along, Callie’s plucky earnestness, the diverse and close-knit cast, and the honest portrayal of an adolescent trying to figure out herself and her relationships with others.



Highlighted Book from Our Wish List

Montgomery, Kathryn C. Generation Digital: Politics, Commerce, and Childhood in the Age of the Internet.  Cambridge: MIT Press, 2007.

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



CCB Fall Hours and General Information

Note: The CCB will be closed on November 19-23 due to fall break. We apologize for any inconveniences.

  • Monday: 10am-5pm
  • Tuesday: 10am-7pm
  • Wednesday: 4pm-7pm
  • Thursday: 10am-6pm
  • Friday: 10am-5pm

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