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CCB Newsletter
December 2012 & January 2013


In this Newsletter…

News and Updates

Winter Break at the CCB

The CCB will be open at reduced hours during the winter break season. Please check our calendar for details. Regular spring semester hours will resume Monday, January 14. We have many events planned for January already, so mark your calendars now! For continued updates on events in January and February, make sure you’ve liked our Facebook page.

Book Bonanzas: Galley Giveaway and Annual Book Sale

The CCB’s second Galley Giveaway for the academic year will begin on Tuesday, January 15 when the CCB opens at 10 am. The Giveaway will remain open through Thursday, January 17 during CCB regular hours. Come into the CCB to pick out free pre-publication review copies of all kinds of children’s and young adult books. We recommend that you come early for the best selection!

The CCB is also gearing up for our Twelfth Annual Book Sale, which will be held February 18-20 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm each day in the CCB. We will have thousands of brand-new books for all ages—birth through high school—for sale at a greatly reduced price. The sale will represent a full spectrum of published materials: fiction and nonfiction, board books, picture books, transitional readers, novels, activity books, and more! For the best selection, interested individuals are encouraged to come to the pre-sale on February 17 from 1-4 pm. Admittance to the pre-sale requires a $20 ticket, available by emailing or calling 217-244-9331 between January 28 and February 8. For more information about the book sale or the pre-sale, please see the Twelfth Annual Book Sale webpage or contact CCB staff.


December/January Calendar

  • Wednesday, December 12: Youth Lit Book Club, 5-6 pm
    Discussing Ripper by Stefan Petrucha

  • Monday, December 17-Friday, December 21: CCB Reduced Hours (10 am-3 pm), Closed Wednesday, December 19.

  • Saturday, December 22-Sunday, January 6: CCB Closed for Winter Break

  • Monday, January 7-Friday, January 11: CCB Reduced Hours (10 am-3 pm), Closed Wednesday, January 9.

  • Monday, January 14: CCB Resumes Spring Hours

  • Monday, January 21: CCB Closed—Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • Monday, January 28: Twelfth Annual Pre-sale Reservations Begin

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

Girls Who Kick Butt: Fierce Female Protagonists in YA Novels
Created by Kelsey Bates, CCB Volunteer

Novels in Verse
Created by Melissa Lowe, CCB Volunteer


Our Affiliates Out and About

CCB Director Deborah Stevenson will be attending the ALA Midwinter Conference in Seattle from January 25-28.

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 attend the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) conference January 22-25 and will serve on the Pratt-Severn Faculty Innovation Award committee.

CCB Affiliate and GSLIS Assistant Professor Carol Tilley will attend the ALA Midwinter Conference in Seattle, where on January 26 from 4-5:30 pm, she will be giving the YALSA Past-Presidents’ Trends in YA lecture, a yearly event examining trends in young adult services, entitled “Comics: A Once-Missed Opportunity.” On January 30, Tilley will be giving a colloquium presentation at the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia. Tilley also has a paper forthcoming in the journal Children’s Literature in Education entitled “Superman Says, ‘READ!’: National Comics and Reading Promotion.”


Feature: A Letter from the CCB Director, Deborah Stevenson

Greetings to CCB fans and affiliates, and thanks for your support for another year!

If you’ve been reading the newsletter, you know what an exciting and eventful year 2012 has been for us.  We’ve continued existing partnerships and formed new ones, strengthening bonds within the university and the community and giving GSLIS students a chance to demonstrate their sterling qualities to the world. We’ve also represented the school at a multitude of academic and library conferences.

2013 brings new opportunities and new challenges.  We’re looking at research projects such as a critical examination of reviews written for young people and young people’s following of narrative across media, and we’re continuing our work on importation and internationalism of children’s literature.  Our newly designed course in reviewing is scheduled to debut in summer of 2013.  And, of course, there’s the visit of National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Walter Dean Myers coming up fast in March; we’ve partnered with local libraries, schools, and organizations to make sure as many people as possible in the region can hear him when he comes, and we hope you’ll join us at one of his events.

So keep reading!  It’s going to be an exciting year.

Deborah Stevenson, Director


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: Buffalo Bird Girl: A Hidatsa Story retold by S.D. Nelson
Reading Level: Gr. 3-5
Pages: 47
Publisher and Year: Abrams, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4197-0355-3
Price: $19.95

Born in the 1830s on the Plains, Buffalo Bird Girl witnessed a great many transformations in her lifetime, including the arrival of steamboats on the Missouri River, the gradual disappearance of buffalo and black-tail deer, and eventually even the fading of her traditional Hidatsa ways of life after relocation to Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. However, Nelson chooses to focus on Buffalo Bird Girl’s fond recounts of her childhood and daily life in Like-a-Fishhook Village, near what is now North Dakota: preparing for the corn harvest, storing food for the long winter, and fending off Lakota enemies. Taken from firsthand accounts of her own life as recorded by anthropologist Gilbert L. Wilson, the story of Buffalo Bird Girl interweaves vibrant pencil sketch artwork, historic black and white photographs, and the words and stories of a much older Buffalo Bird Woman as she recalls her joyful girlhood--“the happiest time of my life.” Source notes, bibliography, timeline, and an interesting and informative author’s note complete this snapshot of one Hidatsa woman’s story.  

Katie’s Choice: All You Never Wanted by Adele Griffin
Reading Level:  Gr. 7-10
Pages: 225
Publisher and Year: Knopf, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-375-97082-5
Price: $19.99

When their mother marries into lavish wealth, sisters Thea and Alex give up their previously understated lives to suit the new extravagance suddenly thrust upon them. Thea embraces their newfound means as a way to rebrand herself as a popular girl, while also coveting her sister’s friends and boyfriend. Going from bookish do-gooder to ruthless social climber with a gross propensity for lying, Thea holds nothing back in her quest for popularity while struggling to suppress her own insecurities. Meanwhile, older sister Alex quickly caves in on herself, overwhelmed by the money and her own crippling anxieties. A humiliating incident that she refuses to discuss causes Alex to take her debilitating angst out on her own body, becoming a shell of herself that no one but Xander, an interesting and kind co-worker, seems to be capable of breaking her out of. This twisted sister tale culminates as Thea throws what she hopes will be the party of the year and both sisters are forced to face the desires and jealousies they’ve been flirting with, as well as the tense and trustless relationship they now share. Honest and deeply frank, All You Never Wanted depicts starkly contrasting interpretations of what it really means to have it all.

Tad’s Choice: Following Grandfather by Rosemary Wells, illustrated by Christopher Denise
Reading Level: Gr. 2-4
Pages: 58
Publisher and Year: Candlewick, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7636-5069-8
Price: $14.99

Jenny, a tiny Italian American mouse, regales us with sweet vignettes of life with her immigrant grandfather: walks on the beach looking for seashells, trips home with a stop for gelato, outings to boutiques to try on dresses he can’t afford to buy her. When Grandfather dies suddenly, Jenny is devastated. Haunted by her grandfather’s memory, she believes she sees him everywhere and finds herself in dangerous situations as she trails people who resemble her beloved relative. The last of these mystical sightings leads her to find four “queen’s teacups”—the rarest of all seashells that Grandfather promised she’d one day find—that she keeps as mementos of a well-loved life. Wells’s fragile and poignant text evokes flipping through an old scrapbook, a feeling enhanced by the copious black-and-white illustrations. Denise’s digitally softened sketches masterfully use contrast and fine detail to contribute to the book’s antique feel. The ornate vocabulary Jenny uses to describe her grandfather’s life begs to be read aloud, and the book’s relatively short length facilitates this use. This slim, wistful book is likely to be especially cherished by those young ones who’ve lost a relative, but will be enjoyed by all who appreciate Romantic charm.


Highlighted Book from Our Wish List

Stevens, Janet. Tops and Bottoms.  San Diego: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1995.

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


CCB Fall Hours and General Information

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

*Note: During the spring semester, the CCB will remain open until 7 pm on Thursdays.

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