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CCB Newsletter
February 2013


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News and Updates

Twelfth Annual Book Sale

We at the CCB are excited to announce our upcoming annual book sale. See the calendar below or on our website. Thousands of brand-new children’s books will be available for youth of all ages. The titles available represent the full spectrum of children’s publishing in fiction and non-fiction: board books, picture books, easy and transitional readers, chapter books, series fiction, novels, activity books and kits, non-fiction series, mass-market paperbacks, and more.

Paperback books sell for $1 or $2 each, hardcover books $5 each, and special items are priced as marked.

For the best selection of items that we have to offer, we recommend you attend our pre-sale, which will be held on February 17, 2013. A reservation is required for the pre-sale, and spaces fill up fast! We are currently taking reservations, and will continue taking them until February 8. Tickets for the pre-sale are $20 per person. You must call (217) 244-9331 or email to reserve a ticket.

For more information about the book sale or the pre-sale, please visit the Book Sale webpage.

Gryphon Award Winners

The CCB is pleased to announce the 2013 Gryphon Award winner, Island: A Story of the Galápagos, written and illustrated by Jason Chin and published by Roaring Brook. In the book, which the Bulletin calls “a visually eloquent, marvelously compact explanation of evolution,” gorgeous watercolor illustrations are composed in full-page spreads and helpful thumbnail panels to guide young readers through the scientific study of an ecosystem and evolution.

The Gryphon Award committee also recognized two honor books:

  • Little Dog Lost, written and illustrated by Mônica Carnesi and published by Penguin
  • Bink and Gollie: Two for One, written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile, and published by Candlewick

The Gryphon Award is presented annually to the author of an outstanding English language work of fiction or non-fiction for which the primary audience is children in kindergarten through fourth grade.  The title chosen best exemplifies those qualities that successfully bridge the gap in difficulty between books for reading aloud to children and books for practiced readers. More information about the award can be found at the CCB Gryphon Award webpage.

The Gryphon Award winners, as well as the 2012 Bulletin Blue Ribbons and winners from the recent ALA Youth Media Awards are on display in the CCB on the awards shelf. We invite you to come see the books for yourself.



February Calendar

  • Monday, February 11: Deadline for Payment for Pre-sale Reservation

  • Wednesday, February 13: Youth Lit Book Club, 5-6 pm
    Discussing TBA by Pat McPherson

  • Sunday, February 17: CCB Annual Pre-sale, 1-4 pm
    GSLIS East Foyer. For more information, please visit the Book Sale webpage.

  • Monday, February 18-Wednesday, Februrary 20: Twelfth Annual CCB Book Sale
    One of our biggest events of the year: We’ll have thousands of book for ages 0-18 for sale at greatly discounted rates every day from 10am-6pm each day in the CCB. For more information, please visit the Book Sale webpage.

  • Thursday, February 28: Brown Bag: “Fiction, Nonfiction, Creative Nonfiction: Choices & Responsibilities,” 12 noon
    Carol Fisher Saller, our speaker, is an editor and the author of Eddie’s War. Co-sponsored by the UIUC Department of Journalism

  • Friday, March 1: CCB Brown Bag on folklore and storytelling with Brian Sturm, 12 noon
    Sturm is Associate Professor of LIS at the University of North Carolina and scholar of literature, digital worlds, and storytelling, as well as being a practicing storyteller himself.

  • Friday, March 1: Annual Gryphon Lecture Featuring Brian Sturm, 7 pm, GSLIS 136
    Prof. Sturm will present “Paradoxically Speaking: Just One of the Ways Children's Folktales Engage Listeners.” Reception to follow in GSLIS 131 and East Foyer.

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

Twisted Sister Tales: Stories of Sisterly Spite, Envy, and Struggle
Created by Katie Boucher, CCB GA

Time Travel
Created by Zoe Weinstein, CCB Volunteer



Our Affiliates Out and About

CCB Director Deborah Stevenson will be attending the annual iConference in Fort Worth, TX from February 12-15.

CCB Affiliate and GSLIS Assistant Professor Kate McDowell is serving on a committee for the National Endowment for the Humanities that seeks to create a nonfiction summer reading list to supplement the organization’s standard summer reading list. She has been working with the committee to issue a press release and call for nominations (which you are invited to submit to) and will serve on the final evaluation committee.

Additionally, McDowell will also be on a research visit to libraries in the New York City area as part of a developing project on the history of recent youth services transformations. McDowell will also be attending the iSchool Conference in Fort Worth, where on February 13 she will be co-leading an alternate event with Leanne Bowler (University of Pittsburgh) and Denise Agosto (Drexel), titled “Whither the Child?: The iSchool Approach to Research Relating to Children and Adolescents.”



Feature: Interview with Karla Lucht, GSLIS Doctoral Student

The CCB sat down with affiliate and GSLIS doctoral student Karla Lucht to discuss her research and recent trip to the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Karla describes her research as looking at the representation of mixed-race Asian Americans/Canadians with a critical race theory lens.

According to Lucht, “There’s a gap in this kind of research with lots of underrepresented groups, but with mixed-race people especially. Everyone deserves to see themselves represented in a book…and a good book at that.” She says that, of the books she’s been able to find, in the past, there were some books about hapa (mixed-race Asian Americans/Canadians) youth, but a lot of them were not good. “You find books that really invest in Othering a character's Asian side and putting whiteness on a pedestal.” Lucht has run into problems in actually finding titles that fit her criteria. The controlled vocabulary does not do a good job of capturing the complexity of hapa youth. However, “finding books is fun and exciting. It's like: ‘Finally, here is a representation!’ I remember the first time I read a book with a mixed-race Asian character, and even though it was a pretty problematic book, it will always have a special place in my heart, because it was the first time I saw myself in a book like that.”

About her trip to Vancouver, Lucht says, “I went as part of the GSLIS iSchool Doctoral Exchange Program. It's an opportunity extended to doctoral students to visit another school and network with other faculty and students. My advisor, Carol Tilley, first turned me on to the program and suggested I could go. Deborah Stevenson at the CCB told youth services faculty and PhD students, ‘I can help make contacts.’ Deborah was the one who suggested I should talk to Judith Saltman and made the first contact to help set up the exchange with UBC.  It was really helpful for me to go to Canada to help broaden my project to an international--or at least a regional, North American--perspective.”

Lucht also says that going to work with Judith Saltman, who does work on First Nations literature for youth, was a great opportunity. “It was good for me to talk to her and her students about the challenges I’ve had in finding books.” She also reports, “The students there are super engaged in Otherness and multiculturalism, and we had some good discussion about how to deal with that content: Do you infuse into throughout the curriculum or do you make it its own class? There was a lot of disagreement, but it was stimulating conversation.”

Overall, Lucht looks at the bigger picture: “I would hope the people realize the need for different representations of young people in books than what we already have. Librarians and educators will hopefully be more aware about thinking about the cultural impact of books, and the kinds of books I'm looking at more particularly. I'm also interested in posing the question: ‘Can we use other words besides “multicultural” to describe these books?’ I strongly disdain that word in this context. People think they know what ‘multicultural’ means, and often, it's not a very good definition.” In parting, Lucht says, “I'd also like to say a special thanks to Deborah for helping out with the trip. She really made this valuable experience happen by initiating contact with UBC.”

For the complete interview, visit Interview with Karla Lucht on the research section of the CCB website.



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: One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
Reading Level: Gr. 5-8
Pages: 257
Publisher and Year: Knopf, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-375-86925-9
Price: $16.99

The year of thirteen-year old Georgie Burkhardt’s remaking begins with a coffin. Inside lie the remains of her beloved sister Agatha’s blue-green ball dress and a body so unrecognizable Sheriff McCabe brought it all the way back from Dog Hollow to be identified. Unable to accept that her flighty older sister is dead, Georgie sets out from her small Wisconsin town to find Agatha and bring her home. Before she goes anywhere, though, she needs a horse and a horse can only be bought from Billy McCabe, Agatha’s former beau. Armed with her grandfather’s Springfield single-shot, a copy of The Prairie Traveler, an unfortunate mule, and the unrequested company of Billy, Georgie trails the  “pigeoners” (the con-men who follow the passenger pigeon migration and with whom Agatha ran off in the first place) to uncover the truth. Along the way, Georgie and Billy stumble into their fair share of secrets and trouble, which only thicken the mystery surrounding her sister. Will Georgie’s call-it-as-you-see-it nature, youthful innocence, and uncanny abilities with a rifle be enough to bring her sister home, or is the truth already buried?

Katie’s Choice: After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
Reading Level:  Gr. 7-12
Pages: 370
Publisher and Year: Hyperion, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-423-14619-3
Price: $16.99

What do an imprisoned high school valedictorian on the brink of siding with her robotic captors and a girl recovering from a homicidal, bloodthirsty virus have in common? What about a brother and sister struggling to beat a team of aliens at baseball out in space and another set of siblings on the run from an infestation of metal-consuming bugs that have destroyed the Southwest? These teens, among numerous others, are featured in this unforgettable collection of post-apocalyptic and dystopian short stories that portray civilization on Earth after its demise. Some of YA’s most talented authors have contributed pictures of teens trying to survive in a world after natural disasters, pandemics, worldwide wars, alien invasions and collapsed governments. In After, incredible young people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds deal with loss, violence, and responsibility in a series of original vignettes that explore a world destroyed by greed, sickness, and—often most the most devastatingly ravaging—human nature itself. While the stories are brief, they are fast-paced and bursting with action and will certainly leave the reader desperate for more, but always excited for the story that comes after.

Tad’s Choice: Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle
Reading Level: Gr. 4-6
Pages: 288
Publisher and Year: Simon & Schuster, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-442-44689-2
Price: $16.99

Jankburg, Pennsylvania hasn’t exactly been kind to Nate Foster, an awkward thirteen-year-old who’s as likely to be found reenacting Man of La Mancha in the backyard as anything else. So when the production team for E.T.: The Musical announces an open casting call in New York, Nate sees a golden opportunity to get a taste of city life and—with the help of his best friend and makeshift voice coach Libby—hatches a scheme to make a whirlwind round trip to NYC without his parents’ knowledge. Things get a little out of control when Nate runs into his aunt Heidi (who also ran away from Jankburg to the Big Apple) and actually gets a callback (he’d only planned on being in the city for a few hours). A one-man show, sneaky dinner of Chevy’s chips and salsa, and dysfunctional family breakdown later, Nate finds himself admitting that he’s not necessarily ever going to fit in well in Jankburg, but that’s okay—there’s more to be gained from seeing where life takes him. Nate’s tongue-in-cheek approach to his own misfortunes and his absurd naïveté pack the book full of quotable quips and one-liners, and there’s both a strong story and a strong spirit behind the lights of Broadway in this extravaganza of a novel.



Highlighted Book from Our Wish List

Wolkstein, Diane. The Magic Orange Tree: And Other Haitian Folktales.  New York: Schocken, 1997.

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



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