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CCB Newsletter
July/August 2013


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News and Updates

Staff Changes at the CCB

The CCB is pleased to welcome two new staff members to Room 24 this August: Alice Mitchell, who will be joining Katie Boucher as a CCB Graduate Assistant, and Kim Naples, who will take the reigns as the GA for the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. If you’re in the CCB in August, join us in greeting Alice and Kim! We’re sad to have already said goodbye to Anna Holland, former CCB GA, in May, who moved to Louisville, KY after her wedding in June. We will also be missing BCCB GA Melissa Funfsinn after she leaves in early July. Congratulations to both Anna and Melissa as they look forward to life post-graduation.

Storytelling Highlights

Video highlights from the Annual GSLIS Storytelling Festival are now available on the GSLIS Youtube channel. Complete audio from the festival is also available on the CCB website. If you missed the festival, or simply want to relive your favorite moments, check out these resources.

Summer and Fall Hours 

The CCB will continue to open at reduced hours during Summer Session II (June 10- August 1). During Summer Interim (August 5-August 23), the CCB will operate at a slightly modified reduced schedule. Normal fall hours will resume at the start of fall classes, on August 26. Please see the CCB website and in the information section of this newsletter for details regarding hours.



July/August Calendar

  • Thursday, July 4: CCB Closed: American Independence Day

  • Tuesday, July 16: Youth Lit Book Club, 6-7 pm
                Discussing Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz

  • Thursday, August 1: Summer Session II Ends

  • Monday, August 5: Summer Interim Begins; CCB Summer Interim Hours Take Effect

  • Tuesday, August 20: Youth Lit Book Club, 6-7 pm
                Discussing a book TBA

  • Monday, August 26: Fall Semester Classes Begin; CCB Fall Hours Take Effect

  • Monday, September 2: CCB Closed: Labor Day

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

Keeping Up Appearances: Stories about Teens with Body Insecurities
Created by Julia Reynolds, CCB Volunteer

Spotlight on Summertime
Created by Katie Boucher, CCB GA

Storytelling Bibliography: Puss in Boots & Other Cat Tales
Created by Anna Holland, CCB GA



Our Affiliates Out and About

CCB Affiliate and GSLIS K-12 Program Coordinator Georgeann Burch attended the AASL/ISLMA Leadership Conference on June 19.

CCB Affiliate and GSLIS PhD student Alaine Martaus presented her work “Playing with Time: Historicizing the Future in Contemporary Young Adult Science Fiction” at the 40th annual Children’s Literature Association Conference in Biloxi, June 13-15. GSLIS PhD student Mikki Smith presented on “Learning to Play, Playing to Learn: Oliver Optic’s Magazine, 1867–1875” at the conference, and CCB Outreach and Communications Coordinator Tad Andracki presented his paper “Playing with Everything: Childhood, Biopower, and Animacy in The Brave Little Toaster.”



Feature: A Brief History of the Bulletin and the CCB

In 1945, Frances E. Henne, librarian for the Center for Instructional Materials at the University of Chicago, began to review children’s books, as a sort of memorandum of the department. In 1946, Mary Katherine Eakin and Alice Brooks Mooney joined her in these reviewing efforts. By 1947, the newsletter gained such circulation that the Center developed a new mission statement to explain its purpose: “to serve as a clearing house and evaluative agency for the continuous stream of materials potentially valuable in child development.” In October 1949, Mary Eakin became the librarian for the Center and editor of the Bulletin, which under her guidance became the Bulletin of the Children’s Book Center, published by the University of Chicago Library.

In February of 1958, Sara Fenwick, librarian for the University of Chicago Laboratory School, became the Acting Supervisory Editor for the Bulletin. Zena Bailey initially was her editorial assistant, and was named editor in July of that year. Zena Bailey (later Sutherland), became a well-known voice in children’s literature during her tenure at the Bulletin. Noted for her incisive review style and independent mind, Sutherland authored every review that appeared in the Bulletin between 1958 and 1984, though guided and approved by an advisory committee of librarians, educators, and scholars. Future editors Betsy Hearne and Roger Sutton both spent time on the editorial staff under Sutherland.

In 1985, Dr. Betsy Hearne of the University of Chicago’s Graduate Library School became Bulletin editor. Hearne’s scholarly interests brought the Bulletin further attention as the only children’s book review journal embedded in an academic setting. Hearne began the practice of reviewing books from galleys, making the Bulletin more current in its scope and introduced the practice of having the review committee author their own, signed reviews.

In 1992, the Graduate Library School at the University of Chicago was disbanded. The Bulletin briefly affiliated itself with the Education and English departments, while Hearne looked for full time professorship in a library school. Hearne decided to move her career to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and, with guidance from Sutton and UIUC GSLIS Dean Leigh Estabrook, the Bulletin re-affiliated itself with a graduate program in library science.

The Center for Children’s Books moved to the University of Illinois in 1994, while Sutton, by now executive editor of the Bulletin, remained in Chicago, along with Deborah Stevenson, a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Chicago who had joined the Bulletin staff in 1989. By 1995, the Center and Bulletin had fully moved to offices on Gerty Drive at the University of Illinois. Roger Sutton left in spring of 1996, upon which Janice Del Negro, former Assistant Head of Children’s Services for the Chicago Public Library, joined the Bulletin as editor and oversaw the Center. In December of 1998, Del Negro oversaw the move of the Bulletin and the Center into a Victorian house on Armory Street, where they remained until a 2001 move into newly built and renovated space in the basement of GSLIS’s west wing, where it resides today.

With the new space and the advantages it offered, Del Negro oversaw an effort to make the Center a standalone unit, with extended outreach opportunities. In 2004, Del Negro pursued other teaching opportunities, and Hearne resumed directorship of the Center, and Stevenson became the Bulletin’s editor. When Hearne retired in 2007, GSLIS Professor Christine Jenkins assumed the role of Faculty Director for three years. In 2010, Stevenson took on the responsibilities of the Faculty Director in addition to her editorial duties, leading the Center into the position it occupies today.



New Books We Just Had to Read

Anna’s Choice: Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
Reading Level: Gr. 6-9
Pages: [373]
Publisher and Year: Knopf, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-375-84972-5
Price: $17.99

In the quiet village of Never Better resides Jeremy Johnson Johnson, a boy with a rare talent for hearing voices of spirits trapped in the Zwischenraum, the space between an earthly existence and what lies beyond. In particular, the ancient ghost of Jacob Grimm assigns himself the role of Jeremy’s protector upon learning of a rumor that the mysterious Finder of Occasions seeks to do the young man harm. Having wandered the spirit world long and fruitlessly in search for his brother Wilhelm, Jacob bides his time, carefully overseeing his pupil while he puzzles over the “thing undone,” an unknown yet unmet desire that still tethers him to the earth. In this way, Jeremy grows up with a ghost to counsel console him after his mother flees, his father shuts himself in, and he’s threatened with eviction from his home above the Two-Book Bookshop. When a clever, copper-haired girl with too much taste for adventure prods Jeremy into pranking the kindly town baker, an unfortunate series of events unravels, ultimately spiraling into what unmistakably reads like one of Jacob’s fairy tales. But will all end happily ever after? A dark and enchanting tale narrated by the ghostly father of fairy tales, this tests the very idea the Brothers Grimm held dear: that goodness and beauty will always prevail.

Katie’s Choice: The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
Reading Level: Gr. 5-8
Pages: 488
Publisher and Year: Harper/HarperCollins, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-06-210489-2
Price: $16.99

Just beyond the woods, in the storybook town of Gavaldon, live two starkly opposite young girls: the beautiful and vain Sophie and the ugly and reclusive Agatha. Befriending Agatha out of the “goodness” (and selfishness) of her heart, Sophie is certain she will be recruited by the mysterious School Master, who visits the town every four years, for the School of Good, while everyone else assumes Agatha will be taken for the School of Evil. Children abducted by the School Master magically reappear in the most famous and beloved fairytales as princes, princesses, witches, and monsters. When the two girls are in fact kidnapped, they’re shocked to find that Sophie has been slated to be a great witch as a Never in Evil and Agatha becomes the newest Ever in Good. Both girls are unwelcome, however, as the school and its fairytale-born inhabitants regard the Readers of Gavaldon as intruders. Through the school’s classes and traditions, Sophie desperately tries to convince the powers that be that she is actually good, all the while revealing her true nature. Meanwhile, Agatha will do anything to get them both home in one piece, proving herself truly genuine and kind. Chainani masterfully constructs an imaginative world that is sure to enchant fantasy and fairytale lovers alike as they follow Agatha and Sophie on their first of a series of magical adventures. This origin story creatively embodies the reality that there is a little good and evil in all of us—some more than others.

Tad’s Choice: Unnatural Creatures, editedby Neil Gaiman
Reading Level: Gr. 9-12
Pages: 304
Publisher and Year: Putnam, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-399-25788-9
Price: $17.99

In Unnatural Creatures, Neil Gaiman has carefully curated a fantastical bestiary that ranges from werewolves to cockatoucans, and even to Death herself. A deliciously thick tome, containing sixteen stories (most, but not all, previously published), this compendium spans over a century and across well-known voices in fantasy and science fiction, including works by Saki, E. Nesbit, Diana Wynne Jones, Nnedi Okorafor, and Gaiman himself. The stories vary widely, too, in tone: some are humorous (Anthony Boucher’s classic romp “The Compleat Werewolf” is included), others are fable-ish (like Frank R. Stockton’s story of a small town terrified of a rather affable griffin), and still others complete the dip into true horror (such as Gahan Wilson’s tale of a mysterious black splotch that grows exponentially and turns out to be carnivorous). The far-ranging scope of the selections means that not every story is likely to appeal equally to every reader, but Gaiman, reigning king of the wondrous, acts as a wise sage, prefacing each tale with a short personal introduction accompanied by an illustrative line drawing by Briony Morrow-Cribbs. This collection will obviously draw in Gaiman’s fans, who will stay for the masterful storytelling from familiar and unfamiliar voices, but anyone who delights in the creatures who live in the deepest recesses of human minds will find much to relish here.



Highlighted Book from Our Wish List

Sánchez Gonzáles, Lisa. The Stories I Read to the Children: The Life and Writing of Pura Belpré, the Legendary Storyteller, Children’s Author, and NY Public Librarian. New York: Centro Press, 2013. ISBN 978-1878483805.

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



CCB Fall Hours and General Information

Summer Session II (June 10-August 2)
Monday: 10am-5pm
Tuesday: 10am-7pm
Wednesday: 4pm-7pm
Thursday: 10am-1pm
Friday: closed

Summer Interim (August 5-23)
Monday: 10am-3pm
Tuesday: 10am-3pm
Wednesday: 1pm-6pm
Thursday: 10am-3pm
Friday: closed

Note: CCB Fall Hours will be announced in August.

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