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CCB Newsletter
November 2013


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News and Updates

Guide Book to Gift Books 2013 Release

We’re excited to be able to tell you that the annual Guide Book to Gift Books is available for download now from the Bulletin website! Produced each year by Bulletin staff, the Guide Book is a resource designed to help you find books for holidays, birthdays, and any other gift-giving occasion you can think of. Titles have been drawn from all kinds of genres and themes, so that you can find a title to match every taste. We want to make sure that each book is matched to a recipient, so we categorize books into four groups of likely age ranges. Every title has an annotation to help you decide if it’s the right one for you to give. Every single book in the Guide Book has been reviewed and recommended by the professionals at the Bulletin. We hope that the Guide Book will help you to gift-giving success!

November is Picture Book Month

Picture Book Month is an international literacy effort that celebrates the print picture book throughout the month of November. You can visit to find activities, and posts from “Picture Book Month Champions,” well-known authors and illustrators joining the Picture Book Month cause. The CCB will be observing Picture Book Month with a rotating display of staff favorites, so stop in to find a book to celebrate with!



November Calendar

  • Wednesday, November 6: Children’s Book Reviewing Panel, 12 noon
    The Youth Services Committee of the ALA student chapter will host a panel of current reviewers from the Bulletin and School Library Journal in GSLIS room 131.

  • Thursday, November 7: CCB Brown Bag: Conference-Going and Networking 101, 11:30 am
    GSLIS masters student Katrina Spencer will share her experience from the IBBY Regional Conference in October and give some tips for new conference attendees. This session will be broadcast and recorded via Blackboard Collaborate in the GSLIS Meeting Room.

  • Wednesday, October 16: Youth Lit Book Club, 5-6 pm
    Discussing Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

  • Monday, November 25-Friday, November 29: CCB Closed: Fall Break
    The CCB will be closed all week for fall break. We apologize for any inconveniences.

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

Mermaids, Sirens, and Selkies: Tales of Creatures from the Deep
Created by Keri Carroll, CCB Volunteer

What Your History Class Skipped: 20th Century World Historical Fiction
Created by Lindsey Bangert, CCB Volunteer



Our Affiliates Out and About

CCB Affiliate and GSLIS Assistant Professor Carol Tilley will speak at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for their A.W. Mellon Workshop on Comics, presenting her talk “Children, Comics, and Print Culture” on November 15.

CCB Affiliate and GSLIS K-12 School Librarianship Program Coordinator Georgeann Burch will attend the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) national conference, November 14-17 in Hartford, CT.

BCCB Reviewer and GSLIS CAS student Amy Atkinson presented a session entitled “Read-alouds: Tools Valuable to the Core” at the Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) Conference in Springfield, IL on November 1.

CCB Outreach and Communications Coordinator Tad Andracki, along with GSLIS Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Assistant Professor Rae-Anne Montague, will co-present the concurrent session “Queer Library Alliance Goes to School” at the AASL national conference in Hartford.



Feature: Conferencing 101, an Interview with Katrina Spencer, GSLIS Masters Student

GSLIS Masters student Katrina Spencer recently took an interesting trip to St. Louis, Missouri—funded in part by GSLIS and the CCB—to the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) regional conference, held at the St. Louis Public Library from October 18-20. The CCB was happy to sit down with Spencer, who is interested in translation of children’s literature and the representation of global cultures that are considered “Other” in children’s books, to talk about her trip and to get her tips on conferencing.

Spencer says that, for her, “one of the key themes at this conference was the representation of otherness in a global, 21st-century world. I feel that technology and access to people across the globe exceed our social understanding of each other. So for me, this conference was about proximity: How do we approach each other with a sensitive gaze, an attempt at mutual understanding, and genuine curiosity without fear?” According to Spencer, a lot of the people she met at IBBY were deeply engaged in these kinds of questions, which was helpful, because they are in the strategic positions to effect change on those representations: “They were the gatekeepers, and they have a lot of power in this arena. The book you put on display is the one that’s going to get attention, and these are the people displaying books.”

Spencer also says the networking opportunities at IBBY were remarkable, and she encourages conference-goers to think about those possibilities when attending conferences. “There were opportunities to explore publishing or interning—and everyone was approachable. I met the founder of Sankofa [a journal of African children’s literature], a resource I didn’t even know about, and now I’m considering the possibility of doing an Alternative Spring Break placement with them. I also discovered PhD opportunities I didn’t even know existed. These kinds of unexpected connections were everywhere.”

Spencer says to people who are interested in these kinds of events, “Be proactive about pursuing funds to go to conferences—you have to initiate and engage those conversations. Or even to learn about conferences: I wouldn’t have known about this conference if Christine Jenkins hadn’t mentioned it to me. Speaking of that, try to find a mentor who knows your interests and can help inform you about opportunities that relate to those. There’s probably a subculture of people who are doing the work you’re interested in. Find them.”

Spencer had more to say about the IBBY conference, so we invite you to check out the full interview on the CCB website. Spencer also drew up a tip sheet for new conference participants, which is available to download on the CCB website as well.



New Books We Just Had to Read

Katie’s Choice: Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron
Reading Level: Gr. 7-10
Pages: 368
Publisher and Year: Viking, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-670-78620-6
Price: $17.99

Tech-obsessed Boy is very much your average sixteen-year-old, dealing with parents who just don’t understand and crushing on a girl way out of his league. The difference here is that Boy’s parents are Frankenstein and the Bride who created Boy in his father’s likeness, his crush is a literal troll, and his digital dealings have resulted in the creation of a sentient computer virus, who has since dubbed herself VI. Desperate to follow his own path, Boy runs away from home—which in his case is a secret community of monsters called The Show—and is forced to assimilate into human culture. Boy soon learns that hell hath no fury like a virus scorned when VI returns to derail his new life and seek revenge for being discarded. Now on the run from VI, Boy meets the granddaughters of Jekyll and Hyde: two spirited girls named Sophie and Claire who also happen to occupy the same body. What follows is a terrifically inventive variation of the great American road trip with Boy at the wheel, Sophie and Claire riding shotgun, and more than enough mythical creatures and comrades to shake a stick at along the way. Hilarious dialogue, young love, and surprises abound in this one-of-a-kind novel driven by a protagonist so genuine and likeable that readers will be hard-pressed not to buy into every wild plot-twist and daring development. Skovron manages to seamlessly stitch together a plethora of complex and imaginative literary elements, offering readers of Man Made Boy an experience that is truly as unique and enchanting as Boy himself.

Tad’s Choice: Moo! by David LaRochelle; illustrated by Mike Wohoutka
Reading Level: 4-7 yrs.
Pages: 40
Publisher and Year: Walker, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-8027-3409-9
Price: $16.99

A cow discovers her farmer’s little red car and decides to take it for a spin, but when she misses a sudden sharp turn, she flies off a cliff and smashes on top of a police car. Ordered home by a stern officer, she hangs her head in shame until confronted by the irate farmer—at which point she deflects blame to the startled sheep in the pasture over. Narrated almost solely by the use of a single word—“Moo!”—this offers hilarious readaloud potential in its surprising ability to capture sentiment through the many possibilities of “moo.” A full-page “Moo!” of terror as the cow loses control of the car gives way to an arc of plaintive “Mooooooooooooooooooooooo” as she falls off the cliff, while her attempts to explain herself to the police officer are rendered in an expressive series of moos that can easily be translated into a zany reading. The thickly lined gouache illustrations are bright and clear with sharp focus on the wide-eyed cow and expressive people against simple backgrounds, making them perfect for sharing with an audience. Sunny colors and chunky textures add to a silly adventure that’s sure to captivate kids in its understated hilarity.

Alice’s Choice: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Reading Level: Gr. 8-12
Pages: 448
Publisher and Year: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-250-03095-5
Price: $18.99

Twin sisters Cather and Wren seem like complete opposites when they start their freshman year at the University of Nebraska. While Wren jumps right into college life, Cath is anxious about facing college without her twin. She is hesitant to interact with anyone, including her surly upperclassman roommate, Reagan, whose sweet ex-boyfriend spends a considerable amount of time in their room. Cath distracts herself from the confusing social scene by focusing instead on her long-time passion: the works of children’s author Simon Snow. She spends more time writing fanfiction as Magicath and thinking about the World of Mages than she does getting involved in school activities. Cath muddles through her first semester, dealing with the stress of finding the cafeteria and a fiction-writing professor who disapproves of Cath’s fanfic hobby and pressures her to do better. At the same time, Cath tries to handle Wren, whose activities create a growing boundary between the sisters, as well as her father, who does not adjust well to life as an empty nester. As she enters her second semester, Cath finally starts to figure everything out and feel like she belongs. Readers will not be able to put this book down as they quickly become attached to Cath, who expresses genuine, endearing, and relatable anxiety in the face of her quickly changing life. While realistic dramatic elements are present, they do not overwhelm the story, letting readers enjoy Cath’s humorous and honest narration.



Highlighted Book from Our Wish List

San Vicente, Luis. The Festival of the Dead/El Festival de las Calaveras: The Little-Bitty Book for the Day of the Dead. El Paso: Cinco Puntos Press, 2002. ISBN 978-0938317678.

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



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