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CCB Newsletter

May/June 2013


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News and Updates

Spring Galley Giveaway

The CCB will host our final galley giveaway for the school year on Tuesday, May 6 from 10 am-7 pm or until galleys are gone. Come see us in room 24 of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (501 E. Daniel in Champaign) in order to get your hands on free pre-publication copies of children and young adults. We will send an email to the mailing list the afternoon of May 5 with an approximate number of galleys that will be available on Tuesday.

Summer Getaway for School Librarians

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana is offering a Summer Getaway for School Librarians! Join us on-campus June 23rd-25th as we focus on crucial topics relevant to the field. Leave refreshed, with hands-on experience using the newest technologies and connect with like-minded professionals in the field. More information and registration are available at

Questions? Contact Georgeann Burch (

Finals Week and Summer Hours

The CCB will open for reduced hours during finals week and both summer sessions. From Monday, May 12 through Friday, June 13—spring semester finals and Summer Session I—the CCB will be open on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10 am-3 pm and on Wednesday from 1-6 pm. The CCB will be closed on Fridays during that time. Further information about finals and summer hours can be found on our website. Summer Session II hours are currently under construction; please check our website and our Facebook page for up-to-date information about hours.

May/June Calendar

  • Thursday, May 1: CCB Brown Bag: Making the Most of Your Storytime: Tips and Tricks from Miss Jeannette, 12 pm
    Jeannette Hulick, Bulletin reviewer and Tolono Public Library programming leader will share secrets for kids’ programming. This meeting will be broadcast through Blackboard Collaborate at

  • Tuesday, May 6: Galley Giveaway, 10 am-7 pm
    Come to the CCB to grab free pre-publication copies of new books for kids and teens at the last Galley Giveaway of the school year. Open at regular CCB hours until galleys are gone.

  • Monday, May 19: Summer Session I Begins

  • Monday, May 26: CCB Closed: Memorial Day

  • Monday, June 16: Summer Session II Begins

  • Monday, June 16: Storytelling Performance and Workshop, 5pm
    Join us in the CCB for a storytelling event for LEEP weekend, during which we’ll feature 4-5 storytellers and discuss the uses of storytelling in library programming.

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

Summer Vacation: Books about Road Trips
Created by Hannah Reside, CCB Volunteer

YA Novels in Verse
Created by Caitlin Stamm, CCB Volunteer

Storytelling Bibliography: Stories of Time, Holidays, and Seasons
Created by Emily Bayci, CCB Volunteer

Our Affiliates Out and About

CCB Director Deborah Stevenson will attend the Children’s Literature Association Conference in Columbia, SC, June 18-21, where she will present her paper, “To See Ourselves: Minority Representation Patterns in Contemporary Literature for Youth,” as part of a panel that she will chair that also includes BCCB reviewer and Illinois State University professor Karen Coats (“The Neglected Protected: Religious Diversity in YA Literature”) and GSLIS and CCB alum Ayanna Coleman (“Diversity and Inclusion: A Publishing Industry Q&A”). Stevenson will also attend the American Library Association annual conference in Las Vegas, June 26-July 1, where she will join the rest of the Scott O’Dell Award committee to celebrate the most recent winner, Kirkpatrick Hill, for Bo at Ballard Creek.

CCB Affiliate and GSLIS Assistant Professor Carol Tilley will give the keynote address at the 2014 Comics and Medicine Conference at Johns Hopkins University on June 27. Her lecture will be titled “Private Reading, Public Health: Exploring Psychiatrist Fredric Wertham’s Comics Legacy.” Tilley will also speak about comics to high school students in the Discover [Johns] Hopkins program “The Hospital.” Tilley is also appearing virtually on a panel, “Comics and Censorship,” at Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC, June 20-22.

CCB Affiliates Georgeann Burch (GSLIS School Library Media Coordinator) and Karla Lucht (GSLIS PhD student) will lead a workshop on “American Literary Resources for the Classroom” on June 25 for the Global Institute for Secondary Educators, organized by the Center for Global Studies and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Burch and Lucht will introduce a variety of U.S. literature appropriate for social studies, history, and English classrooms to secondary teachers from around the world.

CCB Outreach and Communications Coordinator Tad Andracki will co-present “A Queer Library Alliance for Young People: Using Books with LGBTQ Content” with GSLIS alum Rae-Anne Montague at the biennial Conference on Literature and Hawaii’s Children in Honolulu, June 5-7.

Feature: Diversity in Children's and Young Adult Literature

Conversations about the relative lack of representations of people of color in books for young people are nothing new, from the groundbreaking work of librarians like Augusta Baker and Pura Belpré and Nancy Larrick’s important 1965 article on “The All-White World of Children’s Books.” However, with recent articles in such mainstream media sources as Entertainment Weekly about the primary color of kids’ books being white and opinions in the New York Times by former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Walter Dean Myers, it seems like the debate has entered mainstream consciousness, even as books remain stubbornly majority white.

The CCB’s counterpart at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, has compiled statistics on books by and about people of color for nearly thirty years, and although they do not evaluate the books for quality of content, the numbers remain startlingly low. Debate continues to rage about what causes this persistence and what can be done about it: Are major publishers to blame for not picking up authors? Are people of color discouraged from writing? Do teachers, librarians, and other educators do enough to get a diversity of books into kids’ hands? The answer likely lies in a whole host of factors.

While we don’t have the answers, the CCB is interested in promoting quality literature that reflects the diversity of our world across race, ethnicity, ability, orientation, and gender lines. CCB Director Deborah Stevenson will be presenting on her research about ethnic minority representation based on data from the Bulletin; her findings suggest that even where people of color are represented, it’s often in a “historical palette” rather than in contemporary or speculative worlds. The CCB’s Gryphon award also is notably more diverse than other book awards. Bulletin assistant editor Kate Quealy-Gainer says that issues of representation have come up during discussions of the award. The CCB’s annotated bibliographies, too, draw attention to recommended works on specific themes, including topics that are intended to showcase diverse themes. We encourage you to use our resources—including the reference assistance of our excellent GA staff and our comprehensive collection—to explore issues of diversity in children’s and YA literature for yourself!

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.

Katie’s Choice: Prince of Shadows: A Novel of Romeo and Juliet by Rachel Caine
Reading Level: Gr. 9-12
Pages: 351
Publisher and Year: New American Library, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-451-41441-0
Price: $17.99

Romeo and Juliet enthusiasts won’t be disappointed with this masterful retelling, wherein literature’s favorite star-crossed lovers take a backseat to an enriched cast of characters in a fresh plot that reinvigorates Shakespeare’s classic text. Here, the steadfast Benvolio Montague is charged with protecting the life and honor of his petulant young cousin Romeo, a task made more difficult by Romeo’s irrational and lovesick behavior. By night, however, Benvolio freely assumes the role of the Prince of Shadows, a cunning thief who exacts vengeance on Verona’s most corrupt (mainly members of the Capulet family). A young man who outwardly displays restraint and the utmost loyalty to his house but inwardly teems with intellect and passion, Benvolio proves to be a complex and worthy protagonist. Meanwhile, the chemistry between Benvolio and clever, beautiful Rosaline Capulet is palpable and the forbidden affection they show for one another through hooded eyes and stolen glances is downright swoon-worthy. Even Mercutio is given the royal treatment as Caine gives him more history and charisma than Shakespeare ever did, including a truly heartbreaking love story of his own. Caine manages to create an entire world beyond the infamous tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, and readers are likely to proclaim “Wherefore art thou, Benvolio?” off their own balconies by the end.

Tad’s Choice: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
Reading Level: Gr. 4-6
Pages: 350
Publisher and Year: Amulet/Abrams, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4197-1144-2
Price: $16.95

The people of Cedar Hollow want nothing to do with the Windsor estate and the sourwoods upon which it sits, so when Molly and Kip, siblings who lost their parents at sea during a voyage to England from Ireland to escape the nineteenth-century Great Famine, show up looking for work there, they try to persuade them to leave. Molly knows that her gift for storytelling won’t keep her and her nine-year-old brother fed, though, and the Windsors have promised room and board in exchange for Molly’s housekeeping and Kip’s gardening talents. However, the Windsor family seems hollow and haunted, and the black tree that literally grows through the house has a terrible secret: though it will give residents their hearts’ secret desire, it is tended by an skeleton man, who feeds it with the souls of the house’s inhabitants. As Molly and Kip come to realize that getting what you wish for may only be a way to lie to yourself, they must figure out how to break the tree’s powerful hold on their employers and escape before they all end up in the graves that the undead Night Gardener has been preparing for them. Molly and Kip are plucky, resourceful orphan figures, but they’re also wise souls grappling with the trouble of facing reality. Auxier’s heady command of language brings to life a world of travelling storytellers, Irish brogues, and chilling curses, deftly combining thoughtful reflection with searing horror for a middle-grade ghost story that’s wholly satisfying.

Alice’s Choice: A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn
Reading Level: Gr. 7 up
Pages: 320
Publisher and Year: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-544-10935-3
Price: $17.99

The temptation of the forest, to live in freedom, has always been present in Marni’s life, and as she turns sixteen the voices from the forest grow insistent. While the lady of the forest has taught her many things, Marni chose to stay with her grandfather in a hut selling flowers to members of the kingdom’s court—the kingdom she is rightfully heir to. Her uncle murdered her mother, a princess, in order to stop the encroaching forest from swallowing all the kingdom’s land, gaining the throne when Gramps traded it for Marni’s life. When Gramps dies, Marni must choose between escaping to the forest or reclaiming her place at court. She ventures into the world of royalty, seeking revenge on her uncle for her mother’s murder. The attention she receives from the court does not appeal to her, but she enjoys her time with her aunt, the queen, and receives much attention from the Lord of Ontrei, second in power only to the king himself. However, with the forest expanding once more, Marni’s life is in danger from her murderous uncle, the king, as panic and superstition cause the king and his followers to place the blame on Marni, saying that the dragon of the woods is coming to reclaim his daughter. Readers can palpably feel Marni’s emotional struggle in being torn between staying at court and escaping to the forest, and the unique storytelling expertly conveys the eeriness of the forest, making this a solidly classic addition to the fantasy genre.

Highlighted Book from Our Wish List

Turner, Phillip M. and Ann Marlow Riedling. Helping Teachers Teach: A School Library Media Specialist’s Role.  Westport: Libraries Unlimited, 2003. ISBN: 978-1591580201

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

CCB Spring & Summer Hours and General Information

Spring (through May 9)

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

Spring Finals and Summer I (May 12-June 13)

  • Monday: 10am-3pm
  • Tuesday: 10am-3pm
  • Wednesday: 1pm-6pm
  • Thursday: 10am-3pm
  • Friday: CLOSED

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