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CCB Newsletter
March 2016


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News and Updates

2016 Gryphon Lecture: Denise Agosto

On Friday, March 11 at 7:00pm in GSLIS Room 126, the Center for Children's Books will host the Annual Gryphon Lecture. Featuring a leading scholar in the field of youth and literature, media, and culture, the Gryphon Lecture is free and open to students and the public. In addition, Illinois educators are eligible to receive CPDU recognition for participation. Can’t attend? Audio from the 2016 lecture will be available shortly after the presentation on the Gryphon Lecture webpage.

Denise Agosto, GSLIS Research Fellow and professor in Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics, will present the 2016 Gryphon Lecture, “The True Story of Teens and Social Media: Using Teen-Centered Research to Break Down Pervasive Stereotypes.” A reception in the GSLIS East Foyer will follow the presentation.

Agosto is the recipient of national teaching awards from ALISE and ASIS&T, and her research interests include youth information behaviors, public libraries, multicultural issues in youth library services, and qualitative research

March Calendar

  • Thursday, March 10: CCB Brown Bag: Youth and Technology: Research and Practice
    Join us for this Brown Bag conversation about youth and technology with Dr. Denise Agosto. Professor Agosto is the 2016 Gryphon Lecturer, GSLIS research fellow and professor in Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics.

  • Friday, March 11: Annual Gryphon Lecture Featuring Denise Agosto, 7 pm, GSLIS 126
    Prof. Agosto will present “The True Story of Teens and Social Media: Using Teen-Centered Research to Break Down Pervasive Stereotypes.” A reception will follow in GSLIS 131 and East Foyer.

  • Monday, March 21-Friday, March 25: CCB Closed: Spring Break
    The CCB will be closed for the week of spring break. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • Friday, April 1: Deadline for applications to CCB and BCCB Graduate/Research Assistant position.

Events take place at the CCB unless otherwise noted. For complete descriptions of events, visit the calendar on our website.

New Bibliography on the CCB Website

Kings, Queens Crowns and Scepters: A Royal Bibliography
Created by Coleen Melone, CCB Volunteer

Our Affiliates Out and About

Kate McDowell, associate professor and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, will be representing GSLIS at the Targeting Autism: A National Forum on Serving Library Patrons on the Spectrum conference, sponsored by the Illinois State Library, which will be held from March 10-11. For more information, please visit:

CCB Affiliate and GSLIS Assistant Professor Carol Tilley will be presenting at a number of invited talks this month: on March 16, she will be virtual guest in a class at MIT, Women, Comics, and Cognitive Dissonance. This seminar is taught by Dr. Theresa Rojas in the Comparative Media Studies Program. Professor Tilley will discuss some of her research as well as being a woman comics scholar. She will also be the faculty respondent for Nick Sousanis' (University of Calgary) talk at the Unit for Criticism and Interpretative Theory on March 17. The talk - Unflattening: Reimagining Scholarship through Comics - will be held from in the University of Illinois Union room 104, from 4-6 p.m. Finally, she will give the 2016 Lois Lenski Lecture in Children's Literature at Illinois State University on March 21. Her talk is titled, "A Severe Case of Comics: Looking Back on a Problem that Wasn't." It will be held in Stevenson Hall 101, beginning at 7 p.m.

Concurrent sessions recorded at the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition are now available on AASL’s newly enhanced professional development platform; among these is CCB Affiliate and K-12 Program Coordinator Georgeann Burch’s presentation “If You Build It They Will Come: Summer PD for School Librarians.” Find it here:

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.

Lauren’s Choice: Snappsy the Alligator Did Not Ask to Be in This Book! By Julie Falatko, illus. by Tim Miller
Reading Level: 5-8 yrs
Pages: [40p]
Publisher and Year: Viking, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-451-46945-8
Price: $16.99

Snappsy did not ask to be in this book, and he is really “cheesed” off that a pesky narrator will not leave him alone! This white-collar alligator spends his day grocery shopping, riding scooters, eating foods that start with “P,” and reading … well, he wishes he could.  The narrator, who is later introduced as a party-hungry chicken, lavishly embellishes Snappsy’s mundane day to create drama and intrigue for readers. Stalking and exaggerating this alligator’s every move makes for a timely commentary on the “big brother” effect. This dynamic, debut picture book from Julie Falatko features playful, muted art and places its audience directly in the story as detached, perceptive characters. Following Snappsy around is as comical as it is frustrating, and readers will love to antagonize the poor gator.  Because the voices flip back and forth between the self-aware narrator and an irritated protagonist, readers-aloud will have bountiful opportunities for theatrical voice acting.  Not only has Falatko created a cast of whimsically drawn, trademark characters, she has opened up potential doors for Snappsy and his buddies to make a future reappearance.  

Melissa’s Choice: Super Happy Magic Forest; written and illus. by Matty Long
Reading Level: Gr. 2-4
Pages: [32p]
Publisher and Year: Scholastic, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-545-86059-8
Price: $17.99

Life in the Super Happy Magic Forest was merry and carefree, thanks to the Mystical Crystals of Life. But, of course, one day evil forces steal the Mystical Crystals of Life. Wise Old Oak calls a meeting to retrieve the crystals from the goblins and five heroes are chosen; Hoofius the faun, Blossom the unicorn, Herbert the gnome, Twinkle the fairy and Trevor the mushroom are dubbed the bravest warriors in all the land. Our heroes set off to reclaim the crystals, venturing through a frozen tundra full of fearsome penguins, battling through the Super Creepy Haunted Forest’s ghosts, evil trees and slugs, and fighting their way through dangerous dungeons to find the crystals and return happiness and endless picnics to their home. Matty Long’s colorful, energetic illustrations match the whimsical storyline and add a number of visual quips for readers to enjoy.

Highlighted Book from Our Wish List

Nagai, Mariko. Dust of Eden. Park Ridge: Whitman, 2014. ISBN 978-0807517390

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

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