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CCB Newsletter
May 2011


In this Newsletter…



 Storytellers 2011

Storytelling Audio and Video

Audio from the 2011 Storytelling Festival is now available on our Storytelling Audio page. You can listen to individual stories or download all of them to listen to at your convenience! You can also watch the digital story that was shown at the festival: Catbeard by Ross Thompson.




May Calendar

Thursday, May 5, 5-6pm : Youth Literature Book Club. We’ll be discussing The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.

 Monday, May 9, 4-5pm : Graphic Novel Book Club led by Lauren Chambers. We will discuss Cat Burglar Black by Richard Sala and Foiled by Jane Yolen.    

Adjusted Hours for the Week of May 9-13:
Monday – 10am-5pm 
Tuesday –
Wednesday – Closed

Thursday –
Friday –

Monday, May 9 – Friday, May 13:
Galley Giveaway (see adjusted CCB hours above)  

Please check the CCB website for summer open hours.

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


New Bibliographies on the CCB Website

Bibliography: Teens Questioning Gender Identity and Expectations

Created by Lacy Spraggins, May 2011


Web Highlights: The CCB Website and Some Suggested Blogs
By Miriam Larson, CCB Outreach GA

In an attempt to counter the Internet’s information overload we’ve decided to highlight a selection of resources. The first section describes four links on our CCB website. The second section provides an annotated list of blogs related to children’s literature that were suggested by CCB volunteers, GSLIS faculty, and practicing librarians.

1. Resources Available from the CCB Website
The CCB website is full of resources but here are a few that we use the most or that we think might be timely for the end of the school year.

Job Resources Page (Find this under our Resources section in the left hand navigation bar)
Our job resource page has a variety of information for job-seekers including links to LIS job search websites, sample interview questions for youth services positions, and advice on negotiating salary.

Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database (Available only to UIUC students and employees. Linked on our homepage underneath the “Spotlight on Research”)
The Children’s Literature Database is a convenient way to perform a limited search of children’s and young adult books. Entries provide summaries, award recognition, and reviews, including reviews by our very own Bulletin.

PUBYAC (Find this from the navigation bar on the left side of our homepage)
If you are looking for a way to engage with the challenges faced by current youth services librarians, the Center for Children’s Books hosts a listserv for PUBlic Librarians serving Young Adults and Children (PUBYAC). To subscribe, follow the link from the left bar of the CCB website to the main PUBYAC website and choose the Subscribe/Unsubscribe tab. Subscription is free and open to anyone.

Annotated List of Book Awards (Find this under our Resources section in the left hand navigation bar)
This extensive list of awards is annotated and includes familiar awards like the Caldecott, which was created in 1938, and very recently created awards like the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults (created in 2010) and the Schneider Family Book Award (created in 2004) that recognizes authors or illustrators portraying the disability experience for children and young adults.

2. A Selection of Blogs for Summer Reading
Recommended by CCB volunteers, youth services students, faculty and practicing librarians. - A thoughtful blog with a number of guest writers including well-known YA authors. This blog also boast “The Ultimate Gay Reading List.” (Recommended by Anna Berger) - Not just a cheerleader for multiculturalism, this blog looks critically at books by and about people of color and also includes entries that reflect on the role book-sellers and publishers play in white-washing children’s and YA literature. (Recommended by Stephanie Miller, Natalie Sapkarov and Anna Berger) - A school librarian blogs about new media, teaching, and librarianship in the 21 st century. (Recommended by Uni High Librarian Frances Jacobson Harris)

Look at the full annotated bibliography of blogs for more suggested blogs on topics including social media, storytimes and Asian transnational children's literature . . .


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.

Ayanna’s Choice: Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Reading Level: Gr. 7-10

Pages: 408 

Publisher: Egmont, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-60684-144-0

Price: $17.99

The most important fact about Emerson: she sees dead people. Well, at least she thought they were dead. Her whole world is turned upside-down when she meets hunky Michael and he lets her in on a little secret; the people who casually appear on the street, in front of her door, and inside buildings around town are not ghosts, but they are from the past. How does he know this? Michael works with an organization that helps people come to terms with and control their unique abilities, plus his supernatural gift is very similar to Emerson’s. This makes their connection electric, literally. With Emerson's emotionally shaky past, Michael's cryptic help with her ability and confusing advances, and a whole lot of other underground paranormal activity, readers will get a satisfying mental workout as they piece together past events, figure out how those events connect with the present, determine who to trust, and ultimately find out who will stay alive.


Laurel ’s Choice: Squish: Super Amoeba by Jennifer L. Holm, illus. by Matthew Holm

Reading Level: Gr. 2-4

Pages: 96

Publisher and Year: Random House, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-375-93783-5

Price: $12.99

The sister and brother team who brought you Babymouse are at it again; meet the single-celled star of their new graphic novel series, Squish – super amoeba! As an avid comic book reader, Squish is inspired by superheroes, yet he doesn’t quite have the gift of bravery mastered himself. Squish tries to be courageous as he navigates through daily life at the pond with his two best friends, Pod and Peggy. When a bully at school threatens to eat Peggy unless Squish lets him copy off his tests, he knows with the single cell in his body that it’s time to take a stand. With a little help from a very protective, and well-fed, pet slime mold, Squish is able to defeat the tormenting planaria. This two-tone (black and green) graphic novel for early readers has it all: clever art, science, humor, and a few gross-out moments that are sure to please the audience. 


Miriam’s Choice: Calli Be Gold by Michele Weber Hurwitz

Reading Level: Gr. 4-6

Pages: 208

Publisher and Year: Random House, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-385-73970-2

Price: $15.99

Calli’s oldest brother is a star basketball player, her older sister is a figure skater, and Calli’s father and mother tell Calli that it’s just a matter of time before she finds her “passion” and joins the Gold family whirlwind of extra-curricular activities. It is easy for Calli to feel sub-par because she doesn’t take to the activities her parents push her to try - violin, gymnastics, origami and improv. But Calli has an insightful ability to see past her parents’ narrow-minded view of success as she finds value in everyday activities, including a budding friendship with the boy she is paired with through her school’s peer-tutoring program. Calli’s patience and empathy draw him out as the pair come up with an idea for the school Friendship Fair. This book is a thoughtful and refreshing reminder that kids don’t need to be extra-curricular whirlwinds in order to be successful and that it is often the kids themselves who know their strengths best.


Highlighted Book from Our Wish List

Steptoe, John. Stevie. New York: Harper Arco Iris, 1996. ISBN 978-0064431224.

A boy first resents his new foster brother, Stevie, and then misses him after he leaves.

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


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