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CCB Newsletter
June 2011


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"Let the Wild Rumpus Start!: Ursula Nordstrom and the Making of the Modern Picture Book"
Leonard Marcus, acclaimed children’s literature historian, critic, and author of books for children and adults, will present this upcoming lecture about the life and work of children’s editor Ursula Nordstrom. His presentation will offer an inside look at the path-finding work of Harper's visionary editor of books for boys and girls. The focus is on the hands-on creation of such well-loved classics as Goodnight Moon, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Charlotte 's Web, Where the Wild Things Are, and Harriet the Spy, and on Ursula Nordstrom's own thoughts on why some books last. There will be a display in the Center for Children’s Books of several of Leonard Marcus’ books including Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom, which he wrote in 2000. For more about Leonard Marcus, visit his website:


June Calendar

Thursday, June 9, 5pm , GSLIS  Building , Rm. 131: "Let the Wild Rumpus Start!: Ursula Nordstrom and the Making of the Modern Picture Book," Lecture by Leonard Marcus.  

Summer Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday - 9am – 1pm

Wednesday - Closed

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: Stories of Teens and Tweens in Africa and the Middle East

Created by Miriam Larson, June 2011


Where Do Galleys Go?

 Galley Giveaway

Each semester the CCB holds a galley giveaway where people from GSLIS and beyond can come take home free galleys, or pre-publication books. But not all of these books go into the personal collections of our CCB aficionados. This month we asked several of our visitors from local schools and community organizations to tell us about their organizations, what they do with galleys, and some ways to get involved in their work.

Corinne Hatcher, Librarian, Central High School:
At Central High School, we have a lot of students who are not used to owning books.  As a result, many of the books that we circulate never return.  Many times check out is the first time they have had a book to call ‘theirs’ and it doesn’t feel fair to have to return it.  Because of this, I offer the galleys as an opportunity to have a book that they can keep.  I give them as prizes for contests, for volunteering in the library, and raffles at book talks.  I probably do close to 40 book talks a year and at every one I give away 4-6 books.  I love it when kids come back and say ‘I loved that book’ and I find out that it is a galley.  I always tell them to pass it on!”

Sally Carter, Executive Director, TAP In Leadership Academy:
TAP In (Together Achieving Purpose In Leadership) is a summer and after-school leadership academy for rising 5th through 12th graders which focuses on four core pillars: Leadership, Cultural Awareness, Literacy and Civic Engagement. [I look for] books written by minority authors, books with multicultural context – particularly African American, Latin American, Native American, Asian and Middle Eastern. On our very first visit to the CCB, our only Latino student was excited because, without a lot of searching, he was able to find a book reflective of his Latino heritage. It was a great moment for him and me!”

Jeanie Austin, Project Coordinator, JDC Library Project:
“The Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center houses youth ages 12 to 17 from across Champaign County.  They have a maximum capacity of 25 youth at any given time.  Youth in the center are awaiting litigation or have been convicted of a crime, and may be in the center for a few days to several weeks. GSLIS students and faculty have collaborated with several community groups (the Peer Ambassadors, Urbana Free Library, Books2Prisoners) and local librarians since 2009 to provide library services to youth in the center.  Since that time, the group has weeded and restocked the existing library collection, and we now also provide library services and programming to youth in the center.  Due to budget constraints, we very much rely on donations, such as the galleys provided by the CCB.  Galleys are incorporated into the library at the juvenile detention center, and circulate rather heavily.  When youth in the center find books that they like, they tend to make recommendations to other readers, which results in a lot of conversations about books and a few books in need of repair or replacement. More information about the project is located on our blog at . Interested parties might like to check out the ‘You Can Help’ page, which has a link to our Amazon wishlist.  We also have a link to our library catalog (in librarything) that may be of interest.”


Our Affiliates Out and About

SHCY (Society for the History of Childhood and Youth)
June 23-June 25, New York City
GSLIS Professor Carol Tilley will present a session entitled “Batman Did Something with Robin': Frederic Wertham and the Pathologization of Comic Book Readers.” For a schedule and full conference description, visit the conference website.


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.

Laurel ’s Choice: Gaia Warriors by Nicola Davies
Reading Level:
Gr. 6-10
Pages: 192
Publisher and Year: Candlewick Press, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7636-4808-4
Price: $14.99

Davies brings together a variety of voices ranging from youth activists to comedians speaking up about climate change and our future in this two-part book. In the first section Davies addresses background information on the issue by answering commonly asked questions regarding climate change. Several scientists in the field also contribute their research findings and opinions. Section two highlights “Gaia Warriors”; these are individuals or organizations that are working to stop or reduce global warming. Resources for further information and ways to become involved are interspersed amongst the warrior bios and are often geared directly toward young people. The colorful spreads, abundance of quotations, and conversational tone help to make this serious subject more accessible. This book would serve as a good introduction for someone interested in learning about climate change. It also provides many avenues for further exploration and paths for advocacy.

Miriam’s Choice: You Don’t Know About Me by Brian Meehl
Reading Level: Gr. 7-10
Pages: 416
Publisher and Year: Delacorte, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-385-73909-2
Price: $17.99

Billy Albright and his mother are a mother-son duo extraordinaire when it comes to acting in the name of God. Billy’s fundamentalist Christian mother takes him to protests outside of gay weddings, to supermarkets where they cross out the word “devil” on grocery store products, and to many churches where Billy and his mother will make a ruckus if the church is straying from the Lord. Then one day, Billy receives a bible in the mail with a DVD hidden inside. A video recording of the father Billy had thought was dead inspires him to leave his mother and start on a geo-caching treasure hunt from Missouri to Washington State following clues hidden in the chapters of Huckleberry Finn. As Billy reads Huckleberry Finn, his own cross-country journey traces a contemporary Twain-inspired story. Billy encounters a variety of characters including a runaway gay baseball star, a money-hungry sports agent, and a pair of con-artists, all of whom have different perspectives on faith, truth and honesty. Billy’s honest narrative and creative approach to traveling by whatever means available to him make for a believable and enjoyable modern Huck.


Highlighted Book from Our Wish List

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

In this new edition, Turner and Riedling have updated their discussion of the school library media specialist’s role as an instructional consultant and their “levels” approach to partnerships between school library media specialists and teachers.

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


CCB Summer Hours and General Information

Monday: 9 am – 1 pm
Tuesday: 9 am – 1 pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 9 am – 1 pm
Friday: 9 am – 1 pm

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