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Jan. 28, 2016

The staff at The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB) has announced the 2015 Blue Ribbons, their choices for the best of children’s and young adult literature for the year. Blue Ribbons are chosen annually by BCCB reviewers and represent what they believe to be outstanding examples of fiction, nonfiction, and picture books for youth.

Thirty-five titles received Blue Ribbons for 2015, and the full list is available on the BCCB website. “Every year the experience is both new and old,” said...

Jan. 22, 2016

little_robot.jpg?itok=-8XwajUk Little Robot, written and illustrated by Ben Hatke, and published by First Second Books, is the winner of the 2016 Gryphon Award for Children’s Literature.

The Gryphon Award, which includes a $1,000 prize, is given...

Sep. 11, 2015

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded GSLIS a $248,205 National Leadership Grant for the project, “App Authors: Closing the App Gap II.” Principal investigator Deborah Stevenson, assistant professor and director of the Center for Children’s Books, and co-PI Kate McDowell, associate professor and assistant dean for student affairs, began work on the IMLS-funded planning phase of the project, “Closing the App Gap I,” in 2013.

Abstract: The Graduate...

Jul. 2, 2015

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GSLIS recently hosted the second annual Summer Getaway, a series of workshops that brought together over sixty school librarians from across the state to learn about current...

Jun. 15, 2015

Assistant Professor Elizabeth Hoiem and doctoral student Melissa Hayes will participate in the annual conference of the Children’s Literature Association coming up June 18-20 in Richmond, Virginia. The theme of the year’s conference is “‘Give me liberty, or give me death!’: The High Stakes and Dark Sides of Children’s Literature.”

Hoiem will chair a session titled, “Liberty and Death for the Nineteenth-Century Child,” during which she will present her paper, “‘Naughty full-grown babes’: Children's Literature and the...

Jun. 2, 2015

With a growing international population and a penchant for cross-campus collaboration, the University of Illinois provides a wealth of opportunities for area youth to learn about cultures other than their own. The Center for Children’s Books (CCB) teamed up with the Luso-Brazilian Association and University Housing recently to host one such multicultural learning event at the Orchard Downs Family & Graduate Housing complex on campus.

Held in April, the event...

Apr. 8, 2015

Assistant Professor Emily Knox will speak at the upcoming conference, Outlawed: The Naked Truth About Censored Literature for Young People, to be held April 10-12 at California State University, Fresno (Fresno State). The conference, hosted by the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, a department of the Henry Madden Library at Fresno State, explores the role censorship plays in young people’s reading choices.

Knox will deliver a talk titled, "Teenagers Are Not Young Adults: Age, Innocence, and The...

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