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May. 11, 2017
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The App Authors project has been underway for over a year now, bringing kids and technology together to create apps through a child-centered curriculum at Kenwood Elementary and the Douglass Branch of the Champaign Public Library. The program, developed by the iSchool's Center for Children's Books (CCB), provides kids with varying levels of experience the opportunity to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. App Authors is now expanding its reach, working at sites in Maryland and Oregon as well as remaining in Champaign. 

"We're excited about expanding our reach this year," said Deborah Stevenson, PI of the project and director of the CCB. "Our partnerships with the Frederick County Public Libraries in Maryland and the...

Apr. 18, 2017
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Kafi D. Kumasi will deliver the 2017 Gryphon Lecture on Friday, April 28, at the iSchool. Sponsored annually by The Center for Children's Books (CCB), the lecture features a leading scholar in the field of youth and literature, media, and culture. It is free and open to the campus and public.

In "Check the Rhyme: Harnessing Hip Hop’s Enduring Literacies with Teens Through Libraries," Kumasi will address the following:

Hip Hop has become a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon that significantly shapes the way young people view and interact in the world. At a time when Black and Latino male youth are being hyper-criminalized and incarcerated at high rates in the U.S., it is important to remember the...

Jan. 31, 2017
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Weekends with Max and His Dad, written by Linda Urban and illustrated by Katie Kath, and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is the winner of the 2017 Gryphon Award for Children’s Literature. The Gryphon Award, which includes a $1,000 prize, is given annually by The Center for Children's Books (CCB). This year's committee was chaired by Assistant Professor Deborah Stevenson, CCB director, and Kate Quealy-Gainer, assistant editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.

The prize is awarded to the author of an outstanding English-language work of fiction or nonfiction, for which the primary audience is children in kindergarten through fourth grade...

Feb. 23, 2016
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The Center for Children’s Books will host the 2016 Gryphon Lecture on Friday, March 11. The annual lecture, which is free and open to campus and the public, features a leading scholar in the field of youth and literature, media, and culture.

Denise Agosto, GSLIS research fellow and professor in Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics, will deliver this year’s lecture, "The True Story of Teens, Social Media, and Libraries: Using Teen-Centered Research to Break Down Pervasive Stereotypes.” Agosto’s research interests include youth information behaviors, public libraries, multicultural issues in youth library services, and qualitative research methods. She...

Jan. 22, 2016
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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 annually by The Center for Children’s Books (CCB). This year’s committee was chaired by Assistant Professor Deborah Stevenson, CCB director, and Kate Quealy-Gainer, assistant editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.

The prize is awarded to the author of an outstanding English-language work of fiction or nonfiction, for which the primary audience is children in kindergarten through fourth grade, that best exemplifies those qualities that successfully bridge the gap in difficulty between books for reading aloud to children and books...

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 included several kid-friendly activities. Students taking the GSLIS storytelling course told stories with origins in Armenia, Brazil, China, and North America. Other students set up a reading corner where children could read books themselves or with help from a family member. GSLIS’s resident gaming expert, Research Associate Professor David Dubin, hosted a game table where young attendees found...

Feb. 24, 2015
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The Center for Children’s Books will host the 2015 Gryphon Lecture on Friday, March 6. Featuring a leading scholar in the field of youth and literature, media, and culture, the annual Gryphon Lecture is free and open to students and the public.

Delivering this year’s lecture, "Research on Children, Youth and Media: Applications for LIS Education and Practice,” is Rebekah Willett, an assistant professor of library and information studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Willett conducts research on children’s media cultures, focusing on issues of gender, play, literacy, and learning. Her publications include work on playground games, amateur camcorder cultures, young people’s online activities, and children’s story writing.

The lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Room...

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