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Welcome to the Center for Children’s Books!

The Center for Children’s Books at the School of Information Sciences is a research center with additional interests in education and service.

Our mission is to facilitate the creation and dissemination of exemplary and progressive research and scholarship related to youth-focused resources, literature, and librarianship.


News & Updates

  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books: November’s Big Picture and Starred Reviews.

  • The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books is pleased to welcome two new reviewers this Fall, Natalie Berglind and Fiona Hartley-Kroeger. Learn more about them in our November/December Newsletter.
  • CCB GA Stacia McKeever presented her poster “ArtLab: An Art Discovery Tool” to the Midstates Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America on October 19th in Indianapolis at the Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI. McKeever also shared her poster at the 2018 iSchool Research Showcase.
  •  November 19 – November 23, 2018 | Closed for Fall Break

  • December 7, 2018 | Brown Bag | Designing Library Spaces that Work with Dr. Fred Schlipf and Ann Ohms| 12-1 pm at the Center for Children’s Books.
  •  December 13, 2018 – January 13, 2019 | Closed for Winter Break



Research Spotlight: App Authors

App Authors: Closing the App Gap II, our three-year national IMLS-funded research project, has designed a curriculum to teach coding to children aged eight to twelve in school and public libraries.

Working with partners in Illinois and across the country, we’ve created two seven-session curriculums to suit all kinds of young learners, which can be viewed here. Through this project, children develop their own apps and share them with others, highlighting their achievements and learning about others’ as well.

If you would like to participate in this exciting grant as a volunteer, please contact the CCB GAs at ccb@illinois.edu.