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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.

In addition to pursuing our own projects, we support faculty research and provide opportunities for sharing current scholarship.  We also support students, librarians, and educators by providing the use of our extensive children’s literature collection, sponsoring and participating in children’s literature-related events, and offering additional opportunities for enrichment and professional development.


New to the CCB: Social Media

The CCB has been geared up and joined the social media world! While we’re still operating our same Facebook page, we have joined Twitter and Instagram. Follow our handle @iSchoolCCB on either of these social media platforms to gain insights into our space and events, learn about new books coming our way, and catch glimpses of our students and staff at the iSchool.


Research Spotlight: App Authors

Following the results of the recently completed “Closing the App Gap I” planning grant, we are thrilled to announce that The Institute of Museum and Library Services has recently awarded the School of Information Sciences with grant funding to pursue “App Authors: Closing the App Gap II.”

Led by principal investigator Deborah Stevenson and co-PI Kate McDowell, this multi-year grant project will focus on hands-on app creation as a way to encourage STEM involvement among young learners from diverse backgrounds. The School of Information Sciences will partner with schools and libraries across the country to develop a curriculum for children aged eight to twelve, for eventual use in other library and school settings. Through this project, children will both 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.


News & Updates


The Center for Children’s Books hours will change as CCB GA, Hannah Mueller leaves to begin her student teaching! We will miss her and wish her all the best in her future endeavors!

New Hours From July 30th – August 24th:
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 8am-2pm
Wednesday: 2pm-7pm
Thursday: 8am-1pm
Friday: CLOSED


The CCB will start summer hours 5/7/18.

Summer hours:

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 8am-5pm
Wednesday: 2-7pm
Thursday: 8am-5pm
Friday: CLOSED


The CCB will be closed for Spring break 3/19-3/23, normal Spring hours will resume 3/26.


We are pleased to announce the Gryphon Award Winner and Honors!

2018 Gryphon Award Winner: The Hidden Life of a Toad by Doug Wechsler

2018 Gryphon Honors: Dog on a Frog? by Kes & Claire Gray, King Flashypants and the Evil Emperor by Andy Riley, Sam the Man & the Rutabaga Plan by Frances O’Roark Dowell.


Congratulations to Lauren Wolk, author of Beyond the Bright Sea, for winning the 2018 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction!

The Scott O’Dell award, created by Scott O’Dell and Zena Sutherland in 1982 and now administered by Elizabeth Hall, carries with it a prize of $5000, and goes annually to the author of a distinguished work of historical fiction for young people published by a U. S. publisher and set in the Americas. The winner is chosen by a committee appointed by Elizabeth Hall; its members are Elizabeth Bush, former librarian at St. Damian School and adjunct faculty at the iSchool at the University of Illinois; Ann Carlson, librarian at the Oak Park-River Forest High School; Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book; and, as chair, Deborah Stevenson, editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. For more information about Scott O’Dell and the Scott O’Dell Award please visit scottodell.com or contact Deborah Stevenson at dstevens@illinois.edu.=