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.


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

 Upcoming Closure:

Monday, 10/24: CCB Closed for iSchool Research Showcase.  Join us in Illini Ballrooms A&B as we showcase the hard work and research of iSchool students.

A Thank You

We’d like to extend a big thank you to the generous donors who recently sent us items from our Amazon Wish List. These titles included I See the RhythmThunderstormScumbleLittle Vampire Women, and Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige Vs. Rookie Joe DiMaggio. Thanks to these donors, more students will have access to texts used in the School of Information Sciences’ children’s literature courses. Thanks again!

The 2015 Guide Book to Gift Books is Here!

We’re thrilled to tell you that the annual Guide Book to Gift Books is available for download now from the Bulletin website! Look no further than this yearly publication for help finding books for holidays, birthdays, and any other gift-giving occasion throughout the year. Categorized into four age groups and featuring all kinds of genres and themes, this handy guide is designed to ensure the best fit for any kind of recipient. Everything in the Guide Book has been reviewed and recommended by the professionals at the Bulletin, each complete with a succinct annotation to help you decide. Curious about the process? Get the behind-the-scenes scoop in the November newsletter.

Welcome to our new site!

We’ve made some changes to our site, and we’re very pleased to share it with you. That being the case, if you notice any missing information or broken links, please let us know by emailing us at ccb@illinois.edu. Our old website is now housed at ccbarchive.lis.illinois.edu. We hope you enjoy the new look!