Welcome to the The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
We are one of the nation’s leading children’s book review journals for school and public librarians. We provide concise summaries and critical evaluations to help you find the books you need for your library’s collection.
We’re happy to share our annual Blue Ribbon list, celebrating the best and brightest of children’s and YA literature from the last year. It’s hard to identify a trend in this year’s list—the fiction collection is one of our most genre-diverse in years, with verse novels and humor, mythology and realism, fantasy and tragedy all rolled together. While we love our nonfiction list, the nonfiction boom we had for a while seems to be tailing off, so we hope to see a resurgence and tougher competition next year. And picture books—well, picture books are just an untrammeled joy, filled with love, humor, and wisdom in places expected and unexpected. You can find a trifold of the list here. Bon appetit.
Deborah Stevenson, Editor
A book with only a few words seems like an easy feat, but the fact is that telling a story with a rather restricted vocabulary takes more finesse than most people might imagine. This month’s Big Picture, Nobody’s Duck by Mary Sullivan, contains just about fifty words to tell a tale of friendship, humor, and just plain goofiness, and it manages to support and provide scaffolding for young readers. Sullivan’s all-dialogue, all speech-balloon text is maximally cunning in its repetition without ever straining the vocabulary, and the alligator and duck odd couple make for plenty of moments of absurd fun.
The holiday season brings a host of gift giving opportunities and we’re here to help! Our latest Guide Book to Gift Books is updated and revised edition to assist you with all your shopping needs–because who gives anything besides books, right? With over one hundred titles, annotated and organized by age group, our choices are sure to please even your most challenging recipient–and there’s always the bonus of adding a few books to your own TBR list to use that gift card on.
The recipients of the 2017 Gryphon awards have been announced. The titles chosen best exemplify those qualities that successfully bridge the gap in difficulty between books for reading aloud to children and books for practiced readers.The award is sponsored by the Center for Children’s Books at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.