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November’s Big Picture

Cover of Seen and Unseen by Elizabeth Partridge. A drawing of a hand pulling the string of an old-fashioned camera.

With the ever presence of social media in modern life, visuals—from the mundane to the horrific—play an oversized role in how we understand and process the world. But bearing witness to tragedy has never inherently brought the power to change it. Tamaki and Partridge explore that tension—between empowerment and futility—in this month’s Big Picture, Seen and Unseen. Exquisitely crafted and fiercely provocative, this nonfiction book focuses on the works of three photographers as they documented the forced removal and internment of Japanese Americans on the West Coast during World War II. The literal different lenses on display will leave readers to reckon with both America’s history of oppression and how the media we consume informs our understanding of both the past and their present.

We’re hiring!

The Bulletin is looking for new reviewers to join our team! Applications will be accepted until December 31, 2022. To view the full job description, click here.

Coming Soon: 2022 Blue Ribbons

Our best books of the year list will be released on January 1, 2023. In the meantime, our list from 2021 is available to view, as are winners from 2012 to 2020 on our archive page. We look forward to sharing the winning titles soon!

75 Years of Children’s Literature

Drawing of a clock

The 75th volume year of the Bulletin is being commemorated in a digital timeline exhibit at https://ccb.ischool.illinois.edu/ccb75/. As the Bulletin prepares to move into its future, take a look at its past, in glorious black and white and on bleed-through onionskin paper.

The Center for Children’s Books

The Bulletin is partnered with the Center for Children’s Books, a research center whose mission is to facilitate the creation and dissemination of exemplary and progressive research and scholarship related to youth-focused resources, literature, and librarianship.

Cover illustration © Lauren Tamaki from Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams’ Photographs Reveal About the Japanese American Incarceration; written by Elizabeth Partridge, used by permission of Chronicle Books.