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What brings us comfort these days? Lately, it’s what’s familiar–which is why we’re so excited to spotlight so many series in this week’s Butler Bookshelf. Looking for fantasy and adventure? Pick up the latest Will Wilder! Perhaps a heartwarming animal tale? We suggest Poppy the most recent American Dog installment. For more ideas, check out the list below!

Will Wilder #3: The Amulet of Power
Written by Raymond Arroyo
Published by Crown Books for Young Readers
Available now!

The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane
Written by Kate O’Shaughnessy
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Available now!

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (Film Tie-In Edition)
Written and illustrated by Stephan Pastis
Published by Candlewick Entertainment
Available now!

Jasmine Green Rescues: A Piglet Called Truffle
Written by Helen Peters and illustrated by Ellie Snowdon
Published by Walker Books
Available now!

A to Z Mysteries Super Edition #12: Space Shuttle Scam
Written by Ron Roy and illustrated by John Steven Gurney
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers
Available now!

Poppy (American Dog)
Written by Jennifer Li Shotz
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers
Available April 7, 2020!

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Top on our TBR list? A story about a girl, her grandmother, and an alternate reality–steeped in magic. Diana Abu-Jaber’s Silverworld has us longing to cast spells and learn from our elders. For more great reads, check out the list below!

Silverworld
Written by Diana Abu-Jaber
Published by Crown Books for Young Readers
Available now!

Awesome Dog 5000 vs. Major Bossypants (Book 2)
Written by Justin Dean
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers
Available now!

Golden Arm
Written by Carl Deuker
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers
Available on April 7, 2020

On The Horizon
Written by Lois Lowry and illustrated by Kenard Pak
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers
Available on April 7, 2020

Bloom (The Overthrow Book 1)
Written by Kenneth Oppel
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Available now!

The Twin
Written by Natasha Preston
Published by Delacorte
Available now!

Brave (American Dog)
Written by Jennifer Li Shotz
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers
Available on April 7, 2020

Taking the Reins (An Ellen & Ned Book)
Written by Jane Smiley
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Available now!

Stargirl (Movie Tie in Edition)
Written by Jerry Spinelli
Published by Ember
Available now!

Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee
Written by Jeff Zentner
Published by Ember
Available now!

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This week on the Butler Bookshelf, we’ve delving into breakups. Friend breakups. In When Your Were Everything, Ashley Woodfolk explores what happens when a teenage friendship implodes, going from nourishing to destructive. For lighter fare, there are also some great new reads like My Life As A Potato and The Third Mushroom, check out the list below for more!

Amelia Fang and the Rainbow Rangers
Written by Laura Ellen Anderson
Published by Delacorte Books For Young Readers
Available March 31, 2020

My Life As A Potato
Written by Arianne Costner
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers
Available now!

What Matters Most
Written by Emma Dodd
Published by Templar
Available now!

The Third Mushroom
Written by Jennifer L. Holm
Published by Yearling
Available now!

Superhero Mom
Written By Timothy Knapman and illustrated by Joe Berger
Published by Nosy Crow
Available now!

The Fabled Life of Aesop: The extraordinary journey and collected tales of the world’s greatest storyteller
Written by Ian Lendler and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers
Available now!

When You Were Everything
Written by Ashley Woodfolk
Published by Delacorte Press
Available now!

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Here at the Butler Center, we’re all craving a book to cuddle up with–on our list currently? We’ve got several great choices on our Butler Bookshelf this week, including I Love Us! A Book About Family, illustrated by Luisa Uribe.

All The Pretty Things
Written by Emily Arsenault
Published by Delacorte Press
Available now!

An Ordinary Day
Written by Elana K. Arnold and illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic
Published by Beach Lane Books
Available now!

Chick and Brain: Egg or Eyeball
Written and illustrated by Cece Bell
Published by Candlewick
Available now!

It Wasn’t Me
Written by Dana Alison Levy
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Available now!

Field Notes on Love
Written by Jennifer E. Smith
Published by Random House
Available now!

I Love Us! A Book About Family
Illustrated by Luisa Uribe
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers
Available now!

My Green Day: 10 Green Things I Can Do Today
Written and illustrated by Melanie Walsh
Published by Candlewick
Available now!

BCLC access update

The Butler Children’s Literature Center will be suspending open hours at this time, but continuing visits by appointment for students and members of the Dominican community as the situation allows. Dominican faculty, staff, and students must show their current Dominican ID when entering the library.

Contact us at butler@dom.edu to schedule a visit.

We will reopen to the public as soon as possible.

Take care, friends!

 

The Hoot: News from the Butler Children’s Literature Center, March 2020

Spring, or at least Spring Break, is almost here! And while some of us are only dreaming about warm weather and beach vacations, there is no reason not to have a little R&R (rest and reading) right here on campus. A quiet week in the library is the perfect time for a little reflection on what has been happening in the Butler Center, making plans for the next few months, and debating what to read in the sunny days ahead.


What We’ve Been Doing–

Butler Lecture

bryan collierLast night the Butler Center was thrilled to welcome award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier for the 8th Annual Butler Lecture–You Can Never Outgrow a Picture Book. Collier examined the lives of many of his book characters and how their histories, their childhoods, their experiences, their “dream-walking” whispered of what they would become. His charming style, gorgeous art, and thorough research lead to books filled with layers and nuance that will appeal to readers of all ages and continue to offer new experiences with each reading. Thank you to all who joined us!

 Morris Collection

This winter, BCLC received a generous gift to the Effie Lee Morris Collection of African American Books from professor and book collector Dr. Elizabeth Poe. Her collection, comprised of fiction, nonfiction, picture books, middle-grade and YA novels, will enhance the breadth and depth of Own Voices titles in the collection. Is this your area of study? Just interested in beautiful art and stories? Drop by to check out the newly expanded collection.

2020 Mock CaldeNott Awards

2020 caldenott book pileOn February 1st, the Butler Center served as HQ for the CaldeNott Awards “Committee.” Local librarians, authors, and SOIS students spent an afternoon discussing just a few of the fabulous picture books that weren’t eligible for the Caldecott Awards due to their foreign provenance. After much deliberation and many snacks, the award went to… The Moose of Ewenki by Gerelchimeg Blackcrane and illustrated by Jui Er (Greystone Kids). With honor awards to Hicotea: A Nightlights Story by Lorena Alvarez (Nobrow), Small in the City by Sydney Smith (Neal Porter Books), and Stormy: A Story about Finding a Forever Home by Guojing (Schwartz & Wade). 

Ellin Greene Storytelling Tea

In September, the Butler Center once again hosted an afternoon of tea and tales celebrating the life and contributions of author, teacher, storyteller, and Butler Center supporter Dr. Ellin Greene. Storytellers Janice Del Negro, Marie Ringenberg, and Anne Shimojima delighted the group with a variety of folktales and personal stories while we enjoyed tea, treats, and exceptional company. Keep an eye out this summer for information on the 2020 Storytelling Tea.

Butler Center Book Sale
Sale crowd 2019Once again, last December, the BCLC was packed with librarians, teachers, gift-givers, and book-lovers during our annual book sale weekend. We were able to send over 1500 books to loving new homes and help support Butler Center programming and collections for 2020. Do you know a teacher or librarian that would like a bit of help with their collection? Send their contact information to butler@dom.edu, and we’ll send special invitations to future book sale events.


What’s Up Next–

Butler Youth Services Scholarship

BYSS tv slide 2020Last fall, the Butler Center was thrilled to award the first-ever Butler Youth Services Scholarship to Nora Sanchez, newly appointed Early Childhood Community Engagement Specialist at the Oak Park Public Library. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a student from a background underrepresented in library science. In addition to receiving financial assistance, Butler Scholars will work closely with their advisor, the Butler Center, and a librarian-mentor as a support structure for their graduate school career and beyond. You can find out more about the scholarship here. The applications are being accepted for the 2020 Butler Youth Services Scholarship.

 Folk and Fairytales with SCBWI

Join us for an evening of folk tales with Dr. Janice Del Negro. The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Oak Park and Near West Suburban network is collaborating with the Butler Center for their March meeting to learn more about the Ellin Greene Folk and Fairytale Collection. We’ll discuss the history of folk and fairy tales, ways to use them, tools for finding them, and also give more information about the Butler Center’s collections. This program open to all—Butler/Dominican friends and all SCBWI networks.
7-9 pm on Thursday, March 12th, 2020
Oak Park Public Library—834 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL


Spring Open Hours

The Butler Center welcomes teachers, librarians, booksellers, parents, grandparents, caregivers, and anyone interested in literature for young people. Spring 2020 open hours are Mondays 10-6, Tuesdays 3-6, Wednesdays 12-6, and Thursdays 9-6. Or contact us at butler@dom.edu to schedule an appointment. Please note, the Butler Children’s Literature Center and Rebecca Crown Library will be closed for construction March 9-15, 2020.

The Center is a non-lending library, but our staff is here to assist you in locating books that address specific themes, age groups, or reading levels.

The Butler Center is located in the Rebecca Crown Library, room 214, on Dominican’s main campus at 7900 W. Division Street in River Forest, Illinois. Directions and a campus map are available here. The Butler Center is administered by Dominican’s School of Information Studies and is generously supported by the Butler Family Foundation. We hope you’ll visit us, or join us for an event, and stay tuned for our news and upcoming events. Please contact me with any questions you have. I look forward to seeing you soon!

Jen Clemons

Curator, Butler Children’s Literature Center
Dominican University SOIS
sois.dom.edu
butlerspantry.org
butler@dom.edu

 

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bookshelf 3.3.2020.jpgOn this beautiful March day, we’re so blessed with this bevy of picture books. Check out our list below!

On Wings of Words: The Extraordinary Life of Emily Dickinson
Written by Jennifer Berne and illustrated by Becca Stadtlander
Published by Chronicle Books
Available now!

Like the Moon Loves the Sky
Written by Hena Khan and illustrated by Saffa Khan
Published by Chronicle Books
Available March 10!

Barkus: Dog Dreams (Book 2)
Written by Patricia MacLachlan and illustrated by Marc Boutavant
Published by  Chronicle Books
Available April 7, 2020

My Friend Earth
Written by Patricia MacLachlan and illustrated by Francesca Sanna
Published by Chronicle Books
Available now!

My Brother The Duck
Written by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Daniel Wiseman
Published by Chronicle Books
Available April 21, 2020

Unstoppable
Written by Adam Rex and illustrated by Laura Park
Published by Chronicle Books
Available May 5, 2020

How to Put an Octopus to Bed
Written by Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrated by Viviane Schwarz
Published by Chronicle Books
Available March 31, 2020