‘Tis the (Book Awards) Season

Back by popular demand—the BCLC Mock CaldeNott Awards. After the fanfare of the Youth Media Awards in January, let’s chat about some of the truly fabulous books published abroad or by non-US illustrators that are sadly left out of the Caldecott conversation. We’ll use the official Caldecott terms and criteria to evaluate picture books ineligible for the actual award, due to their foreign provenance, and pick a winner. Won’t you join us?

When: Saturday, February 1, 2020 1-4pm

1-2:00: Books and snacks

2-3:30: Discussion

3:30-4: Voting

Where: Butler Children’s Literature Center, Crown 214

RSVP to butler@dom.edu by January 29th to save your seat.

 

2019 Books for Consideration

Angryman by Gro Dahle, illustrated by Svein Nyhus (Norway) NorthSouth

A Visit to Grandad: An African ABC by Sade Fadipe, illustrated by Shedrach Ayalomeh (Nigeria) Cassava Republic Press

Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed, illustrated by Anoosha Syed (Canada) Simon & Schuster

Birdsong by Julie Flett (Canada/Cree-Metis tribal affiliation) Greystone Kids

Hicotea: A Nightlights Story by Lorena Alvarez (Colombia) Nobrow

The Moose of Ewenki by Gerelchimeg Blackcrane, illustrated by Jui (China) Greystone Kids

My Cat Looks Like My Dad by Thao Lam (Canada) Owlkids

The Piano Recital by Akiko Miyakoshi (Japan) Kids Can Press

Pokko and the Drum by Matthew Forsythe (Canada) Simon & Schuster

Small in the City by Sydney Smith (Canada) Neal Porter Books

Stormy: A Story about Finding a Forever Home by Guojing (China) Schwartz & Wade

Sweet Dreamers by Isabelle Simler (France) Eerdmans

Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi (Iran) Sourcebooks

Unbudgeable Curmudgeon by Matthew Burgess, illustrated by Fiona Woodcock (UK) Knopf

 

Save the Date

Mark your calendar for the eighth annual Butler Lecture featuring award winning illustrator Bryan Collier.

When:      March 4, 2020 6 p.m.
Reception and book signing to follow

Where:     Eloise Martin Recital Hall
Dominican University, Fine Arts Building
7900 West Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305

The lecture is free and open to the public with registration required. Registration will open January 2020.

collier photo from website

Bryan Collier is a beloved illustrator known for his unique style combining watercolor and detailed collage. He is a four-time Caldecott Honor recipient for Trombone Shorty, Dave the Potter, Martin’s Big Words, and Rosa. His books have won many other awards as well, including six Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards. His recent books include By and By, Thurgood, The Five O’Clock Band, and Between the Lines. He lives in New York with his family.

 

To find out more about Bryan Collier’s art and illustration, visit him at bryancollier.com

 

 

Finding Balance: Self-care for You and Your Team

As librarians and teachers serving youth, it’s in our jobs and in our natures to care for the kids in our communities. But how do we do that without burn-out and compassion fatigue? How do we stay at our best to give our best?

Join Regina Townsend, from the Forest Park Public Library, to discuss self-care strategies for individuals and organizations and ways you can create a culture of mental health in your library.

When: Saturday May 11, 2019 from 1pm-3pm

Where: Butler Children’s Literature Center–Dominican University–Crown 214

RSVP to butler@dom.edu to reserve your seat

 

 

Headed to IYSI?

Will you be at the Illinois Youth Services Institute next week?
We will – lets chat!

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You can find the Butler Center at Booth #3 in Redbird CD during the following exhibit hours:

Sponsor Exhibit Hours
Thursday, March 21
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.                Sponsor Exhibit Reception
Friday, March 22
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.              Sponsor Exhibits Coffee
10:00 – 12:30 p.m.            Concurrent Sponsor Exhibits

Stop by for a chat and a chance to win a signed book from an Illinois author!  

Haven’t registered for IYSI yet? Find out more at ILA

CommUnity Building
Illinois Youth Services Institute
March 21-22, 2019
Marriott Bloomington-Normal Hotel & Conference Center

 

What’s Happening…

Spring is about to spring in the Midwest (it’s got to be, right?) and not a moment too soon for an ice-free road trip to one of these upcoming Youth Services events.

Road Travel Road Trip Freedom

90 Second Newbery Film Festival

  •    When: Sunday 3/10 at 1:45 p.m.
  •    Where: Harold Washington Library Center— Chicago, IL
  •    Registration: free, with registration required

Seventh Annual Butler Lecture with Carmen Agra Deedy

  •      When: Wednesday 3/20 at 6:00 p.m. — book signing to follow
  •      Where: Dominican University’s Martin Recital Hall—River Forest, IL
  •      Registration: free, with registration required

Illinois Youth Services Institute

  •       When: 3/21-22
  •       Where: Marriott Bloomington-Normal Hotel and Conf. Center
  •       Registration: Details and registration
  •       Look for BCLC at booth #3

2019 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture with Debbie Reese

  •       When: Saturday 4/13 at 7:30 p.m.
  •       Where: Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery—Madison, WI
  •       Registration: ticket and registration info coming soon