The Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) is an excellent resource for youth services librarians. Among the many services it provides is CCBC-Net, an active listserv devoted to the discussion of literature for children and young adults. All are welcome to join, and if you sign up today you may catch the “beginning of the month announcements,” which often include news about upcoming literature conferences and author/book events. You’ll find more information about the listserv and how to join here. Also of interest are the CCBC Shorts, monthly webinars about new books for young people. The latest video features booktalks about brand new books that make great choices for toddler and preschool storytime.
The director of the CCBC, Kathleen T. Horning, is the author of From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books and is a leader in the field of studying literature for young people. KT also teaches online classes for ALSC such as the class on the Caldecott Medal (which begins today, so sign up quickly!) Suffolk County’s own Marybeth K. – who is active with the CLASC Literature Committee – recently took KT’s class on The Newbery Medal and had this to say about it:
“I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to learn from KT Horning! Her vast knowledge, combined with input from class members who were public and school librarians from across the country — several were even former Newbery Committee members — made for a valuable learning experience. I know I sound like a book geek, but it was extremely satisfying to immerse myself in discussing both the broadest and finest points of children’s literature with people as excited about it as I am.”
You, too, can up your “book geek” score by taking advantage of the resources available from the CCBC by signing up for CCBC-Net, tuning into a CCBC short, or registering for an ALSC online course taught by KT Horning.