For preK-12 teachers

CCBC Window Flower DecalsAs a children’s and young adult literature book examination and resource center for Wisconsin educators and librarians, the CCBC can not only help you stay informed about the newest outstanding books published for children and teenagers, but also help you and your colleagues identify books on a wide range of topics to integrate into the curriculum.

Hands-on Book Examination of Topical Titles

CCBC collections include review copies of the newest books for children and teenagers published in the United States and a core collection of books recommended for children from birth through grade 12.

If you are working alone or with a group of colleagues, looking for literature ideas to integrate into the curriculum and your classroom, we can help by identifying books on various themes and topics and hosting you here at the CCBC for hands-on book examination. You can come for part of a day or all day, spending time reading, examining, and discussing books with your colleagues. A CCBC librarian can also provide a presentation about some of the books we pull for you to look at.

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Assistance with Book Challenges

The CCBC Intellectual Freedom Information Services provide Wisconsin school and public librarians facing potential or actual book challenges with book-specific information. We also invite you to ask questions about intellectual freedom issues through our online What IF. . . forum. And we have links to intellectual freedom resources and information here on our web site as well.

Workshops and Presentations around Wisconsin

Find out about our hands-on workshops and distance presentations for librarians and educators.

Reference Services

Contact us if you have a specific question or concern related to children’s and young adult literature, including help with identifying books for specific areas of the curriculum.

Web Resources

  • Original booklists created by the CCBC professional staff on a wide range of themes and topics for youth from birth through high school. You can also find out how to order a copy of the most recent CCBC Choices, the CCBC’s annual best-of-the-year list of outstanding books for children and teens.
  • Book search of CCBC-recommended titles.
  • Links to many of the annual children’s and young adult literature awards and best-of-the-year lists.
  • The Westing Game manuscript materials. Examine the rough draft, first draft, second draft and final manuscript of chapter one of The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, complete with notes from the author, editor, copyeditor and proofreader. Listen to Ellen Raskin’s commentary, and examine her working notes and design concepts for the book. This is a terrific resource to pass on to classroom teachers, or to use as part of a library book discussion.
  • Live and archived web presentations about new books for children and teens.