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Several Bulletin and CCB affiliates garnered 2018 awards and honors from the Children’s Literature Association.

Karen Coats, professor in the Department of English at Illinois State University and longtime Bulletin reviewer, won the Edited Book Award along with her co-editor Lisa Rowe Fraustino for Mothers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature: From the Eighteenth Century to Postfeminism (University Press of Mississippi, 2016). The award recognizes an essay collection that makes a distinct or significant contribution to the understanding of youth literature from a literary, cultural, historical or theoretical perspective. Says Coats, “Living or dead, present or absent, human or animal, dysfunctional or good enough, mothers play a prominent role in children’s and YA literature. The essays in this volume address the many ways mothers appear in youth literature, from the teaching texts of early children’s literature, to the mothers who sent their children away during the Holocaust, to the mythic portrayals of animal mothers and mothers in fantasy, to portrayals of mothers of color pushing back against mainstream expectations, to the overworked and absent mothers who haunt the children of contemporary fiction. Insights are offered from diverse theoretical perspectives and close readings.”

Lettycia Terrones, iSchool student and CCB affiliate, received a Graduate Student Essay honor for her “Pedagogies of the Home in the Art and Narrative of Chicanx Picturebooks.” She was sponsored by iSchool assistant professor Elizabeth M. Hoiem.

Wesley Jacques, Bulletin reviewer and graduate student at Illinois State University, was awarded the Beiter Graduate Student Research Grant. Jacques will be doing archival work with American historical lynching narratives and contemporary narratives of violence and the ways in which those narratives have acted effectively as folklore in certain communities and amongst children of color.

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