The Center for Children's Books

Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Gryphon Lecture

The Gryphon Lecture series is hosted every spring semester by the Center for Children's Books and features a leading scholar in the field of youth and literature, media, and culture. Gryphon Lectures are free and open to students and the public. A reception to discuss issues raised, network across departments, and meet with the speaker follows each lecture. Illinois educators are eligible to receive CPDU recognition for participation.

2015 Gryphon Lecture | Rebekah Willett

On Friday, March 6th, Rebekah Willett, Assistant Professor of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present the 2015 Gryphon Lecture, "Research on Children, Youth and Media: Applications for LIS Education and Practice." A reception in the GSLIS East Foyer will follow the presentation.

Dr. Willett conducts research on children’s media cultures, focusing on issues of gender, play, literacy, and learning. Her publications include work on playground games, amateur camcorder cultures, young people’s online activities, and children’s story writing.

Past Gryphon Lectures

"Augusta Baker and the Art of Storytelling: Gateway to Children's Literacy and Literature."
Presented by Dr. Michelle Martin, the inaugural Augusta Baker Endowed Chair of Children's Literacy at the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina.

"Paradoxically Speaking: Just One of the Ways Children's Folktales Engage Listeners"
Presented by Dr. Brian Sturm, Associate Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“Grounding Our Perspectives in Children's Literature”
Presented by Dr. Margaret Mackey, Professor of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta.

"Books Build Better Brains: Wanderings at the Intersection of Children’s Literature and Early Brain Development."
Presented by Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, pediatrician at Madison's American Family Children's Hospital and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin's School of Medicine and Public Health.
Handouts can be downloaded from our Lecture Resources Page.


“Children’s Search Experiences in the Age of Google, Today and Tomorrow.”
Presented by Dr. Allison Druin, Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) and an Associate Professor in the University of Maryland ’s College of Information Studies.

"What's So Funny About Children's Literature?"
Presented by Dr. Karen Coats, Director of English Education at Illinois State University and current reviewer for the Bulletin.

"'Because really they only have a few books I like...' Why Reading Teens Don't Use Libraries"
Presented by Dr. Lynne McKechnie, Beverly Cleary Professor in Services and Literature for Youth at the Information School at the University of Washington and Professor at the Faculty for Information & Media Studies, University of Western Ontario.

"Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore"
Presented by Roger Sutton, Editor-in-Chief of The Horn Book Magazine, former Editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.

"Stony the Road We Trod : African American Children's Literature, Stories of a People's Journey"
Presented by Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop, Faculty Emeritus, School of Teaching and Learning, Ohio State University.

"Becoming What You Eat: Identifying with Food in Children’s Picture Books"
Presented by Perry Nodelman, Professor of English at the University of Winnipeg.