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First Friday and Reading Group Combo! April 1st

We will be covening for the Reading Group at 4 at Karen's house on Friday, April 1st. The topic is Picturebooks that Puzzle You, so bring a curious picturebook to share and discuss. As the evening progresses, First Friday will also happen, so if you can't make the Reading Group, please do join us at 6:30 or whenever for dinner and conversation. Here's an image from my puzzling book:aviary.jpg


Lois Lenski Lecture: Monday, March 21 @ 7

Carol Tilley of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign will present this year's Lois Lenski Lecture, entitled "A Severe Case of Comics: Looking Back on a Problem that Wasn't." The lecture will be held in STV 101, and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow at the Marriott for graduate students and others interested in chatting further with Carol. 

Reading Group: Friday, February 26th

Posted on February 12, 2016 by Karen Coats

We will be discussing Steve Sheinkin’s Bomb, beginning at 4
at Karen’s house. For a review of the book, click on over to
the reviews page.

Alumnus Honored with Article Award!

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Karen Coats

We are chuffed to note that Mike Cadden’s article, “All is Well: the Epilogue in Children’s Fantasy Fiction,” Narrative 20.3 (Oct 2012): 343-356, has been selected as runner up to the best article published in children’s literature during 2012 by the Children’s Literature Association.

Committee members praised the article for its “refreshing” structural analysis that “produces original and necessary insights by asking structural and reader-response questions” with “an invigorating array of examples, well-chosen and effectively explained.” One member wrote that it was simply “a model of excellent scholarship—smart, engaging, thought-provoking, clearly written” about a topic “I had not thought about as a kind of genre.”

Mike will received his award at the banquet at the Children’s Literature Association conference in Columbia, SC. Huzzah!​​​

First Friday, February

Posted on January 17, 2013 by Karen Coats

First Friday will be at Roberta’s this month. Come one, come all!

February 1, at 6:30ish

First Friday–December

Posted on November 27, 2012 by Karen Coats

First Friday will be held December 7th, starting at around 6:30, at Karen’s house. The book group for Handler’s book (see below) that was postponed will also meet at 4:30 that afternoon, same place. I’ll make a fire in the stove and have warm beverages!

(And yes, this is my alter ego–thanks for asking!)​

Book Group: 11/9

Posted on October 23, 2012 by Karen Coats


It seemed to work out nicely to have book group the week after First Friday, so let’s do that again. We will be reading Why We Broke Up, a contemporary realistic fiction book by, um, Daniel Handler. Yes. That Daniel Handler. I didn’t get it either, but he’s obviously got an inner teenage girl in his head somewhere. So get a couple of tissues (you will need more than one), and read this book, and then meet at Karen’s on November 9 at 4:30. (And let me know if this date doesn’t work for people and we can always rearrange.)​​

First Friday

Posted on October 23, 2012 by Karen Coats

First Friday will be at Mary’s house this month: 606 S. Lee in Bloomington, on November 2, at 6:30. I don’t know who these people are, but they look friendly.​

First Friday: October

Posted on September 20, 2012 by Karen Coats

First Friday will be held at the Roberta’s house–1330 East Grove in Bloomington on October 5th, starting at 6:30. Let us know if you need directions.​​

Bring your favorite autumn-themed food, or just bring your wonderful selves! Feel free to take the picture as your challenge! (Anyone know if Wyder’s has come out with their Autumn Cider yet–I’m looking forward to that!)​

Reading Group for October

Posted on September 13, 2012 by Karen Coats


In October, we will be reading Tiger Lily, by Jodi Lynn Anderson. Take a look at Meghann’s review on the Reviews page–this book is a simply delicious revisit? revision? rethinking? of Peter Pan that focuses on the character of Tiger Lily as seen through the eyes of Tinkerbell. Yeah–you sooo want to read this!

We’ll meet at Karen’s house at 4:30 for book group on October 5th, and then we can head over to Roberta’s for First Friday festivities.​

First Friday

Posted on August 20, 2012 by Karen Coatspiper.jpg

First Friday will be held at Karen’s house on September 7th, starting around 6:30. Come one, come all, and join the mellowship! Meet next faculty member Mary Moran! Eat yummy treats! Consume beverages! Bring your favorite people! As always, it’s a potluck and BYOB. Looking forward to launching the new year!


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