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Children's Book Center annual sale takes place Feb. 21-23 at Illinois

Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Center for Children’s Books’ fourth annual Book Sale will run from Feb. 21 to 23 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The three-day sale will take place in the center, in Room 24 of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 501 E. Daniel St., Champaign.

According to the organizers, thousands of new books for children from birth through high school will be on sale, including fiction and nonfiction picture books, board books, easy and transitional readers, chapter books, series fiction, young adult novels, activity books and kits, nonfiction series and mass-market paperbacks.

Paperback books that retail for $5 or less will sell for $1; paperbacks that retail for $5.01 or more will sell for $2; and hardcover books will sell for $5.

All proceeds will go toward supporting the Center for Children’s Books, which is part of the university’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

The center houses a non-circulating collection of more than 14,000 recent and historically significant trade books for youth – birth through high school – plus review copies of nearly all trade books published in the United States in the current year.

In addition, the center has more than 1,000 professional and reference books on the history and criticism of literature for youth, literature-based library and classroom programming and storytelling. The collection is non-circulating, but is open to scholars, teachers, librarians, students, parents, and anyone with an interest in children’s literature.

The center is affiliated with the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, one of the nation’s leading children’s book-review journals for school and public librarians.

For more sale information, call 217-244-9331; e-mail