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from the Curator of the Kerlan Collection

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Collection Development: Staying Home sick

I'm staying home sick today. Went to the doctor yesterday. Turns out that I have influenza.  That was the way she said it. Like it was 1918. Stay home. Drink fluids. Take meds. Don't go...

American Library Association Midwinter 2018: Adam Rex

Pubs in July 2018, Disney/Hyperion Every once in while there is a book that I see in a booth and I just want to read aloud to every passerby. Do not miss this one.  Fun, not...

Collection Development:

Last week when I was doing class visits with 5th graders. I was shocked and saddened that less than a handful of over 125 of these kids had read My Side of the Mountain. This...

Blogs that I read

The number one blog that I read might surprise the children's literature audience. Ask a Manager.  Alison Green was a manager at a non-profit and is now a freelance consultant. Her blog tackles the everyday lives...

Collection Development: Caldecott Awards

The Caldecott Criteria A “picture book for children” as distinguished from other books with illustrations, is one that essentially provides the child with a visual experience. A picture book has a collective unity of...

Remembering Kate And Kathy

  It is hard for the colleagues and friends of two amazing children's librarians to be in Denver for the American Library Association MidWinter conference. It was on January 28, 2009 that the beloved librarians Kate...

Digital Exhibits: How do we Select These Projects?

Launching Little Red Riding Hood: A Comparative Folk Tale Study The Kerlan Collection staff, the Friends of the Kerlan, graduate students, Phd candidates, undergraduates, and volunteers from University of Minnesota, Saint Catherine University, Minnesota College...

Digital Exhibits: Little Red Riding Hood

    The Kerlan Collection holds thousands of children's books in addition to the manuscripts, research notes, and original art of children's book writers and illustrators. Natasha Bruns and Eve Johnson Brafford have now graduated with their Masters in Library...

Guest Post: JoAnn Jonas/ Caldecott Wishlist

JoAnn Jonas and her Caldecott Wishlist In the olden days, people would call each other just to converse. My friend JoAnn and I can range from Instant Pot recipes? What are you packing for ALA?...

Children’s Choice Awards: The Cook Prize

 The Short List for the 2018 The Cook Prize! The Cook Prize honors the best science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) picture book published for children aged eight to ten. It is the only national children's choice...

In the Collection: Lois Ehlert

   Lois Ehlert, Artist, Designer, Curator   Lois Ehlert Covers A double-page spread of a lifetime collage of covers from Scraps: A Colorful Life (Beach Lane,2014) Visiting Lois Ehlert to Pick Up Her Stuff Last summer, Lois Ehlert ((Ā-lêrt) donated the...

She Will Be Missed: Ursula Le Guin

  You know when you have a high reading 1st grader? Ready for a meaty short chapter book? A page-turning story? This is a perfect chapter book. That 4th grader who is dying to read Harry...

She Will Be Missed: Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88     Words later.

Digital Exhibits: Balloons Over Broadway

Melissa Sweet donated all of the original art, her research notes, the process art, manuscripts, and revisions from her award winning book Balloons Over Broadway to the Kerlan Collection.    The materials were accessioned, special...

Coming to the Kerlan Collection Real Soon: Megan McDonald

      This is how happy I was when I found out that five boxes were coming from Megan McDonald the author of Judy Moody and my favorite, Stink. When the boxes arrive, I am going to...

Julius Lester: Activist, Folklorist, Children’s Book Writer,, Photographer, Scholar, Mensch

    Obituaries are Odd Things When I had heard that Julius Lester had died, for the next day I searched obsessively for remembrances and obituaries. FaceBook of course but I wanted national news to recognize and...

He Will Be Missed: Julius Lester

From Julius Lester's Facebook page in the last half hour. "Julius has passed peacefully, surrounded by family. The family is requesting privacy at this time as well as no emails, texts, or phone calls. Please...

Heads Up: Children of Blood and Bone

  Big Book alert. Children of Blood And Bone by Tomi Adyemi (March 2018, Henry Holt) I like big books and I cannot lie. This one is a 600 page big book. I am stating that because as my nerd...

Educational Books and Media Association: Kate DiCamillo

      The Educational Book and Media Association (EBMA) awarded Kate DiCamillo the 2017 Jeremiah Ludington Award. The award, named after EBMA's founder, is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the...

I have been at the EBMA

Sorry for the shortage of postings. I have been traveling this week to attend a conference of children's book publishers and educational wholesalers,  the Educational Books and Media Association (EBMA) The theme of the conference...

Ambassador for Young Peoples Literature: Jacqueline Woodson!

  I am thrilled to share that the new Ambassador for Young Peoples Literature is Jacqueline Woodson.  No need for me to reinvent the wheel. For the announcement go to Publisher's Weekly For Woodson's biography and...

2018 Kerlan Award: Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm

Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm will be accepting the 43rd Annual Kerlan Award on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 . About the Kerlan Award The Kerlan Award is given annually by the Friends of the Kerlan Collection in recognition of singular...

Best of the Year 2017: Early Readers

This is Robin Smith.  Robin Smith was a teacher, picture book expert, and reading advocate Robin Smith died June 22, 2017, at the age of fifty-seven. A second-grade teacher at Ensworth School in Nashville for...

Cookbooks: Instant Pot

Best Breakfast-Steel-Cut Oats/ Hard Boiled Egg The  Star Tribune profiled two selection librarians of the Hennepin County Libraries, Susan Carr and Chelsea Couillard-Smith. They shared that the leading titles in demand this year were Instant Pot...

Archives: White Gloves

(https://derangementanddescription.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/do-i-need-to-wear-gloves-in-the-archives-a-helpful-flow-chart/)    "Why don't we  wear white gloves when handling archival materials?" According to the article  Misperceptions about White Gloves by Dr. Cathleen A. Baker and Randy Silverman first published the journal International Preservation News(December 2005 issue) and reprinted  at...