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Bologna Ragazzi

What is the Bologna Children's Book Fair? For 57 years BCBF has been the  premiere international event for children's publishing. Every spring the universe of...

Comics: Easy As ABC

This guide to comics for kids is an essential tool for all those who enjoy comics. Simple cartooning basics are outlined with easy examples to follow. kids, parents, teachers, and librarians will love the humorous step-by-step lessons by master cartoonist and teacher Ivan Brunetti. Even reluctant artists will be inspired to pick up a pen and give it a try.

Readers’ Reference: What Are Dreams?

Reference question: A friend who has a 7-year-old who has been asking, "What are dreams?" She would like to find some books to read...
Book cover image from The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, written by John Scieszka.

The 2020 Kerlan Award: Jon Scieszka

The Kerlan Award is given annually by the Friends of the Kerlan Collection in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children’s literature...

Collection Development: Best Spanish Language Picture Books 2020

This is an annotated list of current titles recommended for purchase. I appreciated the short descriptions in Spanish and English and the recommended ages for...

They will be missed

Children’s Literary Obituaries: What We Lost in 2019 Betsy Bird over at School Library Journal has shown a light on a few children's literature creators...

Readers Reference: All Kinds of Families

When Holly from the Red Balloon and I make our gift giving recommendations on Minnesota Public Radio, there is never enough time for all...

Remembering First Amendment Lawyer, John Borger

John Borger, 1951- 2019   John Borger, was one of the nation’s preeminent first amendment lawyers, spending four decades before retiring from the Faegre...

Books to Give for the Holidays

Holly Weinkauf  from the Red Balloon and I have selected more books than we have time to talk about on MPR today Friday December 6,...

A Map into the World: Kao Kalia Yang

Best of the year If I had to choose one picture book that resonated with me for most of the year it would be Kao...

Thanksgiving

Finish this sentence Thanksgiving is the third  (whoops fourth, thank you to the many readers who emailed me) Thursday in ... That's right November. Thanksgiving is a...

Collection Development- Informational Books

Walter Wick, A Drop of Water "The most spectacular photographs ever created on the subject of water appear in this unique science book by Walter...
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‘From Jennie to Ribsy to Rocket: What the Dogs Have Taught Us’

This was my First Fridays presentation on October 4, 2019. "Canine characters take center stage as we examine the works of significant children's book artists...

What the Dogs Have Taught Me

 About the First Fridays Series First Fridays is a series of intellectually stimulating talks made possible by a generous gift from Governor Elmer L. and...

Its Banned Book WeeK!

What does this mean?   What is Banned Book Week? Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in...

We Were Writing in Red Wing!

At the 20th Annual Minnesota Children’s Book Festival The Kerlan Friends from the University of Minnesota Children’s Literature Research Collection shared Writing Boxes and writing...

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