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      Lisa Von Drasek

      What drives Lisa Von Drasek?

      Children’s literature connects with readers, and Lisa Von Drasek has never lost her love for it. The Curator of the Kerlan and Children's Literature collections remembers fondly from her childhood “Little Plum” by Rumer Godden. “I loved that book so much because the children in that book were bad — they behaved badly, they had bad thoughts,” Von Drasek says. “They were not the Bobbsey Twins.”
      Kate DiCamillo

      Kate DiCamillo and ‘One Book | One Minnesota’

      We celebrate the consortium of higher education and public institutions that recently announced "One Book | One Minnesota," a new statewide book club that will feature Kate DiCamillo's book, "Because of Winn-Dixie." In honor of DiCamillo, we offer this 2014 conversation between the author and Lisa Von Drasek.

      Covid-19, #OperationReadAloud, #MinnesotaProud

      I Had Ambitious Plans For The Sequester I was going to interview educators to help parents facilitate learning at home. I interviewed one. Mollie Welsh Kruger,...
      Tomie dePaola

      Remembering a dear friend: Tomie dePaola

      The online world is hosting a wake — for prolific children’s book creator Tomie dePaola, 85, who died from surgical complications on March 30. Thousands of teachers, librarians, authors, and illustrators whom he mentored in classrooms, conferences, and on-line are posting on Twitter, Facebook, and blogs. These messages speak to how Tomie and his work filled the world with his generosity, joy, and kindness.  “To be with Tomie felt like you were his close friend.” says Lisa Von Drasek, Curator of the U’s Kerlan Collection of Children’s Literature.


      Children's Book Creators, Publishers, Librarians, Teachers A pandemic was announced. Schools were closing. People were asked to stay home. Not surprising Children's book creators-writers and artists Educators-teachers and...

      Authors Reading Aloud! Stephanie Calmensen

      I am gathering content from the internet. This video is from KidLit TV. Stephanie Calmenson Stephanie Calmenson is one of my favorite authors of picture books...

      COVID19 and Out-of-School Learning: Tracey Baptiste

      COVID19 For Facts and Information Social Distancing Social distancing From the New York Times: "The virus can easily spread in dense places — in a packed subway...
      Child with a box of tissues

      Covid- 19 Facts and Books

      Book Recommendations and University of Minnesota Information Book Recommendations What are germs? How do we get sick? Germs Make Me Sick! (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)  by Melvin Berger ...

      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

      To Reserve Your Seat For the Kerlan Award with Jon Scieszka go to The Kerlan Award is given annually by the Friends of the Kerlan Collection...

      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...

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