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      Book burned by Nazis. The scorched book, from the collection of gay physician and sexologist Magnus Hirschfield,

      Banning books threatens freedom

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      Renowned for its breadth and depth of works by children’s book authors and illustrators, The Kerlan Collection of Children’s Literature mirrors the issues of its times. So when Kerlan curator Lisa Von Drasek was asked, “Does the Kerlan have any banned books?” she responded: “Of course we do!” Von Drasek adds: “The number one category of banned books is LGBTQ and sex education books.”
      various children's books

      Talking back-to-school reading habits with the U of M

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      Fall schedules are filling up fast for families as students head back to school. With busy days and nights ahead, independent reading can often fall by the wayside as families adjust to their new back-to-school routines. Lisa Von Drasek, curator of the Kerlan Collection of Children's Literature at the University of Minnesota, answers questions about the importance of independent reading for children’s literacy development and how to make independent reading a priority this fall.
      Littlest Wolf, Ariane Dewey Image 1

      Proper recognition

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      Advice for would-be illustrators: “When in doubt, choose purple,” says renowned children’s book illustrator Ariane Dewey, who recently received the 2021 Kerlan Award — and long-delayed recognition for work early in her career.
      Lisa Von Drasek

      What drives Lisa Von Drasek?

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      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.”

      An open letter to the CLRC community

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      "The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter" is an exhibit at the University of Minnesota Libraries, which runs through May 31.

      Goodnight Moon and ‘The ABC of It’

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      Come sit in the chair in a landmark Twin Cities exhibit at the March 2 Open House for the exhibit, "The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter." It will transport you back to your childhood with original artwork and manuscripts from over 200 children's classics. Enjoy three floors of photo opportunities including a life-sized Poky Little Puppy and an 18 foot replica of the Goodnight Moon bedroom perfect for reading a bedtime story.

      Preserving perfection: Restoring Kate Greenaway’s watercolors

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      The Libraries' preservation department recently worked with five of Kate Greenaway’s watercolors, removing the mats and glue and ensuring that the artwork will remain in its current state far into the future, rather than further deteriorating. The watercolors are held in the Libraries' Children’s Literature Research Collections. Greenaway was a prominent 19th century English artist, best known for her charming children’s book illustrations featuring regency-era dressed children and floral designs. She was born in 1846 in London and studied art at several schools.

      Ridgway Award winners

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      Lisa Von Drasek talks about the 2017 Marion Vannett Ridgway Award winners in this episode of Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries. "Hannah and Sugar," written and illustrated by Kate Berube was the 2017 winner, with Honor Awards going to Bethan Woollvin for "Little Red" and Dori Kleber for "More-igami."
      Cover of "Treasured Polish Recipes" with a drawing of a woman holding a tray of steaming food.

      Polanie Club Records to the Immigration History Research Center Archives

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      The Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA) is very pleased to announce a major addition to their collections, the Records of the Polanie Club of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

      New Publication Uses Archived Art

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      by Caitlin Marineau, Assistant Curator Children's Literature Research Collections  One of the lesser-known roles of the Children's Literature Research Collections (CLRC) is loaning materials to...

      Andrea Davis Pinkney’s Arbuthnot Lecture online!

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      by Caitlin Marineau, Assistant Curator, Children's Literature Research Collections Writer, editor, and publisher Andrea Davis Pinkney presented the 2014 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture on May...

      “Have I Got Something For You!”

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      by Kate Dietrick, Processing staff and Curator of the Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives. When Lisa Von Drasek, curator for the Children's Literature Research Collections,...

      Processing the art of James McMullan

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      by Kate Dietrick, Processing staff and Curator of the Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives. This summer the Children's Literature and Research Center was thrilled to receive...

      Children’s literature author Kate DiCamillo to receive 2013 Kerlan Award

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      What: The University of Minnesota Libraries will present children's literature author Kate DiCamillo with the 2013 Kerlan Award. When: Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. Where: Room...

      “Read This Book!” with Lisa Von Drasek, Episode 1

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      Join Children's Literature Research Collections Curator Lisa Von Drasek to explore the work of Jon Klassen, winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal.   'Read This Book!'...

      Creating Art in Children’s Literature

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      One of the most satisfying parts of visiting the Children's Literature Research Collections is to be able to peek behind the scenes. To see...

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