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44th Annual Kerlan Award Ceremony

March 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

A collage of two images. The first is illustration by Lois Ehlert for the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. The second is a photo of a manuscript by Claudia Mills.

Lois Ehlert and Claudia Mills are the 2019 recipients of the Kerlan Award, given annually by the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries. 

Event Details

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Reception 5:30 p.m. | Program 6:00 p.m. | Book signing 7:00 p.m.
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
University of Minnesota, 222 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55455

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This event is free and open to the public. Reservations requested by March 19.

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About Lois Ehlert

Lois Ehlert
Lois Ehlert – Photo by Lillian Schultz

Picture-book creator Lois Ehlert has illustrated over 40 titles, the majority of which she both wrote and illustrated. Ehlert published her first book, Growing Vegetable Soup, in 1987, and won Caldecott Honors in 1990 for Color Zoo. Her collaborative successes include 1989’s Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, written by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault.  

Claudia Mills
Claudia Mills

About Claudia Mills

Claudia Mills, author of over 50 books, is known for writing “school and family stories” that speak to emerging and middle grade readers. U of M Professor Jean Stevenson wrote, “ Mills’ readers experience history in exciting ways, consider BIG ideas such as poverty, perseverance, friendship, honesty, and differing family structures, explore loving relationships with parents and grandparents, and confront ethical dilemmas such as racism and infidelity.”

About the Kerlan Award

The Kerlan Award is given annually in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children’s literature and in appreciation for the generous donation of unique resources to the Kerlan Collection for the study of children’s literature.


March 26
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States


University of Minnesota Libraries