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Immerse yourself in over 200 selected treasures including original art and manuscripts — from Millions of Cats to Poky Little Puppy to Beatrix Potter’s sketches for Peter Rabbit — a lush range of materials that explore the impact of children’s literature in society and culture over time.

Curated by visiting curator and children’s book historian Leonard S. Marcus, who adapted the text for this exhibit from a version he curated in 2014 at the New York Public Library. Marcus will be in town for the February 27 Exhibit Opening Reception. See details of all related events below.

February 2019

The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter

February 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120, 222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
Free

This event will celebrate the opening the exhibit, The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter. The event includes a discussion between author Leonard S. Marcus and Lisa Von Drasek, Curator of the University's Children's Literature Research Collections, followed by a book signing.

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March 2019

The ABC of It Open House

March 2 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120, 222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
Free

This open house will allow children and families ample opportunity to tour the exhibit, The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter.

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The ABC of It: Thematic talk for writers

March 6 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120, 222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
Free

This event will celebrate the exhibit, The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter through a panel discussion by writers Joyce Sidman, John Coy, and Brenda Child. Moderator Lisa Von Drasek. When: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 5:00 p.m. Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120 Parking and Directions About the exhibit The ABC of It exhibit runs from February 11 through June 14, 2019 at Elmer L. Andersen Library and celebrates the 70th anniversary of Dr. Irvin Kerlan's gifts…

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The ABC of It: Thematic talk for artists

March 13 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120, 222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
Free

This event will celebrate the exhibit, The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter through a panel discussion by artists Lauren Stringer, Nancy Carlson, and Betsy Bowen. Moderator Lisa Von Drasek. When: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 | 5:00 p.m. Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120 Parking and Directions About the exhibit The ABC of It exhibit runs from February 11 through June 14, 2019 at Elmer L. Andersen Library and celebrates the 70th anniversary of Dr. Irvin Kerlan's gifts…

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The ABC of It: The Making of the Exhibit

March 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120, 222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
Free

This event will celebrate the opening the exhibit, The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter. through a panel discussion on the making of the exhibit, featuring Rebecca Brown, Mary Schultz, and Darren Terpstra. Moderated by Lisa Von Drasek. When: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | 5:00 p.m. Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120 Parking and Directions About the exhibit The ABC of It exhibit runs from February 11 through June 14, 2019 at Elmer L. Andersen Library and celebrates…

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