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Mocking the Caldecott

   Alachua County Library, Gainesville Florida I spent a delightful Sunday afternoon with graduate students, professors, and librarians discussing Caldecott contenders. The event was organized by the District and the University of Florida’s Center for Children's...

Do we do school visits?

  Why yes, we do. In February we open The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter It will be open from February 11, 2019 to May 31st. If you wish to bring a group, email ASC-CLRC@umn.edu. Our...

The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter

The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter is an exhibit at the Elmer L. Andersen Library opening on February 11, 2019 (See all related events) It is a reimagining of an exhibit originated at The New...

Readers Reference: Realistic Fiction Elementary

Part Three Awhile Back I was asked for series books for ten-year-olds.  So I recommended a short list of historic fiction series here     And then a short list of speculative fiction series here   And I knew that the next genre would...

Readers Reference -speculative fiction

Awhile Back I was asked for series books for ten-year-olds. I posted a short list of here     And I started think about genre, and then I got distracted (not an unusual thing) and then I was on...

Best Children’s and YA Books 2018:Part two

To recap For 4 years now, Holly Weinkauf and I have been digging through our piles to recommend books for giving. Here is the link if you want to hear us. MPR BEST BOOKS FOR...

Best Books of 2018: Children’s and YA

Lisa Von Drasek and Holly Weinkauf provided their annual list of Best Books for Kids last week on Minnesota Public Radio. In this post, Von Drasek, Curator of the University of Minnesota's children's literature collections, lists the books that were discussed and provides a link to hear an audio recording of the MPR program.

Millions of Cats: A Visit to the Kerlan

Ninety Years Ago Wanda Gág published the ground-breaking picture book Millions of Cats. School Library Journal in One Hundred Books That Shaped the Century said, ” Considered by many to have ushered in the age of the modern...
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What an archive reveals about the life and process of a children’s book creator

Sketchbooks are highly private workspaces; they’re where characters are doodled into being and ideas grow into stories. A sketchbook reveals the ways that an author-illustrator takes in the world, melds it with their perspective and experience, and then creates stories and drawings. Sketchbooks show the artist at their most creatively vulnerable and free and they offer an incredibly intimate way to get to know someone’s work and process.

Collection Development: Travel

  Books for Travel Lonely Planet has launched a terrific series of travel books for kids. And right now they are having a 33% off sale. (we do not get any money or consideration in these...

A Review: All-of-A-Kind-Family Hanukkah

All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah  based on the classic books by Sydney Taylor  All-of-a-Kind-Family First things first. Yes, this is based on the classic books by Sydney Taylor, but it does stand alone. On the other hand, don't miss...

The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books-Pre-Orders

What is The ABC of It? For Background information go here Yes, You Can Pre-order The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter is officially published February 20, 2019. We encourage pre-orders. There is a limited print-run and...

Griffin and Sabine: Random Thoughts

Griffin and Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence From the Publisher Griffin: It's good to get in touch with you at last. Could I have one of your fish postcards? I think you were right -- the wine...

The ABC Of It: Why Children’s Books Matter

The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter publishes February 1, 2019. This volume is full color, 240 pages is a companion to the physical exhibit that open February 11, 2019 at the Elmer...

Readers Reference: Books for Ten Year Olds

My 10 year old likes fantasy, realistic fiction, and historical fiction. She has read the Wings of Fire series, Harry Potter, etc. Are there any series or books that you might recommend? Historic Fiction Birchbark House-...

The ABC of It: The BLAD for the Catalogue

First things First What is the ABC of It? click here Who is Leonard S. Marcus? Click here Contents of the catalogue click here What is a BLAD? BLAD stands for Book Layout And Design. The publisher makes BLADs...

The ABC of It: Catalog Contents

A Recap The University of Minnesota Libraries, Children's Literature Research Collections will be adapting The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter (originated at The New York Public Library) The CLRC has produced a catalog...

The ABC of It: Cover Reveal!

  Were you one of the 500,000 visitors to the ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter exhibit at The New York Public Library? Were you someone who didn’t get to the 42ndStreet Library in time...

Where have I been? The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter

A team of volunteers, interns, and staff   have been working for over a year adapting The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter for a three-floor exhibit at the Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota...

Twin Cities Book Festival

Saturday October 13 ! Join Us (and 6000 Fellow Book Lovers) for the Literary Event of the Year! The 18th Annual Twin Cities Book Festival Saturday, October 13, 2018 Minnesota State Fairgrounds 10:00am-5:00pm • FREE Admission FREE parking • FREE Metro...
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Nnedi Okorafor

  Don't forget to register http://www.cehd.umn.edu/book-week/ Nnedi Okorafor WHEN?  OCTOBER 25, 2018  5:30-6:15 p.m. Reception and Opening  6:15-7:00 p.m. Nnedi Okorafor, “The Many Faces of Fiction”  7:00-7:30 p.m. Discussion and Q&A  7:30-8:30 p.m. Book signing  WHERE? McNamara Alumni Center | 200 SE Oak St |...

Julie Schumacher: Reading and Signing

Julie Schumacher September 13th   Where: Elmer L. Andersen, Room 120 When: September 13, 2018 Event time: 6:30 pm, doors open; 7:00 pm, reading Signing to follow    Parking note: Please be aware that the C-86 parking lot near the library is...

 Nnedi Okorafor @ Book Week, UMN

Nnedi Okorafor WHEN?  OCTOBER 25, 2018  5:30-6:15 p.m. Reception and Opening  6:15-7:00 p.m. Nnedi Okorafor, “The Many Faces of Fiction”  7:00-7:30 p.m. Discussion and Q&A  7:30-8:30 p.m. Book signing  WHERE? McNamara Alumni Center | 200 SE Oak St | Minneapolis, MN 55455  Free...

Mentor #3: What I wished I had known

Setting Up for Classes Get your schedule as early as possible. Teacher planners didn't work for me. I created a binder with my schedule in the front. Divided by each class with class list, lesson plans, pockets...

#27 Women Artists: Dahlov Ipcar

Dahlov Ipcar was born in 1917 and raised in New York City's Greenwich Village. She was the daughter of well-known artists, William and Marguerite Zorach. Her mother, Marguerite Thompson Zorach was an innovator of the American modernist movement....