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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....

Mentor Part 2: Professional Resources To Prepare for Your First Year in Position.

Reference Dump When I was a new librarian, I was told not to "reference dump." A "reference dump" is overwhelming the asker with resources. When a reference question is asked like, "How do penguin's take...

Mentors: Letter to a New Librarian Part 1.

Dear New School Librarian, Congratulations on your new position. I am so honored to be your professional mentor and to be a part of this exciting journey. I hope that you continue to look to...

Best Summer Ever @ Children’s Theatre Company with Kevin Kling

  https://www.facebook.com/events/1023538204480963/ I guess this is called a soft opening I didn't know anything about The Best Summer Ever except that it was written by Kevin Kling and I am a huge fan.   Here he is On Being...

# 28 Women Artists: Emily Gravett

Emily Gravett  Short Biography of Emily Gravett from her website Emily Gravett was born in Brighton, England, the second daughter of a printmaker and an art teacher. She left school at 16 and travelled the UK...

Around the World: My First Book of Vietnamese Words

  Phuoc Thi Minh Tran is the first Vietnamese librarian in Minnesota. A boat people, a respected storyteller, a 2016 Minnesota State Fair Blue Ribbon author, and a published and award winning author, she has...

Not a Women Artist but: Edward Steichen

The First Picture Book   I forgot to mention when I was writing about Tana Hoban, the forerunner of her work was Edward Steichen, the photographer whose fame is in relationship to his collection of...

#26 Women Artists: Sandra Boynton

Sandra Boynton is the Unsung Hero of Emergent Literacy. She is an author, illustrator, songwriter, music producer and entrepreneur has written more than 50 children’s books and created more than 4,000 greeting cards. (New York Times. 2013). Boynton was early pioneer, transitioning her illustrations and playful text from their origins in greeting cards to board books embraced by generations. Surely you remember "Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewe"?
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#25 Women Artists: Ariane Dewey

#100 Women Artists  https://www.continuum.umn.edu/2018/06/excuse-me-sir-yes-this-is-a-rant/ What Started Project http://www.jacquelinedavies.net/blog/2018/6/2/excuse-me-sir-did-you-forget-something Jose Aruego, best known for illustrating Robert Kraus’s Leo the Late Bloomer (Windmill, 1971), died August 9 in New York City on his 80th birthday. Born in the Philippines...

#24 Women Artists: Lauren Stringer

#100 Women Artists  https://www.continuum.umn.edu/2018/06/excuse-me-sir-yes-this-is-a-rant/ What Started Project http://www.jacquelinedavies.net/blog/2018/6/2/excuse-me-sir-did-you-forget-something From Lauren Stringer's Website LAUREN STRINGER is an artist, author of picture books, script writer, and theatrical designer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her BA in Art and Art...

#23 Women Artists: Virginia Lee Burton

100 Women Artists  https://www.continuum.umn.edu/2018/06/excuse-me-sir-yes-this-is-a-rant/ What Started Project http://www.jacquelinedavies.net/blog/2018/6/2/excuse-me-sir-did-you-forget-something     2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Society of Illustrators : Virginia Lee Burton Virginia Lee Burton (1909–1968) was known for her attention to detail and for determining the design, typeface, and layout...

#22 Women Artists: Evaline Ness

#100 Women Artists  https://www.continuum.umn.edu/2018/06/excuse-me-sir-yes-this-is-a-rant/ What Started Project http://www.jacquelinedavies.net/blog/2018/6/2/excuse-me-sir-did-you-forget-something 2017 The Original Art Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators: Evaline Ness   Evaline Ness (1911–1986) used woodcuts, mixed media, and experimental materials and methods to push the boundaries...

#21 Women Artists: Clare Turlay Newberry

#100 Women Artists  https://www.continuum.umn.edu/2018/06/excuse-me-sir-yes-this-is-a-rant/ What Started Project http://www.jacquelinedavies.net/blog/2018/6/2/excuse-me-sir-did-you-forget-something Clare Turlay Newberry was born in Enterprise, Ohio. She studied at the University of Oregon, School of the Portland Art Museum, California School of Fine Arts, and La Grand...

#20 Women Artists: Tana Hoban

#100 Women Artists  https://www.continuum.umn.edu/2018/06/excuse-me-sir-yes-this-is-a-rant/ What Started Project http://www.jacquelinedavies.net/blog/2018/6/2/excuse-me-sir-did-you-forget-something From Something About The Author ("Tana Hoban." Something About the Author, edited by Alan Hedblad, vol. 104, Gale, 1999, pp. 81-86. Something About the Author, login.ezproxy.lib.umn.edu/login?url=http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=SATA&sw=w&u=mn_wilson&v=2.1&id=GALE%7CHEZGSW889287407&it=r. Accessed 9 Mar. 2017. Gale Document...