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from the Curator of the Kerlan Collection

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Read This Book: Book Groups

Why am I in a Book Group? I get to meet interesting people. I moved to Minnesota five years ago. This was the home of my husband's family. I had one friend who was an...

Remembering Kate And Kathy: Update

Remembering Kate and Kathy with Books Librarians who attended the ALA Midwinter Conference may recall the big feelings that came up as the children's librarians returned to Denver where two of our colleagues died in...

I went to Japan and

I read aloud The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton more times in two weeks than I had in twenty years as a children's librarian. And It turns out that architects, engineers and scientists are just as...

Reporting from Tokyo

The blog has been silent as my days have been very full with workshops, lectures, and meetings. Until I take a breath, here are a few pictures with minimal description.     We are retelling the Three Billy...

He will be missed: Russell Freedman

  Russell Freeman, born in San Francisco on October 11, 1929, has died. He was 88 years old. When a box a review copies arrives and it contains a book by Russell Freedman, odds are that...

Where in the World is the Curator? Tokyo!

I have been invited to Japan to speak about children's literature, literacy, the Kerlan Collection, open access, and Virginia Lee Burton.    This all began with request from Takenaka Corporation Gallery A4 for the loan of...

Archives and Special Collections: NPR Behind the Scenes

  Users Abandon Facebook After Cambridge Analytica Findings This New York Times article describes why users are quitting Facebook. I hope they (whoever they are) fix what's wrong because my life is enriched by its presence. I like seeing...

Random Saturday Post: Shoes

Who wouldn't feel like dancing with a pair of shoes like these? Shoes by Birkenstock. Art By Elisha Cooper. Thank you, Elisha!    

The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter

  In January 2019, The Children's Literature Research Collections (CLRC) of the University of Minnesota's Archives and Special Collections will mount an exhibition that will follow the outline of the exhibition at the New York...

The Kerlan Award: Is Change is Good?

Why is the Kerlan Award Ceremony Being Held During the Week and At Night? Our long-term Kerlan Friends may have noticed a change in the Kerlan Award Ceremony and want to know why it is...

Random Thoughts about Obituaries

Someone at work yesterday said, "Oh, you just love obituaries." My instinct was to deny that statement but as I gave it some thought, it is true. I do love obits. The obituary page is...

From The Archives: Digging Up the Past

https://www.continuum.umn.edu/2018/02/digging-past-highlights-rich-african-american-history-u-m-collections/ Digging Up The Past Historical material documenting the lives and culture of African Americans is represented in a new exhibit at the University of Minnesota’s Elmer L. Andersen Library. On display through May 18, the exhibit...

The CLRC Loans: Japan

I am going to Tokyo at the end of the March to speak about Virginia Lee Burton and her works in conjunction an exhibit developed by Takenaka Corporation Gallery A4 in Tokyo.  This special exhibition...

Collection Development: Picture Books and Grief

It’s OK to cry when someone you like very much has died. — Pat Brisson and Stéphane Jorisch, I Remember Miss Perry At the Educational Books and Media Association Conference, our panel was asked, "What is...

Collection Development News: Ivy And Bean

In 2006, Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall created one of the finest early chapter book series, Ivy and Bean.  Now five years after number 10, Ivy and Bean Take the Case (Chronicle, 2013) comes Book 11. Ivy and Bean,...

Collection Development: Gardening

There is a couple feet of snow outside my front door yet I just got a reference request for my favorite picture books about gardening. If I was forced to pick my favorite book about...

Collection Development: Staying Home sick

I'm staying home sick today. Went to the doctor yesterday. Turns out that I have influenza.  That was the way she said it. Like it was 1918. Stay home. Drink fluids. Take meds. Don't go...

American Library Association Midwinter 2018: Adam Rex

Pubs in July 2018, Disney/Hyperion Every once in while there is a book that I see in a booth and I just want to read aloud to every passerby. Do not miss this one.  Fun, not...

Collection Development:

Last week when I was doing class visits with 5th graders. I was shocked and saddened that less than a handful of over 125 of these kids had read My Side of the Mountain. This...

Blogs that I read

The number one blog that I read might surprise the children's literature audience. Ask a Manager.  Alison Green was a manager at a non-profit and is now a freelance consultant. Her blog tackles the everyday lives...

Collection Development: Caldecott Awards

The Caldecott Criteria A “picture book for children” as distinguished from other books with illustrations, is one that essentially provides the child with a visual experience. A picture book has a collective unity of...

Remembering Kate And Kathy

  It is hard for the colleagues and friends of two amazing children's librarians to be in Denver for the American Library Association MidWinter conference. It was on January 28, 2009 that the beloved librarians Kate...

Digital Exhibits: How do we Select These Projects?

Launching Little Red Riding Hood: A Comparative Folk Tale Study The Kerlan Collection staff, the Friends of the Kerlan, graduate students, Phd candidates, undergraduates, and volunteers from University of Minnesota, Saint Catherine University, Minnesota College...

Digital Exhibits: Little Red Riding Hood

    The Kerlan Collection holds thousands of children's books in addition to the manuscripts, research notes, and original art of children's book writers and illustrators. Natasha Bruns and Eve Johnson Brafford have now graduated with their Masters in Library...

Guest Post: JoAnn Jonas/ Caldecott Wishlist

JoAnn Jonas and her Caldecott Wishlist In the olden days, people would call each other just to converse. My friend JoAnn and I can range from Instant Pot recipes? What are you packing for ALA?...