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True Story of the 3 Little Pigs By A Wolf

Scieszka and Smith's Pig Book turns 30 Revisiting The Childhood Classic 'The True Story Of The 3 Little Pigs!' 30 Years Later From Forbes. Thank you Betsy Bird @Fuse Eight for pointing me to this story. Thirty years...

Museum of the Moon @ The Bell

  Museum of the Moon May 21 - June 9 The Bell Museum’s Year of Apollo celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing continues with a showcase Museum of the Moon, by UK...

The ABC of It: Things to think about

What can I do to provide Indigenous Content? Read, read, and read some more. Read books by and about American Indians. Read contemporary picture books and stories. Read critical reviews of books. Read about the...

The Line Tender by Kate Allen publishes today Voice There is something about reading a debut author and loving the book. It's as if you discovered them. And know quite well that is not true. The...

The ABC of It: Things to Think About: Intellectual Freedom

What is a Banned Book? A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not...

The ABC of It: Whose Story is Being Told? Canceled

This Event Has Been Cancelled The ABC of It: Whose Story is Being Told? Save the Date, May 10th, noon The ABC of It: Whose Story is Being Told? Race, Inclusion, and Representation in Children’s Literature The ABC of...

The ABC of It: Things to Think About: Dr. Suess

Theodor Geisel AKA Dr. Seuss In the words of Leonard S. Marcus "Theodor S. Geisel—known as Dr. Seuss to his legions of sticky-fingered young fans—was a favorite picturebook author when a former army buddy turned publishing...

The ABC of It: Things to Think About

What is The ABC of It? The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter is a physical exhibit at the Elmer L. Andersen Library. For information about the exhibit, hours, and location go here See Things...

THE ABC of It: Things to Think About

What is The ABC of It? The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter is a physical exhibit at the Elmer L. Andersen Library. For information about the exhibit, hours, and location go here The original...

The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter

  Join us for The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter — a major exhibit from the Kerlan Collection that features 250 books and objects that illuminate the importance of children’s literature throughout history....

The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter

The exhibit will be open Now – May 31, 2019. Hours correspond with regular Andersen Library building hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. What Informs...

The ABC Of It: Why Children’s Books Matter And The Kerlan Award

The exhibit will be open Now - May 31, 2019. Hours correspond with regular Andersen Library building hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Events Happening...

ABC of It: Artist Panel @Andersen Library Tonight

  Nancy Carlson is on a New Journey her website Betsy Bowen Shares Her New and Archived Works her website  Fine Artist Marlena Myles Dipping Her Toes in The Children's Book World Her Website https://marlenamyl.es   Wed. March 13 Tonight At...

The ABC of It: Suggested Reading

  The following titles are just a small selection of the reference materials that inform the work of the Children’s Literature Research Collections.  To read these or any of the rare books, manuscripts, or process materials of the Archives and...

The ABC of It: Open House and Continuing Education

Join us for The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter — a major exhibit from the Kerlan Collection that features 250 books and objects that illuminate the importance of children’s literature throughout history.

The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter

Whadya Want to Know? or also known as frequently asked questions.  When Can I Visit the Exhibit? The exhibit will be open Now - May 31, 2019. Hours correspond with regular Andersen Library building hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, and...

The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter

The exhibit is up! And we are pretty darn proud.  The exhibit will be open Now - May 31, 2019. Hours correspond with regular Andersen Library building hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays...

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...