Online Exhibits

Due to the unique nature of our collection, the materials housed in our department must traditionally be viewed on-site. However, online exhibits allow us to offer CLRC resources and expertise to researchers, students, and teachers around the world.


Little Red Riding Hood: A Comparative Folk Tale Study

Explore the engaging world of folklore with this digital exhibit, which examines the multifaceted angles of study for a well-known, but ever-changing text.

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Children's Book Art: Techniques and Media

Children's Book Art: Techniques and Media is an educational exhibit that takes you through the various media used by some of the country's most talented artists. From collage to watercolor to scratchboard, dive in to learn more!

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The Making of Picture Book Illustrations: What is Preseparated Art?

Did you know that it once took four pieces of artwork to create a full color picture? The following exhibit will introduce the reader to the history of children's book illustration, specifically the influence of a labor-intensive and now-obsolete process knows as preseparation. 

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Balloons Over Broadway, Melissa Sweet, and the Engineering of a Children's Book

Learn about the process of picture book creation, with this exhibit that takes visitors through the researching, writing, and illustrating of Melissa Sweet's award-winning non-fiction picture book Balloons Over Broadway.

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Rejoice the Legacy! Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney

Andrea Davis Pinkney presented the 2014 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture on May 3, 2014 at the University of Minnesota. Ms. Pinkney is a bestselling author of over 20 books for children and young adults. The online exhibit contains representative samples of her work, accompanied by art from the books, completed by her husband, noted illustrator Brian Pinkney.

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Watch Andrea Davis Pinkney's 2014 Arbuthnot Lecture


A limited amount of CLRC materials have been scanned and made available to the public on the University of Minnesota's UMedia Archive. Browse our collection materials here.

Teaching Portfolios

The Children's Literature Resource Collections is an ideal resource for teachers of all levels to help their students more deeply understand literature, history, illustration, and the writing process of professional authors. While we no longer loan out physical teaching portfolios, we are in the process of creating digital portfolios and lesson plans for some of the authors and works we hold in our collection.

Currently, we have the following lesson plans available online:

Alvin Ailey

Alvin Ailey by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney


Profile of dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey (1931-1989).

Author Andrea Davis Pinkney combines elements of fiction and biography to create a children's book that recounts Alvin Ailey's boyhood in Texas, his introduction to dance in Los Angeles, and the creation of his own dance company in New York. Brian Pinkney uses the scratchboard technique to create illustrations that depict the grace, fluidity, and energy of Ailey's choreography.


Tale of Desperaux

The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo introduces a hero for all time!

Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other’s lives. And what happens then? As Kate DiCamillo would say: “Reader, it is your destiny to find out.”

Additional Resources

Essay on the life and work of Charles Mikolaycak: Charles Mikolaycak: Illustration In an Art Historical and Decorative Arts Context

Grief in Picturebooks: an Evaluative Rubric, by Lisa Von Drasek, University of Minnesota Libraries, 2015

Click here to see the article from Children and Libraries