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Upcoming event: The Joy of Children's Literature: A Conversation Without a Net

Friends Appreciation Event | Sunday, April 14, 2024 | A Friends Forum Event
Doors open at 2 p.m. | Program begins at 2:30 p.m. with a reception to follow

Expect the unexpected as we feature a free-wheeling conversation about children’s books and their creators with award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney and Kerlan Curator Lisa Von Drasek. The annual Friends Appreciation event is our opportunity to thank you for your support! Please join us for an engaging program and reception.

The event also will also feature a sneak preview of the upcoming fall Kerlan Collection exhibit that celebrates the work of Ezra Jack Keats, contemporary picture-book creators, and explores the history of representation in English-language children’s books.

Visit Library News and Events for more information and to register for the event.

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Upcoming event: The 2024 Chase Lecture featuring Jacqueline Briggs Martin

The Chase Lecture honors the memory of Dr. Naomi Chase, a classroom teacher who became professor at the University of Minnesota, and was especially passionate about empowering children as readers and writers.

Rachel Carson wrote a book, The Sense of Wonder, about sharing the wonder of the natural world with children. In that book she said, "If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder," writes Carson, “he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in." It has been one of my goals to share with children and all readers stories that remind us of the "joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in." Among other things, I hope to talk about finding such stories, shaping such stories within the constraints of non-fiction, and the pleasures of sharing those stories.

Jacqueline Briggs Martin is the author of twenty-one picture books for children including Snowflake Bentley, which received a Caldecott medal in 1999.

Chef Roy Choi and the Streetfood Remix (2017; co-written with June Jo Lee, illustrated by Man One) received a Siebert Honor and an Orbis Pictus Honor.

Begin with a Bee (2021; co-written with Phyllis Root and Liza Ketchum) illustrated by Claudia McGehee received a Riverby Award which recognizes exceptional non-fiction natural history books for young readers. Begin with a Bee was also named a Green Earth honor book.

Creekfinding: A True Story (2017; illustrated by Claudia McGehee) received the Green Earth Award for Environmental Writing for Children. Creekfinding also received a Riverby Award.

Martin has been on the faculty at Hamline University’s Low Residency MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults and taught creative writing at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival.


Event program:

In Person: Tuesday, April 16, 2024, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM CDT

Via Zoom: Tuesday, April 16, 2024, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM CDT - link to come.


In Person: Elmer L. Andersen Library, 222 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Via Zoom: Link will be provided soon.


Find additional information and RSVP with the College of Education and Human Development





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