Curator, Children's Literature Research Collection/ Associate Librarian
Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children's Literature Research Collections . The CLRC, an internationally recognized resource in the field of children’s literature, contain six core collections and several smaller collections. They are the Kerlan Collection of Children's Literature, the Hess Collection of Dime Novels, Story Papers, and Series Books, the Paul Bunyan Collection, the Laura Jane Musser Collection of Oziana materials, and the Illustrated Treasure Island Collection.
Formerly the Children's Librarian of the Bank Street College of Education, Lisa was the teacher/librarian for pre-k through 8th grade as well as a teacher of Children's Literature, Storytelling, and Children's Book Publishing 101 to students in the graduate school of education. While serving as director of Bank Street's Center for Children's Literature, Lisa founded the Cook Prize, given to a STEM book chosen by children grades 3-4. She was also a frequent guest lecturer at the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science in Storytelling and Folklore, Collection Development, and Services to Children. Lisa reviews children's books for The New York Times, Shelf Awareness and blogs at EarlyWord: The Librarian/Publisher Connection. She has served as a juror on the Caldecott Committee, The New York Times Best Illustrated, the Newbery Committee, The Ezra Jack Keats Award, Trudi Birger Prize (Jerusalem Book Fair) National Book Awards for Young People's Literature and American Library Association's Notable Children's Books.
Lisa has lectured on the topics of Writing Boxes: the Reading/Writing Connection in Libraries, Emergent Literacy, Diversity in Children's Literature, Comics and Literacy, the New Adult, What Makes an Award Winning Book, and Children's Choice Awards.
She blogs at the Blue Ox Review.
At the Rain Taxi Twin Cities Book Fair
Selecting and Evaluating Children's Literature
Children's Book Publishing 101
Diversity in Children's Literature
Writing Boxes- The Reading/ Writing Connection in the Library
Comics, Comprehension and Literacy
Children's Choice Awards: How Can I Implement a Picture Book Award In My Elementary School, Without Reinventing The Wheel?
Children's Choice Awards integrating STEM, and Language Arts to support the Common Core
Children's Choice Awards and The Language Arts Curriculum, Meeting the Common Core Head-On
Comics and Graphic Format in Collection Development
Dumping Dewey: Organizing an early childhood library
Guys Read: High Interest Books for Boys AND Girls
Children’s Literature and Literacy, including writing in our daily practice
Primary Source Archival Resources for the Classroom and Library Practices
Classes- Instructor, Integrated Masters Thesis Advisor-Children’s Literature in the Elementary Classroom, Language, Literature, and Emergent Literacy (Children’s Literature) EDUC 564 three-credit; Diversity in Children’s Literature, TEED 506, one–credit; Selecting and Evaluating Recently Published Children’s Books, TEED 505, one-credit, Children’s Book Publishing 101. Online, Continuing Education.
Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science, MLIS 1995
Skidmore College BS 1981
Awards & Grants
2007 - Library Journal Mover and Shaker as an emerging leader in the field of librarianship. This distinction is awarded individuals from around the world who are innovative, creative, and making a difference.
1999 - The American Memory Fellows Program. Library of Congress.
2018 Bechtel Fellowship, American Library Association
Selected Presentations & Publications
"That's Not Funny: Humor and Literacy in the Elementary Classroom Reading Program"
“Words Matter: Grief in Picture Books, an Examination of Original Manuscripts, Author Research, Art and Texts of Contemporary Children’s Books."
“The Role of Children’s Choice Awards in Elementary Classroom: Exploring the implementation, engagement and learning outcomes”
"Children's Choice Awards and the Common Core"
“Writing Boxes: The Reading/Writing Connection- Creative Writing Supporting Literacy in the Library.”
“Ariane Dewey: The hidden artist- no credit, no copyright, no royalty.”
"Comics and Graphic Format in Collection Development"
"Selecting and Evaluating Children's Literature"
" Children's Book Publishing 101"
"Diversity in Children's Literature- History and Content"
"Reading Aloud in an Emergent Literacy Program"
"Rhythm, Rhyme, and Repetition, Guiding Caregivers to the Perfect Read Alouds."
"Self-Selection and Reading Fluency: There Is a Connection"
"Scared Straight- What is Plagiarism? Teaching Middle School Student's to Cite Their Sources."
Hang in There: How to get a library job against all odds. Von Drasek, Lisa. (2011).(Cover story). School Library Journal, 57(2), 24.
Balloons Over Broadway, Melissa Sweet, and the Engineering of a Picture Book. Digital Resource from the Kerlan Collection, CLRC
The Making of Picture Book Illustrations: What is Preseparated Art? Digital Resource from the Kerlan Collection, CLRC
Remember Best Friends. Von Drasek, L. (2004). Remembering Best Friends. Teaching Pre K-8, 34(7), 82-83.