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|Thursday, June 20, 2:15 p.m.: Ruth Berman, Molly and John Harris
(followed by Kerlan Friends annual meeting at 3:30 p.m.)
"Behind the scenes preparing The Kerlan Awards 1975-2001." Editor Ruth Berman will address "Hunting, Tracking, and Other Editorial Decisions" and Molly and John Harris will talk about "Production and Promotion." The publication was a Kerlan Friends project celebrated at the publication party on October 28. To order a copy of the book, see page 10 for order form
Thursday, June 27, 2:15 p.m.: Brian Horrigan
Of the seven books written by aviator Charles Lindbergh, six are autobiographical.
Two of them-We, published just weeks after his famous flight in
1927, and The Spirit of St. Louis, which
|Tuesday, July 2, 2:15 p.m.: John
John Coy, author of the award-winning picture books Night Driving, Strong to the Hoop, and Vroomaloom Zoom, will speak about "The Simplicity and Complexity of a Picture Book" on Tuesday, July 2nd.
On first glance, picture book text and illustration can seem remarkably simple. Behind that simplicity, however, are days, months, and years of work. In this talk, author John Coy will explore the steps of picture book creation from first draft, through revisions, editing, publishing, to finished book. He will discuss how the writer, illustrator, editor, senior editor, marketing people, sales staff, and lawyers work together to make a book and get it into the hands of young readers. Questions are welcome and encouraged.
|Thursday, July 11, 2:15 p.m.: Isabell Monk
Isabell Monk, children's book author of Family and Hope, will speak about "Dreams" (past, present and future) and how they shape our lives and our art. Monk is also an actress and performs regularly at the Guthrie Theatre.
Friday, July 12, 1:00 p.m.: Diane Stanley
|Thursday, July 18, 2:15 p.m.: Sharon Chmielarz
Sharon Chmielarz, author of Down at Angel's, End of Winter, The Other Mozart and Pied Piper of Hamelin, will speak about "Doing the Footwork Behind the (Historical) Character."
Her talk will be a re-telling of process, as simple as the accidental discovery of a rat-tail in the Hamelin Rat Museum in Germany and as complicated as stalking a shadowy virtusoa through pages of personal letters. Underlying all will be praise to bibliography, the literary treasure hunt whose pleasures we can share with children.
Thursday, July 25, 2:15 p.m.: Richard Mosher
Karal A. Marling
|Thursday, August 1, 2:15 p.m.: Karal A. Marling
Karal A. Marling will speak about "Should the Imagination of Childhood Be a Paying Proposition? Disney and the Children's Story Industry."
This talk will focus on when Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California in July of 1955, reporters chided Walt Disney for charging customers to see familiar childhood stories brought to life. Based on a three-year program of research in the corporate archives, this talk will discuss how literature became architecture in the hands of Disney's "Imagineers" and the effect of Disneyfication on popular literature for kids.
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The Elmer L. Andersen Library enhances the effectiveness of the Children's Literature Research Collections (CLRC), including the Kerlan Collection. First, delivery trucks bringing books, drawings, and manuscripts to the Collection enter through the cavern doors to the sheltered dock, which protects all incoming materials from weather damage. A telephone message to the Kerlan office alerts the staff to the new delivery. Library Assistant Jenny Hanson makes arrangements for pick-up then schedules time with a student to carefully open the parcels.
For processing the incoming gifts, the CLRC workroom suite is equipped with long tables, computers and file cabinets with folders for unbound paper copies. Staff record names of donors and place names on bookplates. Dust jackets receive protective covers. Trays hold books so they can be retrieved if requested by a visitor.
Researchers coming to use Kerlan holdings stow their coats and backpacks in lockers, sign the registration forms, and enter the reading room. Computer terminals make it possible for curator and student staff to check the status of cataloging, to order books and to add to the paper and electronic copies of finding aids. On a typical day, books arrive from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) poetry archives committee, and student staff assistant Keeley checks them against the master list. Molly records Rebecca Dotlich's contribution of books. Anne checks Michelle Edwards' gift against Books in Print to determine which titles are already published. For forthcoming titles, she makes entries in the future order file under the date of expected publication. Volunteers Kristina and Carrie process manuscripts.
The reading room shelters researchers and Kerlan materials in a quiet environment - separate from the telephone - with reference sources, plug-in computer jacks for personal laptops and a dedicated computer terminal for the library's electronic data base. Recently, volunteers Lois and Larry compared the titles of books illustrated by Karen Ritz to current library holdings. Senior English major Becky French studied dime novels for her Senior Paper, while author Barbara Joosse inscribed her books.
Small groups meet in conference rooms throughout the building. University and Community partners discuss how to bring African American children's book participants and materials in CLRC and the Givens Collection to the metropolitan Twin City community. The Kerlan Friends Marketing committee packages Kerlan Collection greeting cards and the Historians committee organizes files.
A large lecture room next to the CLRC working area can hold about two hundred people or can be divided into three separately enclosed areas Which can be used for classes studying materials or for special event displays. On April 20, 2002, Kerlan Friends Board members and their guests reviewed portfolios in a workshop setting as part of their docent-training program.
Units vie for exhibition space on the first floor; "NCTE Poetry Award" will replace "History of the Kerlan Award" in June. Occasionally, several special collections units in the building share this space. For the Andersen Library dedication, the themed exhibit, "Time and Again: Our Collective Heritage and Our Common Future" highlighted treasures from the eight special subject collections in the Andersen Library.
While student staff assistant Nick maneuvers a cart filled with new books from the CLRC workroom to the storage area, Anna moves a flatbed with a package from publisher HarperCollins from the mailroom to the CLRC suite. Meanwhile, Jesse retrieves books by Kristine O'Connell George and places them in the reading room for the poet to inscribe during her visit. Diana takes cataloged NCTE books in trays to storage and on the return trip brings back supplies needed to process the manuscripts recently received as a gift from the children's book author Russell Freedman.
Cooperation among the resident special collection units in the building is ongoing. CLRC selects Tove Jansson books and figurines for the Immigration History Research Collections (IHRC) Finnfest Exhibit in August. Water Babies and Black Beauty editions introduced at a First Fridays presentation with Social Welfare Collections interpret child chimney sweep abuse and animal rights issues chronologically. John Coy, a contributor of children's book manuscripts to the Kerlan, greets staff en route to his research desk in the Minnesota Symphony Archives. Lumina, the University of Minnesota Libraries electronic database, assists Special Collections in identifying Sherlock Holmes related books and memorabilia in CLRC.
The Elmer L. Andersen Library is not only beautiful to behold, but its CLRC and other special collections that share the new building serve their respective publics effectively and efficiently. In contrast to previous make shift facilities widely dispersed throughout the University's Twin Cities campus, the building graces the west bank and makes a statement about the importance of heritage to the library's missions of outreach and assisting in study and research.
--Karen Nelson Hoyle, Curator
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Molly & John Harris,
of Pogo Press,
will be speaking at the
Summer Forum event
before the Kerlan Friends
|June 20, 3:30 pm, Kerlan Friends Annual Meeting.
The Kerlan Friends Annual Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 20 at 3:30 p.m. in Andersen Library Room 120. Brief committee reports, including Membership, Education/Outreach, Kerlan Awards, and Marketing, will summarize the past year and prospects for the future. Ballots will be sent to current members and received by mail. This meeting will follow a Children's Literature Summer Forum about The Kerlan Awards in Children's Literature, 1975 - 2001 book (see page 1 for more details).
June 24-25, 23rd Annual Children's Literature Workshop.
|June 25: 2002 Naomi C. Chase Lecture
The Annual Naomi Chase Lecture in Children's Literature will be given by Karla Kuskin on June 25, 2002, at 2:30 p.m. in 120 Andersen Library. She will speak on "Some Words about Words." This year's lecture includes a commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Chase Lecture series and a celebration of the recently created collection of the works of the winners of the National Council of Teachers of English Award for Poetry for Children, housed in the Children's Literature Research Collections at the Andersen Library. Karla Kuskin, the second recipient of this award, also designed the medallion that graces it. There will be an exhibit of Karla Kuskin's work along with the work of other NCTE Poetry Award Winners.
The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase before and after the speech, and Ms. Kuskin will autograph books during the tea that follows the lecture.
Related Summer Course Offerings
CI 5403 Creative Writing for and by Children. Poetry focus. S-N only. 2 credits. MTWThF, June 24-28, 2002. 9:05-3:35, 31 Peik Hall. Guest lecturer: Bernice Cullinan, poetry editor for Boyds Mills Press. The course will include the Chase Lecture and will focus on reading, writing, and teaching poetry, kindergarten through grade 8. For further information contact the instructor, Lee Galda at email@example.com
For information on these and other offerings in Children's Literature and Language Arts Education, please contact: Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Telephone: (612) 625-4006. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Compleat Scholar Class
CSch 0485. Spec Term, Sec. 50, Mondays, 6 - 8 p.m., June 3 to July 1 (except June 17) 4 meetings, West Bank campus. Limited to 20. No late fee through May 24.
From the Brothers Grimm to Harry Potter: Children's Fantasy and
You may remember who Little Red Riding Hood met on the way to grandmother's house and what Jack traded for his mother's cow, but do you know the difference between a Muggle and a Wizard? Do you recall to whom Gollum was referring when he whispered, "My Precious"? Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Rowling's Harry Potter join a long legacy of children's classic fairytales, fantasies, and adventure stories. This course examines the development of these important types of children's literature. Other titles discussed include Alice in Wonderland, Tom Sawyer, The Wind in the Willows, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, Little Princess, The Secret Garden, and more. The class includes a tour of the Kerlan Collection.
To register for this class or for more information, contact the College of Continuing Education, Compleat Scholar Program at 612-624-5332.
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The Kerlan Collection holds more than 75 titles authored by award winner Joan Lowery Nixon. In her acceptance speech, she related the varied origins of her stories. Events reported in the newspaper, an incident in a family member's life, and an editor's request have contributed to inspiration for more than 100 books during her distinguished career.
The awards committee was pleased that several members of both the Esbensen and Nixon families were able to attend the event. Kai, Dan, and Greg Esbensen were present and heard their father's tribute to Barbara. Hershell "Nick" Nixon accompanied his wife to Minnesota, along with their daughter Maureen Quinlan, son-in-law Brian. Six grandchildren came from Cloquet for the event as well. This was the only time in recent memory that so many family members of the honorees have been present for the occasion.
Minnesota Book Awards
The Kerlan Awards in Children's Literature, 1975-2001, was one of the four finalists in the "Anthology & Collections" category for the 2002 Minnesota Book Awards. Winners were announced April 12th.
The P.E.O. Chapter AI, an educational and philanthropic organization, visited the Kerlan Collection on Monday, April 15th for a CLRC Overview Program.
Barbara Joosse at the Kerlan Collection
Author Barbara Joosse spoke about her newest book, Stars in the Darkness, to the community, along with a class from the Minneapolis Community and Technical College, on April 18th, courtesy of Candlewick Press.
"Making a Connection with the Kerlan Collection - An Interactive
On April 20, the Kerlan Education Committee sponsored a half-day session for people interested in working with outreach through the use of author/illustrator kits. The session included an introduction to and update on the Collection by Karen Nelson Hoyle. Author John Coy and illustrator Karen Ritz shared some of their experiences in creating children's books and gave us ideas about information children can gain from studying original material and hearing from an illustrator or author about the creative process. Nancy Hoff discussed ways to develop writing activities in the classroom and demonstrated the use of interesting book shapes and bindings. Following the presentations, participants worked with materials in existing kits to see how they might be used in schools or shared with groups who come to the Kerlan Collection. We expect to offer another Saturday workshop in the fall for other Kerlan Friends who might want to be involved in this important outreach program.
dePaola's Book Televised
Oliver Button Is a Sissy was the basis for a Twin Cities Public Television production that aired on April 21st and 22nd, in which film from Tomie dePaola's childhood and contemporary interviews were interspersed with excerpts from the musical. Manuscripts and art from the book are in the Kerlan Collection.
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Lucy Beal, a past Kerlan Collection intern, graduated from the College of Art & Design (MCAD) in Minneapolis this May. She had her final undergraduate work on display at MCAD during the beginning of May. The show's reception was on May 11th.
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This perpetual stream of income will allow us to support collection development, public events and other appropriate activities. Ms. Orcutt was a faithful attendee at CLRC public events, including the Children's Literature Summer Forums now in its 25th year. We are grateful to Ms. Orcutt for remembering us in her estate plan.
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Nina Battistini, Helena Blackstock, Janet Gulden, Gloria Kortmeyer, Lyda Lanier, Penguin Putnam Inc.
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Kerlan Friends Renewals from January 1 - April 30, 2002
Kathleen Abel, Gerald Barnaby, Geralyn Chesner, Stuart Fenton, Yvonne Hunter, Gloria Kortmeyer, Lerner Foundation, Nancy Mambi, Phyllis Matill, Leslie Greaves Radloff, Karen Ritz, John Stewig, Nancy Techam, University of St. Thomas, Margaret Virum, Katharine Weiblen, Charlotte Strauel Wilmot
The Kerlan Friends would like to thank the following people who donated funds in honor of Dr. Norine Odland: Gerald Barnaby, Karen Hoyle and Bette Peltola.
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Secretary: Anne Gray Weber
Karen M. Bihrle
Anne Gray Weber
Karen Nelson Hoyle, ex-officio
Editor, Kerlan Award Publication: Ruth Berman
Publication Party Co-Chairs: Grace Kurtz & Phyllis Mattill
Publicity & Marketing Chair: Norma Gaffron
The Friends of the Kerlan Collection act as advocates for the Collection by encouraging use of and by financially supporting this rare and unique resource.
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Memorials for Dr. Norine Odland are gratefully accepted by the fund established at her retirement: Norine Odland Endowment for Children's Literature, Fund#2829. Please make checks to University of Minnesota Foundation with the above notation and send to University of Minnesota Foundation, McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street SE, Suite 500, Minneapolis, MN 55455.
Bill Peet, renowned Disney artist and author of thirty-five children's books, died at the age of 87 on May 11th in his Los Angeles home. Bill Peet was an award-winning author and had donated studies for fifteen titles to the Kerlan Collection, including Cyrus the unsinkable sea serpant and The wump world.
Eve Titus, author of many children's books, died on February 4th, 2002. Eve Titus is best known for her Anatole and Basil books. The Kerlan Collection holds collected galley proofs for three titles, along with the artwork by Paul Galdone.
Virginia Esther Hamilton, children's book author, died on February 19th, 2002, after a long fight with breast cancer. She was 65 years old. Over the years, her works included picture books, novels, folk stories, mysteries, science fiction and two biographies. She earned a number of major awards.
Jacob Landau, children's book illustrator, died on November 24th, 2001. Jacket and other illustrations for eight titles reside in the Kerlan Collection.
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Kristine O'Connell George, California author of children's poetry books including The great frog race and other poems, Little dog poems, Old Elm speaks: tree poems, Toasting marshmallows: camping poems and others, inscribed her books while visiting the Collection.
Barbara Bash, New York state author & illustrator, came to the Collection in April to inscribe her books.
Pamela Alsbury, teacher from the Christs' Household of Faith School in St. Paul, brought students to the Kerlan Collection to do research on "New York News Boys' Strike, 1899" for their high school History Day presentation.
Carrie Mercer of Hamline University visited the Collection to become familiar with periodicals on children's literature and is now a weekly volunteer.
Margrit Zinggeler, Eastern Michigan University, researched for a book on German grammar with the magic of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales.
Classes that visited the Kerlan Collection:
Realistic Fiction (Carolyn Gwinn, U of M, C&I)
Literacy Development in Intermediate Grades (Rebecca Rapport, U of M, C&I)
Illustration (Judith Johnson, U of M, DHA)
History of Illustration (Kolean Pitner, College of Visual Arts, St. Paul,)
Language and Literature Development (Judy Canney, Minneapolis Community & Technical College)
Book Art (Tara Christopherson, Augsburg College)
Dakota Ridge school (Tara Fiamengo)
Countryside school (Jennifer Nelson, Edina)
Minnetonka Middle school (Julie Light)
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Research Based on CLRC Resources
Brian Horrigan. "Lindbergh: Hero of His Own Story," Exhibit at the Lindbergh House Historic Site, Little Falls. Lecture: February 5th, 2002 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.
J. Randolph Cox, editor-publisher of the newsletter Dime Novel Round-Up, had slides made of the covers of several dime novel series in the Hess Collection, including Street & Smith's "Adventure Weekly" and "Red, White and Blue." These were used in presentations that Cox made in the last two years for the annual Popular Culture Association conference and the New York Public Library.
Karen Nelson Hoyle. "Three Writers in the Kerlan Collection." A View from the Loft 25 (No. 8, March 2002): 12-15
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National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Exhibit
NCTE Poetry Award Exhibit, June 1 - June 28, 2002
Books from the NCTE Poetry Award recipients will be on display at the Elmer L. Andersen Library First Floor. The Naomi C. Chase Lecture on June 25th, featuring Karla Kuskin, will coincide with this exhibit. See Coming Events for more information about the Chase Lecture.
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MS = manuscripts, IL = illustrations; TMS = translator manuscript; Published titles are indicated by italics. These materials have been donated by the authors and/or illustrators, or their families. Titles for which additional materials have arrived are not listed if already reported in The Kerlan Collection: Manuscripts and Illustrations (1985) or in previous newsletters.
Brenner, Barbara: MS The tremendous tree
Buckley, Helen Elizabeth: MS The bear with the flat nose; The bunny hill; The extraordinary lion; Great-Grandma has everything; Grumpykins; Josie's Christmas doll; The leftover bridge; The little boy; Mid-winter night; Moonlight kite; My Babci has everything; My great great lake; The painting; Remembering for Jenny; The St. Patrick's day parade; Sary Mary O'Leary and you; Skiing with Rachel; Song for a baby; Take care of things; The teddy bear tree; Timothy-Tom's dance; Tom-Tom music; Ursula and Robert; Where did Josie go? Wonderful Wednesdays
Christelow, Eileen: IL & MS Glenda Feather casts a spell; Henry and the dragon; Henry and the red stripes; Mr. Murphy’s marvelous invention; Olive and the magic hat Posters: Children’s Book Council, 1987
Edwards, Michelle: MS The talent show; What’s that noise?IL Bontsha; Meera MS & IL Night pals; One to ten; Zero grandparents
Fiammenghi, Gioia: IL Christopher’s talent show
Freedman, Russell: MS Babe Didrikson Zaharias: the making of a champion; Buffalo hunt; Immigrant kids; Indian chiefs; An indian winter; Kids at work: Lewis Hine and the crusade against child labor; Martha Graham, a dancer's life; Out of darkness: the story of Louis Braille
Hahn, Mary Downing: MS Anna all year round; As ever Gordy
Kamen, Gloria: IL [Artwork for public television production]
McClung, Robert: MS Creepy crawly things: reptiles and amphibians; Mysteries of migration
McDonald, Megan: IL & MS Judy moody; MS: Judy moody gets famous
McGovern, Ann: MS Black is beautiful; Christopher Columbus; Desert beneath the sea; Down under, down under: diving adventures on the Great Barrier Reef; Drop everything, it's D.E.A.R. time! Eggs on your nose; Elephant baby; Feeling mad, feeling bad, feeling sad, feeling glad; Great gorillas; Half a kingdom; Happy silly birthday to me; Hee haw; If are you lived in the days of the knights; If you grew up with Abraham Lincoln; …If you lived in colonial times; …If you lived with the circus; …If you lived with the Sioux Indians; …If you sailed on the Mayflower; Little whale; Little wolf; Mr. Skinner's skinny house; Nicholas Bentley Stoningpot III; Night dive; Playing with penguins and other adventures in Antarctica; Questions and answers about sharks; Robin Hood of Sherwood forest; Runaway slave: the story of Harriet Tubman; Scram, kid! Shark lady: true adventures of Eugenie Clark; Squeals and squiggles, and ghostly giggles; Stone soup; Swimming with sea lions and other adventures in the Galapagos Islands; The lady in the box; The magic pot; The pilgrim's first Thanksgiving; The secret soldier: the story of Deborah Sampson; The underwater world of the Coral Reef; Too much noise; Who has a secret? Why, it's a holiday! Zoo, Where are you?
Nelson, Marilyn: MS Carver: a life in poems
Nixon, Joan Lowery: MS Aggie’s home; David’s search; Lucy’s wish; Will’s choice
Parker, Nancy Winslow: MS Here comes Henry; MS & IL: Locks, crocs & skeeters: the story of the Panama Canal
Skofield, James: TMS How I became an American [by Karin Gündisch]
Solbert, Ronni: IL & MS The song that sings itself; IL White monkey king: a Chinese fable
Stadler, John: IL Words with wrinkled knees
Vogel, Ilse-Margret: IL & MS Farewell, Aunt Isabell; Willy, Willy, don’t be silly IL My summer brother; My twin sister Erika; 1 is no fun, but 20 is plenty
Weihs, Erika: IL An elm tree and three sisters
Yolen, Jane: MS The bagpiper’s ghost
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Becoming a Kerlan Friend
As a Kerlan Friend, you will...
- Receive newsletters.
- Receive invitations to all Kerlan Friends events including the annual Kerlan Award.
- Have the opportunity to participate in interesting volunteer work, such as assisting with document preservation, engaging in reference and research projects, writing newsletter articles, mounting exhibits for special occasions and locations, assembling portfolios, and hosting events and special guests.
If you would like to become a Kerlan Friend, click on the order form and mail to: Becoming a Kerlan Friend, 113 Elmer L. Andersen Library, 222 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455
The CLRC Kerlan Collection is an internationally recognized center of research in the field of children's literature. The Collection contains original materials, including manuscripts, artwork, galleys, and color proofs for more than 10,000 children's books. These materials represent eight decades of American children's books and selected books published in other countries. The Collection also includes more than 100,000 children's books.
This Summer Newsletter is co-sponsored by Kerlan Friends,
CLRC, and a Minnesota Humanities Commission grant for networking
Editor: Karen Nelson Hoyle
Production Editor: Jennifer Hanson
Proof-readers: Dr. Edward B. Stanford & Carrie Mercer
Children's Literature Research Collections University
of Minnesota 113 Andersen Library 222 - 21st Avenue South Minneapolis,
MN 55455 Telephone: 612-624-4576 FAX: 612-626-0377 E-mail: CLRC@tc.umn.edu
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