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2003 Kerlan Award
|From the Curator
Internationalizing the Kerlan Collection
The Kerlan Collection's acquisitions, individual researchers, group visits, speakers, and exhibits reflect the University of Minnesota's increasingly global interests.
Donors from other countries are generous. Friso Henstra sent an illustration
from the Netherlands for the cover of a pamphlet published in 1985 listing
contributors. Kevin Crossley Holland from the UK systematically inscribes gift
copies of his first printings. Ib Spang Olsen from Denmark and Erik Blegvad
now living in London donated art over the years, and Astrid Lindgren sent a
handwritten manuscript for her Ronia the Robber's Daughter. All of the Mildred
L. Batchelder Award and Honor Books originated in another language, so holdings
in the Kerlan Collection include author manuscripts and translator's manuscripts
in Hebrew, German, Italian and Scandinavian.
Two group visits from Japan occurred in the last decade. Twenty experts came with Professor Shigeo Watanabe from Keio University and met Twin Cities professionals for a Japan and American Children's Books Symposium. A dozen staff accompanied the Director of the Kijo Picture Book Village in Kyushu Province to view original picture book art.
Authors and specialists attract audiences in Andersen Library, as they did in Walter Library in the past. Professor Evgenios Trovozas, who gave a talk in 2000, teaches at the University of Reading in the UK, but writes children's books in Greek, his mother tongue. Author Roberto Piumini from Italy read from his books. Erik Christian Haugaard lives in Ireland because he writes more in English than Danish.
The Kerlan Collection hosted several exhibits from Europe. Editions of H. C. Andersen from Denmark, the Moomins from Finland, and trolls to contemporary characters from Norway became more familiar, as a result. The International Board of Books for Young People (IBBY) loaned a collection of contemporary books that had been on exhibit in Bologna Children's Book Fair. Gustaf Tenggren art went back to Sweden for a while. A new exhibit, including work by Tomie dePaola and Clement Hurd, is currently traveling to several sites in Japan, sponsored by the Shibuya Publishing Company.
Children's books and projects in the Kerlan Collection's further enhance the University of Minnesota's connections to the world community.
--Karen Nelson Hoyle, Curator
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First Friday April 4: African American Authors Books and manuscripts
abound in the Givens Collection of African-American Literature. Works
on display from the Children’s
Literature Research Collecions will include Eloise Greenfield, Isabel Monk,
Walter Dean Myers, Jacquelyn Woodson and Ashley Bryan. A researcher will describe
findings in the Clarence Wigington Papers, including his architectural designs
for St. Paul ice palaces about 60 years ago.
First Friday May 2: Spanning the Globe; International Special Collections We will explore the diverse and wide-ranging international scope of several of the University’s special collections. Attendees will be encouraged to think beyond traditional geographic assumptions in considering the wealth of material available in special collections and archives.
April 26 2003 Kerlan Award Breakfast - Information and Registration
April 26 Children’s Literature Network’s Historical Fiction and Nonfiction Conference. St. Peter Evangelical. Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 427 W. Mulberry Street, Saint Peter, MN. A one-day conference which explores the writing, illustration, editing, and publishing of historical fiction and nonfiction from picture books to books for young adults. Kerlan donor and featured speaker A. LaFaye will present Picking Through the Bones. LaFaye will talk about researching her books, five of which are set half a century ago and in different regions of America. Her books tackle topics such as women’s rights, racial division, and families who blossom in spite of what the neighbors are saying. A. LaFaye is the author of five historical novels, including The Strength of Saints and Strawberry Hill, and a children’s literature professor. Visit www.childrensliteraturenetwork.org for more information.
Festival of Nations, May 2-4
For more information, contact the International Institute of Minnesota at 651-647-0191, or visit their web page at: www.festivalofnations.com
May 16: 15th Annual Minnesota Book Awards. Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul. See
May 16-17: Festival of Children’s Literature presented by the Loft Literary Center at Suite 200, Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis. Two days of lively, information filled sessions. Saturday includes keynote speakers Melanie Kroupa and Susan Marie Swanson. Visit www.loft.org or call 612-379-8999 for more information.
May 17: Christopher Paul Curtis, author of The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963, speaks at Cedar Exchange, 500 Cedar St. St. Paul.
June 26: The Givens Foundation Symposium Tell All The Children: A Symposium on Teaching and Learning with African American Literature will be held on Thursday, June 26, 2003 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Givens Conference Suite at Elmer L. Andersen Library, 222 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, on the University of Minnesota’s west bank. Call 612-625-2088 or visit http://www.cce.umn.edu/summer/programs/educators/educators.html to register and for more information.
March 7 - June 30: Burton Barr Central Library, Center for Children’s Literature, Phoenix “A Time to Play and Sing: Timeless Art of Childhood Leisure”
April 7 - May 19: Nashville Public Library and May 22 - August 19: Creative Discovery Museum Chattanooga, TN “Exploring the Great Outdoors: Sports and Recreation in Original Illustrations from Children’s Books” Exhibit features many works from the Kerlan, including Nancy Carlson and Barbara Cooney.
July 1 - October 31: Burton Barr Central Library, Center for Children’s Literature, Phoenix “It’s All in the Family: The Runaway Bunny and the Hurd Family”
May 14 - June 1 Museum Eki, Kyoto, Japan “Festival of World Picture Books 2003-2004”, sponsored by Shibuya Publishers
July 30 - August 4 Mitsukishi in Nagoya, Japan “Festival of World Picture Books 2003-2004”, sponsored by Shibuya Publishers
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Givens African American Children’s Literature Festival
11:00 a.m. Readings at the St. Paul Public Library
A free celebration of African American literature will honor and recognize young readers for their commitments and achievements in literacy. From 11:00 – 4:00 on Saturday, May 17, families and children will engage in a range of literary and literacy activities – readings, visits with authors and public figures , "make it and take it" activities, and much more. Families and those who work with kids will learn about a wide range of African American literature and important community resources.
The St. Paul School District is promoting library and school giveaways of free copies of The Watsons in low-income communities. Individual classrooms are holding writing exercises on the themes of Heroism and Civil Rights, two central themes of The Watsons and the May 17 activities.
Research Based on CLRC Resources
Keiko Hori gave a paper at "The Newspaper Serials in the 19th
Doris Dale published Bilingual Children’s Books in English and Spanish (McFarland 2003) based on research done at the Kerlan. The book now resides in the reference section.
June Cummins, Director of the Children’s Literature program at San Diego State University, gave a talk at the Association of Jewish Studies Conference, held December 15-17, 2002, in Los Angeles, CA. Her talk was titled "Becoming an All-of-a-Kind American: The Family as Assimilation Agent in Sydney Taylor's Fiction."
Laura Ondek, student from Southern Connecticut State University, working on her MLS degree, is using the Kerlan Collection to write a paper on Carolyn Haywood.
Daniel Hansen, an Entomologist originally from Portugal, read Portugese books he remembered from his childhood.
Brian Horrigan from the Minnesota Historical Society acquired facsimilies from our Paul Bunyan collection for use in an exhibit.
Sally Hunter from the University of St. Thomas researched material for some writing projects she’s currently working on.
Elina Kuusisto researched material for her final presentation in her Scandinavian Children’s Literature class.
Krista Paschke from Eagan, MN researched some children’s literature graphics for use in a trade show booth.
Karen Peterson from the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont worked on
an exhibition she’s curating called From Goodnight Moon to Art Dog:
The World of Clement, Edith and Thacher Hurd.
Jean Stevenson from the University of Minnesota-Duluth did research for a book she’s writing on the role of the editor in the writing process.
Joel Swearingen from the University of Minnesota helped prepare himself for an audition at the Children’s Theatre Company by examining materials housed at the collection.
Ishihara Tsuyoshi from the American Studies department of University of Texas at Austin used the collection to research Mark Twain’s impact on Japanese popular culture.
Prof. Helga Visscher, head of the Education Library at the University of Alabama visited to do research.
Karen Jorgensen and Carolyn Gwynn brought their Curriculum and Instruction classes in to use the collection.
Susan Ellingson from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN brought her class in to use the collection.
|Award and Fellowship
The Kerlan Essay Award
The Friends of the Kerlan Collection are pleased to announce the ninth annual award to be presented in 2003 for an outstanding paper written during the preceding school year by a college or university student using the unique original resources of the Kerlan Collection. This award will consist of a citation and the sum of three hundred dollars.
Application forms can be picked up at the CLRC registration desk. The deadline for entries is June 2, 2003.
The Ezra Jack Keats/Kerlan Memorial Fellowship
The Ezra Jack Keats Fellowship recipient will receive transportation cost and a per diem allotment. Applications for 2003 must be postmarked by May 1st, 2003. For application materials, please send a 6” x 9” (or larger) self- addressed, $0.83 stamped envelope to:
Ezra Jack Keats/Kerlan Collection
|Kerlan Friends Memberships
Kerlan Friends Renewals and Gifts from January 1, 2003 - March 15, 2003
|Gifts to the Children's Literature Research Collections
The Kerlan Collection would like to thank the following people for their monetary gifts: Suzanne W. Bates; Sharon Baumgartner (in memory of Judith Brooks); Lynette J. Brooks-Homer (in memory of Judith Brooks); Jacquelyn Cronin (in memory of Judith Brooks); Ethicon, Inc.; Betty and John Figi; Dr. Karen Nelson Hoyle (in memory of Judith Brooks); Patricia Kreuziger, (in memory of Judith Brooks); Linda Lapides; Margaret S. Hubbs; D. David Lenander; Edythe L. Miller; Timothy and Sally Sawyer; Vicki Schraber (i n memory of Judith Brooks); Theodore and Flora Taylor; Marianne Yamaguchi; Midwest Bookhunters
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MS-manuscripts, IL-illustrations; Published titles are indicated by italics. These materials have been donated by the authors and/or illustrators, or their families. Titles for which additional original materials have arrived are not listed if already reported in The Kerlan Collection: Manuscripts and Illustrations (1985) or in previous newsletters.
Moser, Barry: IL Adventures of Sherlock Holmes; Adventures of Tom Sawyer; The All Jahdu Storybook; And Still the Turtle Watched; Appalachia; Ariadne, Awake!; Around the World in Eighty Days; The Ballad of Biddy Early; Beauty and the Beast; Bigleman's Midway; The Call of the Wild; Casey at the Bat; Cloud eyes; The Dreamer; East of the Sun and West of the Moon; The Farm summer 1942; Fly!; A Game of Catch; The Ghost Horse of the Mounties; Grass Songs; I am the Dog, I am the Cat; In the Beginning; I Remember Grandpa; The Iron Woman; Jump!; Jump Again!; Jump on Over!; Kashtanka; Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear; The Magic Hare; The Magic Wood; Messiah; The Mushroom Man; My Cats Nick & Nora; My Dog Rosie; Noah's Cat and the Devil's Fire; Pilgrim's Progress; Polly Vaughn; A Prayer for the Opening of the Little League Season; Prayers from the Ark; Sky dogs; Sook's Cookbook; St. Jerome & the Lion; Tales of Edgar Allen Poe; Through the Mickle Woods; The Tinderbox; Tucker Pfeffercorn; What You Know First; When Willard met Babe Ruth; Whistling Dixie
Paulsen, Gary: MS How Angel Peterson Got His Name
Winthrop, Elizabeth: MS Island Justice
|2003 Naomi Chase Lecture
The Twenty-fourth Annual Naomi Chase Lecture,will be given by Lauren Stringer and Lisa Westberg Peters, on Tuesday, June 24 at 2:30 p.m. in 120 Andersen Library, on the University of Minnesota’s west bank. This College of Education event will be hosted by the Kerlan Friends. Lauren Stringer and Lisa Westberg Peters will talk about their new book Our Family Tree (Harcourt Children's Books, spring 2003). Refreshments will follow their talk which should last until 4:30, with time to sign books afterwards. The Red Balloon will be selling books before and after the lecture.The event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is necessary.
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.
The Spring 2003 Newsletter is co-sponsored by Kerlan Friends and CLRC.
Editor: Karen Nelson Hoyle
Production Editor: John Barneson
Proof-readers: Dr. Edward B. Stanford
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