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Summer 2003



2003 Summer Adventures in Children's Literature

Our Family Tree by Lisa Westberg Peters, illustrated by Lauren Stringer

The 24th Annual Children’s Literature Workshop will be held Monday, June 16th and Tuesday, June 17th at the Holiday Inn in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The workshop is sponsored by the Center for Information Media at St. Cloud State University. Featured presenters include Emily McCully and Kate DiCamillo, both donors to the Kerlan Collection. Call (320)202-1831 or visit for more information.

The 24th 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. The Kerlan Friends host this College of Education event. Lauren Stringer and Lisa Westberg Peters will talk about their new book Our Family Tree (Harcourt Children's Books, spring 2003). Refreshments follow. The Red Balloon will sell books before and after the lecture for autographing.The event is free and open to the public.

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 120 Andersen Library. Call 612-625-2088 or visit to register or for more information.

July 13-18: The CLRC will host the first ever University of Minnesota Elderhostel Service-Learning Program: "Children's Gallery: Explore Children's Literature, Preserve the Past." Hostelers will be immersed in the wonders of the collections as they learn and work side-by-side with CLRC staff. Walk or bus across the river to the west bank of the Mississippi to Andersen Library each day from your home for the week, Riverbend Commons, the beautiful new residence hall on the east bank campus. Commuters are welcome to attend the program at a reduced rate. Call Dorothea at 612-626-1231 for registration information.

July 15, Anne Ylvisaker will describe her writing process for Dear Papa on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at 11 a.m. at Andersen Library Room 120. The event, co-sponsored by University of Minnesota Summer Session/College of Continuing Education and the Children's Literature Research Collections, University Libraries, is free and open to the public. Red Balloon Bookshop will sell books for autographs.

Dear Papa by Anne Ylvisaker. Harcourt, 2003  
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From the Curator

CLRC and the U President's Initiative

In the month of March, only days after his inauguration, University of Minnesota's 15th President, Robert H. Bruininks, issued a paper entitled “President's Initiative on Children, Youth and Families.” His commitment focuses on providing intellectual resources to address important issues.

“Enhancing public awareness of challenges facing children, youth and families” is the first goal of this initiative. Contemporary children's books in the Kerlan Collection frequently address these issues. In Mary Casanova's Riot, violence erupts in a two year labor dispute. Boyhood pals part friendship over a hunting issue in Wolf Shadow.

“Advancing knowledge and finding solutions to challenges facing children, youth and families through strong, ongoing University-community partnerships” is the President's second goal. CLRC partnered with the St. Paul Public Library for the first time and with the Archie Givens Foundation once again in late spring. Manuscripts by Christopher Paul Curtis, winner of both a Newbery and Coretta Scott King Awards, were exhibited next to the children's room at the newly renovated downtown Library during April and May. Facsimiles were on display before his presentation at Cedar Exchange. Scores of children, accompanied by a teacher or parent, listened to stories, perused the display, and heard him speak.

The President listed as his fourth goal, “Expanding and sharing the intellectual vitality, leadership and resources available at the University through basic research, publications and outreach.” Carolyn Gwinn's doctoral thesis, The Effect of Multicultural Literature on the Attitudes of Second Grade Students, informs others of her findings. Kerlan Friends offer portfolios that can then be loaned to schools or for exhibits. In Katherine Paterson's book Park's Quest, a boy meets his is Vietnamese-American half sister. Manuscript pages in facsimile form, revealing the author's initial idea and textual changes and revisions, along with several paperback copies for individual readers, comprise the portfolio. A teacher volunteer is assembling a poetry portfolio that will be available at the completion of permissions from the poets and publishers.

CLRC 's outreach program encompasses presentations and exhibits. Earl Fleck, a registered member of the registered member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, spoke and read in the Andersen Library from his Chasing Bear, a finalist in the Young Adult category, 2003 Minnesota Book Award. The partnering was a joint effort of the Friends of the Library and the Minnesota Humanities Commission.

“Encouraging positive youth development and post secondary aspirations” is stated as a strategy for meeting the goals. The College of Liberal Arts hosted Team-Up North Star on campus. Six groups of fifth graders discovered from examining manuscripts in the Kerlan that an editor is to an author as a teacher is to a student, making suggestions, encouraging, and often insisting on a revised draft.

CLRC participates in meeting some goals, especially in resources, partnering, and outreach, of the University of Minnesota's “President's Initiative on Children, Youth and Families.”

--Karen Nelson Hoyle, Curator

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Recent Visitors

Random House staff Diane Muldrow and independent scholar Leonard Marcus researched Gustaf Tenggren art and Golden Books and attended the Kerlan Award Ceremony.

The Poky Little Puppy with Diane Muldrow and Leonard Marcus at the 2003 Kerlan Award Ceremony. As expected, Poky arrived late for the ceremony but managed to snack on some blintzes.

Anita Silvey, noted Children’s Literature scholar and author, worked in the CLRC on her new book, 100 Best Books for Children.

Karen Jorgensen and her Curriculum and Instruction class from the University of Minnesota worked with manuscripts and art in preparation for a final project.
Rebecca Rapport’s Children’s Literature in the Elementary School class focused on picture books.

Malore Brown and Stephanie Anton from the American Library Association in Chicago toured the CLRC

Jane Levin, retired University of Minnesota faculty, researched poetry in Jack and Jill magazines from the 1940’s.

Katherine Roberts-Edenborg researched Carol Ryrie Brink and Caddie Woodlawn.

Rebecca Nathan researched control of imagery in African-American Children’s Literature for a graduate project.

Alice Jenkins, Glasgow, UK, researched reading and foodways in girl’s fiction.

Heidi Knutsen, University of Minnesota-Duluth, worked on a paper about author Gary Paulsen.

Richard Haskett used the Paul Bunyan Collection in the preparation of an interpretive plan for the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway.

Marilyn Hollinshead, former owner of the Pinocchio bookstore in Pittsburgh, PA, perused manuscripts and ar

Eric Rohmann Visits CLRC

On Tuesday, May 13 Eric Rohmann, 2003 Caldecott winner for My Friend Rabbit spoke about his artistic development and influences in an engaging slide show talk. He displayed numerous pieces of orginal art. Lucky attendees even got sneak previews of some upcoming material.

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Karen Hoyle and John Parker
Win 2003 Kay Sexton Award

CLRC Curator and 2003 Kay Sexton Award Winner Karen Nelson Hoyle

On Friday, May 16 at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul John "Jack" Parker and Karen Nelson Hoyle were awarded the Kay Sexton award for “outstanding contributions to Minnesota's book community.” Jack Parker was curator of the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota. Karen Hoyle is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections, including the Kerlan and Hess Collections. Former Governor of Minnesota Elmer L. Andersen presented the awards. Both the awards and ceremony were sponsored by the Minnesota Humanities Commission.

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Recent Acquisitions
MS-manuscripts, IL-illustrations, TMS-translator’s manuscripts; published titles are indicated by italics. These materials have been donated by the authors and/or illustrators, or their families. Titles of new acquisitions are not listed if already reported in The Kerlan Collection: Manuscripts and Illustrations (1985) or in previous newsletters.

Bauer, Marion Dane: MS The Kissing Monster; Land of the Buffalo Bones; Love Song for a Baby; Runt, the Story of a Wolf Pup; Snow; The Very Best Daddy of All; Why Do Kittens Purr?

Casanova, Mary: MS Cecile: Gates of Gold; One Dog Canoe; When Eagles Fall

Ellsworth, Loretta: MS The Shrouding Woman

Freeman, Don: IL Androcles and the Lion; Cornelia’s Jewels; Edward and the Night Horses; Horse for a Prince; Quiet There’s a Canary in the Library; Third Monkey; This For That; The Uninvited Donkey; Sketchbooks

Hautman, Pete: MS Hole in the Sky; Mr. Was; Sweetblood

Hirano, Cathy: TMS English translation of Kazumi Yumoto’s The Letters

Kamen, Gloria: MS Heading Out

Kehret, Peg: MS The Stranger Next Door

Lee, Marie G.: MS F is For Fabuloso

Lee, Mildred: MS Fog; The People Therein; The Skating Rink; Sycamore Year

Lynch, Chris: MS Who the Man

Marling, Karal A.: 2 Disney Miniature House Figurines.

Napoli, Donna Jo: MS Breath; Three Days

Orgel, Doris: MS My Mother’s Daughter
Paterson, Katherine: MS The Same Stuff as Stars

Peters, Lisa Westberg
Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck; Good Morning River; The Hayloft; Meg and Dad Find Treasure in the Air; October Smiled Back; Purple Delicious Blackberry Jam; The Sun, The Wind and the Rain; Tania's Trolls; This Way Home; Water's Way; When the Fly Flew In

Reeder, Carolyn: MS Captain Kate; Foster’s War; Grandpa’s Mountain

Shafer, Anders: MS The Fantastic Journey of Pieter Bruegel

Stahl, J.D.: MS Correspondence with Eleanor Cameron and a draft for Cameron’s The Seed and the Vision. J.D. Stahl is a retired English Professor at Virginia Tech Unversiy.

Taylor, Theodore: MS The Boy Who Could Fly Without a Motor; Ice Drift; The Taming of Billy the Kid

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In Memoriam

Aileen Fisher, author of more than 100 books for children, many of them poetry collections, died at her home in Boulder, Colorado, on December 2, 2002. She was ninety-six years old. Ms. Fisher was awarded the National Council of Teachers of English Award for excellence in poetry for children in 1978.

Glen Rounds, the prolific author and artist of tall tales, died on September 27, 2002, in Pinehurst, North Carolina. He was ninety-six years old. Mr. Rounds willed his considerable collection of original studies for approximately 133 titles to the CLRC. Among the new titles for the Kerlan Collection are Aesop’s Fables, The Boll Weevil, The Crocodile’s Math, The Glorious Morning, and The Little Old Woman and the Jar of Umms.

An inscription and drawing by Glen Rounds from Ol’Paul.

Mildred Lee Scudder, author of seven books for children including The Rock and the Willow and The Skating Rink, died in St. Petersburg, FL on February 2, 2003. She was ninety-five years old.

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Current Exhibits

Shibuya Publishing: The Festival of World Picture Books

In April, we said goodbye (temporarily) to some old friends. Kerlan staff crated up examples of original art by Clement Hurd, Barbara Cooney and Tomie dePaola for a traveling exhibit in Japan. The Festival of World Picture Books is sponsored by Shibuya Publishing and will travel throughout Japan for almost two years.

Burton Barr Central Library: All in the Family; Clement, Edith and Thacher Hurd in Collaboration with Margaret Wise Brown

In early June examples of work by Clement, Edith and Thacher Hurd leave the collection for an exhibit in Phoenix Arizona. The “All in the Family” exhibit will showcase the Hurds ongoing collaboration with author Margaret Wise Brown. Clem Hurd and Brown collaborated to create such masterpieces as The Runaway Bunny, My World and Goodnight Moon.

Shelburne Museum: The Hurd Family in Vermont

And yet another exhibit with art by Clement Hurd….! Examples of Clement Hurd's work will depart mid-June for Vermont. The Hurd Family, a large retrospective exhibit of the family's work and life in Vermont, runs through October 2003. The Hurd family farm is located close to the Shelburne Museum.

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Kerlan Friends Request
The Kerlan Friends Archive Committee needs the
1) Tomie dePaola Note Card, “The Kiss”, 1984
2) Simms Taback, Note Card, “Riddle Cards”, 1997. Six different cards; need one of each design
3) Kerlan Award materials, special events, membership renewal cards for Kerlan friends including mailing envelopes and newsletters from 1982-1985
4) Photos of past Kerlan Friends events
Please call 612-624-4576, e-mail or bring to 113 Andersen Library any of these items if you are willing to donate them.

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Kerlan Friends Renewals and Gifts from March 16, 2003 - May 2, 2003
Joan Dickerson (in memory of Norine Odland); Stuart Fenton; Janet Gulden; Elizabeth Hall; Marcia Marshall; Leslie Greaves Radloff; Marcia Reardon; Norma Sommerdorf; Lois Vandyck.

The CLRC would like to thank the following people for their monetary gifts: Professional Editors Network (PEN); Red Balloon Bookshop; Nina Battistini; Stephen Kuehler, Cambridge, MA recently named the Kerlan Collection as a life insurance policy beneficiary.

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Lensey Namioka Talk
Join us Thursday, July 17th at 2 p.m. for a talk by noted children’s book author Lensey Namioka. The talk takes place in Room 120 Andersen Library. An autograph session follows with books available for purchase from Red Balloon. Namioka is best known for her books about two roving 16th century Japanese Samurai, notably The Samurai and the Long-Nosed Devils. More recently she has written An Ocean Apart, a World Away and Half and Half. Her books about the Chinese-American immigrant experience include Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear and Yang the Third and Her Impossible Family.

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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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