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2003 Summer Adventures in Children's Literature
From the Curator
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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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
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
Karen Hoyle and John Parker
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.
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
Peters, Lisa Westberg
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
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.
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.
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
|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 email@example.com 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.
|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.
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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