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New Publication Uses Archived Art

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by Caitlin Marineau, Assistant Curator Children's Literature Research Collections 

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One of the lesser-known roles of the Children's Literature Research Collections (CLRC) is loaning materials to other institutions. While the CLRC loans to a variety of organizations, including other museums and archives to show at exhibits, one of the most significant groups we loan to is publishing companies. Authors have donated many full sets of illustrations to our collection of original children's book artwork. As part of our role as caretakers of this material, we make it available to publishers who wish to print new editions of the books from the original art.

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Most recently, the Aladdin imprint at Simon and Schuster requested the artwork for a new edition of At the Beach (originally published in 1987), written by Anne Rockwell and illustrated by Harlow Rockwell. Based on their new scans of the original art, a beautiful new version of the book was published June 10, 2014.

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"Have I Got Something For You!"

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by Kate Dietrick, Processing staff and Curator of the Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives.

When Lisa Von Drasek, curator for the Children's Literature Research Collections, came into the Archives and Special Collections Central Processing suite and announced, "Have I got something for you!" before revealing her newest acquisition, I believe it was the first time I audibly squealed while at work. Because what she revealed was a rare gem whose final product delighted me as a child--she had the artist's dummy for the beloved children's book Amelia Bedelia.

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Donated to the Kerlan Collection by Gretchen Siebel, the widow of the artist Fritz Siebel, the dummy documents the early drawings and layout of the 1963 publication Amelia Bedelia, written by Peggy Parish. Each page holds original ink drawings and watercolors by Fritz Siebel, matched up with taped-in text from Peggy Parish. On some pages there are scribbled notes - "Fritz--don't have drapes 'drawn' i.e. not closed!" that help illuminate the process from draft to final product. By paging through the dummy you begin to see the makings of the lovably comedic Amelia Bedelia as she takes her chores list a bit too literally.

katedicamillo_09_2200pxl-thumb-200x326-153889-thumb-175x285-153890.jpgWhat: The University of Minnesota Libraries will present children's literature author Kate DiCamillo with the 2013 Kerlan Award.

When: Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m.

Where: Room 25 of Mondale Hall at the University.

The award presentation and speech by DiCamillo is free and open to the public.

Reservations are requested

The presentation will be followed by a noon luncheon (cost: $30; $20 for Kerlan Friends), which requires advance registration by May 27. Luncheon tickets can be purchased here at Eventbrite.

About the Kerlan Award
The Kerlan Award is presented annually "in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children's literature and in appreciation for generous donation of unique resources to the Kerlan Collection for the study of children's literature." Previous winners include Walter Dean Myers, Katherine Patterson, Jean Craighead George, Lois Lowry, and Karen Hesse.

About Kate DiCamillo
Kate DiCamillo is the author of "The Magician's Elephant," a New York Times bestseller; "The Tale of Despereaux," awarded the Newbery Medal; "Because of Winn-Dixie," a Newbery Honor book; and six books starring Mercy Watson, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book "Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride." She shares writing credit on her Geisel winning easy reader series Bink and Gollie with Allison McGhee. A resident of Minneapolis, DiCamillo was born in Philadelphia and raised in Florida.

More information
For more information, please contact the staff of the Children's Literature Research Collections at 612-624-4576 or e-mail:

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"Read This Book!" with Lisa Von Drasek, Episode 1

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Join Children's Literature Research Collections Curator Lisa Von Drasek to explore the work of Jon Klassen, winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal.

Creating Art in Children's Literature

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ontheshelves-drama.jpgOne of the most satisfying parts of visiting the Children's Literature Research Collections is to be able to peek behind the scenes. To see how art is developed for a picture book or the process of revising a manuscript. One of our favorite creators of books for young adults is Raina Telgemeier. We are linking to Raina's blogpost as she shows us how she created the art for her award winning YA (Young Adult) graphic novel, Drama.

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A Supreme Donation

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Justice Barry Anderson of the Minnesota Supreme Court generously donated his collection of Tom Swift Jr. books to the Children's Literature Research Collections. A University of Minnesota Law School Alum, Justice Anderson stated that he couldn't think of a better place to care for his childhood passion. His collection will join the original Tom Swifts from the early 1900s in the Hess Collection.

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Paul O. Zelinsky: Reflecting on Children's Book Art

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zelinsky.pngPaul Zelinsky will talk about his recent experience as a judge of the Erza Jack Keats Book Award, what he was looking for in the work, and reflecting on his own work.

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2013

Time: 6:30 p.m. Reception, 7:00 p.m. Lecture, 8:00 p.m. signing

Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120


Paul Zelinsky is recognized as one of the most inventive and critically successful artists in his field. Among other awards and prizes, he received the 1998 Caldecott Medal for his illustrated retelling of Rapunzel, as well as a Caldecott Honors for three of his books: Hansel and Gretel (1985), Rumpelstiltskin (1987), and Swamp Angel (1995).


Children's Book Recommendations

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Are you still shopping? Do you have children on your list that you only see a few times a year? Do you think a book is the perfect gift - but aren't sure which one to pick?

The new curator of the Children's Literature Research Collection is Lisa Von Drasek and she has the lists you need!

As a Children's Librarian, I am often asked for recommendations for titles to give as gifts. I am a big fan of giving books. It can be difficult to select a title for a child or young adult that you only see once or twice a year. Think of me as that fabulous bookseller standing at the ready when you say..."I have a six year old niece" In the Twin Cites we not only have the big chain but Red Balloon and Wild Rumpus. These two independents are part of what lured me from NY to MN. So here is a link to my end-of-the -year, best of 2012 recommendations. They are divided by age and format. Feel free to forward. Informational books and poetry will post sometime today.

If you scroll down to the November 26 entry, you will also find a list of recommended books complied from sources including Publishers Weekly and the New York Times.

Enjoy your books and watch for this information again next year.


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