Renowned for its breadth and depth of works by children’s book authors and illustrators, The Kerlan Collection of Children’s Literature mirrors the issues of its times. So when Kerlan curator Lisa Von Drasek was asked, “Does the Kerlan have any banned books?” she responded: “Of course we do!”
Von Drasek adds: “The number one category of banned books is LGBTQ and sex education books.”
Andrea Davis Pinkney has been named the 2022 Kerlan Award winner. The Kerlan Award is given each year in recognition of an author or illustrator’s exceptional attainments in the creation of children’s literature and their generous contributions and support of the University of Minnesota Libraries’ Kerlan Collection of Children’s Literature
Summer learning loss is a concern for many parents and educators as students finish the school year and spend time away from the classroom during summer break. Lack of access to reading materials and continued education are two factors that often contribute to this loss of learning, but families can take steps on their own to support reading development this summer. Lisa Von Drasek, curator of the Kerlan Collection of Children’s Literature at the University of Minnesota, answers questions about how to keep kids reading this summer.
The series of Mr. Men and Little Miss books for children started 50 years ago with a tickle, as described by Liza Weisstuch in an…
We celebrate the consortium of higher education and public institutions that recently announced “One Book | One Minnesota,” a new statewide book club that will feature Kate DiCamillo’s book, “Because of Winn-Dixie.” In honor of DiCamillo, we offer this 2014 conversation between the author and Lisa Von Drasek.