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This scorched book, from the collection of gay physician and sexologist Magnus Hirschfield, was burned by Nazis. Photo credit: Laura Migliorino.

Banning books threatens freedom

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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.”

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A variety of children's books

Talking back-to-school reading habits with the U of M

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Fall schedules are filling up fast for families as students head back to school. With busy days and nights ahead, independent reading can often fall by the wayside as families adjust to their new back-to-school routines. Lisa Von Drasek, curator of the Kerlan Collection of Children’s Literature at the University of Minnesota, answers questions about the importance of independent reading for children’s literacy development and how to make independent reading a priority this fall.

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Lisa Von Drasek

How to keep kids reading all summer

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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.

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Goodnight Moon cover

It’s at the Kerlan: Goodnight Moon — Happy 75th birthday!

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The classic children’s book Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, Illustrated by Clement Hurd was published 75 years ago. The Kerlan holds Clement Hurd’s papers focusing on his work as an illustrator and author of children’s books. The collection contains production material for 89 published and unpublished titles generously donated by himself and his son Thatcher.

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