Kerlan Curator Lisa Von Drasek appeared on Minnesota Public Radio today to pitch the best children’s books to give as gifts for the holidays. Lisa was joined by Holly Weinkauf, owner of the Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul, on MPR News with Angela Davis at 9 a.m.
Thanks to a generous donation by Carol Erdahl — one of the former and founding owners of the Red Balloon Bookshop — the University of Minnesota Libraries’ Kerlan Collection of Children’s Literature contains one of Brian Selznick’s original pencil sketch illustrations for the book, “The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins.”
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.”
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.
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.