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The ABC Of It: Why Children’s Books Matter And The Kerlan Award

By March 22, 2019May 13th, 2021The Kerlan Blog

The ABC of IT: Why Children’s Books Matter

The exhibit will be open Now – May 31, 2019. Hours correspond with regular Andersen Library building hours:

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesdays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Events Happening This Week? The Kerlan Award

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55455

Lois Ehlert and Claudia Mills are the 2019 recipients of the Kerlan Award, given annually by the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Free event. Reservations requested at

About the winners

Children’s author and illustrator Lois Ehlert is shown Wednesday, November 23, 2011 in MIlwaukee, Wis. MARK HOFFMAN/MHOFFMAN@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM

Picture-book creator Lois Ehlert has illustrated over 40 titles, the majority of which she both wrote and illustrated. Ehlert published her first book, Growing Vegetable Soup, in 1987, and won Caldecott Honors in 1990 for another, Color Zoo. Her collaborative successes include 1989’s Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, written by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault. (Read about Lois’ donation to the Kerlan Collection here)

Claudia Mills

Claudia Mills, author of over 50 books, is known for writing “school and family stories” that speak to emerging and middle grade readers. UMN Professor Jean Stevenson wrote, “Claudia Mills’ readers experience history in exciting ways, consider BIG ideas such as poverty, perseverance, friendship, honesty, and differing family structures, explore loving relationships with parents and grandparents, and confront ethical dilemmas such as racism and infidelity.” (Read more about Claudia here)

About the Kerlan Award

The Kerlan Award is given annually in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children’s literature and in appreciation for the generous donation of unique resources to the Kerlan Collection for the study of children’s literature.


How To Get Here

Map to Andersen Library and C86 lot

We are on the West Bank Of the Twin Cities Campus. If you are using a GPS device put in Mondale Law School and it will take you to the correct parking lot.

More information here

The lot is a pay lot, about 7 dollars.




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