Kerlan Awards honoring Jon Scieszka

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 5:30pm

Join the Twin Cities Book Festival for the 45th Annual Kerlan Award Ceremony, honoring children’s book author Jon Scieszka! Free to all, the event will include a conversation between Scieszka and Lisa Von Drasek, curator of the Kerlan Collection. This event is presented in partnership with the Children’s Literature Research Collection at the University of Minnesota Libraries. This event will be ASL interpreted, thanks to support from the University of Minnesota Libraries; for more information about this and other ASL interpreted events, see HERE.  

Replay of this event is available throughout 2020!

Buy Astro-Nuts: Mission Two: The Water Planet and other books by Jon Scieszka at Red Balloon Bookshop!

Jon Scieszka was born in Flint, Michigan. Teaching school, Jon re-discovered how smart kids are, and found the best audience for the weird and funny stories he had always liked to read and write. Jon’s books have won a whole mess of awards, including the 2020 Kerlan Award, and sold over 11 million copies all around the world. His latest book, AstroNuts Mission Two: The Water Planet (Chronicle Books) was published in August of 2020 and Kirkus says it will “delight fans . . . proving silly can still be smart.” Jon lives in Brooklyn with his wife Jeri, their two children, and his many birds and ants. Visit his excellent website at

Lisa Von Drasek

Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries, an internationally recognized archive of rare books, manuscripts, and original art. She is a children’s librarian with over 25 years experience in public library, school, and academic libraries, serving students, teachers, librarians, and caregivers. A book reviewer, Lisa has served on distinguished juries, including The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books and the Newbery and Caldecott awards.