The Kerlan Award: Ariane Dewey

Monday, October 4, 5:30 pm Central
Join us as we honor a pioneer of children’s literature!

The 2021 Kerlan Award will be presented to Ariane Dewey in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children’s literature. Since the 1960s, Dewey has been a force in the field, and is especially famed for her use of color; with Jose Aruego, she illustrated more than sixty children’s books, including the perennial classic Leo the Late Bloomer, and has won numerous awards for both their collaborations and her solo work, including a Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor. Originally from Chicago, Dewey now lives in New York City. At this special event, Ariane Dewey will discuss her work with the Kerlan Collection curator, Lisa Von Drasek. Co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Libraries and the Friends of The Kerlan.

Free to attend, registration required. We hope to “see” you there!


Copies of books by Ariane Dewey can be purchased at our partner bookseller, Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul, MN; purchasing helps support them AND Rain Taxi’s Twin Cities Book Festival—thank you!


About the Presenters:

Ariane Dewey has been a force in the field of children’s literature since the 1960s, and is especially famed for her use of color; with Jose Aruego, she illustrated more than sixty children’s books, including the perennial classic Leo the Late Bloomer, and has won numerous awards for both their collaborations and her solo work, including a Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor. Originally from Chicago, Dewey now lives in New York City.


Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections, which includes the Kerlan Collection, 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.