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Best-selling author Andrea Davis Pinkney to present May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture

April 29, 2014

Best-selling author Andrea Davis Pinkney will present the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture at the University of Minnesota May 3, 7 p.m. This national event is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required for admission. Get tickets at z.umn.edu/arbuthnot. Groups are encouraged to make reservations by emailing asc-clrc@umn.edu or calling 612-626-9182.

Pinkney’s lecture will be especially meaningful for those seeking to narrow the achievement gap in our schools, said Lisa Von Drasek, curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries, which is hosting this event.

“Any successful effort to close or narrow the achievement gap has to begin with a focus on student motivation,” Von Drasek said. “The Arbuthnot Lecture is an opportunity to be inspired to create a school culture that embraces the idea that all children can learn – that achievement is not based on race, culture, or income – through award-winning children’s literature.”

The Arbuthnot Honor Lecture celebrates May Hill Arbuthnot, who served as a strong voice for children’s literature. Each year since 1969 the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) chooses a lecturer who agrees to contribute a significant research paper to the field of children’s literature. The paper is subsequently published in “Children & Libraries,” the journal of the ALSC.

About Andrea Davis Pinkney

Andrea Davis Pinkney is a New York Times best-selling writer of more than 20 books for children and young adults, including picture books, novels, and nonfiction.  During the course of her career, Pinkney has launched many high-profile publishing and entertainment entities, including Hyperion Books for Children/Disney Publishing’s Jump at the Sun imprint, which is the first African American children’s book imprint at a major publishing company.

About the Children’s Literature Research Collections

The Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries was chosen to host the event by the ALSC and its 2014 May Hill Arbuthnot Committee. The CLRC includes the Kerlan Collection — one of the world’s great children’s literature research collections — and includes books, original illustrations, and manuscripts significant in the history of children’s literature, including those of Pinkney.

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