Author and Illustrator Grace Lin to Present Annual BERL Lecture Series
(Amherst, MA—March 14, 2016) Children’s book author/illustrator and Newbery Honor winner Grace Lin will deliver the annual Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture on Saturday, April 23rd at 2:00 pm at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. The BERL series features the country’s preeminent scholars, book collectors, researchers, editors, authors, and illustrators in the field of children’s literature. The lecture is free with museum admission and a reception and book signing will follow.
In The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child's Bookshelf, Lin will share personal experiences to illustrate the poignant points of Rudine Sims Bishop's 1990 seminal essay of multicultural children's literature, Mirrors, Windows and Sliding Glass Doors. Books can be a child’s mirror, where they see themselves mirrored in the text or art, or a window, where they can learn about other cultures and the world around them. Lin, who recently filmed a TED talk in Natick, MA on this topic, will share how some of her personal experiences, including growing up in the only Asian-American family in her neighborhood in upstate New York, have shaped her approach to her work. She will also speak about what books she chooses for her own child and why. “Books erase bias, they make the uncommon everyday, and the mundane exotic. A book makes all cultures universal,” said Lin.
Grace Lin is the author and illustrator of picture books, early readers and middle grade novels. Her 2010 Newbery Honor book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon was chosen for Al Roker's Today Show Kid's Book Club and was a New York Times bestseller. Ling & Ting, Grace's first early reader, was honored with the Theodor Geisel Honor in 2011. An Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award nominee for the US, most of Grace's books are about the Asian-American experience. See more about Lin and her work at www.gracelin.com.
About the BERL
Established in 2003, the BERL is a non-circulating research collection of roughly 3,000 volumes of professional resources and children’s books devoted to the study of children’s literature and the visual arts. The Library is named for former Museum Trustee and Book Links Magazine Founding Editor Barbara Elleman; together with her late husband Don Elleman, generously contributed the books that form the core of the collection and the support for its home within the Museum.
The unique organization of the collection highlights areas of interest such as author and illustrator biographies, literary criticism, illustration studies, and more. It is ideally suited for students, teachers, librarians and other professionals interested in the study and use of children’s literature and the visual arts. The Carle recently added a collection of more than fifty books about the life and works of Beatrix Potter, courtesy of several collectors. The Picture Book Archive contains more than 1500 picture books from prominent illustrators in the 1970s to the early 2000s as well as titles from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In addition to bring a resource for the public, the collection is often drawn upon for The Carle’s exhibitions and programming.
About Barbara Elleman
Barbara Elleman, who received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and her Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Denver, worked as a school and public librarian before accepting a position in 1975 as reviewer and an editor for the American Library Association’s Booklist magazine; in 1990 she created and became editor-in-chief of Book Links. After leaving ALA in 1996, Elleman was named Distinguished Scholar of Children’s Literature at Marquette University in Milwaukee where she lectured and promoted the use of children’s books in the School of Education. She guest curated highly acclaimed exhibits of original work by Virginia Lee Burton and Tomie dePaola in 2009. During her career, Elleman was particularly attracted to the art of the picture book, so her collection reflects that interest – books about the illustrated book as well as picture books themselves.
About The Carle
The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy. Eric Carle and his wife, the late Barbara Carle, founded the Museum in November 2002. Eric Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Since opening, the 40,000-square foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren. The Carle houses more than 13,000 objects, including 6,600 permanent collection illustrations. The Carle has three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country and Master’s degree programs in children’s literature with Simmons College. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call 413-559-6300 or visit the Museum’s website at www.carlemuseum.org
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