Children’s book author/illustrator and Regina Medal recipient Steven Kellogg will deliver the 7th annual Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture on Saturday, April 29th 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. Kellogg’s lecture, a self-proclaimed “celebratory outburst of appreciation,” is free with Museum admission. A reception and book signing will follow.
In The Enduring Magic of Story, Kellogg will share his appreciation for the gift of storytelling and how it enriches our lives. “Storytelling, both visual and verbal, has been a pervasive and important activity in societies throughout the thousands of years that have elapsed since the dawn of mankind, when human beings first mastered the ability to communicate with one another,” said Kellogg. He will also speak about his admiration for the arts of writing and illustrating and how they are able to open gates to the world of stories and generate true magic, reminding us that “we all have a place in the storytelling circle.”
“We are delighted to welcome Steven who has been a friend of The Carle since its creation. Embellishing the folktale of Paul Bunyan, imaginatively creating a friendly snake in the classroom, or fantasizing on paper about the antics of a Great Dane puppy are just a few of the plots that he has successfully turned into books through the years,” said Barbara Elleman.
Steven Kellogg is the author and illustrator of over a hundred picture books. His love and dedication to stories and storytelling has been a lifelong pursuit: “It was early in my journey that I realized that stories and pictures were so compelling to me that my commitment would have to be a professional one.”
He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1963 and forty years later was presented with their annual award for significant professional achievement. Apart from that, his work has received numerous other recognitions including the Irma Simonton Black Award, the IRA-CBC Children’s Choice Award, the Parents’ Choice award, inclusion on the ALA Notable Books list, Booklist Editors’ Choice, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, The Horn Book Fanfare, and the list of Reading Rainbow featured selections.
About the BERL
Established in 2003, the Barbara Elleman Research Library 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, they 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. Located nearby, the Picture Book Archive contains more than 2000 picture books from prominent illustrators in the 1970s to the early 2010s as well as titles from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In addition to being a resource for the public, the Carle’s staff often draw upon the collection for exhibitions and programs.
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. Here at The Carle, 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, and her collection reflects that interest–books about the art of illustration, as well as picture books themselves.
About The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
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, co-founded the Museum in November 2002. 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 50,000 schoolchildren. The Carle houses more than 11,000 objects, including 7,300 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.
125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA 01002