Book Week

Since the 1940s Book Week has celebrated the best of children’s literature with teachers, librarians, and others who devote themselves to literacy for young readers. Over the past 70 years Book Week has hosted some of the most notable writers of books for young readers, including Marguerite Henry, Madeleine L’Engle, and Beverly Cleary. Each year, faculty and graduate students from the children’s literature program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction review the best in books for young readers. The author's books are also made available for sale and autographing.

2015 Book Week Features Pam Muñoz Ryan

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The guest speaker of this year’s Book Week is going to be Pam Muñoz Ryan. Pam has written over forty books for young people, including picture books, picture books for older readers, early readers, and the novels Esperanza Rising, Becoming Naomi León, Riding Freedom, Paint the Wind, The Dreamer, and most recently, Echo, a New York Times Bestseller. She is the author recipient of the NEA's Civil and Human Rights Award, the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for Multicultural Literature, and is twice the recipient of the Pura Belpré Medal. Other selected honors include the PEN USA Award, the Américas Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, the Orbis Pictus Award, the ALA Siebert Honor, and the Schneider Family Award.

Join us on Monday, October 19 at the McNamara Alumni Center, to hear a celebrated author talk about "Beginnings, Belongings, and Becoming a Writer".

Book Week Highlights


Book Week is sponsored by the Ruth Mitchell endowment, the Children's Literature Area of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, CEHD, the Red Balloon Bookshop, and the Children’s Literature Research Collections of the University of Minnesota Libraries.


Questions may be directed to Emily Midkiff

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