Original work by 12 children's book authors/illustrators on display(Released: 11/12/97)
by Luis Mocete, Office of University Communications.
STORRS, Conn. Original art, books and other materials have been donated by 12 childrens book authors/illustrators to the Northeast Childrens Literature Collections.
The works will be on display at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut until the end of the year. The exhibit is open Mondays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The exhibit coincides with the 1997 Connecticut Book Fair, that will take place at the University's Bishop Center Nov. 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The book fair is designed to introduce children to authors and illustrators of classic and contemporary children's books.
The Northeast Childrens Literature Collections, including more than 14,000 classic and modern childrens books and a growing archive of original art and manuscript materials from contemporary authors and illustrators, are a component of the University's archives and special collections department.
"These additions round out the collections," says Billie Levy, who founded the collections in 1985, "because they encompass different approaches that people use to complete their work."
The new materials include wood engravings by Barry Moser and scratch board art by Leonard Everett Fisher.
"Hopefully the public will appreciate the beauty and the work that go into childrens books," Levy says. "The display takes you through the process that the authors and illustrators had to go through to produce these books."
Much of this material in the earlier days was absolutely lost, she says. "People did not think anything of it."
The Dodd Center archives, which have temperature and humidity controls, reading room space and space to exhibit materials, have had an impact in attracting authors and illustrators to submit their work since opening two years ago, says Thomas Wilsted, director of the center.
He says the Northeast Childrens Literature Collections document the cultural history of Connecticut since the mid-19th century.
"By preserving historical collections, people have an opportunity to examine American culture and its evolution," he says. "Although childrens books and literature are often seen only as entertainment, they reflect changing societal views on issues such as race, gender, and different aspects of our multicultural community. Looking at childrens literature provides yet another window into the American past that is available to students, scholars and members of the public who use the collection or see the materials on exhibit."
Authors and illustrators whose work is on display are:
Jean Day Zallinger of NORTH HAVEN. A technical and childrens book illustrator, Zallinger was the winner of the 1990 National Association of Science Teachers/Childrens Book Councils Outstanding Science Trade Book award, and the Library of Congress Childrens Literary Center Notable Book award, for her work as illustrator of The Book of Eagles by Helen Roney Sattler.