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Lois Lenski Children's Literature Lecture Series


The Lois Lenski Children's Literature Lecture Series was instituted in 1994 to honor children's author Lois Lenski, who gave so generously of her time and her papers to the students of Illinois State University. Co-sponsored by Milner Library and the Department of English, the lecture is addressed annually to members of the local and university communities.

Past lectures have included:


Nurseries Without Walls: Maurice Sendak's We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy
George Bodmer - Indiana University-Northwest


Frances Hodgson Burnett and Katherine Paterson Within an Historical Age
Nancy Huse - Augustana College


Adapting Books to Films: What is Noteworthy in Disney's Bambi
Jill P. May - Purdue University


Drawn from Life: Lenski and Lovelace
Louisa Smith - Mankato State University


African-American Children's Literature: Back to the Future
Violet J. Harris - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


What Makes A Children's Classic: Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden as Case Study
Phyllis Bixler - Southwest Missouri State University


Consuming Passions: The Politics and Poetics of Contemporary Picture Books
Lissa Paul - University of New Brunswick


Who Stole The Wizard of Oz: L. Frank Baum and American Children's Literature
Joel D. Chaston - Southwest Missouri State University


Words into Pictures
Eric Rohmann - Caldecott Honor Book Award Winner - Illinois State University Alumni


Consolation Prize: Why Children's Poetry is Merely Funny, Therapeutic, or Utilitarian, and What We Might Do To Save It
Richard Flynn - Georgia Southern University


The Curious History of the Study of Children's Literature, or, How Did We Get Here? What Are We Doing Here? and Where Should We Go Now?
Peter Hunt - University of Wales - Cardiff


The Mythology of the Antique: Medievalism in Australian Children's Books

Valerie Krips - University of Pittsburgh


And Now a Major Motion Picture: The Translation of Children's Literature into Film
Betsy Hearne - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Before the Beginning and After the End: Forewards, Afterwards, and Other Words in Children's Literature

Michael Cadden - Missouri Western State University


Pinocchio's Advenures in Soviet Wonderland: Contexts and Challenges of Soviet Children's Literature

Malina Balina - Illinois Wesleyan University


Indigenizing the Creation and Consumption of Children's Literature

Debbie Reese - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The Evolution Continues: Young Adult Literature Today and Tomorrow

Michael Cart - former director of the Beverly Hills (CA) Public Library and Booklist contributor


Crisis & Opportunity: The Challenge of African American Youth Literature

Fern Kory - Eastern Illinois University


Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children’s Literature

Philip Nel – Kansas State University


The Dilemma of Didacticism

Claudia Mills – University of Colorado


Black Childhood Abroad: Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemp’s Popo and Fifina

Michelle H. Martin – University of South Carolina


The Elephants in the Room: The Challenges of Diversity in Youth Literature

Deborah J. Stevenson – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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Last Updated: 4/10/15