A crop of Stephen Shaskan's art from Max Speed. Click through to enlarge.

Exploring This Digital Resource

Each category includes digital reproductions as examples of the technique, a description of the artist's process, and a biography of the creator.

We suggest scrolling down to see additional content as well as links to other resources about the artists.

Double clicking on an image enlarges it so that it will display on electronic screens and smartboards without pixelating.

CHILDREN’S BOOK ART: TECHNIQUES AND MEDIA is the fourth component of the Children’s Literature Research Collections’ digital exhibits project.

The Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota Archives and Special Collections is one of the leading repositories of rare books, process art, and manuscripts of children’s literature. The collections range from rare volumes of Mother Goose from the 1800s to contemporary creators like Jane Yolen, Sharon Creech, Christopher Paul Curtis, and Melissa Sweet.

The University of Minnesota Libraries’ mission is to share these riches with teachers of children, youth services librarians, teachers of teachers, and students of creative writing and art, and anyone who is interested in the craft of making children’s books.

I believe in the value of integrated art. Art observing and art making across the disciplines. This exhibit is a jumping off place, just the beginning of our explorations.

Our team of volunteers, interns, and staff has created a resource describing children’s book art and how it is made with examples from over sixty artists that are held in the Kerlan Collection.

As the curator of these collections, I am aware that not everyone has access to these materials. Anyone who visits us; scholars, teachers, librarians, and students who are on site may request and examine anything held in our collection. Technology now allows us to share our holdings anywhere there is a computer.

Comments and questions are welcome. Please email asc-clrc(at) to let us know what you think after you explore Children’s Book Art:Techniques and Media.

These selected examples are only fraction of our holdings of finished and process art in the Kerlan Collection.

Thank you to the donors of these creative works who have allowed reproduction for educational use.These exhibits would not be possible without the generous donations of the Kerlan Friends. We are grateful to the team of volunteers, interns, digital services, and staff whose hard work and support make sharing these resources possible.

-Lisa Von Drasek, Curator, Children’s Literature Research Collections.

This exhibit presented by the Children's Literature Research Collections.