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Award Winner Kate DiCamillo says, "I think of myself as an enormously lucky person, "I get to tell stories for a living."

The University of Minnesota Libraries will present children's literature author Kate DiCamillo with the 2013 Kerlan Award in Room 25 of Mondale Hall on Saturday June 8th.

Please note- Buying a ticket to the lunch does not reserve a seat at the lecture. Please go to the registration page if attending the lecture.

Kate DiCamillo is the author of The Magician's Elephant, a New York Times bestseller; The Tale of Despereaux, awarded the Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie, a Newbery Honor book; and six books starring Mercy Watson, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride. She shares writing credit on her Geisel winning easy reader series Bink and Gollie with Allison McGhee. A resident of Minneapolis, DiCamillo was born in Philadelphia and raised in Florida. To learn more about Kate and her books, you can visit her official page at Candlewick Press or her website.

The award presentation and speech by DiCamillo will begin at 10:00 a.m. and is free and open to the public but requires advance registration by May 27. Registration is now open online to reserve a seat for the event.

The ceremony will be followed by a noon luncheon (cost: $30; $20 for Kerlan Friends).

The Kerlan Award is presented annually “in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children’s literature and in appreciation for generous donation of unique resources to the Kerlan Collection for the study of children’s literature.” Previous winners include Walter Dean Myers, Katherine Patterson, Jean Craighead George, Lois Lowry, and Karen Hesse.

The Children's Literature Research Collections (CLRC), is an internationally recognized resource in the field of children’s literature, contains six core collections and several smaller collections.

The Kerlan Collection presently contains more than 100,000 children’s books as well as original manuscripts, artwork, galleys, and color proofs for more than 12,000 children’s books. One-eighth of the books are inscribed by the author or illustrator. The Collection includes books that are significant in the history of children’s literature, award books, classics, and representative books from Great Britain, Australia, Denmark, Japan, the Netherlands, Germany and others.