This printed catalog, digital exhibit, and physical exhibit wouldn't be possible without the generous donations of time, talent, materials, and enthusiasm from all the people who worked on it. 

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The ABC of It is Darren Terpstra’s creative vision. Darren has been working professionally in the corporate and academic world of art and design for over 20 years, specifically at the University of Minnesota Libraries Archives and Special Collections for the last 15 years. During that time, he has produced over 100 exhibits featuring the special collections in projects like A Campus Divided, Becoming Minnesota, Prairie Poets, The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes, America’s First Gay Wedding, and many other rich and diverse exhibitions.

Lauren Stringer is an artist, author of picture books, script writer, and theatrical designer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her BA in Art and Art History from the University of California, Santa Cruz and continued her art education with the Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Study Program in NYC. She wrote and illustrated Winter is the Warmest Season, a Booklist Editor’s Choice and a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky, which won the McKnight Foundation Fellowship for writing in Children’s Literature in 2012 and was a Booklist's Top Ten Art Books for 2013, and ​Yellow Time, a Junior Library Guild selection. Lauren's latest illustrated picture book is The Shape of the World: A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright, written by K.L. Going. Lauren designed the catalog. Her exquisite artistic vision gave the children’s book community a splendid volume they had longed to hold in their hands.

There are not enough words for how grateful we are to the interns and volunteers of the Children's Literature Reserach Collections and the staff of the University of Minnesota.


Rachel Johnson, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Zach Bednar, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Lucy Comer, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Emma Peterson, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Kaitlin Bartlett, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Rebecca Brown, St. Catherine University

Katie Retterath, St. Catherine University

Natasha Bruns, St. Catherine University

Michelle Hagan, St. Catherine University

Mathew Gawryk, University of Minnesota


Debra Frazier, exhibit

Kim Faurot, exhibit

David Hough, catalog design consultant

Jennifer M. Brown, critical friend

Patty Saidenberg, critical friend, copyediting

Elizabeth Segal, critical friend, fact checker

Paula Singer, copy editor/fact checker

Paul Von Drasek, Sales and Marketing Committee

Ellen Sugg, Sales and Marketing Committee

Annette Hughes, Sales and Marketing Committee

Larry Dorfman, Sales and Marketing Committee

Lana Miller, docent and exhibit

Chris Faust, docent and exhibit

Gretchen Wronka, docent

Verla Klassen, docent

Tracy Maurer, docent

Suzanne Zander, exhibit and office support

University of Minnesota Libraries Staff

Jennifer Claybourne, Ahnna Mahoney, University of Minnesota Digital Services

Jeremiah Moriority, Makayla Higgs, University of Minnesota CLRC Staff

Linda Greve, Grants and Community Engagement

University of Minnesota Press

Erik Anderson, Editor; Ana Bichanich, Production Editor; Heather Skinner, Publicist and Assistant Marketing Director

University of Minnesota Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Laura Lamansk, Curriculum consultant

A special thanks to Susan Rabbiner of NYPL's Exhibition Department for facilitating the permissions process that made the CLRC exhibit possible. 

The ABC of It would not be possible without the financial support of The Kerlan Friends, Karen Nelson Hoyle, PhD, Ellen A. Michaelson, Norma and Bernard W. Gaffron, Suzanne Karr Schmidt, PhD, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, Fred and Patricia Erisman, Gerald P. Barnaby, Helen R. Goldsmith, Marilyn Hollinshead, JoAnn M. Jonas, John W. Stewig, the Lerner Foundation, E. Eugene Peterson, Paul G. Heller, Kirstine Barnaby, Carol J. Erdahl, the Edythe Miller Family Trust, and many anonymous donors.

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