Jane Kurtz

1952 -

(2010 Kerlan Award)


The Kerlan Award is given "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." The books listed below are owned by the University of Minnesota Duluth Kathryn A. Martin Library.


Kurtz, Jane. (2000). Faraway home. (Illustrated by E.B. Lewis). San Diego : Harcourt. PRIM-FIC K96fa

Desta’s father, who needs to return briefly to his Ethiopian homeland, describes what it was like for him to grow up there.

Kurtz, Jane. (1994). Fire on the mountain. (Illustrated by E.B. Lewis). New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 398.21 K966fi

When a bad-tempered rich man falsely claims he won his wager with a young shepherd boy, the boy and his sister must use their wits to best the man at his own game and gain what young Alemayu won fair and square.

Kurtz, Jane. (1990). I’m calling Molly. (Pictures by Irene Trivas). Niles, Ill. : A. Whitman. PRIM-FIC K968IM

Four-year-old Christopher, who has just learned to use the telephone, calls Molly using various ploys to persuade her to play with him, but she is busy with another friend.

Kurtz, Jane. (2005). In the small, small night. (Pictures by Rachel Isadora). New York : Greenwillow Books. PRIM-FIC K96in

Kofi can't sleep in his new home in the United States, so his older sister Abena soothes his fears about life in a different country by telling him two Ghanan folktales, one about Anasi and the other about the eagle and the tortoise, which show the nature of wisdom and the value of perseverance.

Kurtz, Jane (Ed). (2004). Memories of sun : stories of Africa and America. New York : Greenwillow Books. 808.8 M5333

A collection of short stories and poems by authors from both continents about life in various African countries and some of the experiences and impressions of Americans in Africa and of Africans in America.

Kurtz, Jane. (2007). River friendly, river wild. (Illustrated by Neil Brennan). New York : Aladdin Paperbacks. PRIM-FIC K96r8

A family experiences a renewed appreciation for home and community after they are evacuated during a spring flood and then return to survey the damage.

Kurtz, Jane. (2003). Saba : under the hyena’s foot. (Illustration by Jean-Paul Tibbles). Middleton, Wis. : Pleasant Co. INTR-FIC K967sa

After being kidnapped and brought to the emperor’s palace in Gondar, Ethiopia, twelve-year-old Saba discovers that she and her brother are part of the emperor’s desperate attempt to consolidate political power in the mid-1840’s.

Kurtz, Jane. (1998). The storyteller’s beads. San Diego, Calif. : Harcourt Brace. INTR-FIC K967st

During the political strife and famine of the 1980’s, two Ethiopian girls, one Christian and the other Jewish and blind, struggle to overcome many difficulties, including their prejudices about each other, as they make the dangerous journey out of Ethiopia.


Author Information

Kurtz, Jane 1952- . (2003). In Something about the author (Vol. 139, pp. 147-151). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009

Kurtz, Jane 1952- . (1997). Something about the author (Vol. 91, pp. 117-119). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009

Jane Kurtz : Author of Books for Young Readers. http://www.janekurtz.com/

Smith, Cynthia Leitich. (2000). Interview with Children's Book Author Jane Kurtz. http://www.cynthialeitichsmith.com/lit_resources/authors/interviews/JaneKurtz.html


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