Patricia Lauber

1924 - 2010

(2000 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.


Lauber, Patricia. (1959). All about the ice age. (Maps and drawings by John C. Wonsetler). New York : Random House. 551.79 L366i

Scientists study glaciers and glacial history trying to discover why the ice ages happened, and when they might come again.

Lauber, Patricia. (1960). Champ, gallant collie. (Illustrated by Leonard Shortall). New York : Random House. PRIM-FIC L366C

A collie known as Clown because of his antics, who would not learn to do his duty and take care of the sheep properly, proves his worth during a flood.

Lauber, Patricia. (1959). Changing the face of North America; the challenge of the St. Lawrence Seaway. (Maps and diagrams by Wes and Gloria McKeown). New York : Coward-McCann. 386.2 L366c

The St. Lawrence Seaway creates a seacoast 8400 miles long and makes seaports out of inland cities. The huge international construction unfolds in vivid and precise detail.

Lauber, Patricia. (1958). Dust bowl : the story of man on the Great Plains. (Maps and diagrams by Wes McKeown). New York : Coward-McCann. 330.978 L366d

The first black blizzard began on November 11, 1933 and the Southern Great Plains slowly turned into a Dust Bowl. The causes of the Dust Bowl are traced to men’s failure to understand the Great Plains and their semi-arid climate, but with the help of the Soil Conservation Service, new farming methods were developed that enabled farmers to successfully farm the Plains.

Lauber, Patricia. (1963). The friendly dolphins. (Drawing by Jean Simpson and diagrams by Charles Gottlieb). New York : Random House. 599.5 L366f

Describes instances of dolphin friendship with humans, dolphin anatomy and life in the sea, care of their young, dolphins as pets and performers, and scientific experiments on their capacity to hear and communicate with one another.

Lauber, Patricia. (1961). Junior science book of icebergs and glaciers. (Illustrated by Evelyn Urbanowich). Champaign, Ill. : Garrard Press. 551.3 L366j

Tells the difference between ice, icebergs, and glaciers; describes the icebergs that form each spring off the Greenland icecap and are guided by the Atlantic Current; and discusses the Ice Age and what influence scientists think the polar cap will have on the climate in the future.

Lauber, Patricia. (1963). Junior science book of penguins. Champaign, Ill. : Garrard Pub. Co. 598.4 L366j

Presents the penguins of the Edinburgh zoo, telling how they are caught and cared for; examines the evolution of the penguin and his adaptation to the climatic changes of Antarctica; and describes the life and habits of the Adélie and Emperor penguins.

Lauber, Patricia. (1967). The look-it-up-book of stars and planets. (Illustrated by John Polgreen). New York : Random House. 520 L366L

A dictionary of terms for the telescope traveler in space. Includes maps of the night sky for the four seasons.

Lauber, Patricia. (1989). The news about dinosaurs. New York : Bradbury Press. 567.9 L366n

Discusses all the latest scientific thinking about dinosaurs, with illustrations keyed to major topics.

Lauber, Patricia. (1991). Summer of fire : Yellowstone 1988. New York : Orchard Books. 581.5 L366s

Describes the season of fire that struck Yellowstone in 1988, and examines the complex ecology that returns plant and animal life to a seemingly barren, ash-covered expanse.

Lauber, Patricia. (1986). Volcano : the eruption and healing of Mount St. Helens. New York : Bradbury Press. 551.2 L366v

An account of how and why Mount St. Helens erupted in May 1980 and the destruction it caused, and a discussion of the return of life to that area.


Author Information

Weiblen, K. (2001). Patricia Lauber. In R. Berman (Ed). The Kerlan Awards in children's literature, 1975-2001 (pp. 283-292). St. Paul: Pogo Press. Children REF PN 497 .K47 2001

Lauber, Patricia (Grace) 1924- . (2003). In Something about the author (Vol.284, pp.104-108). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009

Lauber, Patricia (Grace) 1924- . (2003). In Something about the author (Vol.138, pp.150-156). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009

Lauber, Patricia (Grace) 1924- . (1994). In Something about the author (Vol.75, pp.110-114). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009

Lauber, Patricia (Grace) 1924- . (1983). In Something about the author (Vol.33, pp. 124-127). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009

Lauber, Patricia (Grace) 1924- . (1971). In Something about the author (Vol.1, pp. 138-139). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009


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