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Lois Lenski

1893 - 1974

(1999 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 (UMD) Library.

Author/Illustrator

Lenski, Lois. (1959). Animals for me. New York : H. Z. Walck. PRIM-FIC L573AN

Brief poems about what familiar animals do and eat and the noises they make.

Lenski, Lois. (1956). Big little Davy. New York : Oxford University Press. PRIM-FIC L573BI

The complete story of Davy's life -- so far --from the time he was a baby to the day he started school.

Lenski, Lois. (1946). Blue Ridge Billy. New York, Philadelphia : J.B. Lippincott Company. INTR-FIC L573BL

Shows what life used to be like in the Appalachian area.

Lenski, Lois. (1948). Boom town boy. New York : J.B. Lippincott Co. INTR-FIC L573BO

The Robinson's have a farm in Oklahoma, a hard living to make. Then oil is discovered on their property and they learn about the value of riches.

Lenski, Lois. (1954). Corn-farm boy. Philadelphia : Lippincott. INTR-FIC L573CO

Dick Hoffman, an Iowa farm boy, loves to drive the new red tractor, take care of the animals, and enjoy happy times as well as hard work.

Lenski, Lois. (1949). Cotton in my sack. Philadelphia : J.B. Lippincott. INTR-FIC L573CP

Tells what life was like on a farm in Arkansas in the 1940s.

Lenski, Lois. (1958). Davy and his dog. New York : H.Z. Walck. PRIM-FIC L573DA

Davy washes his dog, Spot, who runs after a cat, gets scratched, and then plays hide and seek with Davy and his friends.

Lenski, Lois. (1955). A dog came to school. New York : Oxford University Press. PRIM-FIC L573DO

Davy's dog goes to school with him and has a good time until he starts getting in trouble.

Lenski, Lois. (1966). High-rise secret. Philadelphia : Lippincott. INTR-FIC L573HI

Peggy, who lives in a high-rise project in a large city on Lake Erie, tries to make friends and help the project become a better, safer place to live by joining the fight against some aggressive young hoodlums.

Lenski, Lois. (1960?, 1950). I like winter. New York : H. Z. Walck. PRIM-FIC L573IC

A poem telling what a child likes about winter--snow, skating, the many Christmas traditions, and Valentines.

Lenski, Lois. (1941). Indian captive: the story of Mary Jemison. New York : Frederick A. Stokes Company. 921 J495L

The story of Mary Jemison, a young girl taken by Seneca Indians during a raid, who chose to stay and live as one with them.

Lenski, Lois. (1972). Journey into childhood. The autobiography of Lois Lenski. Philadelphia : Lippincott. 921 L5734L

For nearly half a century Lois Lenski has been writing for children with a refreshing and tasteful realism.

Lenski, Lois. (1947). Judy's journey. New York : J.B. Lippincott Co. INTR-FIC L573JU

The story of Judy, the young daughter of a migrant working family who yearns and struggles for a better life and a real home.

Lenski, Lois. (1944). Let's play house. New York : H. Z. Walck. PRIM-FIC L572KS

Molly, Polly, and Peter play house, dress up, go to the store, and play doctor for all their dolls and animals.

Lenski, Lois. (1959, c1938). The little airplane. New York : H. Z. Walck. PRIM-FIC L573L

Pilot Small flies his airplane over the countryside, does a loopy-loop, makes an emergency landing, and finally returns safely to the hanger.

Lenski, Lois. (1959, c1934). The little auto. New York : H.Z. Walck. PRIM-FIC L573LA

Story and pictures show Mr. Small taking care of his little, red auto.

Lenski, Lois. (1959, c1942). The little farm. New York : H. Z. Walck. PRIM-FIC L573LF

Throughout the year Farmer Small does many chores from morning until night.

Lenski, Lois. (1960?, 1946). The little fire engine. New York : H. Z. Walck. PRIM-FIC L573LH

Fireman Small and his little fire engine answer a call, rescue a little girl, and save a house from burning down.

Lenski, Lois. (1946). The little fire engine. New York : Oxford University Press. PRIM-FIC L573LHP

Fireman Small and his little fire engine answer a call, rescue a little girl, and save a house from burning down.

Lenski, Lois. (1960, c1937). The little sail boat. New York : H.Z. Walck. PRIM-FIC L573LSB

Captain Small goes sailing, fishes from his boat, goes for an unexpected swim, and braves a storm on the way home.

Lenski, Lois. (1958). Little Sioux girl. Philadelphia : Lippincott. INTR-FIC L573LI

Tells about life in a small Standing Rock Indian Reservation town in the 1950s.

Lenski, Lois. (1940). The little train. London, New York : Oxford University Press. PRIM-FIC L573LT

Engineer Small shows what his engine and its train can do.

Lenski, Lois. (1968). Lois Lenski’s Christmas stories. Philadelphia : Lippincott. INTR-FIC L573ch

Original Christmas play, stories, and poems which reflect the holiday celebration of particular historical periods, or ethnic or cultural groups, such as a 1640 Puritan Christmas, a sharecropper Christmas, a Bayou-French Christmas and others.

Lenski, Lois. (1953). Mama Hattie's girl. Philadelphia : Lippincott. INTR-FIC L573MA

Lula Bell and her family move north, leaving friends and her grandmother Mama Hattie. Her parents must make a big decision and Lula Bell must learn to get along with others.

Lenski, Lois. (1948). Now it's fall. New York : Oxford University Press. PRIM-FIC L537NO

A poem and illustrations celebrating aspects of fall -- returning to school, raking leaves, collecting nuts, and celebrating Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Lenski, Lois. (1953). On a summer day. New York : Oxford University Press. PRIM-FIC L573ON

Short verses about two children in the summertime.

Lenski, Lois. (1951). Papa Small. New York : Walck. PRIM-FIC L573PA

Recounts the activities of Papa and Mama Small, such as working, taking care of the house and children, and going to the store and to church.

Lenski, Lois. (1952). Peanuts for Billy Ben. Philadelphia : Lippincott. PRIM-FIC L573PE

The story of a farm family of southern Virginia whose work and play is regulated year-round by their peanut crop.

Lenski, Lois. (1951). Prairie school. Philadelphia : Lippincott. INTR-FIC L573PR

When a blizzard maroons the children going to a school on the Dakota prairie, they prove to be resourceful as they wait to be rescued.

Lenski, Lois. (1944). Puritan adventure. New York, Philadelphia : J.B. Lippincott Company. INTR-FIC L573PU

Tells a story about the life of children and adults in the Puritan settlements ten years after the Puritans landed.

Lenski, Lois. (1955). San Francisco boy. Philadelphia : Lippincott. INTR-FIC L573SA

Mei Gwen and her family live in San Francisco's Chinatown, where people have learned to live American ways and still keep Chinese customs.

Lenski, Lois. (1963). Shoo-fly girl. Philadelphia : Lippincott. INTR-FIC L573SH

Set in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the story tells of the daily life and customs of the Amish people, especially of young Suzanna, nick- named Shoo-fly.

Lenski, Lois. (1987). Sing a song of people. (Illustrated by Giles Laroche). Boston : Little, Brown. PRIM-FIC L573SI

Depicts the pleasures of city life, people alone and in crowds, smiling and hurrying, on the sidewalk, bus, and subway.

Lenski, Lois. (1960?, c1945). Spring is here. New York : H. Z. Walck. PRIM-FIC L573SP

Short verses and pictures illustrate the familiar arrival of spring.

Lenski, Lois. (1945). Strawberry girl. Philadelphia, New York : J.B. Lippincott Co. INTR-FIC L573ST

Birdie Boyer's industrious Florida Cracker family makes its living raising strawberries, a fact that infuriates a jealous lazy neighbor, and a feud develops when the neighbors find ways of spoiling the new strawberry beds.

Lenski, Lois. (1947). Surprise for Davy. New York : Oxford University Press. PRIM-FIC L573SU

Davy celebrates his fourth birthday with presents, a party, and a big birthday cake.

Lenski, Lois. (1952). We live in the South. Philadelphia : Lippincott. INTR-FIC L573WE

Four stories about children growing up in the South. Tells how people in the South make a living, what their homes are like, what the children are like, what games they play.

Illustrator

Adams, Kathleen, & Atchinson, Frances Elizabeth. (1927). A book of princess stories. (Decorations by Lois Lenski). New York : Dodd, Mead & Company. 398.4 A214b

Seventeen stories about princesses from various countries and cultures, chosen to entertain girls.

Adams, Kathleen. (1929). There were giants. (Decorations by Lois Lenski). New York : Dodd, Mead & Company. 398.2 A2145t

Fourteen tales of adventure from European folklore.

Lovelace, Maud Hart. (1943). Betsy and Tacy go downtown. (Illustrated by Lois Lenski). New York : Crowell. INTR-FIC L898BET

The further adventures of 12-year-old Betsy, Tacy, and Tib as they explore the world beyond their neighborhood and discover the public library, see a real play, and make friends with the owners of the downtown hotel.

Lovelace, Maud Hart. (1942). Betsy and Tacy go over the big hill. (Illustrated by Lois Lenski). New York : Crowell. INTR-FIC L898BETS

Betsy, Tacy and Tib set out to elect Tib as the "Queen of Summer" and in the process meet new American immigrants and learn to be proud to be Americans, themselves.

Lovelace, Maud Hart. (1940). Betsy-Tacy. (Illustrated by Lois Lenski). New York : Thomas Y. Crowell Company. INTR-FIC L898BE

After Tacy Kelly moves into the house across the street from Betsy Ray, the five-year-olds become inseparable friends.

Lovelace, Maud Hart. (1941). Betsy-Tacy and Tib. (Illustrated by Lois Lenski). New York : Thomas, Y. Crowell Company. INTR-FIC L898BEC

After Tib Muller moves into the town where Betsy Ray and Tacy Kelly live, the eight-year-olds never quarrel, even when learning to fly--from the limb of a tree.

Meigs, Cornelia. (1940). Mother makes Christmas. (Pictures by Lois Lenski). New York : Grosset & Dunlap. PRIM-FIC M5127MO

Christmas preparations are interrupted by a storm which brings serious problems.

 

Author/Illustrator Information

Berman, R. (2001). Lois Lenski. The Kerlan Awards in children's literature, 1975-2001 (pp. 257-264). St. Paul: Pogo Press. Children REF PN 497 .K47 2001

Purple House Press : Lois Lenski Author - Illustrator 1893-1974   http://www.purplehousepress.com/sig/lenskibio.htm

Lenski, Lois (1893-1974). (1999). In Something about the author (Vol.100, pp.150-155). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009

Lenski, Lois (1893-1974). (1982). In Something about the author (Vol. 26, pp.134-142). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009

Lenski, Lois (1893- ). (1971). In Something about the author (Vol.1, pp.142-144). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009

 

 

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