Jeanette Winter

1939 -

(2009 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.


Winter, Jeanette. (2003). Beatrix : various episodes from the life of Beatrix Potter. New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 823 W74b

This simple biography of Beatrix Potter, best known for writing The tale of Peter Rabbit, includes excerpts from her published letters and journals and reveals why she drew and wrote about animals.

Winter, Jeanette. (2010). Biblioburro : a true story from Colombia. New York : Beach Lane Books. 921 S7145wi

"After amassing piles of books, Luis, a voracious reader, dreams up a way to share his collection with 'faraway villages.' He starts with two burros -- one for himself, one for books -- and heads off. Tough terrain and menacing bandits challenge him along the way, but at last he reaches a remote town, where he holds a story hour and loans titles to eager kids before returning home to his wife and reading late into the night."

Winter, Jeanette. (2004). Elsina's clouds. New York : Frances Foster Books. PRIM-FIC W7854el

In South Africa, a Basotho girl paints designs on her house as a prayer to the ancestors for rain.

Winter, Jeanette. (2002). Emily Dickinson’s letters to the world. New York : Frances Foster Books. 811 W785e 

A brief description of the life of Emily Dickinson and a selection of her poems.

Winter, Jeanette. (1988). Follow the drinking gourd. New York : Knopf. PRIM-FIC W785fo

By following the directions in the song "The Drinking Gourd" taught to them by an old sailor named Peg Leg Joe, runaway slaves journey north along the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada.

Winter, Jeanette. (2013). Henri's scissors. New York : Beach Lane Books. 921 M433w

"When Henri Matisse was a boy, he drew pictures everywhere. And when he grew up, he became a famous artist whose paintings were beloved around the world. Then late in life, a serious illness confined Henri to just his bed and a wheelchair. But amazingly, from there he created some of his finest works, the enormous and breathtaking paper cut-outs."--Jacket flap.

Winter, Jeanette. ( 2012). Kali's song. New York : Schwartz & Wade Books. PRIM-FIC W785ka

Thousands and thousands of years ago, a young boy gets his first hunting bow and learns to shoot, but he prefers to use the bow to make music.

Winter, Jeanette. (2005). The librarian of Basra : a true story from Iraq. (Illustrated by Jeanette Winter). Orlando : Harcourt, Inc. 020 W785L

True story of a librarian’s struggle to save her community’s collection of books in war-stricken Iraq.

Winter, Jeanette. (2006). Mama : a true story in which a baby hippo loses his mama during a tsunami, but finds a new home and a new mama. Orlando : Harcourt. 599.63 W785m

When the tsunami struck on December 26, 2004, a herd of hippos was swept out to sea and an infant hippo was separated from his mother. He was rescued and taken to a park where he headed for a 130-year-old male giant tortoise, which eventually took on the role of "Mama" for the orphan.

Winter, Jeanette. (2014). Mr. Cornell's dream boxes. New York : Beach Lane Books. 709.2 W7848mr

Joseph Cornell loved to draw and paint and collect things. With these drawings and paintings and collected treasures, he made marvelous shadowboxes--wonderlands covered in glass. And who did he most like to share them with? Children, of course.

Winter, Jeanette. (1998). My name is Georgia : a portrait. San Diego : Silver Whistle/Harcourt Brace. 921 O414W

Presents, in brief text and illustrations, the life of the painter who drew much of her inspiration from nature.

Winter, Jeanette. (2009). Nasreen's secret school : a true story from Afghanistan. New York : Beach Lane Books. 371.823 W785n

Based on a true story. After her parents are taken away by the Taliban, young Nasreen stops speaking. Her brave grandmother has heard of a secret school, open because the Taliban has forbidden education for girls. Grandmother hopes that education will open the windows of Nasreen’s mind, and as she spends time in a secret school, she slowly breaks out of her shell.

Winter, Jeanette. (1999). Sebastian : a book about Bach. San Diego : Harcourt Brace. 921 B118w

Describes how Johann Sebastian Bach survived the sorrows of his childhood and composed the music the world has come to love.

Winter, Jeanette. (2004). September roses. New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. PRIM-FIC W785se 

On September 11, 2001, two sisters from South Africa find a good use for the roses they have grown when the flower show in New York City is canceled due to the attack on the World Trade Center.

Winter, Jeanette. (2008). Wangari’s trees of peace : a true story from Africa. Orlando [Fla.] : Harcourt. 333.72 W785w 

This true story of Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a shining example of how one woman’s passion, vision, and determination inspired great change.

Winter, Jeanette. (2011). The watcher : Jane Goodall's life with the chimps. New York : Schwartz & Wade Books. 921 G6461wi

When she was a little girl, Jane Goodall loved to watch all the animals in her world until she learned as much as she could about them. When she grew up, she traveled to Africa to study chimpanzees. She lived among them and earned the trust of the chimp she named David Greybeard who let her come close and watch him make tools and do other things people thought animals "couldn't do."


Paul, Ann Whitford. (1991). Eight hands round : a patchwork alphabet. (Illustrated by Jeanette Winter). New York : Harper Collins. 746.9 P324e

Introduces the letters of the alphabet with names of early American patchwork quilt patterns and explains the origins of the designs by describing the activity or occupation they derive from.


Author/Illustrator Information

Winter, Jeanette 1939 - . (2013). In Something about the author (Vol. 245, pp. 168-175). Detroit: Gale, 2008. p213-221. REF PN 451 .S6

Winter, Jeanette 1939 - . (2008). In Something about the author (Vol. 184, pp. 213-221). Detroit: Gale, 2008. p213-221. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009

Winter, Jeanette 1939 - . (2004). In Something about the author (Vol. 151, pp.238-244). Detroit: Gale, 2008. p213-221. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009


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