Jane Yolen

1939 - 

(1988 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.


Yolen, Jane. (1991). All those secrets of the world. (Illustrated by Leslie Baker). Boston : Little, Brown. PRIM-FIC Y547AL

When four-year-old Janie's father goes off to war, the rest of the family moves to the grandparents' on the Chesapeake Bay, where Janie learns a secret of the world which helps her understand her father's long absence.

Yolen, Jane. (1984). Children of the wolf : a novel. New York : Viking Press. INTR-FIC Y545CH

In 1920 in India two children that have been raised by wolves are discovered and brought to an orphanage to be taught human behavior again.

Yolen, Jane. (1990). The devil's arithmetic. New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Puffin Books. INTR-FIC Y545de

Hannah resents the traditions of her Jewish heritage until time travel places her in the middle of a small Jewish village in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Yolen, Jane. (1990). The dragon's boy. New York : Harper & Row. INTR-FIC Y545DR

Young Arthur meets a dragon and comes to accept him as a friend and mentor.

Yolen, Jane. (2009). Dragon's heart. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. INTR-FIC Y545drh

Having been presumed dead, Jakkin and Akki finally return to Austar IV with newfound skills, and the knowledge that what they have learned could either transform their planet or destroy it.

Yolen, Jane. (2010). Elsie's bird. (Illustrated by David Small). New York : Philomel Books. PRIM-FIC Y547el

Elsie was a city girl who loved the sounds of Boston. but after her mother died, her father decided to make a home far away on a farm in Nebraska. There Elsie only hears silence and her biggest comfort is her canary, Timmy Tune. But one day Timmy flies out the window and Elsie must run after him into the tall prairie grass. Listening for Timmy, she is finally able to hear the song of the prairie, the birds and wind and grass. Finally Elsie can begin to feel at home.

Yolen, Jane. (1967). The emperor and the kite. (Pictures by Ed Young). Cleveland : World Pub. Co. 398.2 Y54e

When the emperor is imprisoned in a high tower, his smallest daughter, whom he has always ignored, uses her kite to save him.

Yolen, Jane. (1992). Encounter. (Illustrated by David Shannon). San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. PRIM-FIC Y547EN

A Taino Indian boy on the island of San Salvador recounts the landing of Columbus and his men in 1492.

Yolen, Jane. (2004). Fine feathered friends : poems for young people. (Photographs by Jason Stemple). Honesdale, Penn. : Boyds Mills Press/Wordsong. 811 Y544f

Fourteen original poems describe a selection of birds and inspire the reader to look at some common birds in uncommon ways.

Yolen, Jane. (2010). Foiled. (Artwork by Mike Cavallaro). New York ; London : First Second. INTR-FIC Y545fo

Aliera is a star at fencing, but at school no one notices her until her new lab partner Avery begins flirting with her. Aliera’s mother just bought her a foil from a garage sale, and it has a strange jewel attached to the hilt. Will Aliera’s first date be ruined when magical creatures try to steal her foil?

Yolen, Jane. (1972). Friend : the story of George Fox and the Quakers. New York : Seabury Press. 921 F7918y

A biography of the English pacifist who founded the Quaker movement in the seventeenth century.

Yolen, Jane. (1972). The girl who loved the wind. (Pictures by Ed Young). New York : Crowell. PRIM-FIC Y547G

Though her father seeks to protect her from all unpleasant things, a young princess is intrigued by the voice of the wind that tells her of worlds beyond the palace walls.

Yolen, Jane. (1998). House, house : then, now. (Photographs by the Howes Brothers and Jason Stemple). New York : Marshall Cavendish. 974.4 Y547h

Shows old photos and new photos of the same house.

Yolen, Jane. (2001). How do dinosaurs say good night. (Illustrated by Mark Teague). New York : Scholastic. PRIM-FIC Y547HO

Mother and child ponder the different ways a dinosaur can say good night, from slamming his tail and pouting to giving a big hug and kiss.

Yolen, Jane. (1992). A letter from Phoenix Farm. (Photographs by Jason Stemple). Katonah, N.Y. : R.C. Owen Publishers. 921 Y544y

An autobiographical account of the prominent author Jane Yolen and how her daily life and writing process are interwoven.

Yolen, Jane. (1975). The little spotted fish. (Illustrated by Friso Henstra). New York : Seabury Press. PRIM-FIC Y547LI

Two times the little spotted fish saves the fisher lad's life, but the third time the fish itself is in danger.

Yolen, Jane. (2003). Mightier than the sword : world folktales for strong boys collected and told by Jane Yolen. (Illustrations by Raul Colón). Orlando : Silver Whistle/Harcourt. 398.2 Y54m

A collection of folktales from around the world which demonstrate the triumph of brains over brawn.

Yolen, Jane. (1987). Owl moon. (Illustrated by John Schoenherr). New York : Philomel Books. PRIM-FIC Y547OW

On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.

Yolen, Jane. (1974). Ring out! A book of bells. (Illustrated by Richard Cuffari). New York : Seabury Press. 789 Y54r

Presents the development and uses of bells and their effect on people’s lives over the centuries through a combination of folk tales and facts.

Yolen, Jane. (1977). The seeing stick. (Pictures by Remy Charlip and Demetra Maraslis). New York : Crowell. PRIM-FIC Y547S

Relates how an old man teaches the emperor's blind daughter to see.

Yolen, Jane. (1970). The seventh mandarin. (Pictures by Ed Young). New York : Seabury Press. 398.2 Y54s

While attempting to retrieve the king's kite, the young mandarin leaves the palace grounds for the first time in his life and sees the world outside as it really is.

Yolen, Jane. (1987). The three bears rhyme book. (Illustrated by Jane Dyer). San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 811.54 Y547th

Fifteen poems portray three familiar bears and their friend Goldie engaged in such activities as taking a walk, eating porridge, and having a birthday party.

Yolen, Jane. (1998). Welcome to the ice house. (Illustrated by Laura Regan). New York : Putnam. 591.7 Y547w

The coming of warm weather to the arctic brings an explosion of color from flowering plants and a thundering return of wildlife.

Yolen, Jane. (2001). Welcome to the river of grass. (Illustrated by Laura Regan). New York : Putnam’s. 577.68 Y54w

Describes the Florida Everglades and the creatures which live there.

Yolen, Jane. (2002). Wild wings : poems for young people. (Photographs by Jason Stemple). Honesdale, Pa. : Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press. 811.54 Y547wi

Birds in the wild are captured in photographs and poetic form.

Yolen, Jane. (1964). The witch who wasn't. (Illustrated by Arnold Roth). New York : Macmillan. PRIM-FIC Y547W

Even though she comes from a long line of successful witches, Isabel finds it impossible to conjure up an evil spell and dreads her first Witches' Convention where she is expected to do her worst.

Yolen, Jane. (1973). The wizard islands. (Illustrated by Robert Quackenbush). New York : Crowell. INTR-FIC Y545wi

Includes tales, true and legendary, of various new and ancient islands throughout the world.

Author Information

Berman, R. (2001). Jane Yolen. The Kerlan Awards in children's literature, 1975-2001 (pp. 110-125). St. Paul: Pogo Press. Children REF PN 497 .K47 2001

Jane Yolen Web Site    http://janeyolen.com/

Jewish Women's Archive: Jane Yolen   http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/yolen-jane

Reading Rockets : A Video Interview with Jane Yolen   http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/yolen

Yolen, Jane (Hyatt) 1939- . (2012). In Something about the author (Vol. 230, pp. 209-227). Detroit: Gale. Ref PN 451 .S6 V. 194

Yolen, Jane (Hyatt) 1939- . (2009). In Something about the author (Vol. 194, pp. 207-222). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 V. 194

Yolen, Jane (Hyatt) 1939- . (2005). In Something about the author (Vol. 158, pp. 257-271). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 199, 1971- 2009

Yolen, Jane (Hyatt) 1939- . (2000). In Something about the author (Vol. 112, pp. 207-221). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 199, 1971- 2009

Autobiography feature Jane Yolen 1939- . (2000). In Something about the author (Vol. 111, pp. 203-226). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 199, 1971- 2009

Yolen, Jane (Hyatt) 1939- . (1994). In Something about the author (Vol. 75, pp. 223-229). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 199, 1971- 2009

Yolen, Jane H. 1939- . (1985). In Something about the author (Vol. 40, pp. 217-230). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 199, 1971- 2009

Yolen, Jane H. 1939- . (1971). In Something about the author (Vol. 4, pp. 237-239). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 199, 1971- 2009

Jane Yolen 1939- . (1986). In Something about the author autobiography series (Vol. 1, pp. 327-352). Detroit: Gale. Online Something about the Author database.


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