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Barbara Juster Esbensen

1925 - 1996

(2002 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.


Esbensen, Barbara Juster. (1975). A celebration of bees : helping children write poetry. Minneapolis : Winston Press. 808.1 E745c

Words are the beginning -- Sea songs -- Cinquain : two, four, six, eight, two -- Haiku -- A loop of seasons -- In all kinds of weather -- City -- Morning -- Night and the moon -- People and more people -- Animal fair -- Animating the inanimate -- Our inner spaces : moods and emotions -- Now let’s write about.

Esbensen, Barbara Juster. (1984). Cold stars and fireflies : poems of the four seasons. (Illustrated by Susan Bonners). New York : Crowell. 811 E743c

A collection of poems about nature and the changing seasons.

Esbensen, Barbara Juster. (2000). The night rainbow. (Illustrated by Helen K. Davie). New York : Orchard Books. 538 E74n

A poem based on ancient legends about the northern lights from people who associated the fiery illuminations with animals, ghosts, dancers, and raging battles.

Esbensen, Barbara Juster. (1988). The star maiden : an Ojibway tale. (Illustrated by Helen K. Davie). Boston : Little, Brown. 398.2 E743s

Tired of wandering in the sky, the star maiden searches for the perfect home on earth.

Esbensen, Barbara Juster. (1965). Swing around the sun : poems. (Illustrated by Barbara Fumagalli). Minneapolis, MN : Lerner Publications Co. 811.54 E743s

Poems that trace the circle of the seasons from spring to winter.

Esbensen, Barbara Juster. (1991). Tiger with wings : the great horned owl. (Illustrated by Mary Barrett Brown). New York : Orchard Books. 598 E74t

Describes the hunting technique, physical characteristics, mating ritual, and nesting and child-rearing practices of the great horned owl.

Esbensen, Barbara Juster. (1998). Words with wrinkled knees : animal poems. (Pictures by John Stadler). Honesdale, Penn. : Wordsong/Boyds Mill Press. 811.54 E745w

A collection of poems about words that express the essence of the animals they identify.


Author Information

Children's Literature Network : Barbara Juster Esbensen

Barbara Jusster Esbensen Memorial - Writings

Barbara Juster Esbensen. (1988). In Something about the author (Vol. 53, pp. 38-39).  Detroit: Gale. Ref PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009


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