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The Hans Christian Andersen Collection at Northwestern: Illustrated Children's Books from Around the World - July 27th - September 9th, 2004

Tour the Exhibit Meet this Year's Nominees for Illustration Learn More About the Award Watch a Lecture by NUL's own Jeffrey Garrett Watch Interviews with Renowned Illustrators Maurice Sendak and Quentin Blake Link to More Information

On display in the summer of 2004 on the first floor of the Northwestern University Library, this colorful exhibit highlighted the library’s extensive research collections in children’s literature, featuring a worldwide selection of the work of talented illustrators who were nominated for major awards in 2004.

The exhibit, as presented in the library, included not only works by all 27 Hans Christian Andersen Award nominees, but also the creations of winners of other prestigious awards such as the Caldecott Medal and the Bologna Ragazzi Award. Additionally, some of the dossiers prepared for members of the Andersen Medal jury — items owned by only a few libraries in the world — were also on display. Beyond the books, the exhibit also featured a large-screen movie of illustrations by the Andersen nominees, courtesy of NU Academic Technologies, and a computer at which visitors could view the videos and other information to be found on this website.

Though the physical exhibit has ended, much of its content will remain accessible here on the website indefinitely. Among the included features of the site:

The exhibit principally draws on the library's Curriculum Collection (Level Five, North Tower). This 17,000-volume collection principally serves the School of Education and Social Policy and the School of Communication, and includes over 1800 titles in non-English languages.

The Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies (Level Five, East Tower), in addition to providing a number of books for the first-floor exhibit, showed a complementary exhibit in 5-East, taken from its own children's literature collection. Photos of this part of the exhibit can also be viewed on the "Exhibit Tour" section of the site.

Thanks to all who came and enjoyed the exhibit during its run — we hope you like its online incarnation just as much!

Andersen Medal

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Note: This site is no longer being updated, though it will remain online indefinitely for archival purposes. If you have questions about any of the site's content, please send an email to curriculum@northwestern.edu.

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