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Support For Children's Literature as Scholarly Work:

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Children's Literature Program at the University of Glasgow
Earn an MEd in Children's Literature and Literacies at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

Another Opportunity to Honor Larry Sipe's Outstanding Contribution to Children's Literature

We were all deeply saddened upon learning of Larry’s passing in March. He made significant contributions to the field of children’s literature through his research. As you know, Larry left behind a great legacy in his collection of books for children and young adults. Judy Steinke, Larry’s sister, and a group of advisors considered ways in which his books could be best used for continued scholarship, teaching, and children. Several options and offers were considered, and a decision was made to donate Larry’s entire book collection to the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany. Larry was a Fellow at the library during his sabbatical in 2009, and it was a very happy and productive time in his life. In addition to its fellowship program, the library opens its doors to scholars from all over the world involved in children’s literature research. The library was excited about the prospects of adding Larry’s collection to their holdings and proposed creating a separate Lawrence R. Sipe Collection as well as a special exhibit of his picturebooks in the near future. His books will be available for use as an entire collection, yet scholars can also access individual books through the library’s database. David Wiesner has generously offered to design a bookplate that will be placed in each book. Furthermore, any duplicate of a book that the library already possesses will be made available to the children’s lending library at the IYL; any triplicate of a book will be sent to a network of schools in developing countries that are associated with the library. We feel certain that Larry would have been very pleased to have his scholarship continued in such a setting.

As friends and colleagues of Larry, we are asking for your help in contributing towards a shipping fund to cover the costs of sending the book collection from Philadelphia to Munich. The total costs are estimated at around $6,000, a sum of money that would otherwise need to be borne by Larry’s family. The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) has graciously offered to manage the process, and in donating through their site, you will be able to claim the donation as a tax deduction. Any money raised beyond the cost of shipping will be used to establish a scholarship fund in Larry’s name. Please give generously and from your heart!

Here’s how you can make a contribution:

  • You can access information about donating to this fund by visiting USBBY’s website:
  • Click on the bottom blue rectangle that reads, “Opportunities to Help: Donate Here.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “1. Donate Online.
  • In Step 2 of the form, choose “In memory of”, and complete with: “Lawrence R. Sipe Collection, IYL.” It is not necessary to list an individual to be notified of the gift; both Larry’s family and the International Youth Library will be notified of your gift automatically.
  • In Step 3, indicate your donation amount in the space designated for “Special Projects Fund.

In response to member requests for where to send children's book donations for the tornado victims in Tuscaloosa, AL, Dr. T. Gail Pritchard provides this contact:

  • Dr. Lisa Scherff
    Books for Bama
    213 Carmichael Hall
    Box 870232
    The University of Alabama
    Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

CLA Member Children's Literature Blogs:

Sylvia Vardell blogs at Poetry For Children

Monica Edinger blogs at educating alice

Donalyn Miller blogs at Education Week as The Book Whisperer

Franki Sibberson and Mary Lee Hahn blog at A Year of Reading

Denise Johnson’s The Joy of Children's Literature

Jone MacCulloch's Blog, Check It Out

Laura Purdie Salas' Blog, Writing the World for Kids

Kristin McIlhagga blogs at Children's Literature Crossroads