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UCR to Host Prestigious Children’s Literature Lecture

Kathleen Horning will deliver the 2010 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture on May 13.

(April 22, 2010)

Kathleen Horning

Kathleen Horning

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Kathleen Horning, director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin, will deliver the 2010 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture on Thursday, May 13, at 7 p.m. in the UCR Extension Center, 1200 University Ave. This is only the fourth time since the national lecture was established in 1969 that it has been located in Southern California.

One of the most prestigious events in the world of children’s literature, the Arbuthnot Lecture series honors educator and librarian May Hill Arbuthnot. She is best known as the author of the classic 1947 textbook of children’s literature “Children and Books,” which was republished in its 9th edition 50 years later.

Horning was selected by a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association.

The UC Riverside Libraries are collaborating with the Riverside County Library System to host the lecture, titled “Can Children’s Books Save the World?” The event is free, but registration is required at

“It was our great pleasure to work collaboratively with the Riverside County Library System to bring this outstanding lecture to the area,” said Ruth M. Jackson, UCR university librarian and co-contributor to the grant proposal to the American Library Association, which is funding the lecture. The UCR Libraries and the Riverside County Library System together competed against other libraries nationwide to host the 2010 lecture.

Three threads run through Horning’s long and distinguished career: freedom to read and open access to information for young people; the continued struggle to produce a body of authentically multicultural literature for young people in the United States; and the need to provide clear practical training for both new and experienced librarians, especially with regard to evaluating and setting high standards for literature for young people.

She is the author of “From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books,” which School Library Journal called “an excellent guide to analyzing books,” and is the immediate past-president of ALSC and a past president of the United States Board on Books for Young People. She holds a B.A. in linguistics and a master’s degree in library and information studies, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

For more information about the event, contact Christina Cicchetti at (951) 827-3221 or



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