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Read This Book!

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Host Lisa Von Drasek and guests review books from various genres: including children’s literature, cookbooks, science, mysteries, and popular literature. This audio podcast also includes episodes from the video podcast, Read This Book!, also hosted by Lisa Von Drasek.

Latest Episodes

Books by Kiersten White reviewed

Slayer and Chosen are two of the books in a series by New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White. The series is set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayerthat introduces a new Slayer as she grapples with the responsibility of managing her incredible powers that she’s just beginning to understand. Lisa Von Drasek, Curator of the University of Minnesota Children's Literature Research Collections, reviews these two books with "temporary" host and frequent Read This Book guest, Tim Johnson. About Lisa Von Drasek and Tim Johnson Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host ofRead This Book! Tim Johnson is Curator of Special Collections and Rare Books and the E. W. McDiarmid Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries. About Read This Book! Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is available on YouTube and...

3 MINMAY 21
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Books by Kiersten White reviewed

The Dean reviews ‘The Color Kittens’

Lisa German — University Librarian and Dean of Libraries — joins Lisa Von Drasek to review The Color Kittenson this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries. The Color Kittens is a children's book by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen, and published, as part of the Little Golden Books series, in 1949. About Lisa Von Drasek and Lisa German Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host ofRead This Book!Lisa German is the University Librarian and Dean of Libraries at the University of Minnesota Libraries. About Read This Book! Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is available on YouTube and iTunes. Audio fromRead This Book!is available on iTunes at Von Drasek'sThe Blue Ox Reviewpodcast.

7 MINMAY 6
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The Dean reviews ‘The Color Kittens’

Earth Day 2020: Books about the environment

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Kristen Mastel has chosen three books to highlight the environment and the world around us, in this installment ofRead This Book! They are: * Braided Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, * Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year by Linda LeGarde Grover * Climate Justice by Mary Robinson About Lisa Von Drasek and Kristen Mastel Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host ofRead This Book! Kristen Mastelis an Outreach and Instruction Librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries. About Read This Book! Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is available on YouTube and iTunes. Audio fromRead This Book!is available on iTunes at Von Drasek'sThe Blue Ox Reviewpodcast.

8 MINAPR 22
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Earth Day 2020: Books about the environment

Annotated Editions: Sherlock Holmes and Sandman

Tim Johnson recommends two annotated books — Sherlock Holmes and the Sandman — in this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries. The Annotated Sherlock Holmes— a two-volume set edited by William S. Baring-Gould —contains every word that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) ever wrote about the adventures of the detective and the doctor. The Annotated Sandman— by Neil Gaiman and edited by Leslie S. Klinger — is a New York Times bestselling graphic novel. About Lisa Von Drasek and Tim Johnson Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host ofRead This Book! Tim Johnson is Curator of Special Collections and Rare Books and the E. W. McDiarmid Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries. About Read This Book! Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is available on YouTube and iTunes...

6 MINAPR 9
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Annotated Editions: Sherlock Holmes and Sandman

#OperationReadAloud fills a needed gap for kids

By Mark Engebretson Lisa Von Drasek With schools closed and libraries shuttered due to COVID-19, children find themselves sequestered at home — many without enough books or activities to appease their curiosity. Enter Lisa Von Drasek, the energetic curator of the University of Minnesota’s Children’s Literature Research Collections. Von Drasek has created a social media campaign called #OperationReadAloud as a way to pull together children's book authors, illustrators, and advocates to record themselves reading books aloud and delivering workshops in writing and drawing. The content, aggregated on the #OperationReadAloud Facebook Group, focuses on children and young adults. As of March 27, the Group, open to anyone, has 580 members. Read alouds reaching children around the world “It’s all over the world — people are checking in from New Zealand — and it’s really fabulous,” Von Drasek said. “There’s also amazing gratitude from the people who are locked down in Italy, which ...

7 MINMAR 29
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#OperationReadAloud fills a needed gap for kids

‘Making Comics’ with Lisa Von Drasek

Lisa Von Drasek discussesMaking Comics by Scott McCloud, Making Comics by Lynda Barry, and Comics: Easy as ABC by Ivan Brunetti in this episode of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries. Von Drasek makes the connection that teaching children how to make comics is another key tool to instill in them the love of writing and reading. About Lisa Von Drasek and Zach Miller Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host ofRead This Book!Zach Miller is head of communications for Minitex at the University of Minnesota Libraries. About Read This Book! Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is available on YouTube and iTunes. Audio fromRead This Book!is available on iTunes at Von Drasek'sThe Blue Ox Reviewpodcast.

6 MINMAR 20
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‘Making Comics’ with Lisa Von Drasek

‘The Lunar Chronicles’ reviewed on Read This Book!

Jessica Abbazio, the University of Minnesota music librarian, reviews "The Lunar Chronicles" by Melissa Meyers on this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries. The Lunar Chronicles is a series of young adult science fiction novels that are futuristic retellings of classic fairy tales. Abbazio discusses the book with host, Lisa Von Drasek, curator of the U of M Children's Literature Research Collections. About Lisa Von Drasek and Jessica Abbazio Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host ofRead This Book! Jessica Abbazio is the Music Librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries. About Read This Book! Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is available on YouTube and iTunes. Audio fromRead This Book!is available on iTunes at Von Drasek'sThe Blue Ox Reviewpodcast.

4 MINMAR 5
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‘The Lunar Chronicles’ reviewed on Read This Book!

‘A Shark Going Inland Is My Chief’

Zach Miller reviews A Shark Going Inland Is My Chief on this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries. The book traces the origins of the Hawaiians and other Polynesians back to the shores of the South China Sea. Archaeologist Patrick Vinton Kirch follows their voyages of discovery across the Pacific in this fascinating history of Hawaiian culture from about one thousand years ago. About Lisa Von Drasek and Zach Miller Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host ofRead This Book!Zach Miller is head of communications for Minitex at the University of Minnesota Libraries. About Read This Book! Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is available on YouTube and iTunes. Audio fromRead This Book!is available on iTunes at Von Drasek'sThe Blue Ox Reviewpodcast.

6 MINFEB 11
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‘A Shark Going Inland Is My Chief’

‘Artificial Unintelligence’ reviewed on Read This Book!

Cody Hennesy gave a thumbs up to Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World by Meredith Broussard in the latest installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries. In the book, Broussard argues that our collective enthusiasm for applying computer technology to every aspect of life has resulted in a tremendous amount of poorly designed systems. We are so eager to do everything digitally — hiring, driving, paying bills, even choosing romantic partners — that we have stopped demanding that our technology actually work. Hennesy was joined by Read This Book host, Lisa Von Drasek. About Lisa Von Drasek and Cody Hennesy Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host ofRead This Book!Cody Hennesy is the Journalism & Digital Media Librarian at University of Minnesota Libraries. About Read This Book! Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of...

4 MINFEB 6
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‘Artificial Unintelligence’ reviewed on Read This Book!

Holiday baking books with Megan Kocher

Megan Kocher recommended two books on holiday baking in this episode ofRead This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries. The program is hosted by Lisa Von Drasek. The books are: * Suqar: Desserts & Sweets from the Modern Middle East by Greg and Lucy Malouf * Holiday and Celebration Bread in Five Minutes a Dayby Jeff Hertzberg, M.D., and Zoe Francois About Lisa Von Drasek and Megan Kocher Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host ofRead This Book! Megan Kocher is a Science Librarian and the Curator of the Doris Kirschner Cookbook Collection at the University's Magrath Library. About Read This Book! Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is available on YouTube and iTunes. Audio fromRead This Book!is available on iTunes at Von Drasek'sThe Blue Ox Reviewpodcast.

4 MIN2019 DEC 21
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Holiday baking books with Megan Kocher

Latest Episodes

Books by Kiersten White reviewed

Slayer and Chosen are two of the books in a series by New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White. The series is set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayerthat introduces a new Slayer as she grapples with the responsibility of managing her incredible powers that she’s just beginning to understand. Lisa Von Drasek, Curator of the University of Minnesota Children's Literature Research Collections, reviews these two books with "temporary" host and frequent Read This Book guest, Tim Johnson. About Lisa Von Drasek and Tim Johnson Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host ofRead This Book! Tim Johnson is Curator of Special Collections and Rare Books and the E. W. McDiarmid Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries. About Read This Book! Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is available on YouTube and...

3 MINMAY 21
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Books by Kiersten White reviewed

The Dean reviews ‘The Color Kittens’

Lisa German — University Librarian and Dean of Libraries — joins Lisa Von Drasek to review The Color Kittenson this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries. The Color Kittens is a children's book by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen, and published, as part of the Little Golden Books series, in 1949. About Lisa Von Drasek and Lisa German Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host ofRead This Book!Lisa German is the University Librarian and Dean of Libraries at the University of Minnesota Libraries. About Read This Book! Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is available on YouTube and iTunes. Audio fromRead This Book!is available on iTunes at Von Drasek'sThe Blue Ox Reviewpodcast.

7 MINMAY 6
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The Dean reviews ‘The Color Kittens’

Earth Day 2020: Books about the environment

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Kristen Mastel has chosen three books to highlight the environment and the world around us, in this installment ofRead This Book! They are: * Braided Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, * Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year by Linda LeGarde Grover * Climate Justice by Mary Robinson About Lisa Von Drasek and Kristen Mastel Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host ofRead This Book! Kristen Mastelis an Outreach and Instruction Librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries. About Read This Book! Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is available on YouTube and iTunes. Audio fromRead This Book!is available on iTunes at Von Drasek'sThe Blue Ox Reviewpodcast.

8 MINAPR 22
Comments
Earth Day 2020: Books about the environment

Annotated Editions: Sherlock Holmes and Sandman

Tim Johnson recommends two annotated books — Sherlock Holmes and the Sandman — in this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries. The Annotated Sherlock Holmes— a two-volume set edited by William S. Baring-Gould —contains every word that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) ever wrote about the adventures of the detective and the doctor. The Annotated Sandman— by Neil Gaiman and edited by Leslie S. Klinger — is a New York Times bestselling graphic novel. About Lisa Von Drasek and Tim Johnson Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host ofRead This Book! Tim Johnson is Curator of Special Collections and Rare Books and the E. W. McDiarmid Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries. About Read This Book! Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is available on YouTube and iTunes...

6 MINAPR 9
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Annotated Editions: Sherlock Holmes and Sandman

#OperationReadAloud fills a needed gap for kids

By Mark Engebretson Lisa Von Drasek With schools closed and libraries shuttered due to COVID-19, children find themselves sequestered at home — many without enough books or activities to appease their curiosity. Enter Lisa Von Drasek, the energetic curator of the University of Minnesota’s Children’s Literature Research Collections. Von Drasek has created a social media campaign called #OperationReadAloud as a way to pull together children's book authors, illustrators, and advocates to record themselves reading books aloud and delivering workshops in writing and drawing. The content, aggregated on the #OperationReadAloud Facebook Group, focuses on children and young adults. As of March 27, the Group, open to anyone, has 580 members. Read alouds reaching children around the world “It’s all over the world — people are checking in from New Zealand — and it’s really fabulous,” Von Drasek said. “There’s also amazing gratitude from the people who are locked down in Italy, which ...

7 MINMAR 29
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#OperationReadAloud fills a needed gap for kids

‘Making Comics’ with Lisa Von Drasek

Lisa Von Drasek discussesMaking Comics by Scott McCloud, Making Comics by Lynda Barry, and Comics: Easy as ABC by Ivan Brunetti in this episode of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries. Von Drasek makes the connection that teaching children how to make comics is another key tool to instill in them the love of writing and reading. About Lisa Von Drasek and Zach Miller Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host ofRead This Book!Zach Miller is head of communications for Minitex at the University of Minnesota Libraries. About Read This Book! Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is available on YouTube and iTunes. Audio fromRead This Book!is available on iTunes at Von Drasek'sThe Blue Ox Reviewpodcast.

6 MINMAR 20
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‘Making Comics’ with Lisa Von Drasek

‘The Lunar Chronicles’ reviewed on Read This Book!

Jessica Abbazio, the University of Minnesota music librarian, reviews "The Lunar Chronicles" by Melissa Meyers on this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries. The Lunar Chronicles is a series of young adult science fiction novels that are futuristic retellings of classic fairy tales. Abbazio discusses the book with host, Lisa Von Drasek, curator of the U of M Children's Literature Research Collections. About Lisa Von Drasek and Jessica Abbazio Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host ofRead This Book! Jessica Abbazio is the Music Librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries. About Read This Book! Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is available on YouTube and iTunes. Audio fromRead This Book!is available on iTunes at Von Drasek'sThe Blue Ox Reviewpodcast.

4 MINMAR 5
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‘The Lunar Chronicles’ reviewed on Read This Book!

‘A Shark Going Inland Is My Chief’

Zach Miller reviews A Shark Going Inland Is My Chief on this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries. The book traces the origins of the Hawaiians and other Polynesians back to the shores of the South China Sea. Archaeologist Patrick Vinton Kirch follows their voyages of discovery across the Pacific in this fascinating history of Hawaiian culture from about one thousand years ago. About Lisa Von Drasek and Zach Miller Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host ofRead This Book!Zach Miller is head of communications for Minitex at the University of Minnesota Libraries. About Read This Book! Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is available on YouTube and iTunes. Audio fromRead This Book!is available on iTunes at Von Drasek'sThe Blue Ox Reviewpodcast.

6 MINFEB 11
Comments
‘A Shark Going Inland Is My Chief’

‘Artificial Unintelligence’ reviewed on Read This Book!

Cody Hennesy gave a thumbs up to Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World by Meredith Broussard in the latest installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries. In the book, Broussard argues that our collective enthusiasm for applying computer technology to every aspect of life has resulted in a tremendous amount of poorly designed systems. We are so eager to do everything digitally — hiring, driving, paying bills, even choosing romantic partners — that we have stopped demanding that our technology actually work. Hennesy was joined by Read This Book host, Lisa Von Drasek. About Lisa Von Drasek and Cody Hennesy Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host ofRead This Book!Cody Hennesy is the Journalism & Digital Media Librarian at University of Minnesota Libraries. About Read This Book! Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of...

4 MINFEB 6
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‘Artificial Unintelligence’ reviewed on Read This Book!

Holiday baking books with Megan Kocher

Megan Kocher recommended two books on holiday baking in this episode ofRead This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries. The program is hosted by Lisa Von Drasek. The books are: * Suqar: Desserts & Sweets from the Modern Middle East by Greg and Lucy Malouf * Holiday and Celebration Bread in Five Minutes a Dayby Jeff Hertzberg, M.D., and Zoe Francois About Lisa Von Drasek and Megan Kocher Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host ofRead This Book! Megan Kocher is a Science Librarian and the Curator of the Doris Kirschner Cookbook Collection at the University's Magrath Library. About Read This Book! Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is available on YouTube and iTunes. Audio fromRead This Book!is available on iTunes at Von Drasek'sThe Blue Ox Reviewpodcast.

4 MIN2019 DEC 21
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Holiday baking books with Megan Kocher
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