23rd Annual Hubbs Children's Literature Conference

Date:  Saturday, February 21, 2015
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location:  University of St. Thomas, Terrence Murphy Hall; 1000 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Map and driving directions.

Event Contact: 
Aneisha Tucker
$60 general admission; $20 students

The annual Hubbs Children’s Literature Conference is designed for parents, teachers, students, librarians, writers and others interested in encouraging the use of quality children's literature in homes, schools, and communities. This year’s keynote speakers are award winning authors David Wiesner and Carrie Mesrobian.


registration button


About the authors


David Wiesner is one of the best-loved and most highly acclaimed picture book creators in the world. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have won numerous awards in the United States and abroad. He is only the second person to be awarded the Caldecott Medal three times – for Tuesday in 1992, The Three Pigs in 2002, and Flotsam in 2006. Three other books of his, Sector 7, FreeFall, and Mr. Wuffles! were named Caldecott Honor Books. Among other honors, Wiesner holds the Japan Picture Book Award for Tuesday, the French Prix Sorcières for The Three Pigs, the Banco del Libro for Flotsam.  David was the United States nominee, and a finalist, for the 2008 Han Christian Andersen Award.

Carrie Mesrobian has a B.A. in Creative Writing and Spanish from St. Olaf College, secondary teaching training from Augsburg College and an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University in Washington. A former high school Spanish instructor, Carrie currently teaches at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Her debut young adult novel, Sex & Violence (Carolrhoda LAB) was a 2014 finalist for the William C. Morris Debut YA Fiction Award and winner of the Minnesota Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Her second book with Carolrhoda LAB, Perfectly Good White Boy, will be released in October 2014. She is currently at work on a third young adult novel for HarperTeen.  


Additional Features

  • Conversations with David Wiesner and Carrie Mesrobian
    In addition to their keynote presentations, the authors will participate in breakout sessions offering an informal opportunity to ask questions and engage them in discussion about their work, creative process and other topics of interest.
  • Breakout Sessions: Participate in a series of breakout sessions that will include examining the components of character-driven picture books, what it means to say a book is “edgy”, and why picture books are popular with readers and publishers. Additional breakout session topics to be added soon.
  • Red Balloon Bookstore will sell presenters’ books as well as other popular children’s book titles.
  • Contact hours for continuing education
  • Buffet lunch


Sponsored by

The Hubbs Children’s Literature Conference is supported by an endowment from Margaret and Ronald Hubbs, who were advocates for literacy in Minnesota.

© University of St. Thomas · Minnesota
1000 LaSalle Avenue · Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403 · USA
1-651-962-4550 · education@stthomas.edu