23rd Annual Hubbs Children's Literature Conference

Date:  Saturday, February 21, 2015February 21, 2015
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Check-in begins at 8:30 a.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 (Includes lunch buffet.)

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.


 Online registration is now closed for this event.


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.  



Program Schedule

All breakout sessions will be offered at both 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Participants can sign up for breakout sessions during conference check-in, please have a first and second choice ready.

8:30-9:00 a.m. Conference Check-In and Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:00 a.m. Featured speaker: David Wiesner
10:00-10:30 a.m. Break and book signing
10:30-11:30 a.m. Featured speaker: Carrie Mesrobian
11:30-Noon Break and book signing
Noon-12:50 p.m. Lunch (provided)
1:00-1:50 p.m. Breakout sessions 1
2:00-2:50 p.m. Breakout sessions 2


Breakout Sessions

Mark Ceilley
Character-Driven Picture Books
Mark Ceilley will examine the characteristics of character-driven picture books and find out why they are popular with readers as wells as many publishers.

Andrew Karre
Acquiring Manuscripts, Editing Authors, and Publishing Books: An Editor’s Thoughts on Literary Sausage-making
Andrew Karre will share his thoughts on how publishing works today in light of all the new ways to ‘get published.’ He’ll also cover his own process for acquiring, editing, and publishing children’s books and why he does it the way he does it.

Carrie Mesrobian
Welcome to the 'Edge': Young Adult Fiction and Young Adult Readers

What does it mean to say a book is "edgy"? Where is the "edge" when it comes to your students and readers?

Donna Nix
Looking for Diversity in Children's Books

Cultural and ethnic diversity in children's books has become a hot-button issue in 2014. Attendees in this session will learn about a variety of new and recent books that present a different cultural perspective. The emphasis will be on picture books, but other formats will be mentioned where appropriate.

Rob Reid
Humorous Read-Alouds for Elementary and Middle School Age Kids
Rob Reid will share successful titles as well as 10 minute reading selections that will appeal to kids and guarantee they will laugh. He will draw upon his books Reid's Read-Alouds, Reid's Read-Alouds 2, Silly Books to Read Aloud, and Biographies to Read Aloud with kids.

Erin Soderberg Downing
Keep Them Laughing, Keep Them Reading
Friends, family and fart jokes! Life and books are usually a whole lot more fun when you're laughing. In this session, we'll discuss how humor can help to engage emerging and reluctant readers - creating proficient, lifelong book lovers. Erin will talk about her research and writing strategies, focusing on how she pulls kid-friendly humor from real life to develop accessible stores for young readers.

David Wiesner
The Art of the Picture Book

David Wiesner will show his process for writing and illustrating, and look at his influences and art from childhood.


Parking for this event will be available at no cost to conference registrants who park in the ramp located on the corner of Harmon Place and 11th Street. A parking coupon will be provided at the registration table. Please note: The parking coupon is only valid at the parking ramp located on 11th Street and Harmon Place.

Additional Features

  • Red Balloon Bookshop will sell presenters’ books as well as other popular children’s book titles.
  • Five Contact hours for continuing education will be available.

Sponsored by

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

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