"Many Voices: Telling America’s Stories" is the theme of the eighth annual Hubbs Children’s Literature Conference Saturday, Feb. 26, at the University of St. Thomas.

The conference is open to anyone: teachers, parents, storytellers, librarians, students and others interested in encouraging the use of quality children’s literature in homes, schools and communities.

Sponsored by St. Thomas’ School of Education and libraries, the conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the university’s St. Paul campus.

A keynote lecture, "Bringing Them Back Alive: Writing History and Biography for Young Audiences," will be given by Newbery Medal-winning author Russell Freedman.

Freedman, a New York City resident, has written more than 40 nonfiction books on subjects ranging from animal behavior to American history. His books are noted for their meticulous research, rich photography and a straightforward style that helps young audiences understand the people, issues and cultures of past times.

Freedman’s books include Martha Graham: A Dancer’s Life; Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery; Lincoln: A Photobiography; Lewis Hine and the Struggle Against Child Labor and his latest title, Babe Didrikson Zaharias: The Making of a Champion.

In addition to the Newbery Medal and many other awards, Freedman has been honored with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for a substantial and lasting contribution to children’s books.

The conference also will feature a luncheon and presentations on genealogy and family history, local history, storytelling and drama, and stories about African-Americans in Minnesota. A special presentation, "Rez Road 2000," will be given by Anishinabe writer Jim Northrup. All presentations will give participants ideas for using quality literature to help children learn about history and biography.

The Children’s Literature Conference is supported by an endowment by Margaret and the late Ronald Hubbs. The couple also provided funds for the St. Thomas libraries’ children’s literature collection.

The conference registration fee is $45, which includes the luncheon. Full-time college and university students may attend for $15. Registration and program information is on the Web at www.soe.stthomas.edu/websoew/news/conferences.html, or call (651) 962-4431.