Hubbs Children's Literature Conference 2018

Young girl reading

Designed for community members interested in encouraging the use of quality children's literature in homes, schools, and communities.

Date & Time:

Saturday, February 17, 2018
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM



Students: $20. General Admission: $60 (Registration cost includes lunch, parking, and CEUs.)


University of St. Thomas 
Terrence Murphy Hall, Thornton Auditorium
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Parking: Parking for this event will be available at no cost to pre-registered attendees 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 upon check-in.

Cancellation Policy: Any refund requests must be received via email before February 12. No refunds will be issued after February 12. You may transfer your registration to another person at no cost. Please email for cancellation and transfer requests.

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. The conference also provides an opportunity to share information and learn how to better meet the educational needs of youth. The 26th annual conference will feature award-winning authors Matt de la Peña and Nancy Carlson. 

About the Speakers

Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels: Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You, The Living and The Hunted. He’s also the author of the critically acclaimed picture books A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (illustrated by Kadir Nelson) and Last Stop on Market Street (illustrated by Christian Robinson). Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his B.A. from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country. Learn more.

Nancy Carlson

Nancy Carlson is an accomplished children’s book author and illustrator who has published more than 60 books. A life-long Minnesotan who was born and raised in Edina, Minnesota, many of Nancy’s stories are taken from her own childhood experiences. She graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a major in printmaking, and shortly afterward became fascinated with children’s books while working at Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center. Nancy is also a guest author and illustrator at over 150 school classrooms each year, and has touched the lives of thousands of children across the country. Learn more.

Program Schedule

8:30-9 a.m. Conference check in and Continental Breakfast
9-10 a.m. Featured speaker: Matt de la Peña
10-10:30 a.m. Break and book signing
10:30-11:30 a.m. Featured speaker: Nancy Carlson
11:30 a.m.-noon
Break and book signing
noon-12:50 p.m. Lunch (provided)
1-1:50 p.m. Breakout Sessions 1
2-2:50 p.m.

Breakout Sessions 2


Breakout Sessions

All breakout sessions will be offered at both 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Barbara Da Costa, Idea, Story, Picture, Boo, Marketing, Reader.  A presentation and discussion of the “Life of a Picture Book” from idea to publication.

Marian Hassan, Building Global Literacy with Children through Books/Story Sharing. This session explores building global literacy through books and story-sharing with young children to expand children's lenses of the world as a big place that we all belong. As a picture book author and educator, I will focus on the practical ways we can use books in the classroom to build global literacy as a necessary tool in helping all children to learn and appreciate through stories that our world is big and richly diverse. Due to technology and urbanization, this is increasingly becoming an important asset for all children.

Bao Phi, A Different Pond: A Rookie’s Children’s Book. An exploration and guided discussion of the race and class issues regarding A Different Pond.

Artika Tyner, Education for Social Change. A leader is a planter - a planter of ideas, seeds of social change and a vision for social justice. Drawing upon her experience as an educator, award-winning author and community advocate, Dr. Tyner will provide guidance on how you can make a difference in the world.

In addition to their keynote presentations, Matt de la Peña and Nancy Carlson will participate in breakout sessions offering an informal opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion about their work, creative process and other topics of interest.

All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.