Hubbs Children's Literature Conference 2019

Bryan Collier Illustration - girls

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

Date & Time:

Saturday, February 16, 2019
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 11. No refunds will be issued after February 11. 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 27th annual conference will feature award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier.

About the Speakers

Bryan Collier

Bryan Collier

Bryan Collier grew up in Pocomoke, Maryland, on the lower Eastern Shore of the state, the youngest of six children. In 1985 Bryan won first place in a Congressional Competition, and his art was displayed in the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. Later that year he was awarded a scholarship to Pratt Institute in New York City through their national talent competition. In 1989 Bryan graduated with honors from Pratt Institute with a bachelor of fine arts degree.

While attending school in New York, Bryan began to volunteer at the Harlem Horizon Studio and Harlem Hospital Center with a program that provides working space and materials for self-taught artists in the community. He went on to become the Program Director, a position he held for 12 years. Bryan still works with the program in Harlem as a volunteer, feeling a deep sense of responsibility to be a positive role model for kids.

Meanwhile, he made the decision to focus his time and attention on illustrating children's books full time. It wasn't easy getting his art published in books; Bryan tried for 7 years before he got his break with the publication of his book, Uptown.

Today, Bryan spends his time working on his book illustrations, creating his own studio pieces, and going into classrooms to talk with teachers, librarians and students about books and art.

Anne Ursu

Anne Ursu

Anne Ursu is the author of several books for young readers and is the 2013 recipient of the McKnight Fellowship in Children’s Literature. Anne’s latest book, The Real Boy, is an Indie Next pick and on the 2013 longlist for the National Book Award. She is also the author of Breadcrumbs, which was acclaimed as one of the best books of 2011 by the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and the Chicago Public Library. It was also on the IndieBound Next List and was featured on NPR’s Backseat Book Club. Anne is also the author of the 3 books that comprise The Cronus Chronicles: The Shadow Thieves, The Siren Song and The Immortal Fire.

Anne teaches at Hamline University's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and lives in Minneapolis with her son and 3 cats.

Program Schedule

8:30-9 a.m. Conference check in and Continental Breakfast
9-10 a.m. Featured speaker: Bryan Collier
10-10:30 a.m. Break and book signing
10:30-11:30 a.m. Featured speaker: Anne Ursu
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.

H.M. Bouwman, The Fairy Tale as a Building Block for Fantasy. In this session, MG author H.M. Bouwman (A Crack in the Sea) will talk about how authors sometimes retell or reinvent fairy tales: why do they do that, what’s at stake in these new stories, and how do these stories work for readers? She’ll also suggest some simple ways to help young writers study and imaginatively reinvent fairy tales in their own writing.

Artika Tyner, Author as Social Entrepreneur: Writing. Publishing. Making a Difference. Dr. Artika R. Tyner is an award-winning author, educator, civil rights attorney and entrepreneur. She is the founder of Planting People Growing Justice Press, which focuses on promoting literacy and diversity in books. She will share about her journey in using books as a vehicle to promote youth leadership development across the globe and creating a unique publishing house with a social justice mission.

Stephanie Watson, 1 + 2 + 3 = Story. In this hands-on session, kidlit author Stephanie Watson will lead a creative writing exercise she’s shared with kids for over a decade in school and library visits. Discover a fun new way to tap into your brain’s natural ability to connect seemingly unconnected ideas and images—and build unique stories. Whether you’re interested in writing stories for children or simply want to learn a fun exercise to share with your students and library patrons, welcome!

In addition to their keynote presentations, Bryan Collier and Anne Ursu 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.