Hubbs Children's Literature Conference 2020

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

Date & Time:

Saturday, February 15, 2020
8:30 AM - 12:15 PM



Students: $20. General Admission: $40 (Registration cost includes 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 10. No refunds will be issued after February 10. You may transfer your registration to another person at no cost. Please email for cancellation and transfer requests.

About the Conference

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 28th annual conference will feature Nikki Grimes and Bao Phi. New this year, the conference will be a half-day event featuring a reduced registration fee!

About the Speakers

Nikki Grimes


Nikki Grimes is a New York Times bestselling author and the recipient of the 2017 Children's Literature Legacy Award, the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include the much-honored books Garvey's Choice, ALA Notable book What is Goodbye?, Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade, and Coretta Scott King Author Honor books Jazmin's Notebook, Talkin' About Bessie, Dark SonsWords with Wings, and The Road to Paris. Creator of the popular Meet Danitra Brown, Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California.

In addition to her work for children, Ms. Grimes has written articles for such magazines as Essence, Today's Christian Woman, Book Links, and Image, Journal of Arts & Religion. An accomplished and widely anthologized poet of both children's and adult verse, Grimes has conducted poetry readings and lectures at international schools in Russia, China, Sweden and Tanzania, while short-term mission projects have taken her to such trouble spots as Haiti.

In 2005, Ms.Grimes was awarded the Golden Dolphin Award by the Southern California Children's Book Association, recognizing her body of work. Nikki has been honored with the NCTE Award for Poetry and the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award from Kent State University. In 2017, she was presented with the Children's Literature Legacy Award for her "substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children."

Bao Phi

Bao Phi has been a spoken word poet for over two decades. He has two collections of poems, both published by Coffeehouse Press, Sông I Sing and Thousand Star Hotel, the latter of which was nominated for the Minnesota Book Award and was chosen as 2017’s best poetry book of the year by San Francisco State’s Poetry Center. His first children’s book, A Different Pond, received 6 starred reviews and won multiple awards including a Caldecott Honor, an Ezra Jack Keats Honor, Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association award for best picture book, the Minnesota Book Award for picture books, and the Charlotte Zolotow Award for excellence in children’s book writing. It made several best books of the year lists, including Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and Shelf Awareness. His second children’s book, My Footprints, was released by Capstone in 2019 and was named a Best Fiction Book for Young Readers by the Chicago Public Library..

Program Schedule

8:30-9 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9-10 a.m. Keynote Address: Nikki Grimes
10-10:40 a.m. Book Signing
10:45-11:45 a.m. Featured Address: Bao Phi
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Conversation with the Authors: Q&A
To make an accessibility request, call Disability Resources at (651) 962-6315.