Children’s Literature Conference

Journeys of Imagination in Word and Image


We will have our next conference on the Thursday before the 2015 Tucson Festival of Books  (conference on March 12th & the festival on 14th & 15th).

We are excited to announce a children’s literature mini-conference on Thursday, March 7, 2013 to explore the rocky journeys of imagination and hard work that lead to a successful book for children. This conference is free to the public and professional development credit is available.  RSVP to

Evening agenda:
4:00-5:15  Peter Brown, Curiosity Can Be Creepy: The Ups and Downs of a Creative Life
5:15-5:45  Snacks and Text Sets on Journeys
5:45-6:45 Linda Urban, Smiley Faces and Secret Heartbeats:  My Stop and Start Journey to Writing Children’s Books
6:45-7:30 Text Sets, Autographing, Conversation, and Food

Worlds of Words, Room 453, College of Education, 1430 E. 2nd St.

About our presenters:

Peter Brown is an award-winning illustrator and author, whose picture book, Creepy Carrots, received a 2013 Caldecott Honor Award. His quirky characters, zany humor and strong visual style have made best sellers of The Curious Garden, Children Make Terrible Pets, and YOU WILL BE MY FRIEND!  Peter will talk about his journey from being a little guy who loved to draw and write to becoming a big guy who makes picture books for a living. He will share how he became a professional author and illustrator, the stories behind the creation of his picture books, and his illustration his techniques and inspirations.

Linda Urban is the author of award-winning chapter books that focus on the small things in life that matter in a big way. She celebrates the crooked quirks of her characters in books, such as Hound Dog True, A Crooked Kind of Perfect, and The Center of Everything.  She believes that tiny gestures, phrases and moments can be insignificant to one person and hugely important to someone else.  She will share the long journey she took from writing stories as a child to becoming the marketing manager for a bookstore and organizing summer writer’s workshops to creating her own novels of hope and humor.

Certificates for 3 ½ hours of Professional Development credit will be available.

Plan to attend the Tucson Festival of Books on March 9-10 where Linda & Peter will be appearing along with many other authors and illustrators (see for information and schedules).

Contact Richard Clift or call 621-9340 for more information.

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