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William Steig, Untitled ink drawing, Steig Collection, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.
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Speakers
Confirmed speakers for this symposium include the children's book historian and critic Leonard Marcus; children's book author/illustrators Matt Phelan, Jerry Pinkney, and Judy Schachner; children's book illustrators Harry Bliss and Richard Egielski; pop-up book author/artist Robert Sabuda; Wesley Adams, Executive Editor, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, McMillan Children's Publishing Group; Holly McGhee, former children's book editor, and currently Creative Director of Pippins Properties, an agency devoted primarily to picture books, middle-grade, and young adult novels; Laurent Linn, Art Director for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Lily Malcom, Executive Art Director & Associate Publisher, and Lauri Hornik, President and Publisher, Dial Books for Young Readers at Penguin Young Readers Group; and Deborah Taylor, Coordinator, School and Student Services, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore.
Preliminary Schedule

Friday, October 17, 2014

1-3 pm: Pre-symposium Workshop: Evaluating Children's Picture Books
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This workshop on evaluating children's picture books will be led by Elizabeth Van Doren, publisher and editor of children's books who teaches in the creative writing program at Penn; Leonard Marcus, critic and historian of children's literature; Sara Reynolds, teaching artist and book design consultant for Behind the Book and former Vice President and Art Director of Dutton Children's Books/Penguin Young Readers Group; and Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, assistant professor of literacy and literature for children and young adults in Penn's Graduate School of Education. They will approach the evaluation of children's picture books from their different perspectives. This workshop is intended for anyone with an interest in how to approach these works critically, whether as a teacher, a parent, or an author/artist. Workshop attendees will be asked to apply the ideas and considerations discussed in the workshop to evaluate particular children's picture books and then present briefly on their findings at the end of the session.

4-5:15 pm: Welcome and Introductions

Keynote address: Leonard S. Marcus

Leonard S. Marcus, children’s literature historian and critic, and author of many highly acclaimed books, including Show Me a Story! Why Picture Books Matter: Conversations with 21 of the World’s Most Celebrated Illustrators (2012) and Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children’s Literature (2008)

5:15-6:30 pm: Remembering William Steig and Atha Tehon

6:30-8 pm: Opening reception for attendees

Saturday, October 18, 2014


8:30 am: Registration

8:45 am: Welcome

9-10:30 am: Session 1: Creating Children’s Books (authors/illustrators)

  • Andrea Immel, moderator
  • Harry Bliss, Children's book illustrator and cartoonist
  • Richard Egielski, Children's book author and illustrator
  • Matt Phelan, Children's book author and illustrator
  • Robert Sabuda, Children's book author, illustrator, and pop-up book artist
10:30-11 am: Coffee break

11 am-12:30 pm: Session 2: The Role of Collaboration (publishers/agents/etc.)
  • Lynne Farrington, moderator
  • Wesley Adams, Executive Editor, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, McMillan Children's Publishing Group
  • Lily Malcom, Executive Art Director & Associate Publisher, Dial Books for Young Readers
  • Holly McGhee, Creative Director, Pippin Properties, Inc.
12:30-2 pm: Lunch (on your own)

2-3:30 pm: Session 3: Diversity in Children’s Books
  • Ebony Thomas, moderator
  • Jerry Pinkney, Children's book author and illustrator
  • Deborah Taylor, Coordinator, School and Student Services, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore
3:30-4 pm: Coffee break

4-5:30 pm: Session 4: The Future of Children’s Books
  • Leonard Marcus, moderator
  • Lauri Hornik, President and Publisher, Dial Books for Young Readers
  • Judy Schachner, Children's book author and illustrator
  • Laurent Linn, Art Director, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
5:30-6 pm: Closing Remarks

The symposium is sponsored by the Muriel Pfaelzer Bodek Fund for Library Public Events of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries with additional funding from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Van Pelt Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206

For questions and queries, contact Lynne Farrington, Curator of Printed Books, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts (lynne@upenn.edu; 215-746-5828).
Free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)