Penn Libraries Events & Exhibitions
William Steig, Untitled ink drawing, Steig Collection, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.
The symposium, Creating Children's Books: Collaboration and Change, will take place in conjunction with two fall exhibitions in the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. The first of these exhibitions, As the Ink Flows: Works from the Pen of William Steig, explores the life and career of the artist, cartoonist, and children's book author/illustrator William Steig, while the second, The School of Atha: Collaboration in the Making of Children's Books, celebrates the life and work of Atha Tehon, children's book designer and longstanding Art Director for Dial Books for Young Readers. 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.

Creating Children's Books: Collaboration and Change honors the contributions of these two important figures to the world of children's literature during late-twentieth and early-twenty-first centuries. It will explore the creation of children's books from both the writer/illustrator and designer/publisher perspectives, looking at the role of collaboration in the process and considering the future of children's books from various perspectives, including that of diversity. Atha Tehon worked closely with the renowned editor and publisher Phyllis Fogelman, both of whom championed the work of African-American and Native American authors and illustrators, among others.

A block of fifteen rooms at the Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel, a short walk from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, has been reserved for out of town attendees at the symposium. The conference group rate is $169 per night and rooms can be reserved through September 15, 2014, subject to availability. You will need to book your room through the following webpage to get the conference group rate:
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)