Written by Joy Brown, University of Findlay’s Media Relations Coordinator.
Registration is now open for University of Findlay Mazza Museum’s popular Weekend Conference, which will be held Nov. 8 and 9. The 2019 event will feature six renowned children’s book artists and authors whose works have won numerous awards and delighted readers of all ages.
To register, visit here.
The Weekend Conference, which is open to all, is designed for educators, artists, authors, and children’s book enthusiasts. Participants enjoy learning sessions and dinner with the featured professionals, and autographing sessions.
One conference guest, illustrator Peter Savage, will also help to kick off the Mazza Museum and Toledo Zoo’s Authors, Animals, Art meet-the-creative series on Nov. 10 at the zoo.
Featured professionals will include:
Artisit Melissa Sweet has illustrated more than 100 books as well as toys, puzzles, and games for Eeboo. Her work has been in magazines, on greeting cards, and as drawings on her living room walls. She has received numerous awards including two Caldecott Honors. Some of her books include “A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams,” “The Right Words: Roget and His Thesaurus,” “Carmine: A Little More Red,” and “Tupelo Rides the Rails.”
Artist Margaret Chodos-Irvine has illustrated 12 books for children and has been recognized with starred reviews and other honors, most notably a 2004 Caldecott Honor Award for “Ella Sarah Gets Dressed,” which she both wrote and illustrated. Other books include “Boom Boom,” “Zoo Shoes,” Best Best Friends,” “Dinosaur Thunder,” and “Light Up the Night.” She lives in Seattle, Washington with her crafty family.
Artist Peter Catalanotto is the award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children, including “Monkey & Robot,” “The Newbies,” “Question Boy Meets Little Miss Know-It-All,” “Good-bye, Sheepie,” “Who Came Down That Road?,” “Sleepsong,” and “Emil’s Art.” A graduate of Pratt Institute, he currently teaches children’s book writing courses at Columbia University. He lives in Brookyln, New York.
Nichols is the author and illustrator of the award-winning picture book, “Maple.” Its companion books include “Maple and Willow Together,” “Maple and Willow Apart,” and “Maple and Willow’s Christmas Tree.” Nichols grew up in Western Pennsylvania marveling at everything from acorns to frogs to big sisters, and now makes books about them all.
Laden started drawing as soon as she could hold a crayon, and soon after that she started making up stories. Her books include “The Night I Followed the Dog,” “Private I. Guana,” “My Family Tree,” “When Pigasso Met Mootisse,” “The Blues of Flats Brown,” and “Peek-a Who?” She graduated from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.
This New York Times best-selling illustrator of “Polar Bear Night” also wrote and illustrated “Little Tug” and the acclaimed “Where’s Walrus?” Savage graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and received his master’s degree from the School for Visual Arts in Manhattan.