Illustrator of the Harry Potter book series to speak at USF Sarasota-Manatee Children’s Literature Symposium on February 5th

Mary GrandPré, best known for her illustrations and cover designs for the Harry Potter series, will be the keynote speaker for the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Children’s Literature Symposium on Saturday, February 5, 2011.  The symposium will be held in the Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota from 8:30am – 5:30pm.

This year’s Children’s Literature Symposium conference includes presentations that address innovations and developments in images and illustrations in children’s and young adult literature.   The conference is open to the public and registration information can be found online at  Early registration for a discounted fee is available until January 20, 2011.

“The Children’s Literature Symposium highlights one of the most effective ways to positively impact a child’s educational future:  reading,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, Dean of the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  “The College of Education is pleased to sponsor the symposium offering critical insights to teachers both current and future, and bringing internationally-known expertise to Sarasota and Bradenton as only a hometown research university can do.”

Through this symposium, participants and presenters will seek to enrich understandings of the history and contemporary trends impacting the role of image and illustration in children’s texts. Speakers include nationally recognized scholars, critics, as well as children’s book authors and illustrators.  A book-signing by authors and illustrators will be held at the end of the day.  News and information will also be updated via Facebook by following “Children’s Literature Symposium.” Early-registration fees are as follows: General Public $75; alumni/USF-system faculty/staff: $50; students of USFSM, SCF, New College $30 (add $15 for lunch/snacks).  Registration includes coffee/bagels, snacks, and lunch.  Accommodation information, maps, speaker information and more can be found online at If you have questions or would like to request further information about the Children’s Literature Symposium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, please contact Diane Lewis at or 941-359-4217.

Children’s Literature Symposium conferences center on issues related to the study of children’s and young adult literature. The overarching goal of these symposia is to critically explore genres of children’s and young adult literature through scholarship, research, and criticism. By bringing together scholars, critics, and researchers in the fields of literary analysis, education, and library information sciences, the Children’s Literature Symposium seeks to engage participants in critical discussions about children’s and young adult literature.