An open book

. September 25, 2012.

Lovers of childrens' literature should start getting excited, as the University of Findlay's Mazza Museum presents its annual Summer Conference. The Museum has one of the nation's premier collections of children's book art, but its mission extends well beyond simply displaying it. Mazza's conferences bring in scholars, authors and artists from all over, and are a golden opportunity for teachers, librarians, parents and anyone interested in the timeless art of writing for children. This year's conference features a diverse lineup of luminaries like Bruce Degan, creator of the popular Magic School Bus series, Ohio author Andrea Chang and award-winning artist David Diaz. There's even a marquee name — blockbuster mystery novelist Mary Higgins Clark happens to write the occasional children's book, and she'll be on hand, too, along with her collaborator, the excellent illustrator Wendell Minor. In addition to the formal presentations, there are small-group sessions that give attendees unique access to the experts in the field, as well as informal Q&A sessions with plenty of time for autographing.

Cost is $225 for all five days, $65 for one day. July 16-20. 1000 N. Main St. 419-434-4560.