. June 28, 2013.

What do Pete the Cat, I Spy and Mrs. Chicken have in common? Their creators will be part of the 2013 Mazza Summer Conference at the Mazza Museum July 15-19.

The annual conference brings together a dozen award-winning authors and illustrators of children’s books. Attendees will get a sneak peek at their favorite characters and  authors will be meeting the public and signing books. The conference, which last year attracted 350 people from 22 states, is geared towards adults, and is available for undergraduate and graduate credit or just for fun.

“Many of those who come are teachers and librarians, but many people come because of their love of children’s literature,” said Benjamin Sapp, museum director.

The conference will also include a writing session for those interested in becoming authors and illustrators of children’s books. Registration is recommended by July 7, but will be accepted up to the day of the conference as long as there is room. Registration ranges from $225 for all five days to $75 for one day. Fees vary for those taking the conference for educational credit.  The conference will be held at the Mazza Museum, 300 College St. on the University of Findlay’s campus.

For more information or for registration forms visit or call Benjamin E Sapp, director, Mazza Museum The University of Findlay at 419-434-4560.