Ko‘olau Ballrooms & Conference Center
45-550 Kionaole Road
June 1-2, 2017
Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Registration $79 (includes continental breakfast and lunch)
Deadline for registration, May 23, 2016.

To register, please fill out the writeable PDF registration form. Print out the completed form and mail it in with your payment.For Questions, please call 955-7600.

Welcome to “The Joy of Reading: Bringing Stories to Life,” the 2016 Read To Me Conference where everything you could hope for in a children’s literacy conference can be found. Join us for outstanding authors, speakers, and presenters who will inspire you to engage in your child’s world of books and reading.

Whether you are an early childhood educator, an elementary school teacher, a librarian, a parent, a caregiver, a children’s program manager, or just someone who is interested in sharing the love and joy of reading aloud, this conference is for you!

Discover the unexpected magic that awaits a child through books and read-alouds!

Join us for:

  • Writing workshop
  • Illustrating workshop
  • Bringing stories to life
  • The brain and how it impacts learning, attention & retention
  • Engaging the non-motivated, disinterested learner


Rosemary Wells, Award-winning children’s author

Dan St. Romain, Education consultant, Pre-K – 12

Dr. Jamie Simpson Steele, UH Assistant Professor

Tammy Paikai, Local children’s author

Conference Information:

Ample parking is available on site for $6.

Americans with Disabilities ActIf you need accommodations for a disability covered by Federal and State disability laws, please contact us at (808) 955-7600 at least 15 days prior to the event. If you are an individual with a hearing disability, please feel free to contact us via the relay system. Call 1(877) 447-5990 for TTY service if calling from Hawai‘i, or 711 if calling from anywhere within the United States.

Department of Education and Preschool Teachers:

For DOE teachers wanting to receive non PDE3 credit, please ALSO register for this conference on PDE3 (pde3.k12.hi.us).
Course Title: 2016 Read to Me Conference: The Joy of Reading: Bringing Stories to Life: June 6, 2016
Course Number: LA181056
Section Title: 2016 Read to Me Conference: The Joy of Reading Bringing Stories to Life
Section Number: 282475

A.S.K. Core Area- Planning Learning Experiences (PLE)
Total Professional Development Training Hours 6.0 hours
For Early Childhood Professionals:
Read to Me International has worked with The CANOES Registry at PATCH so that the workshops that early childhood professional attend will count as professional development, if you are already in the Registry. At the end of the day, RTMI will provide certificates that practitioners may use to document their workshop attendance. If you are submitting your professional development to The Registry, please remember that you are REQUIRED to complete a Training Reflection Sheet before submitting the certificate to the CANOES Registry for consideration. It is advised that you keep copies of your Reflection Sheet & Certificate for your own records. The CANOES Training Reflection Sheet may be downloaded here or from the Registry page of the PATCH website (patchhawaii.org). For more information, please call The Registry at 808-839-1791 or visit the website mentioned above.

Conference Schedule:

7:30 – 8:00 Registration; Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15 Welcome; Announcements
Lynne Madden

8:15 – 9:45 “Follow the Yellow Brick Road, Part 1”
Dan St. Romain

10:00 – 11:00 Writers Workshop
Rosemary Wells

11:00 – 12:00 Book signing
Rosemary Wells

11:15 – 12:30 Lunch (See menu below)
“Grandpa’s Mixed-up Lū‘au”: Bringing Story to Life”
Tammy Paikai

12:40 – 1:40 “Mālama o Aloha:
Exploring Compassion Through Interactive Storytelling”
Dr. Jamie Simpson Steele

1:50 – 2:50 Illustrators Workshop
Rosemary Wells

3:00 – 4:30 “Follow the Yellow Brick Road, Part II”Dan St. Romain

4:30 Closing Remarks
Lynne Waihee

(Book Signing)

(Subject to Change)

Rice and Pasta
Steamed White Rice
Vegetable Chow Fun

Mixed Greens w/Dressings
Chinese Chicken Salad
Fresh Fruit Salad

Main Courses
London Broil – Steak Cut
Oyster Sauce Chicken
Sauteed Mahimahi with Tartar Sauce

Citrus Crunch Cake
Coffee, Hot Tea, Decaf, Iced Tea & Fruit Punch