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

The conference theme and topics address how to utilize reading to support children’s social-emotional development.

June 3, 2021
Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Registration $75 (includes continental breakfast and lunch)

Welcome to “Read To Me: Build Me Up and Watch Me Grow! A pa‘a ke kahua, kūkulu nō ma hope” the 2020 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!



Kobi Yamada
Kobi Yamada is a multiple New York Times bestselling author including the award-winning picture books: What Do You Do With An Idea?, What Do You Do With A Problem?, What Do You Do With A Chance?, Maybe and Because I Had A Teacher. The books have sold millions of copies, inspired a dance performance, a symphony performance, a musical theater performance and an upcoming animated film. His titles have been translated into over two dozen languages.

Kobi Yamada also serves as the President/CEO of Compendium, Incorporated, an inspiring gift and publishing company. Since 1992, Mr. Yamada and his staff have created numerous critically-acclaimed lines of inspirational books, products and programs. Compendium has had the honor of collaborating with some of the most recognized brands and retailers including: Target, Starbucks, Amazon, Nordstrom, Costco and Barnes & Noble. Compendium’s products are featured in thousands of stores throughout the world.

Mr. Yamada’s personal mission statement is: “One by one, we can be the better world we wish for.”


Pat Zietlow Miller
Pat Zietlow Miller knew she wanted to be a writer ever since her seventh-grade English teacher read her paper about square-dancing skirts out loud in class and said: “This is the first time anything a student has written has given me chills.”

Pat started out as a newspaper reporter and wrote about everything from dartball and deer-hunting to diets and decoupage. Then, she joined an insurance company and edited its newsletter and magazine. Now, she writes insurance information by day and children’s books by night. She has 10 picture books currently available and 10 more under contract.

Pat’s first book, SOPHIE’S SQUASH, won the Golden Kite Award for best picture book text. It also won an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor, a Charlotte Zolotow Honor and a Crystal Kite Award.

One of her recent books, BE KIND, was on the New York Times bestseller list for 10 weeks.

Pat has one wonderful husband, two delightful daughters and two pampered cats. She lives in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. You can find her online at and on Twitter at @PatZMiller. She also blogs about picture books at Picture Book Builders –


Conference Schedule:
(subject to change)

7:00 8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 8:30 Welcome and Preliminaries
8:30 9:25 Keynote Speaker Pat Zietlow Miller
9:25 9:35 Activity
9:35 10:30 Keynote Speaker Kobi Yamada
10:30 11:15 Autograph Session, Vendors,
and Community Building Session – facilitated by KOKA
11:15 11:25 Gather back into Grand Ballroom
11:25 12:10 Lunch
12:10 12:50 Luncheon Speaker
1:05 2:05 Concurrent Session I
2:15 3:15 Concurrent Session II
3:20 4:00 Survey Evaluations and Closing

Books by our keynote speakers may be pre-ordered from Barnes & Noble using this order form. Please note that book availability will be limited at the conference.


Conference Sponsors:

Note: If you teach at a Title I school or support children growing up in low-income communities, you may be eligible to receive a scholarship. If you would like to request a scholarship, please check off the box next to “Scholarship Requested” and list “Read To Me” as your referral source.

Email registration form to or fax to (808) 955-7601.

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