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Thursday, June 2, 2022
8:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m. HST
Schedule is To Be Announced

This is a FREE virtual conference to be held via Zoom on Thursday, June 2, 2022. Registration by May 30 is required to join the conference and to be eligible to receive a DHS training certificate or DOE non-PDE3 credit.

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Welcome to “Take A Break and Read, E Ho‘omaha a Heluhelu Akula: Elevating Hope and Resilience through Literature” the 2022 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!

Mahalo to our conference sponsors!

This conference is made possible in part by funding from Hawaiʻi Council of the Humanities through the Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act.

Keynote Speakers:

Kate DiCamillo is a Newberry Medalist and nationally best-selling author with more than 25 books written (and counting!). The theme of hope and belief amid impossible circumstances is a common thread in much of Kate DiCamillo’s writing.

In her instant #1 New York Times bestseller The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, a haughty rabbit undergoes a profound transformation after finding himself facedown on the ocean floor—lost, and waiting to be found. The Tale of Despereaux—the Newbery Medal–winning novel that later inspired an animated adventure from Universal Pictures—stars a tiny mouse with exceptionally large ears who is driven by love to become an unlikely hero. And The Magician’s Elephant, an acclaimed and exquisitely paced fable, dares to ask the question, What if?

Kate DiCamillo, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2014–2015, says about stories, “When we read together, we connect. Together, we see the world. Together, we see one another.” Born in Philadelphia, the author lives in Minneapolis, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week.


Dan Santat is the Caldecott Medal–winning and New York Times–bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend and the road trip/time travel adventure Are We There Yet? His artwork is also featured in numerous picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade novels, including Dav Pilkey’s Ricky Ricotta series. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and many, many pets.


Professional Development for Department of Education and Early Childhood Professionals:

For DOE teachers wanting to receive 5 non PDE3 credit hours, please register for this conference on PDE3 ( Registration closes on May 30. You must register and attend the conference in its entirety to receive credit. Attendance reports from Zoom will be generated to confirm that non PDE3 registrants attended the conference in its entirety.

Course Title: Read to Me Hawai’i Conference 2022
Course Number: LA187367
Section Number: 308079

For early childhood professionals wanting to receive DHS Registry credit, Read to Me International will provide certificates that practitioners may submit. Please note that only those that complete the survey at the end of the conference will receive certificates. That is currently the most accurate way for us to verify that you attended the conference in full.