Shenandoah University has kicked off its 32nd annual Children’s Literature Conference.
“When I was a little girl, my mom used to attend the conference, so for about 25 years now, I’ve known about it,” said Katie Roskovensky, conference Attendee.
Katie is keeping the family tradition alive.
“She always came back just so excited to share the books that she got here signed by the authors, and then my sister and I would get them as Christmas gifts the following year,” said Roskovensky. 
This year’s theme is “Once Read, Never Forgotten: Creating Readers One Book at a Time,” which focuses on encouraging kids to find that one book that inspires them to be a reader.
“I think most people have one book they can remember loving as a child. They remember when they read that book, and so that’s what it’s all about. We’re trying to increase reading volume,” said Dr. Huff, Professor of Education.
American Literacy expert and author Pam Allyn spoke to conference-goers about the importance of a social and emotional framework for children learning to read.
“If you’re a confident person, you kind of push past the hard parts; a word feels hard or you come to a paragraph you don’t understand. A confident person, a confident reader, tends to push past those hard parts, because we know that sometimes happens to us as readers,” said Allyn.
Allyn said kids don’t always understand that so showing them that it’s okay to take risks and chances when reading helps everyone in the long run.
“I think it’s important to remember, at the end of the day, change comes when people come together, and that’s what this is really about,” said Pam Allyn, Founder, Lit-World.
Workshops and roundtable discussions with authors and illustrators will take place all week long at Shenandoah Uniiversity’s Halpin-Harrison Hall.