Young Readers' Conference to feature nationally renowned presenters

Six nationally known authors, poets, storytellers and illustrators will be featured at the 2008 Young Readers' Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10-11, on the Fort Hays State University campus in the Memorial Union and in Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center.

Presenters include Francie Dillon, storyteller, and Marsha Arnold, author. Small group presentations will include Mary Casanova and David Nieves, authors, Cheryl Harness, author and illustrator, and Judy Young, poet.   

Over 300 students, grades third to sixth, are expected to visit with the presenters during each day of the conference. Four of the students will have the opportunity to introduce one of the presenters at either the keynote morning session or the luncheon by submitting a letter of introduction. The Young Readers' Conference Committee will judge the submissions. Each student chosen will receive a free, autographed book.

Registration is $17 per person. For more information contact Dr. Beth Walizer, assistant professor of teacher education, at (785) 628-5579 or e-mail her at

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