The 3rd Annual Joy of Literature and Literacy Conference

On October 11th, more than 160 educators, librarians, literacy specialists and administrators from around the Williamsburg area participated in the College of William and Mary’s third annual Joy of Literature and Literacy Conference.  With a focus on non-fiction this year, the conference offered sessions from award winning children’s book authors Don Brown, Steve Sheinkin, and Susan Stockdale.  Additional sessions were provided by literacy experts Joan Kindig, Beth Estill, Wendy Lucy, Katie Plum, Pam Griffin and Annyce Maddox, covering an array of instructional tools and techniques for incorporating non-fiction books across curricular areas. Participants were treated to captivating stories, resonant art, and powerful new ideas for engaging and teaching students with non-fiction books.

In addition to the conference sessions, attendees were treated to book signing opportunities with all the children’s book authors.  Speakers’ books were available for purchase, courtesy of the campus bookstores.

Planning for next year’s conference is already in full swing, and promises to be equally successful with the theme of reading and writing across the curriculum, featuring children’s book authors Candace Fleming and Barbara O’Connor! For further information, contact


Author Steve Sheinkin shares primary sources that he used in researching and writing the young adult nonfiction book, “Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon”