Children’s Literature Hawai‘i (CLH) believes that literature should be a primary part of every child’s education. CLH promotes opportunities to experience, interpret, and create children’s literature through activities such as reading, storytelling, art, drama, song, and scholarly discussion.
CLH believes literature should be a primary part of every child's education and promotes opportunities for the community to experience, interpret, and create children's literature in all its forms. CLH's purpose includes the following goals:
CLH's major activity is the Biennial Conference on Literature and Hawai'i's Children, which has been held in June on even-numbered years since 1982--at least until the 2020 Conference had to be pushed back to 2021. Each Conference brings a children's writer and a children's illustrator to Hawai'i to explore the world of children's literature with Hawai'i's population. Small-group sessions at the Conference with local writers, artists, librarians, and teachers (at primary, secondary, and university levels) add further dimensions to the program. Other Conference components often include panels of the featured writer and/or illustrator in public, military, and school-affiliated libraries on O'ahu; writing and illustrating contests for children' hands-on sessions for teachers; and workshops for teenagers on writing and illustration.