Purdue University Northwest’s (PNW) Center for Early Learning invites children of all ages to a special reading by Newbery Medal award winning children’s author Matt de la Peña from 3-6 p.m. April 27 at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center, 2800 Colorado Street, Lake Station, Indiana.
De la Peña is a New York Times best-selling author of seven young adult novels and five picture books. His books include “Last Stop on Market Street” and “Love,” the latter of which he will read.
The event is part of the Center for Early Learning’s ongoing effort to promote early childhood literacy. After the reading, students from PNW’s School of Education and Counseling will invite families to consider their own stories of love, family, and community. Families can also add their own stories to a collection, which will remain on display through spring.
Free and open to the public, the event called “Stories Frame Out Future” is co-hosted with Bellaboo’s, North Shore Health Centers and the Lake County Public Library.
De la Peña is also the keynote speaker at the 13th annual Early Childhood Conference earlier in the day. The conference takes place on PNW’s Westville Campus at The James B. Dworkin Student Services & Activities Center, 1401 S. U.S. 421, Westville, IN 46391.
Learn more about the conference at pnw.edu/childhood-conference.