For the Love of Reading Conference - October 9-10, 2023

We are excited to announce some of our line up for this year!


About the Conference

UVU's For the Love of Reading Conference provides an opportunity for teachers, parents, librarians and others to discuss and share the best in books, teaching, and innovations for changing lives through literacy.

Fostering a love for reading is not a curricular objective taught in schools, isn't regulated by state or federal legislation and isn't assessed by state or school districts. The lack of attention in schools and in homes has resulted in an exponential increase in aliteracy.

At the For the Love of Reading Conference we learn how to make a difference by engaging readers to develop a life-long passion for reading and learning.

Join us at our annual conference to learn how you can make a difference in the lives of young readers.

Why Should I Attend?

UVU's Forum on Engaged Reading gives educators, professionals, parents and leaders the opportunity to learn from local, state, and national experts who are award-winning authors and illustrators and who are leaders in literacy education and reading motivation. These experts join us to  inspire individuals
to foster a greater love for reading and learning.

People who attend the conference leave with motivation and inspiration to immediately apply innovative ideas and strategies that will open a world of determination, imagination and endless possibilities in the literacy lives of
young people. 



Planning Committee
Name Organization
Brooks Burr UVU, Institutional Advancement
Doug Gardner UVU, School of Education
Gene Nelson Former Provo City Library
Jamie Sadleir Secondary Literacy Director, Alpine School District
Karen Cloward UVU, Continuing Education
Rachel Riter UVU, Fulton Library
Keri Measom UVU, Education
Kristel Peterson

Nebo School District

Lorilynn Brandt

BYU, Teacher Education

Mandy Luszeck

UVU, English

Marni Sanft

UVU, School of Education

Mitzi Cooper

Alpine School District

Nedra Call

Former Nebo School District

RaDawn Anderson

Nebo School District

Selene Carlson

Nebo School District

Tom Smith

UVU, English

Tracy Sermon

UVU, Education

Wendy Oldroyd

UVU, Education

Kalani Eggington

UVU, School of Education

Liz Nelson

UVU, English

Malynda Tolbert

UVU, School of Education

Raven Cromwell

UVU, School of Education

Brandee Bergum

Jordan School District

Terry Young

Former BYU Children's Literature

Cami Reschke

Reagan Academy Charter School Teacher




For the Love of Reading Conference empowers participants to engage and motivate students as life-long readers. While concerned educators and legislators continue filling the gaps in essential literacy skills and resources, we are continually challenged by young readers who have not learned to love reading, and who, without your inspiration,  may never hold a book to their hearts and say, “I have to find another book like this one!” 

It takes as little as $250 to sponsor a dynamic presenter with answers and ideas we can take home with us and turn on one, or a whole room full of young readers.  

Your donation today means new programs, new presenters, new first-time attendees, and new inspiration for all of us who want to make a difference in children’s reading lives. Will you or someone you know consider sponsoring a scholarship, a speaker, or a special event at our next conference? 

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