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FOR THE LOVE
OF READING

November 7-8, 2019
Zermatt Resort, Midway, Utah

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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 home 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 alife-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. 

Conference registration is now CLOSED. 

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Keynote Speakers

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Jessica Day George

Author:

https://www.jessicadaygeorge.com/

Jessica Day George earned a BA in Humanities/Comparative Literature from Brigham Young  University, where she enjoyed classes in Pottery and Old Norse, and dutifully forced herself to take Algebra and Biology. Originally from Idaho, she now resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and three young children. It's all about the books. Friends, family, school, "real jobs", they were just obstacles to be tackled so that I could return to my true love:  books. All I have ever wanted in this world is to read and write books. 

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Pam Munoz Ryan

Author:

http://www.pammunozryan.com/ 

Pam Muñoz Ryan is an American author and the 2018 U.S. nominee for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award. She is the author of ECHO, a Newbery Honor book and the recipient of the Kirkus Prize. She has written over forty books, including the novels ESPERANZA RISING, BECOMING NAOMI LEÓN, RIDING FREEDOM, PAINT THE WIND, THE DREAMER, and ECHO. She is the author recipient of the National Education Association’s Civil and Human Rights Award, the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for Multicultural Literature, and is twice the recipient of the Pura Belpré Medal and the Willa Cather Award. 

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Michael Shoulders

Author:

http://www.michaelshoulders.com 

Michael Shoulders attended Austin Peay State University and received an education degree in 1976 and has immersed himself in the field of education since the age of twenty-one. As a Federal Programs Supervisor for Clarksville -Montgomery County Schools in Tennessee, Michael provided assistance to all 30 schools before retiring in 2005. Today, Michael visits schools across the U.S. and Europe, providing service training to teachers on literacy issues and discipline, and he writes. Michael attended the Governor's Academy for Teachers of Writing in 1995 where he says he was, "Bitten by the writing bug." He has written for publication ever since. 
Michael married his wife Debbie in 1974 and is the father of three children: Jason, Ryan and Meghann and four grands: Hannah, Jonas a.k.a. “J.J.,” Madeline, and Seven.

 
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Jerry Pallotta

Author:

https://jerrypallotta.com/ 

Jerry Pallotta is a children's author from Scituate, Massachusetts. Jerry loves his family and has four kids, and five grandkids. Jerry grew up going to Peggotty Beach with his family where he says he does all sorts of crazy stuff on the water with his 72 Cousins! (You can read about his adventures on the beach with his family and cousins in his book, "Ocean Cousins.")  Jerry has been writing children's books for over 30 years but the first book he ever wrote is called, "The Ocean Alphabet Book." Jerry has now written  over 90 books. Jerry's newest series is called, "The Who Would Win Series," and it shows what would happen if some of his favorite animals faced off in the wild.

 

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Lita Judge

Author:

http://www.pammunozryan.com/ 

Lita Judge is the author and illustrator of 24 fiction and nonfiction books including, Mary’s Monster, One Thousand Tracings, Born in the Wild, Red Sled, and Hoot and Peep. Her book, Flight School, has recently been adapted into an off-Broadway musical which is currently showing in New York City and China. Awards for her books include the International Reading Association Children’s Book Award, an ALA Notable, NCTE Notable Book, a Kirkus Best Book, and the Jane Addams Honor. Before she created art and books, Lita was a geologist and worked on dinosaur digs. But a trip to Venice Italy inspired her to quit her job and pursue a lifelong passion for creating art. Now, when not in her studio, she can be found backpacking through Europe with her sketchbook and easel in hand. Painting in the streets of Italy, France, Sweden, Russia and many other places have inspired her many of her books. The novel, Mary’s Monster, was inspired through reading Mary Shelley’s journals while exploring places she had traveled. This book created a rich opportunity to explore working in a completely new form, that of combining free verse with full page illustrations in novel form. Lita was drawn to capturing the interior world of Mary Shelley’s mind, as well as the realistic images of her life. Creating this book was a journey in itself and took five years to complete. Lita lives in New Hampshire. 

Testimonials

What People are saying about the program

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“As public-school teachers, we face tremendous challenges striving to motivate children to discover that love of reading. In today's culture, education is undervalued, reading is not seen as cool, and school is not as exciting as the latest computer game. It is a constant battle. As a result, this conference with its magical location and peaceful environment, has helped me find healing for my spirit. I really mean this. In the school system, it is a constant emphasis on examining student data and test scores. It is refreshing to be reminded of the love of reading that all of us have at this conference, and receiving inspiration on how to instill that love of reading in our students. This love of reading will change our students' lives forever, as it has mine. That is why we are here.”

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“I have loved listening and learning from all the keynote speakers. I loved that the conference is focused on reading and writing. Also, every breakout session I attended felt well worth my time. I was able to learn about the writing strategy Blueprinting that I can go back and implement in my schools right away. Another session I was able to get some amazing reading strategy ideas and resources I am excited to implement in my schools as well. I have been impressed with the presenters’ energy, expertise, and attitudes. It has been refreshing to learn from experts in the field.”

people

 

I look forward to this conference every year. I come away with so many great ideas to use in my library, I like hearing about new books, hear from authors and illustrators, and lists of reviewed books to purchase for my library, for grandchildren and for myself. I love meeting people from all over our state with the same passions as me; books for children and young adults and books for me. This is great! Thank you so much for putting this all together and making it such enjoyable experience. “

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