Teri Harman
UVU is hosting the For the Love of Reading Conference Feb. 17-18.

The For the Love of Reading Conference, sponsored by Utah Valley University's Forum on Engaged Reading, will be held Feb. 17-18 at the Zermatt Resort in Midway.

The second annual conference offers parents, grandparents, teachers, librarians and book lovers a chance to meet children's book authors, talk with literacy experts, discover the best books and collect ideas for inspiring a love of reading in children.

"We decided to offer the public an opportunity to celebrate the books, the authors, the teachers and the parents who are passionate about the love of reading," said Nancy Peterson, a professor of children's literature, about the event.

Scheduled to attend are Stacey Bess, an educator and author of the memoir "Nobody Don't Love Nobody," adapted for the Hallmark Hall of Fame film "Beyond the Blackboard"; Donalyn Miller, a Texas sixth-grade teacher and author of "The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child"; Yuyi Morales, winner of the Pura Belpre Medal for Illustration; and Steven L. Layne, children's literature professor at Judson University in Illinois, a respected literacy consultant, motivational speaker and author of 21 books, including the teen thriller "This Side of Paradise."

Saturday, Feb. 18, is "parent day," dedicated to helping parents and grandparents discover the best ways to inspire a love of reading in children.

"Parents, regardless of their experience with reading as a child, can be the biggest influence in helping their own children love reading," said conference committee member and UVU professor Douglas C. Gardner. "If a child can learn to love reading, he is set up for a lifetime of success."

Early bird registration (by Jan. 23) for the parent day is $25 to attend the breakout sessions or $50 to attend the keynote speaker, breakout sessions and lunch.

For more information and to register, visit the UVU Engaged Reading website at uvuengagedreading.org/.