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Reading for the Love of It

Over the years, more and more parents and educators have hoped and dreamed that their children will read for the love of it. It is a great goal, mantra, and also the name behind Canada’s largest literary conference—a mecca for book lovers and book lovers in training.Reading_for_the_LoveOn February 20-21st, over 3500 educators, 70 feature presenters and 75 exhibiting organizations congregated for the 38th annual language arts conference. Educators come from across North America to attend workshops, gain resources and meet their favourite storytellers.  At this event, attendees hobnob with the literary elite—authors, illustrators and publishers in one single location. It is a bookworm’s wonderland where the literati come to network, learn and leave inspired.

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 (Left) Peter H. Reynolds signing books at the Official Book Signing area on the trade show floor.
(Right) Eleanor Lefave of Mabel’s Fables)
 IMG_8388From the trade show floor

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Just to name a few in attendance from this impressive group, big players and small in the literary world—from Simon & Schuster Canada, the Stratford Festival and Scholastic Education, to Jessica Tudos, the Olympic gymnast and author who financed and self-published her book Kika the Upside Down Girl through crowd-funding. A huge draw to the conference was author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds, in attendance, to provide a keynote address on fostering creativity and innovation in the classroom and to sign his latest book Going Places (published by Simon & Schuster Canada). He also could be seen in the exhibitor’s hall representing his multi-media company FableVision Learning.

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Reading for the Love of It is the signature event of the East York-Scarborough Reading Association founded and organized by volunteer educators from the Toronto Catholic District School Board and the Toronto District School Board. The mandate of this non-profit organization is two-fold. Firstly, they provide ongoing professional development to educators who are looking for new ideas to inspire kids to keep learning in the classroom and at home. Then, teachers leave equipped with new materials and strategies to take back into their schools and libraries.  Secondly they donate their profits to outreach programs that support literacy at the local, national, and international levels. Just to name a few of the worthy causes—Children’s Book Bank, Pen Canada and SickKids.

 
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Walking through the exhibitor’s hall I met children’s author, Margriet Ruurs who said it best, “Reading for the love of it is about inspiring teachers and candidates to connect with books and authors/illustrators to enable them to share real books in the classroom making a huge difference to students.  It is to get kids hooked on books and excited about reading.”

Do you have a love for learning and literature?  Reading for the Love of It 2015 will be on Feb 19-20th 2015 at the Sheraton Centre.

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Joanne Sallay

Joanne Sallay is a Director at Teachers on Call, a personalized home tutoring service with more than 25 years of experience. Teachers on Call’s Ontario Certified Teachers specialize in providing one-on-one instruction in all subjects and grades including French Immersion tutoring.

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