by Albert Wisco Friday February 15, 2013

TVOParents will be covering the Reading for the Love of It conference next week.

Now in its 37th year, the conference is run by the East York-Scarborough Reading Association. It’s dedicated to fostering a love of reading and sharing research and best practices for teachers to use in their classrooms. It draws on a wide-ranging community of teachers, writers, artists and researchers for its presentations. This year, keynote speakers include Marc Brown, creator of the award-winning children's series "Arthur" (which airs on TVO), and Steven Page, former front man for the Barenaked Ladies, who will be talking about the care and feeding of the creative mind. Organizers expect three-thousand people to attend the conference which takes place in downtown Toronto next week.

TVOParents was at the conference last year, and we caught up with some great people including award-winning author and illustrator Kathryn Otoshi, rap-star Maestro Fresh Wes, Scholastic’s National Literacy Consultant Sue Jackson and Toronto Catholic District School Board teacher Theresa Hanran, who spoke about media literacy for kids in grades 1 to 3.

We also interviewed Mary Bigler, Professor of Teacher Education at Eastern Michigan University, about how to make reading fun. Here's the video:

Check back after the conference when we'll have new videos and blogs from this year's event.