Maria Walther is a first-grade teacher in Aurora, IL. She’s been spending her days with children since 1986. She was honored as Illinois Reading Educator of the Year and earned the ICARE for Reading Award for fostering the love of reading in children. Before partnering with the Corwin team, she co-authored five professional books and the Next Step Guided Reading Assessment with Scholastic. Learn more about her books at mariawalther.com and follow her on Twitter @mariapwalther.