Maria Walther, a first-grade teacher in Aurora, IL, has been spending her days with children since 1986.And Maria has been a longtime advocate for reading aloud. 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. With Corwin, she has published The Ramped-Up Read Aloud. Learn more about her books at mariawalther.com and follow her on Twitter @mariapwalther.