Gay Su Pinnell, Editor/Author, is Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University. She has extensive experience in classroom teaching and field-based research, and has developed and implemented comprehensive approaches to literacy education. Her outstanding achievements include the International Reading Association's Albert J. Harris Award for research in reading, the Ohio Governor's Award for Education, and the Charles A. Dana Foundation Award. Pinnell is widely published in many education journals, and is the coauthor of many important literacy resources, including Guided Reading: Good First Teaching for All Children and Teaching for Comprehension in Reading, Grades K-2.
Patricia L Scharer is a Professor of Education at Ohio State University and a trainer with OSU's Literacy Collaborative. Her research interests include early literacy development, phonics and word study, and the role of children's literature to foster both literary development and literacy achievement. Her research has been published in Reading Research Quarterly, Research in the Teaching of English, Language Arts, The Reading Teacher, Reading Research and Instruction and the yearbooks of the National Reading Conference and the College Reading Association. She has served as co-editor of the Journal of Children's Literature and the Children's Books column of the Reading Teacher and is currently co-editor of Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature. Professor Scharer is also co-editor of Extending Our Reach: Teaching for Comprehension in Reading, Grades K-2 and co-author of Rethinking Phonics: Making the Best Teaching Decisions.