J. Richard Gentry, Ph.D., a former university professor and elementary school teacher, is author of Raising Confident Readers: How to Teach Your Child to Read and Write—From Baby to Age 7 (Da Capo Press/Lifelong Books). He is passionate about dispelling the myths surrounding baby/toddler reading and he hopes to help bring back research-based spelling education which he considers crucial for proficient reading and writing in elementary school. Some of Richard’s earlier books include Breakthrough in Beginning Reading and Writing (Scholastic), Step-by-Step Assessment Guide to Code Breaking (Scholastic), Breaking the Code (Heinemann), My Kid Can’t Spell (Heinemann) and The Science of Spelling (Heinemann). In addition he is author of a spelling textbook series, Spelling Connections for grades K-8 (Zaner-Bloser).
Richard has degrees from the University of North Carolina Chapel-Hill, and the University of Virginia. He is on the editorial review boards of two scholarly journals, The Reading TeacherReading & Writing Quarterly—Overcoming Reading Difficulties.
Dr. Gentry is on the Board of Directors of the Early Education for Every Child Foundation (http://www.eeecf.org/), a charitable foundation that provides teaching tools for children in need in preschools, kindergartens, and orphanages and for their parents.
The Early Education for Every Child Foundation - EEECF (formerly known as The BrillKids Foundation) believes that parents and caregivers can make a tremendous impact through helping children fulfill their innate potential, while ensuring that the learning process remains fun, engaging, and respectful to children and adults alike.
We believe that every child in the world deserves access to early childhood education. The foundation currently has projects in fourteen countries including Head Start in the US.
Richard grew up in North Carolina and now resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.