J. Richard Gentry, PhD is an internationally acclaimed author, researcher, and educational consultant known for his ground-breaking work in education on topics such as early literacy; best-practices for reading, writing, and spelling; and dyslexia. In addition to authoring 13 books, 2 textbook series, and numerous journal and magazine articles, he blogs for the prestigious Psychology Today magazine offering commentary on a range of topics including education and policy, reading and the brain, baby/toddler reading, and Common Core State Standards. Recent books and textbooks include Raising Confident Readers: How to Teach Your Child to Read and Write—From Baby to Age 7 (Da Capo Press, 2010), Fostering Writing in Today’s Classroom (Shell Education, 2014), and Spelling Connections (Zaner-Bloser, 2012), a popular evidence-based spelling series for grades K-8. Dr. Gentry received a BA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a PhD from the University of Virginia. He currently resides in Mobile, Alabama and can be reached at Richard@jrichardgentry.com.