Lester L. Laminack is a recently retired professor from the department of Birth-Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle Grades Education, at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in literacy education. He is the recipient of two awards for excellence in teaching at WCU, the Botner Superior Teaching Award and the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award. Lester is an active member of the National Council of Teachers of English and served three years as co-editor of the NCTE journal Primary Voices. He also served as a teaching editor for the magazine Teaching K-8 and wrote the Parent Connection column (2000-2002). He is currently editor of the Children's Book Review Department of the NCTE journal Language Arts (2003-2006). He is a former member of the Whole Language Umbrella Governing Board, a former member of the Governing Board and Secretary of the North Carolina Association for the Education of Young ChiLaminack, Lester L. is the author of 'Reading Aloud Across the Curriculum How to Build Bridges in Language Arts, Math, Science, And Social Studies', published 2006 under ISBN 9780325009827 and ISBN 0325009821.