One presenter that has inspired me is Maria Walther. Maria is a first grade teacher near Chicago who conducts many workshops on balanced reading insruction in the primary grades. She has written a college textbook "Teaching Reading: A Balanced Approach for Today's Classroom." She also also written a book with the Scholastic Theory and Practice series called "Literature is Back" which includeds different ways to include wonderful children's literature in reading and writing instruction. Mrs. Walther has also written a book for the Scholastic Theory and Practice Professional Series titled "Literature is Back." This book gives valuable information about using wonderful children's literature to enhance reading and writing instruction.