Denise Ryan, has taught students in grades K-7 and beyond, and is a former language and literacy curriculum consultant to the New South Wales Department of Education and Training. In later years, Denise became an educational publisher and has held senior positions in three international publishing companies. She currently works as an independent publisher and as a writer of books for children. Denise is a former president of the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association and a member of the International Reading Association’s Publications’ Committee. A recipient of the ALEA Medal for her services to literacy education in Australia, she has been an invited speaker at literacy conferences in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.