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). His other books include The Science of Spelling (Heinemann) as well as a popular spelling textbook series for grades K-8, Spelling Connections (Zaner-Bloser). Gentry's recent work includes the Getting to the Core of Writing Series, a seven book collection of standalone books that provide teachers with a full year of writing lessons. Learn more


Who Wants to Raise a Child Who Loves to Read?

This new highly acclaimed book for parents and preschool/kindergarten caregivers is impacting the world of beginning reading. Read more....

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Fostering Writing in Today's Classroom

This new book from Shell Education by the Core of Writing Team (Gentry, McNeel, & Wallace-Nesler), develops enthusiastic and efficient writers through classroom-tested methods that support all students. It's up-to-date research-based strategeies and proven best practices in writing instruction helps educators meet the demands of today's new and challengening standards while developing purposful writers.

Available now on the Shell Education E-Store website.

Core of Writing

Getting to the Core of Writing

In the last couple of years, I have been working with two wonderful collegues in developing a series of books for teachers, K-6, entitled Getting to the Core of Writing, Essential Lessons for Every Student. These seven standalone books provide teachers with a full year of writing lessons targeted to a specific grade level. Read More


When doing research for Raising Confident Readers, I discovered some remarkable findings that might surprise parents. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about reading aloud to babies, and whether or not babies can read. Read more.

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