in research journals and research summaries in handbooks (Reading Research; English Language Arts; Early Childhood), her numerous publications include the influential book, Emergent Literacy: Writing and Reading (with William H. Teale). Her research covers issues of in-home mother-child interaction with books (with A.G. Bus and Marinus H. van IJzendoorn), emergent reading, emergent writing, early language impairment (with Joan Kaderavek), and the transitions into conventional reading and writing. She is currently involved in research with Sally Lubeck looking at parent-teacher-researcher collaboration in Head Start. She is a past president of Literacy Development and Young Children, a special-interest group of the International Reading Association; she is currently on the Primary Literacy Panel of New Standards and is conducting research as part of the Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement. She has a Ph.D. in reading education from the University of Virginia.