Jillian Heise, NBCT, is the national literacy consultant for BALB Literacy Consulting, Building a Love of Books & Bringing a Literacy Balance. She taught seventh- and eighth-grade language arts in the Milwaukee area for 11 years before leaving the classroom to broaden her impact through working with teachers. Jillian is passionate about providing student choice in reading, consulting with educators in selecting the right books for their curriculum needs, and providing professional development to support district literacy initiatives. She started #classroombookaday, inspired by Donalyn Miller’s #bookaday, reading aloud a picture book every day of the school year with her middle school students. Jillian wholeheartedly believes picture books have value for students and classrooms of any age. She also brings her literacy expertise and passion for books to her role as chair of WSRA's Children’s Literature Committee. You can find Jillian blogging at Heise Reads & Recommends and Lit Perks, as well as on Twitter @Heisereads.