Lester Laminack

Lester L. Laminack is Professor Emeritus at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina where he received two awards for excellence in teaching. He is now a full-time writer and consultant working with schools throughout the United States. Lester is an active member of the National Council of Teachers of English and served as co-editor of Primary Voices and the children’s book review column of Language Arts. He also served as a teaching editor for the magazine Teaching K-8 and wrote the Parent Connection column. He is a former member of the Whole Language Umbrella Governing Board, the Governing Board and Secretary of the North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Board of Directors for the Center for the Expansion of Language and Thinking. Lester served as the Basic Reading Consultant to Literacy Volunteers of America from 1987 through 2001 and as a member of the Board of Directors of Our Children’s Place [ourchildrensplace.com]. He is the current column editor for The Writing Department of the ILA journal, The Reading Teacher.

His academic publications include several books: Learning with Zachary (Scholastic), Spelling in Use (NCTE), Volunteers Working with Young Readers (NCTE), and his contributions to The Writing Workshop: Working Through the Hard Parts (NCTE), Learning Under the Influence of Language and Literature (Heinemann), Reading Aloud Across the Curriculum (Heinemann), The Writing Teacher’s Troubleshooting Guide (Heinemann), Writers ARE Readers (Heinemann), Bullying Hurts (Heinemann), Cracking Open the Author’s Craft (Scholastic), and Unwrapping the Read Aloud (Scholastic). His newest work with Scholastic is The Ultimate Read-Aloud Resource: Making Every Moment Intentional and Instructional With Best Friend Books (2016) and Best Friend Fiction Kits for Grades K-5 (2016). In addition, he has several articles published in journals such as The Reading Teacher, Early Years, Language Arts, Teaching pre-K/8, and Young Children. Lester is also the author of six children’s books: The Sunsets of Miss Olivia Wiggins, Trevor’s Wiggly-Wobbly Tooth, Saturdays and Tea Cakes, Jake’s 100th Day of School, Snow Day! Three Hens and a Peacock, and a forthcoming title, The King of Bees (all from Peachtree Publishers).

Lester earned a B.S. and M.S. in Elementary Education from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama and an Ed.D. in Elementary Education and Reading from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.

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Professional Learning Workshop(s): 
When Books Become Best Friends: One Book/Many Visits
Independent Reading Panel: Where We've Been. Where We're Going. (Panelist)

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