Phyllis C. Hunter is an internationally renowned and beloved literacy expert who has served as an advisor to both the President of the United States and the Secretary of Education. Her advice about reading instruction and the importance of classroom libraries in building successful, avid readers is always direct and to the point. She is a sought-after motivational speaker and reading advisor for many educational stakeholders. Ms. Hunter has worked as a district reading manager, principal, and speech and language therapist. In 2009, she was named the Marcus Garvey Educator of the Year by the National Alliance of Black Educators, and in 2009, Scholastic Education presented Ms. Hunter with its Inaugural Heroes Award for her contributions to the field of children’s literacy.