Mariam Jean Dreher received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside. Before joining the faculty at University of Maryland, she was an elementary school teacher and Title I specialist. She currently serves on the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Literacy Research, National Reading Conference Yearbook, Reading Research Quarterly , and Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy . She is the co-author of Informational Text in K-3 Classrooms: Helping Children Read and Write (International Reading Association, 2004), as well as co-editor of Engag ing Young Readers: Promoting Achievement and Motivation ( Guilford, 2000) and a themed issue of Reading & Writing Quarterly (2003) on Motivating Struggling Readers to Succeed. She has published in such journals as Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher, Journal of Literacy Research, Language Arts, and Journal of Educational Psychology. Her research interests include helping elementary school students become skilled readers and users of both stories and exposition. With funding from the Spencer Foundation, she and colleague Linda Baker are currently examining the effects on young children of balancing learning to read and reading for learning by enhancing children's opportunity to interact with information books.