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Steven L. Layne serves as director of the Master of Education in Literacy
program at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, where he is also an associate
professor of education and literature. He is a fifteen-year veteran of public
education, serving as a classroom teacher and reading specialist for grades two
through three and five through eight.
A respected literacy consultant, motivational keynote speaker, and featured
author, Dr. Layne works with large numbers of educators and children during
school visits and at conferences held throughout the world each year. His work
has been recognized with awards for outstanding contributions to the fields of
educational research, teaching, and writing from organizations such as USA
Today, the Milken Family Foundation, the Illinois Association for
Supervision and Curriculum Development, the National Council of Teachers of
English, the Illinois Reading Council, and the International Reading
A prolific and talented writer, his young-adult thriller This Side of
Paradise was the 2002 winner of the Hal Clement Award for Young Adult
Science Fiction Literature and the 2003-2004 Texas Lone Star Award. He is also
the author of the International Reading Association/Children’s Choice selections
My Brother Dan's Delicious and The Teachers' Night Before
Christmas, which is also one of the best-selling books in Pelican's The Night Before Christmas Series.
Dr. Layne lives with his wife, Debbie, and their children, in St. Charles,