Richard L. Allington is professor of literacy studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He is an accomplished scholar with over 150 published papers and ten books. His research has been funded by the U.S. Office of Educational Research and Improvement and the National Institutes of Health. He is the past president of both the International Reading Association and the Literacy Research Association. Twice he has been recipient of the Albert J. Harris Award from the Intentional Reading Association, most recently in 2012 for his research with Anne McGill-Franzen on addressing summer reading loss effectively with the distribution of self-selected books for summer reading to children from low-income families.