Tony Stead is an Australian educator who has taught in elementary schools and lectured at the University of Melbourne. Tony is the Past President of the Melbourne Chapter of the Australian Reading Association and the author of many publications. These include: Is That A Fact? Teaching Nonfiction Writing; Reality Checks: Teaching Reading Comprehension with Nonfiction;and two video series: Time For Nonfiction and Bridges to Independence - Guided Reading with Nonfiction. Tony's new publication on independent reading and response will be released in the fall of 2008. Tony currently works in literacy education with school districts across the United States, Canada and Australia.