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A classroom teacher for fifteen years, Dr. Jeffrey Wilhelm is currently Distinguished Professor of English Education at Boise State University. He is the founding director of the Maine Writing Project and the Boise State Writing Project. He has authored or co-authored 32 books about literacy teaching and learning.

The following article is an adaptation of the Prestige Lecture presented at the University of Canterbury on March 3, 2015. It is based on the research reported in his book Reading Unbound: Why Kids Need to Read what They Want – and Why We Should Let Them. (Scholastic, 2014)

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