Holly Engel-Smothers is a former Parent Educator for the Parents as Teachers early childhood program and continues to work as a consultant for Parents as Teachers, especially for families with twins. Since 1990, she has been an educator specializing in teaching parents and their children up to age seven. She works in a Title I program teaching low-level students and is on her district's Communication Arts Committee and Literacy Team. She has a Master's Degree in Teaching Reading. Holly's writing credits include "The Read and Respond" series, consisting of six curriculum guides based on children's literature, and "The Real World" series-three books for practical applications of reading, math, and science. Holly has had numerous articles published in magazines and is a contributing author to several books.