Rachael Walker is Belle of the Book.

The word belle comes from the French feminine of beau, which means beautiful. The phrase belle of the ball refers to the most attractive and charming lady at a social event.  An early use of the phrase—the partner of partners, the belle of the ball—is found in an 1822 issue of the English journal The New Monthly Magazine.

Put this together with Rachael’s love of reading, her ability to develop fabulous reading events and reading motivation programs, and her expertise in bringing organizations together to support and promote children’s literacy and you get Belle of the Book.

Rachael consults for Reading Rockets, a national multimedia initiative of WETA which aims to inform and inspire parents, teachers, childcare providers, and others who touch the life of a child by providing comprehensive, accessible information on how to teach kids to read and help those who struggle. Rachael began her career in children’s literacy at Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), has served as a consultant to the NEA’s Read Across America campaign and National D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) Day, and has also served as Executive Director of Reach Out and Read of Metro DC.

She’s also currently a Literacy Advisor for the PBS Ready to Learn Project; advisor to Tales2Go, an award-winning audio story service for families; writer for Random House Teachers & Librarians; and creator of resources for educators for NEA’s Read Across America. Rachael proudly serves on the Advisory Board of The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance.

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  1. Dear Ms. Walker,
    Good morning! Just a quick thank you for creating the beautiful reading guide for “Black Dove White Raven.” I am an eighth grade English teacher and was perusing information concerning this book when I ran across your reading/discussion guide. Most reading guides are filled with low-level questions and fairly uncreative responses for book activities, but as I read through this guide, I was so pleasantly surprised by the discussion questions and thoughtful activities. Your guide would something akin to something that I would write and I absolutely loved it. Thank you for putting in so much time and effort into this.

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