Ralph Fletcher has been a mentor to teachers and young writers everywhere. He frequently works with young writers in schools and speaks at education conferences in the US and abroad, helping teachers find wiser ways of teaching writing. Ralph is the beloved author of many bestselling teacher professional books. He has written over fifty books for writing teachers and young readers including, Joy Write, Craft Lessons, What a Writer Needs, Focus Lessons: How Photography Enhances the Teaching of Writing, and Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide. His most recent books are The World’s Loneliest Elephant, a picture book illustrated by Naoko Stoop, Christy Ottaviano Books and A Writer’s Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You (HarperCollins). Ralph visits schools and speaks at educational conferences around the world, helping teachers find wiser ways of teaching writing. He also has a passion for nature photography.