Raymond Smith believes that “reading is everything.” He received a Bachelor’s Degree in secondary English education from Chicago State University in 2006 and a Master’s Degree in reading from Olivet Nazarene University in 2012. Raymond found his safety in books early in his life. When his elementary teachers recognized Raymond completed his work before his peers, he was encouraged to move ahead with a book from the classroom library. It was then Raymond began to love reading. “Reading books changed my life and opened the world up to me,” he said. As a reading teacher, Raymond noticed many of his students did not value reading and were often unengaged with their school texts. That moment was the brainchild for "Righteous Ray Ray’s" Children’s book series.  The series now includes four books that are bursting with thought provoking, age appropriate questions, vocabulary, and a great story line. Raymond is now developing “Righteous Readers” and after school book club. To view Mr. Smith's work go to http://www.righteousrayray.com. You can also contact him at righteousrayray@gmail.com