Elaine M. Czarnecki is a literacy consultant with the firm Resources in Reading in Annapolis, Maryland. She teaches for Johns Hopkins University and is a former elementary school-based reading specialist. She provides professional development in the area of emergent literacy to children's librarians across Maryland and has given similar workshops in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Since 2001 she has provided consulting services for a variety of library initiatives, including the Emergent Literary Training Assessment Project. She has coauthored two articles for Public Libraries. She earned her master's degree in education with a concentration in reading at Loyola University in Maryland. She is also co-author of Tender Topics: Picture Books About Childhood Challenges.