Dr. William S. Gray
Dr. William S. Gray (1885-1960), Professor
of Education at the University of Chicago, also the well-known author of many
Dick and Jane books. More than any single individual, Doctor William S. Gray has
influenced the teaching of reading around the world, he was one of the leading
reading acquisition theorists of the period.
Director of Research in Reading
at the Graduate School of Education, University of Chicago; author of On Their
Own in Reading and other professional books; Reading Director of the Curriculum
Foundation Series; Scott, Foresman & Company.
His philosophy, his principles,
and his keen insights into future needs in the teaching of reading were invaluable
to the authors and editors throughout the long stages of planning and producing
the first books in this edition of The New Basic Readers.
Dr. William Gray's enthusiasm
for the content of these books and for the new teaching procedures suggested in
the Guidebooks will continue to inspire his colleagues in the completion of a
series that embodies his basic principles.
We are grateful to have had his guidance and