"I attended one of Steves seminars last year and immediately began implementing several of his ideas in my classroom. What a success! I now have students who love to read and parents who want to 'kiss my feet' for developing a love of reading in their children."
6th Grade Teacher
"Thanks to Steve Layne for all of the classroom-ready ideas and great book chats for the teachers at Gulf Coast High School! As promised, his inservice filled the void of resources that many of us have in inspiring our students to read. His extensive knowledge of literature and creative hooks had teachers of all content areas hanging on every word."
"Steven Layne is one of the most dynamic keynote speakers it has been my pleasure to listen to. His warmth, humor, and love of teaching resonate. He made us laugh and made us cry - but most of all, he inspired us. People were still talking about him a month after they heard him!"
Pamela Hill, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
"Dr. Steven L. Layne presented his passion for literature, children, and teaching through two overflowing sessions at the IRA Plains Regional Conference in Topeka, KS. The audience was mesmerized by his dynamic presentation skills, his craft of blending books and teaching, and his personal writing magic as an author of award-winning books for children and young adults. I strongly suggest that you contact Steve for upcoming local, state, and national conferences. Provide large rooms and watch his reputation and the success of your conference grow! Five stars and kudos to Steve for the energy and ideas that follow his audiences back into their classrooms!"
Marjorie Hancock, Ed.D.
Program Chair, IRA Plains Regional Conference
"I want to sincerely thank Dr. Steven L. Layne for being a part of the 29th Annual Tennesee Reading Association State Conference. The conference was highly successful, and much of that success was due to his presenation at the Author's Breakfast. All our committee heard was how excellent and informative he was both at the breakfast and in his featured presentations. His warmth and interaction with the participants were evidenced by the fact that each of his sessions was filled to capacity. The wealth of information and teaching ideas that surrounded his books was excellent. We cannot wait to have him back for future conferences."
Conference Chair, Tennessee Reading Association 2002
"Steve is phenomenal; he's a great teacher, a terrific author, and a sensational speaker! I felt he had a thorough knowledge of what it takes to effectively engage students in reading books at every level."
"Steve is a speaker you bring back again and again because educators demand it. If you have him, use him, because when he leaves, they'll be asking how soon you can get him back. He can ignite passion in a room full of educators like few speakers that I've ever heard. You walk away completely recharged and ready to make a difference in kids' lives."
5th Grade Teacher
"Steve is one of the most inspiring and practical speakers I have heard in several years. During his session, time flew by. Steve's love of reading and kids is contagious. I love the way he weaves his books into his presentations in such a seamless fashion. I have used many of his ideas when working with teachers in our district."
Carol Den Otter
Otter Middle School Curriculum Coordinator
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
"Dr. Steve Layne inspires, guides, and challenges teachers to provide the best reading instruction for students in all grades. As an author who writes for multiple audiences and a teacher with experience throughout the grades, he can do just about anything. He is a master!"
Superintendent, Cass School District 63
"I highly recommend Steve Layne to anyone looking for practical, dynamic author and educator. His innovative approaches to fostering a love of reading in kids are beyond compare and his straightforward style and limitless energy make for a fabulous experience."
"As an administrator looking for practical, hands-on, engaging professional development experiences for my teachers, I find Steve Layne to be the perfect answer!"
Principal, Burr Ridge Middle School
Burr Ridge, IL