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author who wrote the introduction. To help you know who wrote what, our
names appear before each of our contributions.
The Lineup (A Sum of Our Parts)
As Holly Elissa wrote in the beginning of the preface, we each bring our own
area of expertise and life experience to our work together, both as presenters
at the NAEYC conferences and as authors writing this book. You can read
more about us at the end of the book, but for now know that we each care
deeply about young children and about the people in our field who dedicate
their life’s work to caring for and teaching children and partnering with their
families to make a difference.
Our Hopes for the Book
This book is an invitation to civil discourse. You will see that we do not
always agree and that we value those disagreements because they help us
better understand the world. With that said, we want you to use this book
however it best fits your needs. We encourage you to read it and discuss it
with fellow students, colleagues, or members of a discussion group at your
local Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC)—there’s a lot
in this book to support your professional development. Make the most of the
learning by discussing the chapters with colleagues in similar work environ-
ments and with people experiencing something different. In other words,
think outside the box and engage in discussion with people who will further
challenge your thinking and practices. We hope as you read this book that
you will respect the different points of view we share and that it will help you
respect your colleagues’ opinions as well.
Learning is a lifelong adventure, and we hope that this book contributes
to yours. Remember, learning should be joyful. The discussion we start in this
book should never be over. Thank you for joining us on the journey.