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WHEN VIEWING ON A MOBILE DEVICE -- DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM “Connecting Animals and Children in Early Childhood is an engaging text that presents strong connections between background knowledge and practical, hands-on approaches to including animals in children’s lives. Selly does an excellent job integrating research with practical ideas for supporting child development and the child-animal bond. Key aspects to child development such as social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development are discussed from a unique perspective that includes cultural, financial, and social jus- tice considerations. In addition to providing practical tips for including animals in children’s lives, Selly also presents information on how media influences human perception of animals and their behaviors. The passion that Selly has for animals and children is very clear when reading this text and should encourage all educators to consider how to include animals in their classrooms. This text is written with the concern for both children and animals and how animals can positively support child development. This may sound cliché, but I really mean it—this should be a must-read for any educator considering bringing an animal into the classroom as a pet. The section on planning and having meaningful interactions is especially crucial for early childhood educators to understand.” —Clarissa M. Uttley, PhD, Professor of Early Childhood Studies at Plymouth State University “Even in the 21st century, the human brain remains powerfully attracted to animals. Patty Born Selly does a beautiful job showing us why that ancient, innate bond remains essential to the development of our children and our species. Selly’s vision gives me joy and hope for the future. I hope all teachers and parents will take this book to heart.” —Meg Daley Olmert, author of   Made For Each Other: The Biology of the Human-​ Animal Bond and Director of Research at Warrior Canine Connection, Inc. “Patty Born Selly shows us how we can capitalize on children’s innate con- nection with animals to create everyday opportunities to spur children’s curiosity, engage children in learning that’s meaningful, and connect chil- dren with other living creatures. This book is a powerful tool for any teacher who wants to bring more life into his or her teaching.” —Christy Merrick, Natural Start Coordinator, North American Association for Environmental Education COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL