Lea M. McGee, EdD, is Co-Director of the High/Scope Early Childhood Reading Institute and a Professor of Literacy Education at the University of Alabama. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in children's literature, beginning reading and language arts, and foundations of language and literacy development. She received her doctorate from Virginia Tech and has previously taught at Boston College and Louisiana State University. In addition to the current volume, she has coauthored another book with Donald J. Richgels, Literacy's Beginnings: Supporting Young Readers and Writers (4th ed.) and is the coauthor, with Gail Tompkins, of Teaching Reading with Literature. She has published numerous articles in a variety of journals, including The Reading Teacher, Language Arts, and Reading Research Quarterly. Her research interests include the role of fingerpoint reading in making the transition from emergent to conventional reading and young children's responses to literature. She frequently works with teachers in their classrooms and is currently President-Elect of the National Reading Conference.
Donald J. Richgels, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Literacy Education at Northern Illinois University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in language arts, reading, and language development. He is the author of Going to Kindergarten: A Year with an Outstanding Teacher and is the coauthor, also with Lea M. McGee, of Literacy's Beginnings: Supporting Young Readers and Writers (4th ed.). His work has appeared in Language and Speech, Reading Research Quarterly, the Journal of Reading Behavior, The Reading Teacher, the Journal of Educational Research, and the Early Childhood Research Quarterly. His current research interests are preschool and kindergarten classroom practice and the relationship between spoken language acquisition and literacy development.