Laurie Lind Makin, TL, BA, MA, GradDipEdSt (MultEd), PhD, has had extensive experience as an early childhood educator. A widely-published author in the areas of early language and literacy learning, bilingual education and multicultural education, Laurie has also contributed to a range of teaching resources in these areas. Her publications include How to develop children's early literacy (Sage, 2004), Literacies in childhood (Elsevier, 2007, 2nd edn) and Learning literacies - birth to three: Positive approaches for early childhood educators (Pademelon Press, 2012). Her research has focused on adult-child interactions in early childhood settings. Laurie worked extensively with families in the program, `Support at Home for Early Language and LiteracieS (SHELLS)' (Makin & Spedding, 2001-2008). Prior to retirement in 2007, she was Founding Director of the Children and Education Research Centre at the University of Newcastle, and a Visiting Scholar in early childhood at the Hong Kong Institute of Education.