For their work on and advocacy for this book, our thanks to Eric Zinner, Ciara McLaughlin, and Despina P. Gimbel at New York University Press. For providing a model for Keywords for Children’s Literature, thanks to Bruce Burgett and Glenn Hendler, editors of Keywords for American Cultural Studies, and Tony Bennett, Lawrence Grossberg, and Meaghan Morris, editors of New Keywords. Extra thanks are due to Hendler, whose presentation at the 2007 Futures of American Studies Institute inspired this project.

Thanks to our agent, George Nicholson, for his support and guidance, and to George’s assistant, Erica Silverman, for hers.

We are grateful to Rachel Parkin for her meticulous work, tidying up formatting, compiling the Works Cited section, and assembling final queries for each contributor. Thanks to Jon Eben Field for indexing. For helping us evaluate cover designs, thanks to Stephen T. Johnson, Mark Newgarden, and Megan Montague Cash. We also thank the anonymous external readers for their thoughts and suggestions.

For lending a spouse to the cause, thanks to Karin and Geoff.

Last, but very definitely most, our thanks to the contributors for their expertise, insights, generosity, and willingness to attend to our editorial comments. Writing expository theory—which is what each of these essays represents—requires an agility of both mind and word. It is challenging to balance etymological and critical genealogies, literary and cultural histories, and representative examples from different countries and traditions, and to do all of this in a concise, clear essay.