Philip Nel is Professor of English and Director of Kansas State University’s Program in Children’s Literature. His most recent books are Tales for Little Rebels (2008, co-edited with Julia Mickenberg), The Annotated Cat (2007), and Dr. Seuss: American Icon (2004). Forthcoming: Keywords for Children’s Literature (2011, co-edited with Lissa Paul) and a critical biography of Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss (2012).