Joyce Bainbridge, EdD, is Vice-Dean and Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of Education and a Professor in the Department of Elementary Education, at the University of Alberta. She has taught courses in language and literacy education, with a specialization in children's literature and children's writing. Her current research explores pre-service teachers' perspectives on representations of 'Canadian identity' in contemporary Canadian picture books. She is the author of many publications on children's literature, the language arts, and teacher education. In 1999-2000, she held a McCalla Research Professorship and in 2000 was awarded the Alberta Teachers' Association Educational Research Award for her research on Canadian children's literature.