Vivian Gussin Paley

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General Information

Name: Vivian Gussin Paley

Pen Name: None

Born: 1929 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Taught and lived in Chicago for 37 years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Vivian Paley taught preschool children for 37 years, much of that time at the University of Chicago's Laboratory Schools. She is the only Kindergarten teacher to ever receive one of the MacArthur "genius" grants. In addition to teaching, Paley has written more than 10 books about life in the classroom.

Published Works

  • Boys and Girls, Superheroes in the Doll Corner, University of Chicago Press, 1984
  • Mollie is Three, Growing up in School , University of Chicago Press, 1986
  • Bad Guys Don`t Have Birthdays, Fantasy Play at Four, University of Chicago Press, 1988
  • The Boy Who Would Be a Helicopter, Harvard University Press, 1990
  • You Can`t Say You Can`t Play , Harvard University Press, 1992
  • Kwanzaa and Me, A Teacher`s Story, Harvard University Press, 1995
  • The Girl with the Brown Crayon, Harvard University Press, 1997
  • The Kindness of Children, Harvard University Press, 1999
  • In Mrs. Tully`s Room, A Child Care Portrait, Harvard University Press, 2001
  • A Child`s Work, The Importance of Fantasy Play, University of Chicago Press, 2004

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Mollie Is Three: Growing Up in School

ISBN: 0226644944
Release Date: 1988-12-15

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The Girl with the Brown Crayon: How Childen Use Stories to Shape Their Lives

ISBN: 0674354427
Release Date: 1998-09-15

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The Kindness of Children

ISBN: 067400390X
Release Date: 2000-10-02

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In Mrs. Tully's Room: A Childcare Portrait

ISBN: 0674011163
Release Date: 2003-03-31

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A Child's Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play

ISBN: 0226644898
Release Date: 2005-05-27

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Literary Awards

NCTE David H. Russell Award,1999. John Dewey Society`s Outstanding Achievement Award, 2000 Erickson Institute Award, 1987.

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Vivian Gussin Paley on WorldCat

Vivian Gussin Paley on Amazon


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