Multcolib Early Childhood Picks: Play & Early Literacy

Come and Play
Come and Play Sensory-integration Strategies for Children With Play Challenges By Cross, Aerial Book - 2010 155.423 C9511c 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:All children need to play! This book provides some specific strategies to help those with sensory-related play challenges.

The birthday box
The birthday box Mi caja de cumpleaños By Patricelli, Leslie Book - 2011 Spanish SPANISH jbb 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:A playful reminder that for little ones the gift box is as fun as its contents!

A Child's Work
A Child's Work The Importance of Fantasy Play By Paley, Vivian Gussin Book - 2004 155.418 P158c 2004 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:One of the most important names in early childhood education writes about the critical role of fantasy play in the psychological, intellectual, and social development of young children.

Einstein Never Used Flash Cards
Einstein Never Used Flash Cards How Our Children Really Learn--and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less By Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy Book - 2003 305.231 H669e 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:These two experts in early childhood research present the overwhelming scientific evidence that play is the best way for children to learn. Parents and educators will appreciate this practical guide to introducing complex concepts through smart, simple, and loving play.

Not A Box
Not A Box By Portis, Antoinette Book - 2006 jE PORTIS Available in some locations

Annotation:Your child's imagination will fly along with this adventurous bunny.

Not A Stick
Not A Stick By Portis, Antoinette Book - 2008 jE PORTIS Available in some locations

Annotation:Any child with an active imagination will relate to this book - whose title says it all!

Play How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul By Brown, Stuart L. Book - 2009 155 B879p 2009 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 5 copies

Annotation:While this books is not strictly about early childhood, it proves why play just might be the most important work we can ever do. A fascinating blend of cutting-edge neuroscience, biology, psychology, social science, and inspiring human stories of the transformative power of play.

The Power of Play
The Power of Play How Spontaneous, Imaginative Activities Lead to Happier, Healthier Children By Elkind, David Book - 2007 155.418 E43p 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:While you may worry that your children will be at a disadvantage if they are not engaged in constant, explicit learning or using the latest "educational" games, The Power of Play reassures us that unscheduled imaginative play goes far in preparing children for academic and social success.

Shark Vs. Train
Shark Vs. Train By Barton, Chris Book - 2010 jE BARTON 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 15 copies

Annotation:"A shark and a train compete in a series of contests on a seesaw, in hot air balloons, bowling, shooting baskets, playing hide-and-seek, and more...This inspired pairing, executed with ingenuity and packed with action and humor, is a sure winner" - SLJ

Where Do the Children Play?
Where Do the Children Play? DVD - 2007 DVD 155.418 WHERE Available in some locations

Annotation:Where Do the Children Play? is a one-hour documentary for public television that examines how restrictive patterns of sprawl, congestion, and endless suburban development across America are impacting children's mental and physical health and development.

World Playground
World Playground A Musical Adventure For Kids Music CD - 1999 Multiple languages CD-j 782.42 WORLD

Annotation:This is just one of Putumayo's many music CDs featuring playful music from across the US and around the world. Put on some music and dance with your kids!


A mix of books for adults about the importance of play and books & music for children that inspire play.

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