A child development expert emphasizes the importance of imaginative
play in preparing a child for social and academic success,
demonstrating how creative and spontaneous play enhances healthy
mental and social development and sets the stage for later academic
"Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry," September 2008"An easy and enjoyable read...Elkind's latest book reflects his career-long devotion to children's well-being...He lays out a comprehensive vision for how parents can support and foster children's free play and gently but convincingly illustrates why they should do so...This book will be well received by parents, teachers, and policymakers."
David Elkind, PhD is Professor of Child Development Emeritus at the Eliot-Pearson School of Development at Tufts University. He is the author of a dozen books including The Hurried Child and All Grown Up and No Place to Go. He lives outside Boston and on Cape Cod.