Children's Play: The Roots of Reading

Extensive empirical research has documented the value of play for both cognitive and social development.  In Children's Play, leading experts, such as Dr. Edward Zigler, the founder of Head Start, demonstrate the importance of play in helping children learn basic literacy skills, social awareness, and creative problem solving.  Readers will also find a comprehensive summary of the developmental benefits of play, examples of how research has been applied in practice, a multicultural perspective on play, and ideas for how to play imaginative games with children.