‘Play in American Life’ Honors Joe L. Frost, Children’s Advocate for Play

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Mary Ruth Moore and Constance Sabo-Risley announce publication of collection of essays.

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The right of the child to play, and the value of play in mental and emotional development, is a timely topic, given the stress of educational testing and the growing number of children living in poverty.

Mary Ruth Moore and Constance Sabo-Risley honor and build upon the work of Joe L. Frost, one of America’s leading experts on play and playgrounds in “Play in American Life: Essays in Honor of Joe L. Frost” (published by Archway Publishing), a book of essays related to the importance of play for children.

The book – written by academics and policy makers working in play – is a resource for educators, parents and anyone concerned about play for children. Focusing on why parents should worry about children playing less than they did 20 years ago, the essays examine play in America from historical, psychological, economic and other perspectives. Essays also discuss the benefits of letting children play without continuous supervision, the value of play in mental and emotional development and the importance of risk assessment in play. Some of the essays include: “A Place for Play in the Liberal Arts” by Michael J. Bell; “Play Deprivation” by Stuart Brown; and “Caretakers of Wonder” by Vivien Geneser.

“The right of the child to play, and the value of play in mental and emotional development, is a timely topic, given the stress of educational testing and the growing number of children living in poverty,” Moore and Sabo-Risley say. “The volume provides an important look at how we see play in the US and how play can be made possible for American children.”

“Play in American Life”
By Mary Ruth Moore; Constance Sabo-Risley
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 188 pages | ISBN 9781480839984
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 188 pages | ISBN 9781480839977
E-Book | 188 pages | ISBN 9781480839991
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Mary Ruth Moore earned her doctorate at The University of Texas at Austin, where she studied under Joe L. Frost. An early childhood play advocate, she and Constance Sabo-Risley are colleagues at The University of the Incarnate Word Dreeben School of Education, where they work with pre-service teachers.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit archwaypublishing.com or call 888-242-5904.

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