Raise a Reader!: Playing

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Books that Encourage Imagination and Play

Click on the book cover to read more about it and find the book in the Alvin Sherman Library.

Learn about Playing

Raise a Reader Playing

Play helps children practice putting their thoughts into words and express themselves with language.

Play is one of the primary ways young children learn about how the world works and learn language.

Play is how children practice becoming adults and process what they see and hear every day.

Play helps children think symbolically — that this item stands for this thing ("This box is a rocket ship!"), which helps them understand that words can stand for real objects or experiences.