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The Study of Play (April 2019): Works Cited

By Charles Kroncke and Ronald F. White

Works Cited

Ancestral Landscapes in Human Evolution: Culture, Childrearing and Social Wellbeing, ed. by Darcia Narvaez et al. Oxford, 2014.

Animal Play: Evolutionary, Comparative, and Ecological Perspectives, ed. by Marc Bekoff and John A. Byers. Cambridge, 1998 (CH, Nov’98, 36-1578)

Biondo, Brenda. Once upon a Playground: A Celebration of Classic American Playgrounds, 1920–1975. ForeEdge, 2014.

Bogost, Ian. Play Anything: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Secret of Games. Basic Books, 2016 (CH, May’17, 54-4493)

Brown, Stuart, with Christopher Vaughan. Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. Avery Publishing, 2009.

Burghardt, Gordon M. The Genesis of Animal Play: Testing the Limits. MIT, 2005.

Chudacoff, Howard P. Children at Play: An American History. NYU, 2007 (CH, Jun’08, 45-5761)

Davidson, Judith, Sexting: Gender and Teens. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2014.

Designing Outdoor Environments for Children: Landscaping Schoolyards, Gardens and Playgrounds, [by] Lolly Tai et al. McGraw Hill, 2006.

Eberle, Scott G. Classic Toys of the National Toy Hall of Fame: A Celebration of the Greatest Toys of All Time! Running Press, 2009.

Elias, George Skaff, Richard Garfield, and K. Robert Gutschera. Characteristics of Games. MIT, 2012 (CH, May’13, 50-5038).

Elkind, David. The Power of Play: How Spontaneous, Imaginative Activities Lead to Happier, Healthier Children. Da Capo, 2007 (CH, Aug’07, 44-7127)

Encyclopedia of Play in Today’s Society, general ed. Rodney P. Carlisle. 2v. Sage, 2009 (CH, Nov’09, 47-1205)

Frost, Joe L. A History of Children’s Play and Play Environments: Toward a Contemporary Child-Saving Movement. Routledge, 2009 (CH, Aug’10, 47-6935)

Frost, Joe L., Sue C. Wortham, Stuart Reifel, Play and Child Development. Merrill, Prentice Hall, 2001; 4th ed., Pearson, 2012.

Galindo, Michelle. Playground Design. [Salenstein, Switzerland]: Braun, 2012.

Gill, Eliana, and Jennifer A. Shaw. Working with Children with Sexual Behavior Problems. Guilford, 2014. 

Gindele, Nathaniel Cross. “A Naturalistic Philosophy of Play.” Duke University doctoral dissertation), 2015.

Gray, Peter. Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life. Basic Books, 2013 (CH, Jul›13, 50-6461)

Gulick, Luther Halsey. A Philosophy of Play. Scribner’s Sons, 1920; reprint, McGrath, 1972.;view=1up;seq=164

The Handbook of the Study of Play. [ed. by] James E. Johnson et al. 2v. Rowman and Littlefield, 2015.

Hastinoff, Amy Adele. Sexting Panic: Rethinking Criminalization, Privacy, and Consent. Illinois, 2015 (CH, Oct’15, 53-1050)

Huizinga, Johan. Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture. 1938. Eng. tr., Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1949. Online:

International Perspectives on Children’s Play, ed. by Jaipaul L. Roopnarine et al. McGraw Hill Education, 2015.

Keeler, Rusty. Seasons of Play: Natural Environments of Wonder. Gryphon House, 2016.

Kilvington, Jacky, and Ali Wood. Gender, Sex, and Children’s Play. Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Kutska, Kenneth S., and Kevin J. Hoffman. Playground Safety Is No Accident: Developing a Public Playground Safety and Maintenance Program. National Recreation and Park Association, 1992; 3rd ed., 2002.

Lange, Alexandra. The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids. Bloomsbury, 2018 (CH, Dec’18, 56-1368)

Louv, Richard. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Algonquin Books, 2005 (CH, Nov’05, 43-1883)

____. The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age.  Algonquin Books, 2011 (CH, Nov’11, 49-1767)

Maestripieri, Dario. Games Primates Play: An Undercover Investigation of the Evolution and Economics of Human Relationships. Basic Books, 2012. (CH, Nov’12, 50-1538

A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool: Presenting the Evidence, [by] Kathy Hirsh-Pasek et al. Oxford, 2009. (CH, Jul’09, 46-6336)

Miller, Edward, and Joan Almon. Crisis in the Kindergarten: Why Children Need to Play in School. Alliance for Childhood, 2009.     

Mose, Tamara R. The Playdate: Parents, Children, and the New Expectations of Play. NYU, 2016. (CH, Oct’16, 54-0980)

Olsen, Heather M., Susan D. Hudson, and Donna Thompson. SAFE and Fun Playgrounds: A Handbook. Redleaf Press, 2016. 

The Oxford Handbook of the Development of Play, ed. by Anthony D. Pellegrini. Oxford, 2011.

Pellis, Sergio, and Vivian Pellis, The Playful Brain: Venturing to the Limits of Neuroscience. Oneworld, 2009

The Philosophy of Play, ed. by Emily Ryall, Wendy Russell, and Malcolm MacLean. Routledge, 2013.

Power, Thomas George. Play and Exploration in Children and Animals. Erlbaum Associates, 2000.

Pursell, Carroll W. From Playgrounds to PlayStation: The Interaction of Technology and Play. Johns Hopkins, 2015 (CH, Sep›15, 53-0313)

Raatma, Lucia. Staying Safe on the Playground.  Capstone Press, 2012.

Russ, Sandra Walker. Play in Child Development and Psychotherapy: Toward Empirically Supported Practice. Laurence Erlbaum, 2004 (CH, Mar’04, 41-4333)

Saracho, Olivia N. An Integrated Play-Based Curriculum for Young Children. Routledge, 2012 (CH, Jul’12, 49-6415)

Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America, ed. by Monica Obniski and Darrin Alfred. Yale, 2018 (CH, Mar’19, 56-2645)

Sicart, Miguel. Play Matters. MIT, 2014 (CH, Jan’15, 52-2832)

Singer, Dorothy G., and Jerome L. Singer. Imagination and Play in the Electronic Age. Harvard, 2005 (CH, Jul’05, 42-6800)

Solomon, Susan G. American Playgrounds: Revitalizing Community Space. University Press of New England, 2005.

____.  The Science of Play: How to Build Playgrounds That Enhance Children’s Development. University Press of New England, 2014 (CH, May’15, 52-4591)

Spariosu, Mihai. Dionysus Reborn: Play and the Aesthetic Dimension in Modern Philosophical and Scientific Discourse. Cornell, 1989.(CH, May’90, 27-5083)

Digital Resources & Journals

American Journal of Play. The Strong National Museum of Play 2008–.  

Brown, Stuart. Serious Play: Play Is more than Just Fun.


Gray, Peter. The Decline of Play, 2014.

International Journal of Play. semi. Routledge, 2012–.

International Journal of Play Therapy. 1992–.

PBS Kids.

Play and Playground Encyclopedia.