It's time we all got serious about play.
These days, we seem to have less and less time for play. At school, children are focused on exams, while at home we're all glued to our phones and iPads.
Here, Michael Rosen shows us why we need more play in our lives. He explores the influence of play on everyone from Shakespeare to Dickens and Dali, delving into the history of play via puns, nonsense, improvisation and physical toys. He also explains why play is a core part of child development, proven to bolster creativity and resilience.
Above all, play should be fun - and this book is full of silliness and laughter. Every chapter features exercises and prompts for creative indoor and outdoor play for all the family, with specially designed pages for scribbling, word play and more, illustrated by Charlotte Trounce.
Michael Rosen is one of the best-loved figures in the children's book world, renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and education campaigner. His bestselling books include We're Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen's Sad Book and Totally Wonderful Miss Plumberry.
Michael Rosen's Book of Play is published in association with Wellcome Collection, a free museum and library that aims to challenge how we think and feel about health. Inspired by the medical objects and curiosities collected by Henry Wellcome, it connects science, medicine, life and art. Wellcome Collection exhibitions, events and books explore a diverse range of subjects, including consciousness, forensic medicine, emotions, sexology, identity and death.
Self-help & practical