David Elkind

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David Elkind (1931-) is an American child psychologist, speaker, and author. His work expands on that of Jean Piaget, especially focusing on the healthy cognitive and social development of young adolescents. His work has also “included the effects of stress and the importance of creative, spontaneous play for healthy development and academic learning” (Play and Playground Encyclopedia, 2012).1

Elkind is best known throughout the early learning community for the following books:

  • The Hurried Child– Explores the dangers of forcing children to grow up too fast through pushed down curriculum and media exposure
  • The Power of Play– Looks at the ways spontaneous play supports cognitive and social development
  • Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk– Similar to The Hurried Child, but specifically focuses on the concerns of creating the preschool “superkid”
  • Giants in the Nursery– Reexamines the work of historical pioneers in the area of child development to create a biographical history of developmentally appropriate practice.

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Josie is an early childhood educator turned children's librarian from Kansas City, MO. When she's not promoting play and early literacy, she loves to spend time with her family and travel. During her rare moments of free time, you can find Josie curled up with a cat and a good book. Feel free to reach out to her with early literacy questions or ask for book recommendations.


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