Brown, S., & Vaughn, C. (2009). Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. New York: Penguin Group Inc.
This book outlines why play is so instrumental in child development, parenting, education, social policy, business innovation and productivity – even for the future of our society. From new research suggesting the direct role of three-dimensional object play in shaping our brains, to animal studies showing the effects of the lack of play, Brown provides a sweeping look at the latest breakthroughs in our understanding of the importance of play behavior.