"It is a happy talent to know how to play. Some men must always work if they would be respectable; for the moment they trifle, they are silly. Others show most talent when they trifle."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Join us for CHQ 2018 Week 3: The Art of Play July 8th - 14th

Play is critically important in the social and emotional development of a child, but research also tells us that play shouldn’t end when we grow up. This week, we take a multigenerational approach to play, to the act of instructive fun. How does play help people of all ages build community, keep our minds sharp and strengthen the relationships with those we love? From the free-spirited, free-form play of youth to the intellectual challenge of puzzles and games to the creative problem-solving exhibited in board rooms, we examine the science behind the importance of play, the changing culture of play and gaming, and the innovative work aimed at improving our personal and professional lives through play.

Check out the titles below as well as our collection of Week 3 Speaker Books.


Children at Play: An American History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780814716656
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New York University Press - September 1st, 2008

Outside the Lines, Too: An Inspired and Inventive Coloring Book by Creative Masterminds Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399172052
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 3-5 Days
Published: TarcherPerigee - September 1st, 2015

Living Out Loud: Activities to Fuel a Creative Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811836746
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - July 1st, 2003

Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399184499
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 14th, 2017

Wreck This Journal (Paper bag) Expanded Ed. Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399162718
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Published: Penguin Books - August 7th, 2012

The Encyclopedia of Immaturity: How to Never Grow Up: The Complete Guide Cover Image
ISBN: 9781591744276
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Published: Klutz - August 1st, 2007

101 Things for Kids to Do Outside Cover Image
ISBN: 9781770857117
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Published: Firefly Books - February 23rd, 2016

The Snowy Day: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670012701
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 18th, 2011