I’m happy to report that the Library Journal has posted a positive review of my new book, Creating a Beautiful Mess: Ten Essential Play Experiences for a Joyous Childhood.

Here’s what they had to say:

Early childhood educator Gadzikowski offers a charming book on play, outlining the various types, importances thereof, a historical look back, and ideas for implementation. Arguing that “the concept of balance in children’s play experiences is similar to the concept of nutritional balance,” the author provides ten essential play experiences for a “balanced and joyous childhood.” While educators categorize play into domains of development—and parents think in terms of its when and where—Gadzikowski’s arrangement represents a child’s experience. VERDICT From blocks and make-believe to turn-taking games and stories with toys, this work’s encouraging and gentle perspective is sure to motivate even the most authoritarian parent. Warmly recommended for all messy mischief makers.



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