Playing and Reality by D.W. Winnicott: a collection of essays that explain the essence of playing and the influence of first experiences in infancy on human development

D.W. Winnicott, Playing and Reality Published 2005 by Routledge Classics (first published in 1971 by Tavistock Publications), 214p   Donald Woods Winnicott was one of the most influential personalities in the British psychoanalytical field, developing several theories that are still referred to even today. He died in 1971 after a 50-year long career as a… Continue reading Playing and Reality by D.W. Winnicott: a collection of essays that explain the essence of playing and the influence of first experiences in infancy on human development

I Didn’t Do It: a poetical picture book that celebrates puppies and the joyfulness of childhood

Patricia MacLachlan, Emily MacLachlan Charest, I Didn’t Do It. Illustrated by Katy Schneider Published 2010 by Katherine Tegen Books, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 32p   Mother and daughter, Patricia and Emily MacLachlan, together with illustrator Katy Schneider create a second picture book dedicated to puppies (the first was Once I Ate a Pie). More… Continue reading I Didn’t Do It: a poetical picture book that celebrates puppies and the joyfulness of childhood

The Iridescence of Birds: A book about Henri Matisse and the way childhood influenced his art

Patricia MacLachlan, The Iridescence of Birds. A Book About Henri Matisse. Pictures by Hadley Hooper Printed 2014 by Roaring Brook Press, 40p   Matisse first started to paint in his early twenties during a period of convalescence when his mother brought him paint supplies but his formation as an artist had actually begun many years… Continue reading The Iridescence of Birds: A book about Henri Matisse and the way childhood influenced his art

Where the Sidewalk Ends we find Shel Silverstein and his eccentric universe

Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends. The poems and drawings of Shel Silverstein Published 1974 by Harper & Row, 176p/ In limba romana: Acolo unde nu mai e trotuar, Editura Arthur, 2015 If you are a dreamer, come in, / If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,/ A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…/ If… Continue reading Where the Sidewalk Ends we find Shel Silverstein and his eccentric universe

Kat Michels pleads for freedom, dynamism and laughter for a healthy childhood

Kat Michels, Children Have Got to be Carefully Taught. Illustrated by A. Sutton. Published 2014, 36p Kat Michels, 10 Cheeky Monkeys. Illustrated by A. Sutton. Published 2015 by In Heels Publishing, 50p   A few days ago I asked my daughter to come with me to the post office to pick up a parcel which… Continue reading Kat Michels pleads for freedom, dynamism and laughter for a healthy childhood

Children and their magical thinking. David Mackintosh brilliantly observes how children use imagination for personal development and as a utensil of their aspirations

David Mackintosh, Lucky Published 2014 by HarperCollins Children’s Books Imagination is one of the most powerful tools children have when dealing with reality, when trying to understand it and also during the process of including themselves in it. In order to be successful, they make suppositions or create contexts and everything that is new stimulates… Continue reading Children and their magical thinking. David Mackintosh brilliantly observes how children use imagination for personal development and as a utensil of their aspirations

Beatrice Alemagna illustrates how children’s imagination has no limits in a charming story about finding the perfect present

Beatrice Alemagna, The Marvellous Fluffy Squishy Itty Bitty Published 2015 by Thames&Hudson   Beatrice Alemagna has never given up her inner child. She creates portraits of children and poetically speaks about their flaws in a manner only on adult that still believes in the inexhaustible resourcefulness of childhood could do. Edith, whom friends call Eddie,… Continue reading Beatrice Alemagna illustrates how children’s imagination has no limits in a charming story about finding the perfect present