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Literature Spolight: Writing Before Reading: The Narratives of Play

The Bard Graduate Center will host a discussion on the role of toys, books, and make-believe in childhood development from various perspectives on November 19 at 6 PM, in New York City.

Introduced by children’s literary historian Leonard Marcus, this program illuminates the importance of story and play in a child’s emerging understanding of the world around them and the world of their peers. 

Admission is $15, or free for students with valid ID. Register at 212.501.3011/programs[@]bgc.bard.edu.

About the panelists:

Andy Ackerman is Executive Director at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.

Maris Krasnow is Clinical Associate Professor at Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University. 

Leonard Marcus is a leading historian and critic of children’s books and the people who create them. His award-winning publications include Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom (HarperCollins, 2000), The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth(Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2011), and Show Me a Story! (Storey Publishing, LLC, 2012). 

Linda C. Mayes is Arnold Gesell Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases), of Pediatrics and of Psychology; Special Advisor, Dean. 

Kendra Tyson is the Linda May Uris Library Media Specialist at New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. 

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