PBS Documentary


"Where Do the Children Play?" 

Former Alliance board member Elizabeth Goodenough of the University of Michigan is known for her exhibit and book on the Secret Spaces of Childhood. Her work has inspired a PBS documentary titled "Where Do the Children Play?" which is being aired between 2008 and 2010. Request that your local affiliate air the film. Click here for a fact sheet about the film.

This 55-minute award-winning film, directed by Christopher Cook and produced by Michigan Television, is now available for public screenings by schools, universities, and community organizations. To purchase a copy for $19.95 go to University of Michigan Press.

Elizabeth Goodenough, Ph.D., has edited two companion volumes:


Where Do the Children Play? A Study Guide to the Film has been published by the Alliance for Childhood in a newly revised and expanded edition. It includes essays by many scholars and Alliance partners, including Joe L. Frost, Mary Ruth Moore, Roger Hart, Penny Wilson, Edward Miller, Susan Linn, and Diane Levin, as well as a guide for educators and discussion leaders, designed to help teachers and community organizers who want to use the film to enhance public understanding about the importance of play. The book is distributed by University of Michigan Press. For the table of contents and some excerpts from the book, click here.

A Place for Play is a second volume of essays by Stuart Brown, Robin Moore, Kenneth Ginsburg, Joan Almon, William Crain, Louise Chawla, Jane P. Perry, and others. It is published by the National Institute for Play and distributed by University of Michigan Press.