Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World

It’s high time for a hopeful book about childhood. Despite a perfect storm of hostile forces that threaten to deny children a healthy happy childhood, courageous parents and educators can turn the tide.

Their Name Is Today looks at standardised testing, overstimulation, academic pressure, marketing to children and much more. It calls on everyone who loves children to find creative ways to help them flourish by giving them time to play, access to nature, personal attention and by defending their right to the joy and wonder of childhood.

Anand Shukla, Chief Executive, Family and Childcare Trust
Often challenging, occasionally provocative, always stimulating and uplifting, Their Name is Today is a joyous description of childhood, and at its heart, an acclamation of family life.

June O’Sullivan, CEO, London Early Years Foundation
Arnold’s book is a warm hearted exploration of what it means to be a child in today’s world. I have never met him but we speak the same language. Let’s use our shared language to explain to the public why we want everyone to value childhood.

Professor Barry Carpenter OBE
There is no greater challenge for society than nurturing its children and treasuring childhood. This timely book offers insight and inspiration.

In recognition of the child-centred vision this book promotes, Community Playthings has chosen to sponsor free copies for anyone who cares about children.

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