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Baby Unplugged: Play

“Roll a ball across the floor. Build a box house with a door. Bang pots and pans, make fun sounds! Stack blocks high off of the ground.”

From books and blocks, to pets and boxes, a perfect way to spend a day, educational as a natural byproduct of a child's desire to play, explore, and connect. A “greatest hits” addition to the award-winning Baby Unplugged series by pediatrician Dr. John Hutton, with joyful illustrations reimagined by rising star Sarah Jones, Play celebrates classic childhood experiences and icons—no screens, batteries, or WiFi required!

From the Baby Unplugged™ series, winner of a Mom's Choice Awards Gold Medal and Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year! Celebrating icons of childhood, rooted in how developing brains work. Kids need and learn best through real experiences, real people, and exploring the real world. Technology can wait. Unplug, tune in, and have fun



"Occasionally, there are very little books that contain as much wisdom as whole child development textbooks. This is one of those. " - Maryanne Wolf, Director, Center for Reading and Language Research, Tufts University

“Don’t let their simple beauty distract you from the wise and crucial message... These books delight, appeal, touch, and support the child’s natural tendency to explore and connect with her close-at-hand, splendid, day-to-day natural world. They bring us back to the child’s experience… personal, multi-sensory, calm and real. I challenge you to stay uninspired after reading each one!” - Shawn Dougherty, M.Ed., preprimary Montessori teacher

“Children are naturally drawn to playing with the simple joys in life: balls, boxes, pets, books. Pediatrician Dr. John Hutton gently couples rhyming text with cheerful illustrations of toddler concepts. His original Baby Unplugged series encourages us to imaginatively explore the world outdoors and rely less on electronics for entertainment. No batteries, no problem!” - Bonita Dungan, The Bookies, Denver CO


Mom's Choice Awards

Mom's Choice Awards

Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year

Creative Child Magazine
Book of the Year


Publication Information


List Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-1-936669-23-3
Publication Date: September 2014
Format: Board book
Dimensions: 5.5" x 5.5"
Page Count: 14
Ages: 0-3
Series: Baby Unplugged

About the Author: 

Dr. John S. Hutton is a pediatrician, clinical research fellow, and owner of the award-winning blue manatee children’s bookstore. His research foci are the effect of shared reading on brain development, general early and pediatric health literacy, and the health effects of electronic media on young children, as well as the importance of a solid foundation in words and play. Learn more at www.BabyUnplugged.com

About the Illustrator: 

Sarah Jones is an artist, educator and storyteller from Cincinnati, Ohio. Whether rocking musical story time at the award-winning blue manatee children’s bookstore or painting creative critters in her studio, Sarah loves to spread joy through art. Sarah regularly exhibits her work in a broad range of venues and holds an MFA from the University of Cincinnati. Learn more at www.sarahluciajones.com