Hospital Play Specialists Association of Aotearoa/New Zealand Inc.

Library Information

The Hospital Play Specialists Association has an extensive library consisting of books and articles with a predominance of references to psychosocial care, the impact of trauma and injury, the impact of hospitalisation and early childhood education. Because of the nature of this collection:

  • Borrowers must be current financial members (full or associate) of the Hospital Play Specialist Association.
  • A $20.00 deposit must be paid before any material can be borrowed.
  • Borrowing period is four weeks from the date of issue.

If you have any enquiries on the library please contact

Library Books

New Zealand:

Adair, V. and Dixon, R. (1998). (Ed.) The family in Aotearoa New Zealand. Auckland: Longman.


Berk. L. E. (1996) 2nd Ed. Infants, children and adolescents. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Bowlby, J. (1969). Attachment. Penguin.

Gonzalez-Mena, Janet (2002) 3rd Ed. "The child in the Family and the Community". Pearson Education, New Jersey.

Karen, R. (1998) Becoming attached. First relationships and how they shape our capacity to love. Oxford. University Press.

Role of Play Specialist:

Child Life Council. (1987). Program review guidelines for self-evaluation and peer review.

Garbarino, James. What children can tell us: eliciting, interpreting and evaluating information from children.

Gaynard, L. et al. (1998). Psychosocial care of children in hospitals: a clinical practice manual. Rockville, Md: Child Life Council. (1990 ed. published by ACCH)

Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. (2003). When Children Die. Improving Palliative and end of life Care for Children and their Families. The National Academies Press

Leff, Patricia Taner and Walizer, Elaine H. (1992) Buildling the healing partnership: parents, professionals and children with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Brookline Books

Oremland,E.K (2000) Protecting the emotional development of the ill child. Psychosocial press.

McCue, K. How to help children through a parent’s illness.

McIntosh, Caroline. (2000). Exploring the Relationship Between Cultural Belief systems and Young Children’s conceptualisation of Illness Causality. Thesis.

O’Connor, K.J. and Schaefer, C.E. Handbook of play therapy. Volume 2.

Kayes, Marianne. (2005). The Experience of Novice Hospital Play Specialists in their early months of employment. (thesis)

Kuttner, Leora. A child in pain: how to help, what to do.

Shelton, T.L. and Stepanek, J.S. (1994). 3rd Ed. Family-centred care for children needing specialized health and developmental services. Bethesda, Md: ACCH.

Thompson, R.H. and Stanford, G. (1981). Child life in hospitals: Theory and practice. Springfield: Charles C. Thomas.

Early Childhood:

Cardno, Carol. (2003). Action Research a developmental approach. New Zealand Council for Educational Research. Wellington.

Dockett, Sue and Fleer, Marilyn. "Play and pedagogy in early childhood. Bending the rules".

May. H. (2001). Politics in the Playground. Bridget Williams Books and NZCER, Wellington.

Zeitlin, S. and Williamson, G. G. (1994). Coping in young children. Early intervention practices to enhance adaptive behaviour and resilience. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes