Children love borrowing books from the library. They also love playing with toys. So why don’t we have toy libraries? Julie Ozanne studies toy libraries in Europe and New Zealand and has found that toy libraries offer multiple benefits for children, their parents, and their communities.
Later in the show: Historians have long held that children of 17th and 18th century Europe were thought of as incomplete adults who were not yet worthy of love or compassion. But historian Michael Galgano says children of this time were actually celebrated and loved.
Also featured: Adam Winsler’s research shows that 5-year-olds perform better on motor tasks when they talk to themselves out loud than when they are silent. And: Vikran Jaswal (University of Virginia) says part of the challenge of childhood is learning when to question. And: Bryan Caplan, author of the new book Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think.