Season of Play

Illustrated by Ashley Teets

Mom’s Choice Silver Award Winner
Indie Book Award Finalist
Creative Child Magazine Book Award Finalist

Outside Games plus rules and instructions!


Mom’s Choice Award Silver Honoree–Best Book-Activities, Crafts, & Hobbies Ages 5-8
Indie Book Award Finalist 
Creative Child Magazine Book Award Finalist

Get the kids off the couch and outside to play! Outdoor games from the 1950s and 1960s are back with beautiful illustrations by Ashley Teets. Debbie Benedetti puts together a collection of games and rhyming text to make this a fun book for the summer. Excellent choice for the Summer Reading Program!

What People Say

Fireflies. Bike rides. Warm rains. Board games. Now whatever the season, whole families can snuggle up and enjoy a slice of summer. Benedetti’s lyrical verses and Teets’ humorous drawings bring to life the joy of so many childhood universals. And the games and jump rope rhymes in the back will have generations to come up on their feet learning and participating! —Cheryl Ware, WV children s book author

In her first children s book, Season of Play, Debbie Benedetti invites readers to ‘Come on in’ and experience the fun of play. Benedetti’s whimsical verses tell of ordinary children, playing ordinary outdoor games, as well as playing board games, reading, and spending time with their parents. There is not a computer or cell phone in sight, just friends, family, and fun time spent both indoors and out. The gentle rhymes and rhythms of Benedetti’s twenty-five page text are complimented by soft pastel illustrations of Ashley Teets. The book closes with six pages of directions for games: hopscotch, jump rope, statues, red light/green light. —Phyllis Wilson Moore, West Virginia Literary Historian

Season of Play, a calm and serene book, takes us for a lovely walk into the past where children played outside from morning until dark– finally coaxed back inside by attentive parents. Descriptions of traditional games are attached at the end in hopes that today’s small children can experience the same kinds of outdoor fun their parents enjoyed. –Dr. Sandra Vrana, Professor of English, Alderson Broaddus College —Dr. Sandra Vrana, Professor of English, Alderson Broaddus College


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About the Author

Debbie Benedetti is Associate Professor of English and Academic Studies and also the Writing Coordinator at Pierpont Community & Technical College in Fairmont, West Virginia, where she teaches a variety of writing courses. She has focused her career on higher education and has also taught in the public school system. She holds a bachelor s and master’s degree from West Virginia University in English and English Education, respectively, and has completed extensive postgraduate work in educational psychology. She is a member of numerous professional organizations and is listed in national registries for professionals and executives. She has presented papers on writing and learning styles at state and national conferences and has conducted statewide poetry and creative writing workshops for high school students. She has formerly served as assistant editor of Grab-a-Nickel, a West Virginia literary publication. Her poetry has been published in several journals and literary magazines, including The Hamilton Stone Review, Grab-a-Nickel, and Influx. This is her first children’s picture book.