Anita Wadley Schlaht, Writer

I wrote my first play in 5th grade and my first poetry in Jr. High.  In High School and College I was writing constantly, although not always for pleasure.  When I started my own preschool in 1974 as a new college graduate, I wrote a newsletter for the parents, curriculum for the students and teachers, and a poem called “JUST Playing.” Forty-four years later I am still getting emails and letters from people wanting to use my poem to motivate teachers and parents to value the role of play in a child’s life.  I hope that you will find this website helpful in finding information about “JUST Playing” resources and the author. 

My new Children’s Book, “JUST Playing” illustrated by Hazel Conley and published by Doodle and Peck Publishing is out now in paperback and hard cover. Go to to order.  I’m so excited to finally be able to share this message with children AND parents.  I hope that teachers will use this book to explain to parents what their children are learning and to defend the value of play to school administrators.