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by Julie Le Gal Brodeur





ON THIS PAGE: Early childhood parenting, Childhood parenting, adolescence, media, Craft and festival resources, Nutrition, Books on Waldorf/Steiner Education




You Are Your Child's First Teacher. by Rahima Dancy Baldwin

A guide full of insights and suggestions about receiving a newborn, fostering healthy early childhood development, the importance of play, bringing rhythm into the day, and fostering healthy parenting values, based on Rudolf Steiner’s insights.


Guide to Child Health. by Michaela Glöckler and Wolfgang Goebel

A must-have medical and general health guide that touches on numerous childhood illnesses and treatments, vaccination, care of newborns, nutrition, foundations for healthy development, education and parenting therapy.


The Incarnating Child. by Joan Saulter

A good introduction to Rudolf Steiner's indications and insights about birth, babies and young children, motherhood, as well as a thorough guide for caring for the child, nutrition, the senses, development and play from a spiritual perspective.


Beyond the Rainbow Bridge: Nurturing our children from birth to seven. by Barbera J. Patterson and Pamela Bradley

A wonderful little gem of a book written by a long time Waldorf Kindergarten teacher. Includes stories and crafts.


Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne

“Using the extraordinary power of love to raise calmer, happier and more secure kids.” A very important book, full of concrete suggestions that bring as much good to parents as they do to children. See Links for more info.


Heaven on Earth: A Handbook for Parents of Young Children by Sharifa Oppenheimer

Bridges theoretical understanding of child development with practical ideas, resources, and tips that can transform family life. Through art, storytelling, and the festival celebrations, this book is a guide to build a "family culture" based on the guiding principle of love.


Magical Motherhood. by Brenda Hammond

A series of letters written in an intimate, conversational style from a mother-in-law to her daughter-in-law about becoming a mother, from the point of view of mind, body and spirit.


When a Child is Born by Wilhelm zur Linden M.D.

The classic guide to physical, mental, and spiritual health for mother and baby during pregnancy and childrearing. The book takes one step-by-step through the birth and nursing processes and provides advice for treating common childhood ailments and for instilling good habits in toddlers. Based on Rudolph Steiner's work.


Conception, Birth and Early Childhood. by Norbert Glas M.D.- out of print, but you may find it used online

Another classic that discusses parenting issues and brings awareness to conception, birth and early childhood from a perspective based in Steiner's work.


Children at Play by Heidi Britz-Crecelius

An exploration of various aspects of play in different stages of childhood with recommendations of games, toys, supplies and materials to use, from the perspective of Waldorf education.


Making a Home by Shannon Honeybloom

In describing her home and family life, Shannon Honeybloom shows how we can make a house into a real home as she shares her own efforts, hopes, and lessons in making a safe and healthy home that provides warmth and intimacy for the whole family.






Phases of Childhood by Bernard Lievegoed

A physician’s description of the child in phases of seven years; physical development, phychological development and a practical application of these insights allowing a method of education in harmony with the stages of development.


Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne

“Using the extraordinary power of love to raise calmer, happier and more secure kids.” A very important book, full of concrete suggestions that bring as much good to parents as they do to children. See Links for more info.


The Hurried Child: Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon. by David Elkind Ph.D.

A look at the effects of pushing children to grow up too fast, at what young generations are exposed to, and at the long-lasting implications and consequences of missing out on childhood.


Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Matter. by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Maté

"Helping the most important people in a child's life make a positive and lasting difference." An insightful understanding of the problems of peer-orientation culture in older children and adolescents, and how to guide them and ourselves as parents through those years in a healing way.


The Plug-in Drug by Marie Winn

A compelling look at television's impact on children and the family that address the new media landscape, including: computers, video games, the VCR, the V-Chip and other control devices, TV for babies, television and physical health.





Festivals, Family and Food by Diana Carey and Judy Large               

Descriptions of festivals through the seasons of the year, with stories, poems, songs, crafts and recipes to make each celebration special.


All Year Round by Ann Druitt, Christine Fynes-Clinton, Marije Rowling

Also a wonderful festival book, with descriptions of festivals through the seasons, including seasonal table ideas, stories, poems, songs, crafts and recipes.


The Children’s Year: Seasonal Crafts and Clothes

by Stephanie Cooper, Christine Fynes-Clinton, and Marije Rowling

An earlier version of All Year Round, with many craft ideas from baby items and clothes to adolescence, divided up into seasons of the year.


The Nature Corner Celebrating the year's cycle with a seasonal tableau

by M v Leeuwen & J Moeskops                                                                                    

A little book full of craft ideas, mostly for adults or older children to make, for creating a seasonal table and festival decorations. Includes knitting, crochet, felting, working with felt, making dolls of different sizes and materials, and much more.


The Harvest Book by Thomas Berger                                                           

Craft ideas for decoration, plaits and figures made of straw, corn husks, leaves and things found in woods and fields.


Toymaking With Children by Freya Jaffke                                                   

Looks at the importance and meaning of play, the stages of play from birth to age seven, choosing toys for each age, creating a healthy play environment, and many ideas for making or creating ideal toys.


Making Soft Toys by Freya Jaffke

Patterns and ideas for making dolls, knitting sheep, felted gnomes, bark boats, what to do with nature finds, and how to build a wooden stand, as well as giving reasons for each toy, based on Rudolf Steiner’s view of the child.


Creative Play for Your Baby by Christpher Clouder and Janni Nicol                       

A brief summery of Steiner's indications for babies from 3 months - 2 years, with an introduction to play and instructions for making natural toys for little ones.


Creative Play for Your Toddler by Christpher Clouder and Janni Nicol               

An introduction to play and instructions for making natural toys for little ones from 2 - 4 years.


The Children's Kitchen Garden, A Book of Gardening, Cooking and Learning  by Georgeanne and Ethel Brennan                                                                        An introduction to gardening, with a list of plants and how to care for them, and recipes to make from the garden.





Foodwise: Understanding What We Eat and How It Affects Us: The Story of Human Nutrition by Wendy E. Cook

A wonderful collection of challenging ideas, advice and commentary informed by Rudolf Steiner's insights on nutrition. This book is not a recipe book, but a look at the history of food and human evolution, and a look at what food is, and the importance of quality food. A wonderful read.


Cooking for the Love of the World by Anne-Marie Fryer 

This book gives practical exercises, based in the garden (or farmers' market!) and kitchen, showing us how the foods we choose to cook can heighten our connection to the cycle of the year.


Laurel's Kitchen by Laurel Robertson, Carol Flinders, Brian Ruppenthal

A great vegetarian recipe book, full of cooking ideas, menus and suggestions for wholesome meals, and cooking for pregnant women, children, the elderly, as well as an amazing resource book for itemized nutrition.


Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon

This book also looks at the history of food from a biological perspective, gives idea about how to process food to make it easiest to assimilate, and gives a host of healthy recipes.





Books of lecture series on education by Rudolf Steiner:

         Practical Advice to Teachers

         The Education of the Child

         The Kingdom of Childhood

         Human Values in Education

         The Renewal of Education


Prayers for parents and children by Rudolf Steiner

A collection of prayers and verses for every occasion.


Rhythms of Learning edited and introduced by Roberto Trostli

Selected Lectures by Rudolf Steiner, what Waldorf Education offers children, parents and teachers.


The Way of the Child by John Harwood

An introduction to Waldorf Education and its background principles.


The Parent and Child Group Handbook - A Steiner/Waldorf Approach by Dot Male

Written with the needs of busy families in mind, parents can use this handbook as a quick read for inspiration and ideas and as a comprehensive reference. Dot Male’s lively, accessible guide to running a thriving parent and child group explains how to: create a calm, harmonious space, use rhythm and ritual to structure a session, devise appropriate toys, crafts, games and outdoor play, celebrate seasonal festivals and the cycle of the year, fulfill key health, safety and legal requirements. 


Renewal Magazine

A Journal for Waldorf Education Renewal that contains articles by leading Waldorf educators on: early childhood education, child development, parenting questions, curricular and pedagogical issues, the role of the arts in education, remedial education, education the adolescent for today's world, and much more.



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