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collected by Heather Thomas
Catalog Number B3038 – Hardcover 350 pages
Waldorf teachers have told us that this is one of their most cherished and often used books. An invaluable collection of poetry arranged by age of the child; from 6 to 14. Selections provide support for lessons from botany and physics to history and astronomy. The poems encompass a wide variety of moods from gratitude and wonder at the natural world to courage and heroism of individuals pitted against the odds; and range from ancient Egypt to modern times. Many well known poets are represented as well as the refreshingly unfamiliar. Sections on alliterative verse, riddles, tongue-twisters, action verses and the seasons of the year. A resource book to treasure, it will awaken a love of poetry in both young and old.
compiled and edited by Pamela J. Fenner, Anne J Greer, and John H. Wulsin, Jr.
Catalog Number B51995 – Softbound 342 pages
This is a great reading guide for traveling the road between childhood and adulthood. Nearly 1500 of “the best books ever”, gathered into subjects, with a description of each one. Fiction, drama, poetry, biography, non-fiction–they’re all here! Especially appropriate for ages 14 and up.
by Stephanie Cooper, Christine Fynes-Clinton and Mary Rowling
Catalog Number B1187 – Softbound 188 pages
A delightfully creative handwork book with hundreds of craft projects using yarn, felt, roving, paper and other simple and natural materials. Written to take us through the whole year with many projects for each season and special holiday. Black and white illustrations.
collected by Ineke Verschuren
Catalog Number B0772 – Hardcover 427 pages
A collection of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany stories written by well known and less known authors, with age appropriate guides for each story. Even though my children are grown, I still get this book out every year and read a few stories. This book is one to treasure and pass down through the generations.
by Anne-Marie Fryer Wibolt
Catalog Number B9825 – Softbound 200 pages
“Anne-Marie Fryer has made an invaluable contribution to the growing movement to bring mindfulness into the art of making a home. By helping cultivate your awareness of the subtle forces present in food and ways to harmonize with them through cooking, this practical and profound book will not only benefit you and your family, but the entire planet.” -Rahima Baldwin Dancy, Parenting Educator and Author of
You Are Your Child’s First Teacher
This inspiring book is not only a cookbook but also a book that speaks to the heart of food preparation and the seasonal gifts of the earth. The recipes are simple but elegant.
by Thomas and Petra Berger
Catalog Number B3224 – Softbound 172 pages
Completely revised compilation of the authors’ very successful Christmas Craft Book, Easter Craft Book, and Harvest Craft Book. This book includes more than 200 projects for all ages using kite paper, candle decorating wax, Swedish straw and other natural materials.
by Karin Neuschutz
Catalog Number B5800 – Softbound 80 pages
This full color illustrated craft book shows how to make many items using fleece and yarn. Toys, friendship bracelets, braids, balls, pompoms, animals, dolls and puppets are all included with clear diagrams and instructions. Children are introduced to the basic methods of spinning yarn, crocheting, knitting and felting. This book is appropriate for children of all ages with the assistance of an adult.
Playful explorations in the four elements
by Walter Kraul
Catalog Number B4891 – Softbound 104 pages
Children love to play with the elements of water, air, fire, and earth. Written primarily for parents and teachers, it describes the construction of many toys and projects with easy to follow instructions, diagrams, and photographs. Projects include making paddle-wheel boats, a propeller plane, parachutes, windmills, spinning tops, a little hot-air carousel, a hot-air balloon, and much more. While some suggestions are simple enough for six-year-olds, others are challenging enough for a skillful twelve-year-old. Over 70 projects.
Catalog Number B3193 – Hardcover 200 pages
A beautiful book of 17 of the original Grimm brothers folk tales, including “Little Red Cap,” “The Frog Prince,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Snow White,” and “Cinderella.” These are not the Disney versions of these stories and have retained the depth and message that has made them classics. Highly recommended as a read aloud book for children ages 5 to 9. This is a hardcover book with many beautiful color illustrations by renowned illustrator Anastasiya Archipova. Large format.
by Petra Berger
Catalog Number B1812 – Softbound 94 pages
Now in a large paperback- full of hand sewing projects using felt fabric: necklaces, tapestries, balls, scissors cases, dolls, finger puppets and loads more. Many great color photos. Projects for all ages. A little felt, pearl cotton, an embroidery needle, a good pair of little scissors and you’re on your way!
by Hans Niederhauser and Margaret Frohlich
Catalog Number B861 – Spiral Bound 55 pages
Form drawing is the term used for those dynamic line exercises practiced in Waldorf Schools. Form drawing trains the dexterity of the child’s hand in writing letters and numbers and helps lay the foundation for geometry as well as developing imagination and flexible thinking. Form drawing also helps one to see the relationship of a part to a whole and develops a sense for composition. This book is full of pictures and exercises as well as reading material to help the teacher better understand the teaching of form drawing. Highly recommended for students age 7 and up.
Catalog Number B6513 – Softbound 96 pages
Gateways contains sections on morning, evening, birthdays, and fairy tales. Each section has poems and songs for these times. The fairy tale section has songs that go with some favorite tales for young children. Another favorite for teachers and parents of young children.
A Handbook for Parents of Young Children
by Sharifa Oppenheimer
Catalog number B83566 – Softbound 235 pages
The author balances a theoretical understanding of child development with practical ideas, resources, and tips that can transform family life. Readers will learn how to create the regular life rhythms needed to establish a foundation for learning; how to design indoor play environments that allow children the broadest development of skills; and how to create outdoor play spaces that encourage vigorous movement and a wide sensory palette. Through art, storytelling, and the festival celebrations, this book is an invaluable guide to building a “family culture” based on the guiding principle of love—a culture that supports children and encourages the free development of each unique soul. Heaven on Earth is a practical, inspiring resource that brings the author’s informed, intuitive understanding of young children into the heart of the home.
Songs in the mood of the fifth
by Channa A. Seidenberg
Catalog Number B6438 – Softbound 59 pages
I love to be me is a wonderful book of thirty-two songs for young children. Channa A. Seidenberg compiled this delightful collection while working with children. Each song has text and musical notation and is the pentatonic scale. I Love to Be Me is thoroughly illustrated in color, with twenty-four charming watercolor illustrations by Kingsley Lou Little, which help bring the words and music to life.
by Melanie Falick
Catalog Number B85076 – Softbound 126 pages
In fifteen easy projects, Melanie Falick teaches kids of all ages how to knit. Through step-by-step instructions and many pictures, beginners learn the fundamentals, knitting tools, finger-knitting, and basic stitches such as knit, purl, mattress, overcast and stockinette.
by Padraic Colum Illustrated by Willy Pogany
Catalog Number B5896 – Softbound 221 pages with black and white illustrations.
This is an Irish wonder tale: a coming of age story of the youngest son of the King of Ireland who sets off on an impossible quest. This book weaves together stories within stories in a fantastic tapestry of humor, poetry, action and adventure. Perfect for reading aloud at bedtime. Generations of children have loved Padraic Colum’s unmatched storytelling.
by Anne-Dorthe Grigaff
Catalog Number B8686 – Hardcover
This book provides step by step instructions for making more than twenty different knitted animals and is illustrated with beautiful color photography. Knitted Animals contains projects suitable for older children and adults with basic knitting skills. These small projects are a great way to use up small amounts of yarn and fleece.
by Georg Dreissig
Catalog Number B6230 – Softbound
With twenty-eight stories, this book may be used as an “Advent calendar”, with the first week’s stories relating to the mineral world, the second to the plant world, followed by the animal kingdom, and finally human beings. All ages.
by Dagmar Schmidt and Freya Jaffke
Catalog Number B3191 – Softbound 68 pages
New 2nd edition. A delightful craft book from Freya Jaffke and Dagmar Schmidt and Floris Books. Full of inspiring pictures and detailed directions for making flannel board pictures, figures and animals out of wool roving. Many beautiful full color pictures. This book doesn’t include instructions for needle felting, but that technique can be used on the wrapped figures and wool pictures to make them permanent.
by Christine Schäfer
Catalog Number B63158 – Softbound 103 pages
Wool roving (also known as magic wool) is a warm vibrant material that is perfect for making beautiful soft figures. Included are detailed instructions on making fairies and angels for every occasion—flower fairies for a seasonal nature table; fairies for birthday celebrations; guardian angels to watch over a crib; and of course a range of Christmas angels. Magic Wool Fairies includes step-by-step instructions with wonderful color photographs and diagrams that clearly show the basics for making simple figures.
by Frederique Gueret
Catalog Number B4948 – Softbound 96 pages with many color photos
By using special paper-folding techniques, tissue paper or kite paper can be transformed into magical window stars for every season. This book has step-by-step instructions for making twenty-five window stars; graded for difficulty from simple to quite complicated. Measurements are in both inches and centimeters.
This book calls for rectangular pieces of kite paper so it works best with the large assorted sheets found on our Creative Fun Page.
King Beetle Tamer and other Stories
by Isabel Wyatt
Catalog Number B5526- Softbound 150 pages
A collection of fifteen fairy tales written by Isabel Wyatt who wrote numerous books for children. These tales are filled with both magical and natural creatures, and present challenges to the humans in each story.
Fifteen stories in all, with a few black and white drawings by the author. This book can be read by older children and read to younger children 5 years on up.
edited by Karen Latimer and Pamela J. Fenner
Catalog Number BSRL- Softbound 328 pages
Here is the updated version of the popular “Waldorf Student Reading List”. Nearly 1,000 book suggestions for children ages 6 to 14. Books were selected and annotated for appropriate ages interests and development. This book is a valuable resource for adults who wish to share the love of reading with children!
by M.V. Leeuwen and J. Moeskops
Catalog Number B1521 – Softbound 86 pages
Beautiful pictures, ideas and instructions for creating season tables at home or at school using silk, felt and treasures from nature. Some projects require basic knitting or crocheting skills while others use simple sewing of felt to make human and animal figures. New updated larger edition
A workbook for observing and drawing plants
by Margaret Colquhoun and Axel Ewald
Catalog Number B2004 – Softbound 195 pages
This is one of the most comprehensive and helpful books I have ever seen for drawing in general and specifically drawing from nature. Laid out as a workbook, it takes the student step-by-step through exercises designed to not only help with drawing skills but to also give one a greater appreciation for the natural world. A book that can be used for years, most suited for older children and adults.
by Anglika Wolk-Gerche
Catalog Number B6380 – Softbound 112 pages
Paper is a remarkably versatile, easy-to-use, and easy-to-find material for use in arts and crafts. In this book, Angelika Wolk-Gerche presents detailed instructions for making hundreds of things out of paper. Papercraft includes easy-to-follow instructions for cutting out paper stars, folding birds and animals, making windmills, masks, and gift-bags. You can even cut a hole in a piece of writing paper that you can climb through!
Papercraft also includes instructions for making paper mâché and handmade paper and for working with pulp.
by Wolfgang Held
Catalog Number B86315 – Softbound – 141 pages
One Sun, two parents, three meals a day, four seasons, five fingers…every child soon discovers that many aspects of life have numbers attached to them. Just as five individual fingers become something more important and powerful when combined in a hand, these numbers are often much more than the simple addition of their parts; they are connected intrinsically to the object, expressing a particular quality. In this readable little book, Wolfgang Held explores the fascinating qualities of numbers one to thirty-one.
by Kim John Payne, M.Ed.
Catalog Number B0517- Softbound 236 pages.
Imagine your life… with a sense of ease as you begin to limit distractions for yourself and your family. Based on over twenty years of experience successfully counseling busy families, Simplicity Parenting teaches parents how to worry and hover less, and how to enjoy more. For those who want to slow their children’s lives down but don’t know where to start, Simplicity Parenting offers both inspiration and a blueprint for change.
by Kim John Payne, M.Ed.
Catalog Number B7867- Hardcover 316 pages.
In this groundbreaking book, parenting expert and acclaimed author of the bestselling book Simplicity Parenting Kim John Payne, M.Ed., flips the script on children’s challenging or defiant behavior and lays out an elegantly simple plan to support parents in establishing loving, age-sensitive boundaries that help children feel safe and settled. Payne gives parents heartwarming help and encouragement by combining astute observations with sensitive and often funny stories from his long career as a parent educator and a school and family counselor.
from Wynstones Press
Catalog Number B6506 – Softbound 224 pages
Spindrift contains poems, songs, and more than forty stories to use with young children throughout the year. Based on work in Waldorf kindergartens, this book provides invaluable material for anyone working with young children.
from Wynstones Press- Softbound
Spring catalog number B6469
Summer catalog number B6476
Autumn catalog number B6483
Winter catalog number B6490
These books contain a wide variety of seasonal poems, songs,and stories used in Waldorf kindergartens. They provide invaluable material for developing circle and story times.
First published twenty years ago these books are in their third edition, reedited with new material added. In addition, the music has been comprehensively edited, with most songs now in the scale of D-pentatonic, which is particularly suited to pentatonic lyres and may be played on any traditional seven-note or twelve-note instrument. Each volume includes an enlightening introduction by Jennifer Aulie on music in the “mood of the fifth.”
retold by Siegwart Knijpenga
translated from Dutch by Tony Langham and Plym Peters
Catalog Number BLOS – Softbound 224 pages
An invaluable treasury of stories about devotion, self-sacrifice and faith. Siegwart Knijpenga tells these stories specifically to the seven through eleven year old child, covering a wide range of saints from many times and lands. Ideal for home or school use. Included are the stories of St. Francis, St. Christopher, Sts. Bridget, Columbia, Giles, Benedict, George, Martin, the real St. Nicholas, Joan of Arc and the Evangelists: Luke and John, as well as many others.
Siegwart Knijpenga is a priest working in Amsterdam. This book grew out of his many years’ experience of giving religious lessons to children. Many black and white illustrations.
by Nancy Mellon
Catalog Number B8082 – Softbound 177 pages
Telling stories creates special times with chidren, whether it is in the classroom, or bedtime, round the fire or on rainy days. Encouraging you to spin golden tales, Nancy Mellon shows how you can become a confident storyteller and enrich your family or classroom with the power of story.
by Freya Jaffke
Catalog Number B0692 – Softbound 142 pages
Ms. Jaffke offers a view of child development through the lens of creative play. She lists specific age-appropriate toys and includes simple instructions for making wooden play stands, crown headbands, carved wooden figures and bridges, simple dolls and more. The end result looks remarkably like the lively workings of a typical Waldorf kindergarten.
A Handwork Fairy Tale
written and illustrated by Shellie D. Smith
Catalog Number BW763
This original story follows the misadventures of a crafty woman who lives on a farm. Everything in her life is “just right”. Until one day she gets a visit from the dreaded tangle fairies! Tangle fairies are wretched and wild. They cause all sorts of fiber fiascoes. Follow our dear heroine through her knitting and sewing disasters as she tries golden locks, booby traps, and more, until she finally learns the secret to keeping the tangle fairies away. Beautiful fiber illustrations by a longtime handwork teacher.
by Natalie Perchyshyn
Catalog Number BDES3 – Softbound
Our owner Annette’s personal favorite design book with 24 traditional designs and step-by-step directions.
edited by David Kennedy
Catalog Number B0520 – Softbound 384 pages with comprehensive index
Celebrate and honor our furred, feathered, and finned friends with the world’s largest collection of animal poetry ever published. The Waldorf Book of Animal Poetry brings the animals of the forests, mountains, jungles, deserts, rivers, seas, and even your own backyard to life on every page. An essential companion for teachers at every level from kindergarten to college. Over 425 animal poems by classic and modern authors. This book makes a great companion to David’s first collection, “The Waldorf Book of Poetry” and is arranged in a similar format with the addition of wonderful black and white illustrations.
edited by David Kennedy
Catalog Number B9050 -Softbound 334 pages with comprehensive index.
Over 425 poems by classic and modern poets form a comprehensive collection revealing the power of imagination in a wide range of subjects. Teachers will find a perfect poem for every class, parents will discover old favorites and new treasures to share with their children.”Read through these carefully selected and artfully categorized poems and you will receive the better part of a Waldorf Education,”-Eugene Schwartz.
by Rahima Baldwin Dancy 3rd edition
Catalog Number B1432 – Softbound 322 pages
This book is a must have for parents of very young children. Rahima uses the insights provided by Rudolf Steiner and applies them to the young child, helping parents to bring creativity, beauty and understanding to the art of parenting. She leaves no stone unturned from infancy to age seven and covers child development, parenting issues such as: sibling rivalry, toilet training, development of creative play, imagination, artistic and musical ability, speech, and discipline. This book is a perfect gift for a new parent and gives one the sense that parenting is a can-do, creative, and fun filled experience for both parents and children. Revised and updated for 2012.
NEW A Collection of Songs by Mary Thienes-Schunemann
Catalog # MS08: Spiral bound music book with CD. 35 songs
A wonderful collection of pentatonic songs carefully selected or created by the late Mary Thienes Schünemann. Some of the songs are familiar folk songs, others are pieces written by Mary. Each song in the book has lyrics and notation and the accompany CD makes it possible for those unfamiliar with the music to learn through listening. This book is ideal for very young children, through age 8. The introduction is written by the Waldorf educator and music teacher, Eleanor Winship, and the forward by Cynthia Aldinger, founder and Executive Director of LifeWays North America.
by Mary Thienes-Schunemann
Catalog # MS01: Spiral bound music book with CD. 48 songs
A very popular songbook! A wonderful collection of songs for each of the four seasons. Supports what the child observes in nature. All Naturally You Can Sing books have lyrics and musical notation with a CD to help the adult learn the songs. Introduction by Early Childhood master teacher and Lifeways North America founder Cynthia Aldinger, on the importance of time in the great outdoors for the young child. Appropriate for ages three to nine.
by Mary Thienes-Schunemann
Catalog # MS02: Spiral bound music book with CD. 51 songs
A delightful collection of playful songs that inspire parents and caregivers to sing to their young baby. Songs that enhance baby’s exploration of their hands, faces, feet and whole bodies. All Naturally You Can Sing books have lyrics and musical notation with a CD to help the adult learn the songs. Introduction by Early Childhood master teacher, Rena Osmer. Appropriate for infants to four years.
by Mary Thienes-Schunemann
Catalog # MS03: Spiral bound music book with CD. 33 songs
A lovely collection of traditional and original songs to sing throughout the Christmas season, from Advent through Three Kings Day. Bring the joy of singing into your classroom and home this holiday season. All Naturally You Can Sing books have lyrics and musical notation with a CD to help the adult learn the songs. Appropriate for all ages of children and adults.
by Mary Thienes-Schunemann
Catalog # MS04: Spiral bound music book with CD. 29 songs
A beautiful collection of lullabies from around the world to sing with your children at rest time, circle time and bed time. Includes an introduction on the importance of sleep and singing in the life of the child. All Naturally You Can Sing books have lyrics and musical notation with a CD of Mary beautifully singing the songs. Appropriate for all ages.
by Mary Thienes-Schunemann
Catalog # MS05: Spiral bound music book with CD. 59 songs
This songbook is full of inspiring songs for work and play to sing throughout the day and for circle time. Both traditional and original songs are included and suitable for ages 3 through 93! Each song includes guitar chords and an musical notation along with the CD of Mary singing the songs. Exclusive Interview with folk legend Pete Seeger. Appropriate for ages three and up.
by Mary Thienes-Schunemann
Catalog # MS06: Spiral bound music book with CD. 73 songs
Inspired by the wonderful 17th century English folk song, this collection of songs, enchanting nursery rhymes, Mother Goose songs and singing games make for wonder-filled dance and play. This book is fun for children, parents and early childhood teachers alike. All Naturally You Can Sing books have lyrics and musical notation with a CD of Mary beautifully singing the songs. Appropriate for ages three to nine.
by Mary Thienes-Schunemann
Catalog # MS07: Spiral bound music book with CD. 57 songs
Here is a happy collection of songs, finger games, dances and rhymes from Spanish speaking countries. Collected and arranged by Mary Thienes-Schünemann. Illustrated by Lura Schwarz-Smith. Spanish lyrics and verses with English and Spanish instructions. All Naturally You Can Sing books have lyrics and musical notation with a CD of Mary’s beautiful singing to help the adult learn the songs. Appropriate for all ages.
collected by Brien Masters 2nd Edition
Catalog Number B593 – Softbound Spiral
This book collects more than one hundred songs gathered over the years by experienced Waldorf teacher Brien Masters. The songs are selected for different ages 8 years – 14 years old and grouped according to festivals and seasons. They include rounds and four-part songs, as well as musical notation for recorders and other instruments.