Reading materials abound for Waldorf education. Here are a few we have found valuable:
Schooling the Imagination, by Todd Oppenheimer, in The Atlantic Monthly, September 1999
The Serious Need for Play, by Melinda Wenner at http://www.allianceforchildhood.org/publications
The Importance of Play, in Pediatrics at http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/reprint/119/1/182
Babies Know: A Little Dirt Is Good for You, in New York Times, January 27, 2009, Personal Health at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/27/health/27brod.html?em
NYTimes writer, Peggy Orenstein, on the importance of play at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/03/magazine/03wwln-lede-t.html
NYTimes writer, Nick Nilton, on low-tech parents in the tech industry: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/11/fashion/steve-jobs-apple-was-a-low-tech-parent.html?_r=0
Special Delivery by Rahima Baldwin Darcy
Pregnant Feelings by Rahima Baldwin Darcy (currently out of print)
You Are Your Child’s First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin Darcy
Work and Play in Early Childhood by Freya Jaffke (Anthroposophic Press) Classic look into kindergarten.
The Education of the Child by Rudolf Steiner were lectures on the recommended reading list when I was a young parent at the Rudolf Steiner School. They were some of the first lectures R. Steiner gave on education.
Ready to Learn: From Birth to School Readiness by Martyn Rawson and Michael Rose. This book is a good resource for understanding what is important to teachers when we look at school readiness.
Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the Inside Out by Jack Petrash
Waldorf Education: A Family Guide by Pamela J. Fenner, et al
Your Baby and Child: From Birth to Age Five (Revised Edition) by Penelope Leach
In a nutshell (Dialogues with Parents at Acorn Hill) by Nancy Foster
Incarnating Child (Lifeways) by Joan Salter
A Child’s Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play by Vivian Gussin Paley
Dear Parent: Caring for Infants With Respect (2nd Edition) by Magda Gerber
The Wonder of Boys by Michael Guran