Reading List: Books, Articles & Links

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

The Importance of Play, in Pediatrics at

Babies Know: A Little Dirt Is Good for Youin New York Times, January 27, 2009, Personal Health at

A helpful comparison of Waldorf and Montessori found at:

NYTimes writer, Peggy Orenstein, on the importance of play at

NYTimes writer, Nick Nilton, on low-tech parents in the tech industry:




Special Delivery by Rahima Baldwin Darcy

Pregnant Feelings by Rahima Baldwin Darcy (currently out of print)

Raising Children

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.

Teaching As a Lively Art Essays by Marjorie Spock (Anthroposophic Press) is a book I have recommended to parents for years.  This book was also recommend by the teachers who participated in the Monday evening panel.  Marjorie Spock taught at the Rudolf Steiner School and she gives a wonderful picture of the curriculum in action in NYC.  She also happened to be the sister of Benjamin Spock.
The Way of a Child by A. C. Harwood (Sophia Press) is a classic picture of the education.
Toymaking With Children by Freya Jaffke (Floris Books) Gives simple pictures of child development, describes appropriate toys by age, and is a really good craft book.

Free to Learn: Introducing Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Education (Early Years Series) by Lynne Oldfield

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

Navigating the Terrain of Childhood: A Guidebook for Meaningful Parenting and Heartfelt Discipline by Jack Petrash

Dear Parent: Caring for Infants With Respect (2nd Edition) by Magda Gerber

The Wonder of Boys by Michael Guran

Endangered Minds: Why Children Don’t Think And What We Can Do About It by Jane Healy

The Children of Cyclops- The influence of Television Viewing On the Developing Human Brain by Keith Buzzard

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