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I thought it would be nice to start a thread with title/links/pictures of your special favourite children's books that you have in your home that you know Waldorf families will love! :
I love finding beautiful books for the children and thought it would be nice to share

So here is a link to a book I found thrifting yesterday and I used to love as a child:

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If you have pictures of any of the books I think it is lovely for people to be able to get an idea of what the illustrations are like.
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By Gerda Muller:
Spring
Summer
Autumn
Winter

By Sibylle Von Olfers:
The Story of the Wind Children
The Story of the Snow Children
Mother Earth and her Children (the quilted version)
The Story of the Root Children

And we've got a lovely version of Snow White and Rose Red I found at Half Price Books. I can't find it on Amazon though. It's a version that was illustrated in the 70s and it's detailed pencil drawings with red and pink accents.

Generally, when I'm at half-price books I keep an eye out in their Fairy Tale section for nicely illustrated Grimms stories.

Oh, and this isn't particularly classic Waldorf, but it's a vital part of our good-night routine. It's soothing, appreciative of the world and natural elements and family. And says thank you in a very non-denominational kind of way that's comfortable even to a non-religious person like me. It's A Night Night Prayer. (The only downside...DS is pretty sure that the child's name is "God" LOL!)
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By Gerda Muller:
Spring
Summer
Autumn
Winter

By Sibylle Von Olfers:
The Story of the Wind Children
The Story of the Snow Children
Mother Earth and her Children (the quilted version)
The Story of the Root Children

And we've got a lovely version of Snow White and Rose Red I found at Half Price Books. I can't find it on Amazon though. It's a version that was illustrated in the 70s and it's detailed pencil drawings with red and pink accents.

Generally, when I'm at half-price books I keep an eye out in their Fairy Tale section for nicely illustrated Grimms stories.

Oh, and this isn't particularly classic Waldorf, but it's a vital part of our good-night routine. It's soothing, appreciative of the world and natural elements and family. And says thank you in a very non-denominational kind of way that's comfortable even to a non-religious person like me. It's A Night Night Prayer. (The only downside...DS is pretty sure that the child's name is "God" LOL!)
I have all the books you linked to aside from 'Mother Earth and her children'. I'd heard it is quite similar/the same to 'The story of the root children' is that true?
Or maybe I am confusing it to something else. I am definately going to check out 'A night night prayer'... I love children's books so much, I think they make wonderful memories for children. Thanks so much for the links, I bet new readers to the Waldorf forum will find them very useful as they are such classics.

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I have all the books you linked to aside from 'Mother Earth and her children'. I'd heard it is quite similar/the same to 'The story of the root children' is that true?
Or maybe I am confusing it to something else. I am definately going to check out 'A night night prayer'... I love children's books so much, I think they make wonderful memories for children. Thanks so much for the links, I bet new readers to the Waldorf forum will find them very useful as they are such classics.
Mother Earth and Her Children is the same as the root children. It's a shortened version. I found it before I got the Root Children. The illustrations are close-ups of different parts of a quilt that a woman did based on the Root Children book. It's beautiful!!

It worked well for DS before he was able to sit still and listen to the full version. Just the last couple of months he's had the attention span to listen to stories like the Wind Children, etc without flipping pages quickly. The quilted version has short verses on each page, more like contemporary picture books.
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Of course there are the Elsa Beskow books -- Pelle's New Suit was our favorite.

Though it's not a "Waldorf" book, my kids loved The Quiltmaker's Gift

Also, Child of Faerie, Child of Earth

And the classic The Rainbabies.

Great books! Can't wait to read others' favorites.

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Of course there are the Elsa Beskow books -- Pelle's New Suit was our favorite.

Though it's not a "Waldorf" book, my kids loved The Quiltmaker's Gift

Also, Child of Faerie, Child of Earth

And the classic The Rainbabies.

Great books! Can't wait to read others' favorites.
Ooh!! Adding these to DS's wish list!! I LOVE the fairy one with a boy fairy!!!
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We just got this book, but it is already in our all-time-favorite category! The Pancake That Ran Away http://www.steinerbooks.org/detail.html?id=0863151744 is gorgeous and hilarious!


This is a great online book shop. Lots of classics.
http://www.waldorfbooks.com/read/age3/index.htm

And, of course, http://www.florisbooks.co.uk/ is a great place to scope out some real winners!
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We just got this book, but it is already in our all-time-favorite category! The Pancake That Ran Away http://www.steinerbooks.org/detail.html?id=0863151744 is gorgeous and hilarious!
When my daughter was in kinde they had this story in class and she loved it.
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This is a great Waldorf-ish book that we love:

http://www.alibris.com/search/books/...%20the%20Woods

It has excellent nature illustrations and talks about the fun a group of children have while going exploring in the woods.

I love all the Elsa Beskow books and Gerda Muller's season books, but these have already been mentioned.

I personally think the Beatrix Potter series works well with Waldorf.

The Ox-cart man by Donald Hall: http://www.amazon.com/Ox-Cart-Donald...1849896&sr=8-2

Mountain Dance and Cloud Dance by Thomas Locker: http://www.amazon.com/Mountain-Dance...1849960&sr=1-1

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I forgot to add this one. This is a pictorial Noah's Ark book and it's just amazing! http://www.amazon.com/Noahs-Ark-Pict...1914834&sr=8-1

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Ordered Ox Cart Man today! Thanks Lux! Also eyeing the beautiful Noah's Ark.
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We're also Elsa Beskow fans. Pelle's New Suit and Peter in Blueberry Land are favorites, but I also like Around the Year. I read the month's poem at the beginning and end of each month.

Not yet mentioned are Daniela Drescher's books. The Elves' Big Adventure captures my 2 and 4 year olds. I love the gentle, yet exciting tale.

Once recommend on this board was "A Starlit Somersault Downhill". I loved it so much, we had to own it. It's a tale about winter and hibernation time told in beautiful, poetic language.

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This is a great "around the year" type book but from a more American perspective. I'm definitely going to buy this one soon (right now we have it checked out from the library):

A Child's Calendar, by John Updike

http://www.amazon.com/Childs-Calenda...1988683&sr=8-1

The poems are beautiful and it features an African-American family, as well as American celebrations like July 4th.

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Ordered Ox Cart Man today! Thanks Lux! Also eyeing the beautiful Noah's Ark.
I really hope you like it. It's one of our favorite books!

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but I also like Around the Year. I read the month's poem at the beginning and end of each month.

Not yet mentioned are Daniela Drescher's books. .
We too ADORE Around the Year, the illustrations are so beautiful. We also have one of the Daniela Drescher books (What's hiding in there?) The illustrations are almost luminous.

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Loving all of these wonderful suggestions! My wish list at Amazon is rather long now.

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We also love Elsa Beskow's books. My kids love Peter in Blueberryland and Children of the Forest especially.

Two other books my kids love are The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren and Pico the Gnome by Martina Muller.

Edited to add - books by Barbara Helen Berger are lovely too.
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Can't say it is Waldorf, though I personally think the book Night's Nice is beautiful....there was also a book about two kittens who painted, but I can't remember the name. It has a retro 60s feel and I ended up painting some of the scenes onto my daughter's wall....

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I really hope you like it. It's one of our favorite books!
Oh yes. Ox-Cart Man is just precious.
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Can't say it is Waldorf, though I personally think the book Night's Nice is beautiful....there was also a book about two kittens who painted, but I can't remember the name. It has a retro 60s feel and I ended up painting some of the scenes onto my daughter's wall....
Oh my stars - are you talking about The Color Kittens? It's a Little Golden Book written by Margarite Wise Brown. We have it, and it's really funny! My dh always says that MWB was high when she wrote it.

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my kids adore the Brambly Hedge series as well as Old Mother West Wind.

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i sent some of these suggestions to DH for the upcoming birthday of our oldest and they all 3 came in the mail today!

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We love any of the books by Shirley Hughes!

Here is a link to some of her titles on Amazon...
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Here's some pictures of the illustrations of the Brambly Hedge Autumn story in case any one wants to see what they are like:
http://mamauk.typepad.com/mamauk/200...umn-story.html

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Oh I'm glad you brought this thread up...I've been meaning to stop back and mention the book my husband brought home for DS. It's a compilation of 4 books: The Adventures of Little Wombat. DS LOVES it! I'd never heard of it before but someone at work was raving about it so H got it. The pictures are beautiful! And the stories are fun and goofy with nice lessons. We're recent Little Wombat converts!!
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another one we were enjoying this fall- Fletcher and the Falling Leaves. It is a sweet story about a little fox who is very concerned when his tree begins to lose its leaves. The illustrations are very sweet.

For those of you with older (5 and up), we were recently introduced to the author Barbara Helen Berger. My oldest and I are reading Gwinna and our loving it!!!! It falls along the lines of the Seven Year Old Wonder Book.

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My dh always says that MWB was high when she wrote it.
We thought the same about both The Color Kittens and this book.


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I meant to start a new post!

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I'll throw this one onto the list.

My son loves Snipp, Snapp and Snurr and the Buttered Bread. I have to agree with him; it's a lovely book.

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