Books and Reading

Suggested Reading on
Waldorf Education and Parenting

Renewal: A Journal for Waldorf Education, published twice yearly by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (

Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the Inside Out, Jack Petrash (2002)

Waldorf Education: A Family Guide, edited by Pamela Fenner

School as a Journey, Torin Finser

Waldorf Education, Christopher Clouder & Martyn Rawson

Millenial Child: Transforming Education in the 21st Century, Eugene Schwartz

Beyond the Rainbow Bridge: Nurturing Our Children From Birth to Age 7, Barbara J. Patterson & Pamela Bradley

You Are Your Child’s First Teacher, Rahima Baldwin

Between Form and Freedom: A Practical Guide to the Teenage Years, Betty Staley (1996)

Natural Childhood: The First Practical and Holistic Guide for Parents of the Developing Child, John Thomson (1995)

Lifeways: Working With Family Questions, Gudrun Davy and Bons Voors

More Lifeways: Finding Support and Inspiration in Family Life, Signe Schaefer, Patti Smith & Gudrun Davy (1997)

Guide to Child Health, Michaela Glockler

Waldorf Parenting Handbook, Lois Cusick

Family, Festivals, and Food, Judith Large

Creativity in Education, the Waldorf Approach, Rene Querido

Teaching as a Lively Art, Marjorie Spock

Education Towards Freedom, Joan & Siegfried Rudel

Also recommended

In the Shelter of Each Other: Rebuilding Our Families, Mary Pipher (1995)

Heart of a Family: Searching America for New Traditions that Fulfill Us, Meg Cox

Raising a Daughter: Parents and the Awakening of a Healthy Woman, Jeanne & Don Elium (1994). Also Raising a Son (same authors)

Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting, Myla & Jon Kabat-Zinn

Endangered Minds, Jane Healy, Ph.D.

The Hurried Child, David Elkind

Children Without Childhood, Marie Winn

Your Four-Year Old (and the rest of the series up to Ten to Fourteen), Louise Bates Ames, published by the Gesell Institute of Human Development, 1979

Many of these books can be purchased at the Rudolf Steiner College Bookstore in Fair Oaks (916-961-8729) or through any general bookstore.