Recommended Reading

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children” – Native American proverb

Below are suggested reading if you are interested in finding out more:

Play

Wild Play: Parenting Adventures in the Great Outdoors – David Sobel, Green Writers Press
The Genius of Play: Celebrating the Spirit of Childhood – Sally Jenkinson, Hawthorn Press
Creative Play with your Baby – Christopher Clouder & Janni Nicol, Gaia Books
Creative Play with your Toddler – Christopher Clouder & Janni Nicol, Gaia Books
Work and Play in Early Childhood – Freya Jaffke, Floris Books

Parenting

Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kids – John Payne, Ballantine Books Inc.
You are your Child’s First Teacher – Rahima Baldwin, Ten Speed Press
Beyond the Rainbow Bridge; Nurturing our Children from Birth to Seven – Barbara J. Patterson and Pamela Bradley, Michaelmas Press
Heaven on Earth: A Handbook for Parents of Young Children – Sharifa Oppenheimer, Steiner Books
Happy Child, Happy Home: Conscious Parenting and Creative Discipline – Lou Harvey Zahra, Floris Books
Creative Discipline, Connected Family: Transforming Tears, Tantrums and Troubles While Staying Close to Your Children – Lou Harvey Zahra, Floris Books
No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame – Janet Lansbury, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Elevating Child Care: A Guide to Respectful Parenting – Janet Lansbury, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
The Complete Secrets of Happy Children: A Guide for Parents – Steve and Shaaron Biddulph, Harper Thorsons
Raising Babies: Why Your Love is Best – Steve and Shaaron Biddulph, Harper Thorsons
Raising Boys: Why Boys are Different – and How to Help Them Become Happy and Well-Balanced Men – Steve and Shaaron Biddulph, Harper Thorsons
Steve Biddulph’s Raising Girls – Steve and Shaaron Biddulph, Harper Thorsons

Steiner Waldorf Education (Early Years)

Free to Learn – Introducing Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Education – Lynne Oldfield, Hawthorn Press
Ready to Learn: From Birth to School Readiness – Martyn Rawson, Hawthorn Press
Understanding the Steiner Waldorf Approach – Janni Nicol and Jill Taplin, Routledge
Under the Stars – The Foundations of Steiner Waldorf Earl Childhood Education – Renate Long Breipohl, Hawthorn Press
The Incarnating Child – J Salter, Hawthorn Press
The First Three Years of the Child – K König, Floris Books

Nature Awareness/Outdoor Learning

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder – Richard Louv, Atlantic Books
The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age – Richard Louv, Algonquin Books
I Love My World – Chris Holland, Wholeland Press
Sharing Nature With Children: 20th Anniversay Edtion: The Classic Parents’ and Teachers’ Nature Awareness Guidebook – Joseph Cornell, Dawn Publications
Biophilia – Edward O Wilson, Harvard University Press
Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education – David Sobel, Orion Society
Leave No Child Inside: A Selection of Essays from Orion Magazine – Orion Society
Wonder and Other Survival Skills: A Selection of Essays from Orion Magazine – Orion Society
The Sense of Wonder – Rachel Carson, Harper Collins
Fascination of Air: Wind – Claire Warden, Mindstretchers
Fascination of Earth: Wood Whittling – Claire Warden, Mindstretchers
Fascination of Fire: Charcoal – Claire Warden, Dan Phillips and Lara Warden, Mindstretchers
Fascination of Water: Puddles – Claire Warden, Dan Phillips and Steven White, Mindstretchers

Nature Activity Books

The Beach Book – Fiona Danks & Jo Schofield, Frances Lincoln Publisher
Go Wild!: 101 Things To Do Outdoors Before You Grow Up – Fiona Danks & Jo Schofield, Frances Lincoln Publisher
Make it Wild!: 101 Things to Make and Do Outdoors – Fiona Danks & Jo Schofield, Frances Lincoln Publisher
Run Wild!: Outdoor Games and Adventures – Fiona Danks & Jo Schofield, Frances Lincoln Publisher
Nature’s Playground: Activities, Crafts and Games to Encourage Children to get Outdoors: Activities, Crafts and Games to Encourage Your Children to Enjoy the Great Outdoors – Fiona Danks & Jo Schofield, Frances Lincoln Publisher
The Wild City Book: Fun Things to do Outdoors in Towns and Cities – Fiona Danks & Jo Schofield, Frances Lincoln Publisher
The Stick Book: Loads of things you can make or do with a stick – Fiona Danks & Jo Schofield, Frances Lincoln Publisher
The Wild Weather Book: Loads of things to do outdoors in rain, wind and snow – Fiona Danks & Jo Schofield, Frances Lincoln Publisher

Crafts

Earthwise: Environmental Crafts and Activities with Young Children – Carol Petrash, Floris Books
All Year Round: A Calendar of Celebrations (Festivals and the Seasons) – Christine Fynes-Clinton, Marije Rowling and Ann Druitt, Hawthorn Press
The Children’s Year: Seasonal Crafts and Clothes (Crafts and Family Activities) – Stephanie Cooper, Christine Fynes-Clinton and Marije Rowling, Hawthorn Press
Festivals Together: A Guide to Multi-cultural Celebration: 1 (Festivals and the Seasons) – M Weston, J Large and S Fitsjohn, Hawthorn Press

Children’s Health

The Genius of Natural Childhood: Secrets of Thriving Children – Sally Goddard Blythe, Hawthorn Press
What Babies and Children Really Need: How Mothers and Fathers Can Nurture Children’s Growth for Health and Wellbeing – Sally Goddard Blythe, Hawthorn Press
The Well Balanced Child: Movement and Early Learning (Early Years) – Sally Goddard Blythe, Hawthorn Press
A Guide to Child Health – M Glöckler & W Goebel, Floris Books

Other

Festivals, Family and Food – Judy Large and Diana Carey, Hawthorn Press
The Birthday Book: Celebrations for Everyone (Festivals and the Seasons) – Christine Fynes-Clinton, Marije Rowling and Ann Druitt, Hawthorn Press
Too Much, Too Soon?: Early Learning and the Erosion of Childhood (Early Years) – Richard House, Hawthorn Press
The Hurried Child – 25th Anniversary Edition: Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon – David Elkind, Da Capo Press
No Fear: Growing Up in a Risk Averse Society – Tim Gill, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
The Disappearance of Childhood – Neil Postman, Vintage Books