Library Lady's Corner

The Invisible Boat by Eric Mueller receives a starred Kirkus Review! August 14 2019


In this middle-grade novel, three children journey in a magical boat to help reunite humans with the elemental world.

Waldorf Publications Sales to Start OCTOBER 1, 2019 August 12 2019

Waldorf Publications Sales to Start
OCTOBER 1, 2019

In honor of our Screen Free September project (want to participate? let Patrice know by emailing with students, teachers and parents off screens completely and those of us in businesses that require daily screens working to reduce drastically our screen time in September…

New Release! Emil and Berta, The Origins of the Waldorf School Movement August 06 2019

Waldorf Education is named after the cigarette and tobacco company partly owned and completely managed by Emil Molt but named from family names, the Waldorf and Astoria families. The cigarette company was primarily owned by an inheriting family, the Giorgiis, who so trusted Emil that he was given 47% shareholding in the company and free rein in management. The company was remarkably profitable while Emil was the “CEO” and so the owning family was content to allow Emil free rein. (Where does the name Waldorf come from, she may want to know.)

Emil and his wife, Berta, were earnest students of Rudolf Steiner.

From the Non-Public Education Newsletter July 18 2019

ONPE fosters maximum participation of nonpublic school students and teachers in federal education programs and initiatives. Since the initial passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 1965, private school students and teachers have been eligible to participate in certain federal education programs.

New Release: See the Child, Love the Child, Know Yourself: Now Teach June 30 2019

See the Child, Love the Child, Know Yourself: Now Teach
Elan Leibner

For the six years that the Research Institute for Waldorf Education (RIWE) was fortunate enough to have Elan Leibner as the editor of the Research Bulletin, a striking confluence of practices and consciousness from both the Pedagogical Section Council of North America, (PSC) and that of more standard research ideals was possible. Elan was and is the chair of the PSC and has stimulated attention and effective practices in spiritual research out of his own Waldorf teaching experiences, and out of his research.

Join us for Screen Free September: Take a Break and Get Ready for School! June 30 2019

We have received a great deal of thanks for the Screen Free September Project!  Sounds to us like just the right thing for many people and organizations.  Join us!  Just send your name as a participant and we will add you to our growing list!  It’s now international!  Witten University in Germany is our partner in research around this screen free effort for the first days of school and autumn.  Act now!  Don’t wait.  Start planning and sharing your plans for the screen free days of September.  We are planning here at Waldorf Publications. As a publishing house, our days are filled with on screen time, but we will cut this back and practice differently.


Join us in an agreement to turn off screens for the month of September. The Research Institute for Waldorf Education is offering this campaign as one of its contributions for the Waldorf100 celebration year.

New Release Book Review: Truth, Beauty and Goodness June 07 2019

Truth, Beauty and Goodness: The Future of Education, Healing Arts and Health Care

Lectures by Michaela Glöckler

This book offers the best we can offer to children in need of special care.  The transformative powers of truth, beauty, and goodness are those that give birth to love, the most potent agent in a child’s development possible.

Damaged/Imperfect Books - Books That Didn’t Make It May 16 2019

We used to host a once-a-year “Damaged Book Sale,” but now we have added an ongoing section to our web site, that you can check out at any time.

Most books are only mildly out of kilter: a bent corner, a ruffled page or three, a spine with a dent, or a mark that ought not to be there. Occasionally a book is the previous edition or binding. They are, in other words, A GREAT DEAL.

Interview with Betty Staley, author of "Tending the Spark" May 02 2019

Betty Staley’s new book, Tending the Spark, Lighting the Future for Middle Schools Students, has generated a spark! Clearly, all of us responsible for this vulnerable age need help in understanding. Meg Gorman stepped up to interviewing Betty to find out more about her motives in writing this book.

New Release Book Review: Tending the Spark April 04 2019

Tending the Spark: Lighting the Future for Middle School Students is Betty Staley’s latest contribution to better understanding child development to better educate the child. This is a book every parent and teacher of eleven to fifteen-year-olds must read! Tending the Spark covers a multiplicity of topics related to raising and teaching middle-schoolers. Everything from physical development, brain development, peer pressure, social media, and creativity are covered in this thorough sweep through middle school changes and realities.

Interview with Frederick Amrine, author of Kicking Away the Ladder March 26 2019

We asked Fred Amrine, author of the newest release from Waldorf Publications, Kicking Away the Ladder, the Philosophical Roots of Waldorf Education, why he wrote his book and why its content is so important.

Fred Amrine: It’s very important for people to understand the roots of Waldorf education in German idealism. German idealism was, in fact, Steiner’s first choice as a vehicle and a language in which to put forth Anthroposophy. For a variety of reasons, this didn’t work out....

New Release Book Review: Kicking Away the Ladder March 12 2019

It’s important to investigate the philosophical underpinnings of something as influential as the educational approach for our children. Clues about the image of human development, respect for life on earth, and the reasons for different methods used can be more deeply understood by comprehending the founding principles of educational philosophy.

In addition, following the lines of philosophical thought trains our own thinking and promotes clarity; qualities our children are inevitably going to imitate. Since the crown jewel of all education is thinking (clearly and inventively, lately called “executive function,” or “critical thinking”),

Valentine’s Day! February 13 2019

This day, so important to children and our culture, holds the potential for unlocking deep feelings of love one human being holds for another. Teaching kindergarten and children in grades one through five, illuminates how important the young feel it is to let family, teachers, and friends know how much they are loved. These are lessons from the...

Book Review: Music from Around the World for Recorder December 17 2018

Music from Around the World for Recorder, edition II, by Michael Preston, is a robust collection of wonderful tunes and arrangements representing cultures of the world, designed and composed for three recorders — soprano, alto, and tenor.

Michael Preston’s book has in it all that is needed to envelop youngsters in beautiful harmony. His thoughtful and beautiful arrangements are fashioned to avoid technical difficulties that can be found in some recorder arrangements.

The Rightful Role of Digital Devices at Home and in School December 14 2018

As an education for our time, Waldorf pedagogy embraces the contributions of modern science and the technological tools it has developed. Our challenge is to find the appropriate place for these tools within the curriculum and the life of the developing child.

Digital devices––such as computers, tablets, smartphones, and the like––enhance many human cognitive capacities, but they can equally well diminish or even supplant them.

Last minute gift ideas for the book lovers on your list! December 12 2018

Last minute gift ideas for the book lovers on your list!

The Second Week of Advent for Children December 11 2018

The first week of the four leading to Christmas or Solstice is devoted to Minerals.  The second week is devoted to plants. All the sleeping plants beneath the earth’s surface have the chance to rest, waiting for the time when warmth and light and our yearning call them up to grow again.

These hectic days are often filled with purchases and preparation for the festivals celebrated in December. Weather can add to the increased number of tasks to accomplish and adds time to travel. Everyone tends to be busy and finding spaces in which to contemplate, consider, and appreciate the season is necessary. These darker days invite us to draw inward and yet the hustle and bustle works strongly against this.

First nights of Chanukah, beginning of Advent December 07 2018

It’s all about the coming of Light out of darkness!

It’s the beginning of what Christians call “Advent,” and what, in the Hebrew tradition, is called “Chanukah.”

The Maccabees were a rebellious renegade band against the tyrant, Antiochus, who had taken over Jerusalem, defiling the Jewish temple with its the sacred Torah, and snuffing the Eternal Flame.  With guerilla-styled warfare, a very few reclaimed the Holy City with Judah Maccabee as the band’s leader. This was in a time shortly before the turning point of time in the Roman era.

Shop Our Huge Holiday Sale! December 03 2018

Save up to 40% on all books! Great titles for teachers, parents, and children!
Hurry, sale ends Sunday, December 9, 2018.

Holiday Sale

Buy Nothing Day 2018 November 23 2018

Buy Nothing Day 2018



Here at Waldorf Publications we have established an annual event on the day after Thanksgiving: a day in which we enjoy the warmth of the day-after-Thanksgiving with family and friends.  We invite you to join us and buy nothing. To balance the energy pushed upon us by the commercial world and simply “Buy Nothing” we can all take a day to breathe out and prepare for the coming winter. We invite you to join us in this by being creative if you feel so drawn.

“Buy Nothing Day” was established in 2013 and this marks our sixth annual “Buy Nothing Day.”

This year, our inventive Library Lady has identified the making of a paper star Advent mobile and various gnomes and elves as the crafts of the day.  She is sending you the light of the heavens on the stepping-stone path to the re-awakening of the Sun as it turns towards increasing light at Solstice, Chanukah, and Christmas.  Light up your home with candlelight until the time of increasing sunlight returns!

Waldorf Publications, the Library Lady, and the whole staff wish you and your friends and families a celebratory Thanksgiving, and a peaceful and creative day after!


The grace that we can sing says it all:
For food in a world where many walk in hunger;
For love in a world where many walk in fear;
For friends in a world where many walk alone,
We give the humble thanks, Oh Lord!

Download the 2018 Buy Nothing Day PDF

Book Review: Research Bulletin, Special Issue: Technology’s Rightful Place October 15 2018

This new book from Waldorf Publications is a compilation of three consecutive issues of the Research Bulletin all devoted to examination of technology and the results of its use. The Research Institute for Waldorf Education (RIWE) held three international colloquia over as many years, expanded board meetings over several days, with presenters who prepared different aspects of technology, the element of silicon, and research on electronics. The book offers a handy reference to fine essays on the power, miraculous effectiveness, and devastation that result from technology’s defining of our culture.

Save your Child's Brain Part III: The Electronic Fast: Pressing the Brain's Reset Button September 08 2018

3 Week Plan: Ingredients for Success

This is modified from my course and is what I practice with my private patients.  The plan essentially involves a month's time, from preparation to completing the fast.  The plan itself is simple, but the actual implementation of it in today's world can be difficult.

Putting the plan into action requires:

  • an understanding of the nature and severity of the toxicity; 
  • the ability to effectively communicate that toxicity to others; 
  • motivation and discipline; 
  • a little creativity;
  • a lot of support!

Save your Child's Brain Part II: Real Life Scenarios, and the Benefits of Removing Video Games September 04 2018

Save Your Child’s Brain Part II
Real Life Scenarios, and the Benefits of Removing Video Games
What real-life problems might video games cause? 

Nathan is an 11-year-old boy with no history of any behavior problems until he started 5th grade.  That year, his grades fell, he became extremely angry, and he couldn't focus on anything for more than a few seconds.  His mother reported him becoming increasingly isolated and losing interest in all other activities, including things he used to love.