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“The children around about seven years should have the concentration to build their own vivid inner pictures when being told a story, and through such imagery will continue learning in the following years. Fairy tales are told by the teacher then retold and dramatized by members of the class. This cultivates the children’s imagination” – From Waldorf 101

Thank you to Waldorf Teacher, Diane Power for creating a book-list for students! She says…

The following books for 1st and 2nd can be read aloud to the students:

Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel

Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik

Elsa Beskow books

The Story of the Root Children by Sibylle von Olfers

The Blue Fairy Book and others by Andrew Lang

The Wind Boy by Ethel Eliot

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

The Iktomi books by Paul Goble

My FatherĀ“s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

The 7 Year Wonder Book by Isabel Wyatt

The Story of Jumping Mouse retold by John Steptoe

The King of IrelandĀ“s Son by Padraic Colum

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski

The Tomten by Astrid Lingren

Stuart Little by E.B. White

The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

Any fables & fairy tales from around the world

Other recommendations from members are…

Heckedy Peg (P)
Audrey Wood
This book might be controversial for some because it is a classic fairy-tale with classic “dark”  fairy-tale motifs: a scary witch turns the children in the story-named Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday- into food for her meal.  But much to the chagrin of this witch the children’s mother saves them all by remembering her children by what they want:  “Bread wants butter…that’s Monday.”  When she gives each child its complement they turn back into themselves and the mother chases Heckedy Peg away and the old witch is “never seen again.” I have read this book so often to my children that it is worn out and I have it memorized.  I think this is a very Waldorfy fairy tale because of the motifs found within story.  It has beautiful illustrations, rhythm and repetition.  One of my favorite read alouds.
 
Knitted Fairytales: The Creation of Unicorns by Kristie BurnsThe first grader is learning to knit this year and this book is the perfect inspiration for them! It is illustrated on every page with an adorable hand-knit unicorn doing a different activity like playing outdoors, chasing a ball of yarn or even knitting with their knitted unicorn friends. The story line talks about how knitted unicorns came to be and can help connect the child with their new knitting projects in a wonderful and magical way!

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