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Beautiful bedtime books


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Teddy likes to bring me his favourite books. He climbs up into my lap and I read to him.

We look at the lovely illustrations and he points at all the pictures.

Here are some of our current bedtime favourites. They are beautiful books that share a love of life, family and the world around us ?

Kissed by the Moon, by Alison Lester

This is such a sweet book about a mama’s love.

It is about the small sweet things in life, that we hope our little ones will see and appreciate.

And each time Teddy spots a picture of the moon, he says happily, ‘Moon! Moon!’

On the day you were born, by Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks

This is Teddy’s favourite book at the moment. He brings it to me many times through the day. And I can see why he loves it.

It is about the beautiful love a father feels for his new baby, and the wondrous things he wishes to share about this life.

My daddy said, On the day you were born, I wrapped you up warm and took you for a walk to see the world’

Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey by Emily Winfield Martin

Ruby and I have been reading this sweet whimsical story at bedtime a lot lately.

It is about the beautiful and magic dream journey we take through the night.

The illustrations are gorgeous and transport us to the dream world.

My Mama Earth, by Susan B Katz and Melissa Launay

This beautifully paced story is about the wondrous things Mother Earth does.

‘My mama hangs the moon for me. She puts it low so I can see

The illustrations celebrate the beauty of the natural world.

Our wishlist

I thought I would also share some of the books that are on our wishlist.

The first is You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey and Soyeon Kin. This book tells of how we are all part of nature. We can’t wait to read it!

The second is The Wonderful Things You Will Be, by Emily Winfield Martin. This story celebrates ‘dreams, acceptance, and love the parents have for their children’. It sounds just lovely.

Stars and moon and sun, now our story is done ?

What books are you reading at the moment?

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Happy storytelling, Kelly











Waldorf books for inner work

Waldorf books for inner work

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I always tend to have a handful of books on the go, at least one novel and a few non-fiction books.

And this year I’ve added some books for inner work, that I pick up and read once a week or once a month. And I thought I would share a little about them *smile*

In the Light of a Child

Each Sunday, I have been reading a verse from In the Light of a Child.

A verse is provided for each week of the year {I understand this is similar to Steiner’s Soul Calendar which was drawn on for inspiration for this book}

The verses are written for children or our ‘inner child’. And they resonate with the season {helpfully verses are provided for both the Southern and Northern Hemisphere}.

Here is the verse for the Southern Hemisphere in the fourth week of June…

A ROSE of pure white blooms in midnight’s dark hour. The spell of the darkness is broken and torn. In my heart there’s a bursting of magical power. For the heavenly Child on earth has been born!

He is pure as the snow. With my heart’s love aglow. I shall nourish this Child, and he surely shall grow!

So this week I will ponder this verse. Thinking about what I have read. Exploring what it means for me and my children… a kind of meditative practice.

Words for Parents in Small Doses

The second book that I read each Sunday is Words for Parents in Small Doses by Judith Frizlen. Again this book is organised seasonally, although for the Northern Hemisphere, so I do need to work out which week I need to read from (which is quite easy really).

In Words for Parents each week’s reading is a page which again speaks to the mood of the season. For this week the reading was about wonder, celebration and love…

At this time of year in the natural world, the light begins its return… It’s a time to pause and remember. We were all once infants, and by virtue of our humanity, we have the power to experience awe, to be tender with ourselves and others and to begin again.

When I read Words for Parents I feel uplifted. And I think reading the two books together has brought more to them both.

The simple home

The third book that I am reading is not a Waldorf or anthroposophical book, but a book that encourages me to be a ‘spiritual homemaker’. To find joy in creating, nurturing and nourishing my home. The simple home, by Rhonda Hetzel is a ‘month-by month guide’ that complements the seasons to bring about contentment in the home.

I started reading in May, and laughed to discover the month was about devoting attention to my laundry space, since this is a task in homemaking a do not relish! And even more amusing, at the same time I had started to read a book by Torin M. Finser {see I told you I read too many books at once!}

A Second Classroom ~ Parent-Teacher Relationships in a Waldorf School

In A Second Classroom, Torin M. Finser writes

What we do not accept as a task today may simply come back at us again and again until we engage

I’m not always good at taking advice, but for once I did and actually did get my laundry under control for the month of May. And I might just admit that it did feel nice. However it is now June *chuckle*

And I might just finish up with another nice quote from Torin M. Finser, he wrote ‘Parents have angels too’, and went on to say

…all of us are striving human beings with a spiritual life, whether we take it up consciously or not.

What are you reading or doing as part of your inner work?

For more inspiration, you can see my Waldorf book list here and some of my favourite Waldorf craft books here.

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Blessings, Kelly