Read a Good Book in the Shade

Summer reading provides a great opportunity to read a good book in the shade. Here are my top picks of summer reading for Waldorf homeschoolers – for kids, families, and Moms.

Summer Reading for Waldorf Homeschoolers

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Summer Reading for Waldorf Homeschoolers

Summer Reading Picks for Kids & Families

Here are some of our family’s absolute favorite read-alouds for summertime. Great for all ages, for older children to read on their own or to younger siblings.

Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey
A beautiful story of summertime on an island in Maine during a big storm. Poetic language and lovely pictures.

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
A whole series of summer fun with boats and no parents in Britain between the wars. 

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
The story of a city boy who runs away to the mountains and learns to live on his own. Captivating story of going back to nature and self-sufficiency. 

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
A classic story of a wild mare on Assateague Island and the people who try to tame her.

Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
The tales of a witty boy in small-town America. Fun and funny. Great for boys.

The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong
The story of children in a Dutch village who are determined to help bring the storks back to their nesting site atop the school. Exciting and quirky.

Owls in the Family by Farley Moffat
A hilarious story of a boy and his pets.

The Cricket in Times Square by George Seldon
A cat and mouse living in New York city. This was one of my all-time favorite books as a child.

Summer Reading Picks for Moms

A mix of both homeschooling enrichment and fiction for fun. Why not choose one or two of each this summer!

Waldorf Education: A Family Guide by Fenner & Rivers
A collection of articles on the philosophy, curriculum, and traditions of Waldorf education. Insightful and clear.

The Therapeutic Eye: How Steiner Observed Children by Peter Selg
A description of how Steiner suggested we develop our capacities to “look at the children before us” and find ways to bring them what they need.

The Four Temperaments by Helmut Eller
A fresh looks at an ancient classification of personalities often used by Waldorf teachers and parents to help them understand and work with their children.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Royce
A lost soul finds himself by going on a crazy journey, walking across the country to visit an old friend. Quirky and heartwarming.

Rain Reign by Ann Martin
This young adult novel is the story of Rose who loves her dog and is obsessed with homonyms. A beautiful account of a girl who is different but learns to navigate in a sometimes unfriendly world. You could share this one with your teen, too.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
A murder mystery beautifully told. About family, secrets, dreams and how we come to terms with it all.  

What are you reading this summer? Please share!


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5 thoughts on “Read a Good Book in the Shade

  1. This is amazing. The author of The Four Temperaments shows as Helmet Eller when I click the title. I am always so impressed with what you publish.

    1. Thanks, Theresa. And yes, you are correct about The Four Temperaments book! Thanks for catching my mistake. 🙂 I’ve corrected it now.

  2. If you haven’t read All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot, it’s a gem. Although he does have some stories for children, this one is best for adults. It’s delightful.

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