We can’t think of a better combination than a sweet new stuffed friend and a wonderful book to curl up with at bed time. A special stuffed animal can turn a story from exciting to magical. Children love to bring their story books to life through play, connecting with the characters, and forming special bonds with their favorite bears, bunnies and gnomes. Here are some of our favorite Waldorf books and stuffed animal pairings that will deepen your child's love of reading.
Alex is reading Children of the Forrest by Elsa Beskow and
cuddling his Organic Waldorf Baby Doll.
A Cozy Combo: Waldorf Books and Stuffed Animal Pairings
Christmas Stories and Soft Toys
The Yule Tomte and the Little Rabbits by Ulf Stark is a special story about a house tomte named Grump whose path crosses with the rabbit family in an unexpected way. Read along each night as the woodland animals prepare for their first Christmas festival. Children will enjoy acting out the scenes with this Felted Gnome Doll and a pair of Handmade Felt Bunny Rabbits.
The Christmas Angels by Else Wenz-Vietor is a beautiful and inspiring picture book that heralds the Christmas message of loving kindness with every page. Children will love watching the silk of the Small Silk Kerchief Fairy Doll flutter and float like the wings of an angel.
Waldorf Books and Stuffed Animals for Little Ones
There's no gift more classic than an heirloom teddy bear. Our Organic Floppy Beige Teddy Bear is handmade with organic materials and makes a perfect first best friend. Pair it with the Bears Wooden Picture Book for a great gift for a toddler.
Winter is on it's way but there's still time to explore the beauty of Autumn! The quintessential season books by Gerda Muller are a Waldorf staple and we love the idea of pairing Autumn with Gold Felt Leaf Catipillar Pocket Dolls for even more open-ended play. You can also explore the whole year with this Set of Four Seasons Board Books.
In Pelle's New Suit by Elsa Beskow a young boy needs to sheer a lamb for a new Sunday suit. Snuggle up with this Organic Plush Lamb Hand Puppet while Pelle's wool is carded, spun, dyed, and woven in this classic Waldorf tale.
The Story of the Snow Children by Sibylle von Olfers is a beautifully illustrated seasonal story for young children. A classic Cuddle Baby Waldorf Doll, clad in red to match the story's main character, makes a perfect cuddly companion to curl up with while you read about Poppy and her adventure with the Snow Children.
Waldorf Books and Stuffed Animals for Older Children
In this bestseller, A Donsy of Gnomes by Sieglinde De Francesca, your child will meet eight charming gnomes and their friends who teach lessons in friendship, selflessness, courage and generosity. Add a few Waldorf Gnome Pocket Dolls to bring the magical stories to life through play.
Another best selling Waldorf book, The Tales of Tiptoes Lightly by Reg Down, follows a lovable fairy and her friends on many colorful adventures. Read aloud to pre-readers or let older children explore the stories on their own. Add a Blossom Fairy Waldorf Doll and allow their imaginations to take flight.