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Reading Nook & Story-Telling


Natural Wooden Toys by Erin Freuchtel-Dearing
75 easy-to-make and kid-safe designs to inspire imaginations & creative play


Make your own beautiful, safe, colorful, wooden toys in more than 75 designs to delight and feed imaginations. A great book for making beautiful, imaginative toys, no experience required! more>


NEW! Personalized My Very Own Pirate Tale Book




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Personalized Fairy Tale Book  (Hardcover)
by Maia Haag, illustrated by Joyce Patti

My Very Own Fairy Tale is a unique, beautifully illustrated hardcover storybook that uses the letters of a child's first, middle and last names to create a personalized fairy tale story.  The story will transport your favorite little girl into a magical garden where flower and berry fairies crown her as their fairy princess.
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Personalized My Very Own Book  (Hardcover)
by Maia Haag

My Very Own Name is a unique, beautifully illustrated hardcover storybook that uses the letters of a child's first, middle and last names to create a personalized story, helping children learn to recognize letters and spell their names.  Animals bring letters one by one to create the child's first and last names in rhyme.  At the end, the animals celebrate because they've created the perfect name. 
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Nick Drake - Pink Moon (CD)

We can't explain how or why this is, but the song "Pink Moon" (and most of the other songs) on Nick Drake's Pink Moon CD has worked like a charm to help all of our babies to stop crying, almost instantly.  We keep one Pink Moon CD in our car, and one in our home.  On car trips if our baby is crying and nothing else has consoled baby, we put "Pink Moon" on and for us it has worked like a charm. We wanted to share this in case you have a baby who is prone to bouts of crying. We have found "Pink Moon" to be much more lovely than the sound of a hair dryer, and it worked better than many of the "stop your baby from crying" CDs in our experience. (We "discovered" the song "Pink Moon" years ago when it was featured on a VW convertible Cabrio commercial; the VW was driving along a winding road surrounded by woods on a moonlit night, top down, to the music of "Pink Moon" . . . When we bought the CD we had no idea that in the future it would be an instant baby pacifier ... bonus!)

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The Story of the Snow Children (Hardcover)

Little Poppy gazes out of the window at the snow when, all of a sudden, she sees that the snowflakes are really little Snow Children dancing and whirling in the garden.  A lovely Winter story with beautiful illustrations.  Hardcover.  more>


The Tomten
by Astrid Lindgren, illustrated by Harald Wiberg

In Swedish myth a Tomten is an elfin creature/troll who cares for the farms and its inhabitants at night.  Astrid Lindgren and Harald Wiberg together paint a mesmerizing tale about the Tomten and his watch duties.  Hardcover. more>


The Tomten and the Fox
by Astrid Lindgren, illustrated by Harald Wiberg

The Tomten saves the chickens from Reynard the fox and offers his own porridge to feed the hungry fox so that all ends well for the animals on this winter night.  The enduring story and lovely illustrations make this a book to be enjoyed for generations!  Hardcover with beautiful color illustrations. more>

 


Felt Wee Folk
by Salley Mavor

Salley Mavor's charming, bendable Wee Folk fairies and dolls are so charming and inspiring.  This wonderful book teaches you how to make your own tiny fairy dolls and figures and accessories by hand, using wool felt, chenille stems, and simple embellishments. (The book includes step-by-step instructions for making fairy dolls and other figures, including a pirate, a mermaid, little nut cap children, and many more!)  Both children and adults love these beautiful tiny dolls, and they make lovely, hand-crafted gifts from the heart.  Paperback.  more>

You may also like our Wool Pets Kits - Everything you need to make your own needle felted animals!

The Christmas Owls (Hardcover)
story by Judy West, illustrated by Gerda Westerink

The Christmas Owls by Judy West, illustrated by Gerda Westerink
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A sweet Christmas story for children ages 5 - 8 (but younger children also will love the story and illustrations!)  "Owl Feather and Owl Soft are puzzled when their quiet church is invaded by men bringing wood and tools. What are they building, and why do all the people suddenly arrive at midnight?"  A timeless introduction to the Christmas story through the eyes of two wise owls.  Hardcover.  more>


The Root Children (Hardcover)
by Sibylle Von Olfers


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The root children sleep underground all winter until Mother Earth awakens them, and they get to work sewing pretty new clothes for Spring.  The tiny flower children parade and frolic above earth as the seasons pass until Mother Earth beckons them back below ground for winter.  A beautifully illustrated, classic story to be cherished for generations.  more>


The Princess in the Forest (Hardcover)
by Sibylle Von Olfers

This charming and beautifully illustrated book describes the day in the life of the Princess who lives in a castle in the forest.  The nature folk of the forest are her friends and companions, and her day begins when the dew maids come to help her wash and dress.  She has "honey and jelly and fruits of the forest" for breakfast, attends school, plays with her woodland friends, and when it is time to go home, the "star folk" light her way home to the castle.  A truly delightful book with wonderful pictures for children ages 3-7 (adults will be enchanted too!)  Hardcover. more>


Magic Wool
by Dagmar Schmidt and Freya Jaffka

Activities with colorful, unspun sheep's wool offer a wide range of creative possibilities that will stimulate the creative imaginations of children and adults alike. Dagmar Schmidt and Freya Jaffke combine their craft and teaching talents and experience to show how to create beautiful figures and animals using a variety of techniques.  Paperback. (7.2 x 6.7 x 0.4 inches). more>
 


Heaven on Earth - A Handbook for Parents of Young Children

In this wonderful book, Sharifa Oppenheimer guides parents of young children on how to establish the life rhythms that lay the foundation for all learning; how to design indoor play environments that allow children the broadest skills development; and how to create backyard play spaces that encourage vigorous movement and a wide sensory palette. Through art, storytelling, and the festival celebrations, this book is a guide to building a “family culture” based on the guiding principle of love, a culture that supports children and allows the free development of each unique soul.
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The Adventures of Woody, Hazel and Little Pip (Hardcover)
by Elsa Beskow


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This is one of our children's all-time FAVORITE books.  The story is wonderful, and the illustrations are gorgeous.  Little children love to hear this story and look at the pictures again and again!  Woody and Little Pip Acorn have an unexpected adventure when they take a ride on an oak leaf.  Mr. Squirrel and Hazel Hazelnut go searching for them and meet gnomes, trolls, a salamander and other woodland creatures along the way.  A wonderful, fun story with beautiful illustrations that draw children in. Hardcover.  more>


HABA Come With Us Magnetic Book
Learn About Colors with the adorable Wooden Magnetic Bunny
by HABA Toys


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A Fun Magnetic Board Book for Learning Colors!

This charming board book is a story book that also helps children to learn about colors. The included magnetic wooden bunny leads the child through the story, and when the child places the bunny on the correct color, the magnetic bunny will stick to that spot on the page.  (When you're done reading the book, just place the wooden bunny back in place and it attaches magnetically to the book cover.) Ages 2 1/2 +. 

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Fleece Dog - A little bit of magic created with raw wool and a special needle

Learn how to make these adorable palm-sized (doll-house size) wool fleece dogs in twenty popular breeds, from Bulldogs to Terriers, Poodles to Pomeranians.  These little dogs are easy to make when you follow the book's illustrated step-by-step instructions, customized for each breed of dog.  Using a simple felting needle and easy-to-find wool roving, just push and poke the fibers and transform them into a darling little pup.  Paperback.  more>

See our complete collection of Felted Wool Fleece Dog Kits - Many different breeds available.


Children of the Forest (Hardcover)
by Elsa Beskow

This story follows the seasonal adventures of the children of the forest, who live deep in the roots of an old pine tree.  Hardcover.  more>


Peter in Blueberry Land (Hardcover) -
11.75 x 9.5 in.

by Elsa Beskow


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Peter is looking for blueberries for his mother’s birthday but he can’t find a single one. Suddenly he feels a light tap on his shoe, and a strange and magical adventure begins.  Hardcover.  more>


Painting with Children
by Brunhild Muller

A vital factor in every child’s development is the stimulation of active imagination and creativity. This book presents ideas that encourage self-expression through the medium of watercolors.  Fundamental and practical, this book is based on Goethe’s color theory, showing that painting with children is more than merely a form of self-expression—Brunhild Müller encourages the reader to understand children’s fantasies and inner being through their artworks.  This book covers preparation, color stories and poems, and painting the moods of nature and seasons of the year. Paper back.  more>


The Birthday Book 
- Celebrations for Everyone
by Ann Druitt, Christine Fynes-Clinton, and Marije Rowling

This complete resource includes ideas for birthday celebrations from age one to 100+, ideas for invitations, games, prizes and food, party suggestions for teenagers, 18 to 21 year-olds, twins, and small children, unique celebrations for those on holiday, ill, Christmas birthdays, and rainy days, and ideas from birthday traditions from around the world.  A wonderful reference for happy, warm, sincere birthday celebrations to be remembered and cherished for a lifetime!
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In the Land of Elves (Hardcover)
by
Daniela Drescher


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This lovely book is filled with full-spread watercolor illustrations that reveal the secret world of the elves and their animal companions among the trees, roots, and fields. We see them at work and play through the seasons.  The illustrations are lush and beautiful, and children and adults will want to linger over each page as each season unfolds.  Hardcover.  more>

 


In the Land of Fairies (Hardcover)
by
Daniela Drescher


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Where do fairies dwell?  How do they talk to flowers and animals? In this delightful picture book for children, atmospheric illustrations reveal the secret life of fairies and nature spirits. Their magic world, hidden within nature, is a constantly changing tableau, and as we follow them through the seasons we discover how they work and play.  The enchanting, detailed pictures will appeal to both young and old.  Hardcover.  more>

 


In the Land of Merfolk  (Hardcover)
by
Daniela Drescher


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In the delightful style of her other two books, In the Land of Fairies and In the Land of Elves, Daniela Drescher's evocative full-spread watercolor illustrations reveal the secret, watery world of the merfolk among the lilypads, reeds, and rushes.  Discover the magical world of the mermaids, merfolk and their friends as the seasons unfold.  Hardcover.  more>

 


The Waldorf Kindergarten Snack Book

This wonderful book is a compendium of information, recipes, and anecdotes from Waldorf kindergarten teacher Lisa Hildreth; a great resource for teachers, parents, and anyone who cares for young children.  Create soups, breads, and fruit dishes with children, while learning and teaching them how various foods affect us and how to use healthy ingredients to make delicious and nutritious snacks.  Whimsically and joyously illustrated by Waldorf kindergarten teacher Jo Valens.  Spiral bound paperback (convenient spiral bound format allows recipes to lay flat as you work).  7 x 10 inches.  more>

 


A Great Day at the Beach
by HABA Toys


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A Story Board Book, Puzzle, and Game in One!

This fun book is also a puzzle and a game, and all of the wooden pieces (puzzle pieces, figures and dice) are contained within the book for easy storage.  On each page of the story book there is a part of the puzzle to be completed, or you can take each puzzle section out of the book and complete an entire castle puzzle with each of the interconnection sections.  What fun for a rainy day, travel, or every day play.  The book also includes 3 wooden game piece figures and die with board game instructions for an accompanying castle game.  more>

 


A Great Day with the Pirates
by HABA Toys

A Story Board Book, Puzzle, and Game in One!

This fun book is also a puzzle and a game, and all of the wooden pieces (puzzle pieces, figures and dice) are contained within the book for easy storage.  On each page of the story book there is a part of the puzzle to be completed, or you can take each puzzle section out of the book and complete an entire castle puzzle with each of the interconnection sections.  What fun for a rainy day, travel, or every day play.  The book also includes 3 wooden game piece figures and die with board game instructions for an accompanying castle game.  more>

 


Emma Goes for a Horseback Ride
by HABA Toys


A Story Board Book, Puzzle, and Game in One!

This fun story book also includes a puzzle and a game, and all of the pieces (puzzle pieces, wooden figure and die) are contained within the book for easy storage.  The book features 5 puzzles along with the story and game.  Fun for a beach vacation, travel, or every day play. Ages 2 1/2 +.  more>

 

 


HABA  Max and Mia Above the Clouds
Story Book, Puzzles, and Game in one!


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A Pet for Laura
by HABA Toys


A Story Board Book, Puzzle, and Game in One!

This fun story book also includes a puzzle and a game, and all of the pieces (puzzle pieces, wooden figure and die) are contained within the book for easy storage.  The book features 5 puzzles along with the story and game.  Fun for a beach vacation, travel, or every day play. Ages 2 1/2 +.  more>

 


Illustory BOOK Kit
Write and Illustrate your Own Book!

$21.95  $21.95
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