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New Books for Autumn 2021

This autumn we are publishing several new books, including Making Waldorf Crafts by Nina Taylor, World Tales for Family Storytelling by Chris Smith and Creative Form Drawing with children aged 9-12 years by Angela Lord.

Making Waldorf Crafts is a recipe book to guide young people through making things on their own (with a little help or guidance from an adult, if needed).

Projects include finger knitting, knitted animals, sewing a flute case and keeping a Handwork Diary. Regular teaching tips guide adults in how best to demonstrate skills and how to make them engaging.

The author, Nina Taylor has spent thirty years in Steiner-Waldorf settings as Handwork Teacher in Canterbury and a qualified Steiner-Waldorf Class Teacher Training at Rudolf Steiner House. 

In World Tales for Family Storytelling, children will find 53 ready to tell stories, which are short, simple and quick to learn. They draw on traditional tales, told in the voice of a storyteller.

Author Chris Smith says, ‘These wonderful world tales are all selected from the highly acclaimed 147 Traditional Stories for Primary School Children to Retell, a reference book used by teachers around the globe. In this collection for home use, we focus on tales for children aged 4-6. The stories may be read, told and retold and then explored within the family. They offer a rich vein of world heritage, giving your family a doorway into the wonderful world of traditional tales. Enjoy!‘ 

Chris Smith is a storyteller, musician, educator, father and founder of Storytelling Schools, where children learn to be storytellers. He believes in the power of storytelling to help families thrive.

The second workbook in Angela Lord’s Creative Form Drawing series, Creative Form Drawing with children aged 9-12 years is a form drawing resource for teachers. It is designed to be used with the Steiner/Waldorf curriculum in classes four and five, although it will also be valuable to home-educating parents using the Steiner/Waldorf ethos as their base.

Visit the Hawthorn Press website for our full range of craft, storytelling and Steiner-Waldorf education books.

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Stories to Light the Night – Online Launch Event Now Available to Watch on YouTube

We were delighted that so many of you came along to celebrate the launch of Susan Perrow’s latest book, Stories to Light the Night: A grief and loss collection for children, families and communities. We had viewers from Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Sri Lanka, Norway, Taiwan, Saint Petersburg, Canada and Australia as well as closer to home in Gloucestershire, UK. You can watch the recording of the launch here, including contributions from Alida Gersie Ph.D., respected storyteller and author of Storytelling for a Greener World and Yvonne Donohoe, author of Soul Stripped Bare. Our own Martin Large is asking the questions.

Stories to Light the Night includes stories to help children deal with the loss of a loved one, parent or friend as well as the loss of a cherished pet. Susan Perrow also includes practical projects to do with children that can be worked on while talking things through. There is a chapter about ecocide and grieving the loss of nature, and a chapter about dealing with the existential threat of climate change and the human movement that this is causing. Alida Gersie says, ‘With the environmental crisis happening, displacement is something we will not only know from reading but also from experience.’

Stories to Light the Night: A grief and loss collection for children, families and communities is available to buy with free postage worldwide until the end of March 2021.

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Launch event for ‘Stories to Light the Night’ by Susan Perrow on 16 March 2021

Join us for the online global launch of Stories to Light the Night: A grief and loss collection for children, families and communities by Susan Perrow.

Tuesday 16th March 2021 at 9 a.m. GMT; 8 p.m. AEST via Zoom. Convert to your time zone here.

Therapeutic Storyteller Susan Perrow will be joined in conversation by Alida Gersie, Ph.D., Dramatherapist and author, Yvonne Donohoe, author of ‘Soul Stripped Bare‘ (Balboa Press, 2021), and Martin Large, Director of Hawthorn Press.

The event is free to attend but registration is essential.

Please register through the Hawthorn Press website.

Two days before the event you will receive a reminder email containing the sign-in link for the event on Zoom.

Stories to Light the Night: A grief and loss collection for children, families and communities is available to buy now with free postage worldwide until the end of March 2021.

A review of Stories to Light the Night is now available to read on the blog Druid Life.

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Home learning through lockdown

As 2021 begins we find ourselves back in lockdown, and looking for inspiring activities and home learning aids.

Hawthorn Press has practical books that can help with home education such as educational text books, crafts, seasonal projects, storytelling and literacy.

Pandemic Homeschooling

The Case for Homeschooling: free range home education handbook by Anna Dusseau is full of useful tips and advice on how to help your children learn at home. From a chapter on pandemic homeschooling, discussing how to juggle home learning with work and with tips to get you started, to 101 Activity Ideas, a Q&A section and suggested further reading and resources.

Early learning and movement?

Sally Goddard Blythe offers stories, songs with 2 CD’s, rhymes and exercises for early years brain development, attention, co-ordination and balance in Movement, your child’s first language.

Learning to write and read?

Parents of children aged 6-8 years will find Writing to Reading the Steiner Waldorf Way a creative, fun way of introducing literacy, from drawing the letters, to movement, telling stories to then writing and reading. Creative Form Drawing For the Four Temperaments with Children aged 6-10 years offers colourful pre-writing exercises.

Every family is a storytelling family and every child a storyteller?

Interested in telling nature stories? Then The Natural Storyteller has stories for telling orally. Using the story maps, you can easily tell the stories without reading and become a family storyteller. You can build up a repertoire of stories to tell your family, and impress your teachers on returning to school. You can find world stories in 147 Traditional Storiesfor children aged 7-12 to retell, and storytelling tips.

Seasonal Nature and Craft

Booksuch as The Children’s Forest offer stories and songs, wild food, recipes, crafts and celebrations for all the year round. Families can enjoy these, with seasonal things to look out for on your daily walks.

Crafting is a great way to spend time with your family, or to lose yourself in to counter feelings of anxiety or loneliness. Making with your hands is a great way of giving children the creative life skills for navigating this age of disruption. We have a wide variety of books including Making Soft DollsMaking the Children’s Year, Making Simple Needle Felts and Making Peg Dolls.

Our own Katy Bevan co-hosts a visible mending workshop, Meet Make Mend that you can now join online. The group will next meet on 13th January from 7 p.m. – sign up here.

There are also countless online tutorials springing up where you can join like-minded folk and make things together. For example, Hikaru Noguchi, author of Darning: Repair, Make, Mend is currently offering visible mending tutorials on IGTV and Steffi Stern, author of several crafting books published by Hawthorn Press, has a selection of online workshops available to watch via Youtube.

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A Light for Little Gnome’s Lantern by Susan Perrow

After The Little Gnome Who Had To Stay Home, a story written for young children coping with lockdown, author and Therapeutic Storyteller Susan Perrow has written another story to help young children at the end of this difficult year – A Light for Little Gnome’s Lantern.

Image taken from the official animation of The Little Gnome Who Had To Stay Home

The story sees Little Gnome reaching for the stars as he searches for a light for his lantern that is fading after a long, busy year.

You can download the story for free from Susan’s website.

A number of story videos and podcasts can now also be found on Susan’s website here.

Susan’s new book, Stories To Light The Night: A grief and loss collection for children, families and communities will be published by Hawthorn Press in February 2021.