Every journey has its inspiration. Here is mine. This is an ever-changing list of inspiring books and movies on the topics of slow parenting, idle parenting, free-range parenting, slow food, and living simply.

The Busy Life of Ernestine Buckmeister
By Linda Ravin Lodding, illustrated by Suzanne Beaky
Published October 2011 by Flashlight Press
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Play; How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination and Invigorates the Soul (2010)
By Stuart Brown, M.D. with Christopher Vaughan
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The Idle Parent: Why Laid-Back Parents Raise Happier and Healthier Kids (2009)
By Tom Hodgkinson

In Praise of Slow: How a Worldwide Movement is Challenging the Cult of Speed (2005)
By Carl Honore

Under Pressure: Rescuing Our Children from the Culture of Hyper-Parenting (2009)
By Carl Honore

Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn–and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less (2003)
By Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Diane Eyer
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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (2008)
By Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp

Fifty Dangerous Things (you should let your children do) (2010)
By Gever Tulley with Julie Spiegler
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Babies, the movie (2009)
By Director Thomas Balmès and Producer Alain Chabat
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