inventing kindergarten

Inventing Kindergarten is a book originally published in 1997. It is an intelligent and visually inspiring history on the concept of kindergarten and the creative education of children. When I first purchased my copy, I was interested in it from a graphic design standpoint, such as the design and packaging of the "gifts" (levels of educational tools and toys invented in 1837 by Friedrich Froebel as the first "garden of children".) I actually purchased a second copy and gave it to someone studying early childhood education.


I own a soft cover of the book and shared photos of it back in 2008 on Flickr. Recently, I was contacted by Scott Bultman and the book's author Norman Brosterman who found those images and wanted to use some in their Kickstarter campaign to reprint Inventing Kindergarten. The book has been out of print for some time and the copyright has reverted back to the author. They plan on reprinting the original hardcover version. Find out more on Kickstarter.