It's about Christian education for children but Jerome Berryman calls his new book The Spiritual Guidance of Children. Published by Morehouse and available at [...], Berryman starts with early history of providing Christian education for children, both in the U.K. and the U.S., from the 1780s and onward.
An alternative program for children's spiritual quest and guidance was begun in Rome in 1907 by Dr. Maria Montessori. She believed that children are "inherently spiritual," and her teachers were trained to guide children in their spirituality. The assumption was that children have an inner faith from their beginning and they should be supported life long on their journey toward spiritual maturity. Sometimes when little children respond to something new or beautiful in nature, we see on their faces that they believe and they want to know more.
A prominent name in this history of children's spiritual education is Sofia Cavalletti of Rome, author of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program and its teachings, plans, and helpful books, published in the 1960s and 70s.
In the U.S. in the 1970s and on, Jerome and Thea Berryman began planning, producing, experimenting with the possibilities for a new program to be called Godly Play. They tested it in their Episcopal community, where it began to spread and is now quite ecumenical. The last chapter here provides information on ten examples of Godly Play as it is being used and diffused into the mainstream of Christian education around the world.