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Are you a parent looking for books to read, to or with your children, that share your family's Pagan-friendly values? A few years ago, there wasn't a whole lot out there commercially available for kids in Pagan families, although that is certainly changing. However, it can still be kind of tough sometimes to find books, particularly in mainstream bookstores, and you may have to go directly to publisher websites to find new material.
Once you do a little digging, you'll find there are a ton of books that support Pagan principles and values. Things like stewardship of the earth, respect for nature, reverence of the ancestors, tolerance for diversity, a hope towards peace-all things that many Pagan parents would like to see instilled in their kids.
With that in mind, here is a list of books that make great reading for the under-ten set. Keep in mind that this list is by no means all-inclusive, and it does include books that are not specifically Pagan, but that are certainly Pagan-friendly. Some of these books may be out of print at this time, and their appearance on this list doesn't mean that they will be available everywhere. This doesn't mean you can't buy them, it just means you'll need to be resourceful and hunt in places that sell used or older titles.
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Todd Parr: The Peace Book. Todd Parr's books are full of bright colors in the artwork. The lines are simply drawn, but the images are fun to look at for kids of any age. In this book, Parr teaches without preaching, passing along the message that if we could all just get along, the world might be a nicer place to live.
Ellen Evert Hopman: Walking the World In Wonder. Although it's geared towards kids who can read on their own, this book on herbalism is one that parents can use with their younger children as educational fun. Pictures and easy to follow descriptions convey what herbs are available at different times of the year, and what their purposes are. The sections are divided among the eight Sabbats, as well, so a child can learn what sorts of herbs might be picked at Beltane as opposed to later on when Mabon rolls around. Very cute book, easy to use.
Burleigh Muten: Lady of Ten Thousand Names - Goddess Stories from Many Cultures. Aimed at slightly older readers, but good for parents to read to their younger children as well. Muten shares stories about different goddesses from around the world in traditional folklore tales. The illustrations are lavish and beautiful. Especially good if you have young daughters.
Warren Hanson; The Next Place. This is actually a book about death, but it's written in a way that makes the idea of crossing over far less frightening for small children. Aimed at someone who may have lost-or be about to lose a loved one-this book talks about the next place that we go after we leave this world. It's not religious, but it is definitely inspiring and moving. And if you look really closely at the illustrations, you'll spot the pentacles.
Fun and Silly
Norman Bridwell: The Witch Next Door. From the guy who brought us Clifford, The Big Red Dog, this book is aimed at younger readers, and is a story about the fun that happens when a nice witch moves in next door. Despite a couple of odd things, like the fact that the witch sleeps upside down, bat-like, it's a cute story and encourages tolerance, as well as portraying the witch in a positive way.
Tomie dePaola: Strega Nona series. The Strega Nona books are filled with legends and lore from dePaola's native Italy, and in each book Strega Nona ends up gently teaching people with her magic and wisdom-usually after they've gone and gotten into a heap of trouble. Cute and silly illustrations, and lots of fun supporting characters like Big Anthony and Bambolona.
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Kyrja Withers & Tonia Bennington Osborn: Rupert's Tales: Rupert the Rabbit has all kinds of adventures! He explores the forest and learns about the Wheel of the Year, helps out with earth-friendly projects, and even has a book of bedtime rhymes. With Kyra's fun rhyming verse, and Tonia's lovely and gentle illustrations, the Rupert series is a perfect addition to any Pagan kid's library.
Chara M. Curtis: All I See Is Part of Me
Franklin Hill: Wings of Change
Dana Lyons: The Tree
Etan Boritzer: What Is God?
Demian Elaine Yumei: Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes
W. Lyon Martin: Watchers
Ellen Jackson, Leo Dillon, and Diane Dillon: Earth Mother
Ellen Jackson and Judeanne Winter Wiley: The Tree Of Life: The Wonders Of Evolution
Gorel Kristina Naslund: Our Apple Tree
Seasonal and Sabbats
Ellen Jackson: The Summer Solstice, The Winter Solstice, The Spring Equinox, The Autumn Equinox. These books are a lot of fun-full of stories and activity ideas to celebrate the changing seasons, each offers ideas on how the Wheel of the Year is observed globally. Younger readers may need to have this read to them, but the bright colors and fun illustrations make the entire series a great snuggle-up-and-read-before-bed option.
Lynn Plourde and Greg Couch: Wild Child, Spring's Sprung, Summer's Vacation, Winter Waits
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Amber K: The Pagan Kids' Activity Book. This is essentially a coloring and activity book that takes kids through the Pagan wheel of the year. While some of the drawings are kind of primitive, that adds to the charm. If you've got little ones and aren't quite sure how to teach them what you believe, this is a good jumping-off point. Focuses primarily on Wiccan concepts, but good for other Pagan trads too. Here's a hint: make copies of the pages for your kids to color, because otherwise this book won't last long!
Raine Hill: Growing Up Pagan: A Workbook for Wiccan Families. For years, people in the Pagan community have often bemoaned the fact that there are very few books available as instructional tools for young children within Wiccan and Pagan families. At long last, author Raine Hill has created something that serves that very purpose, and she does it with style, fun, and a sense of magic that will appeal to kids of any age.
Kristin Madden: Pagan Parenting: Spiritual, Magical & Emotional Development of the Child, Magickal Crafts
Cait Johnson and Maura D. Shaw: Celebrating the Great Mother: A Handbook of Earth-Honoring Activities for Parents and Children
Deborah Jackson: With Child: Wisdom and Traditions for Pregnancy, Birth, and Motherhood
Ashleen O'Gaea: Raising Witches: Teaching the Wiccan Faith to Children, Family Wicca: Revised and Expanded Edition
Lorna Tedder: Gifts for the Goddess on an Autumn Afternoon: 65 Ways to Bring Your Children and Yourself Closer to Nature and Spirit, Gifts for the Goddess on a Hot Summer's Night: 66 Ways to Bring Your Children and Yourself Closer to Nature and Spirit, Gifts for the Goddess on a Warm Spring Morn
Starhawk, Diane Baker, Anne Hill, and Sara Ceres Boore: Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions
Darla Hallmark: Lord of the Dance, More Unicorns
Velvet Rieth: My First Little Workbook of Wicca
Lady Eliana: Pagan Children's Workbook
Cait Johnson: Celebrating the Great Mother - Earth-Honoring Activities for Parents & Children. This book is full of ideas for celebrating the bounty that earth gives us, with activities from around the globe. If you're more into the nature aspect of Paganism than celebrating with deity, this is a great way to incorporate hands-on activities into learning with your kids. There are simple variations on techniques such as divination and visualization, as well as craft projects such as dream pillows and talking sticks. Much fun for everyone.
Spiritual BeliefsThere are plenty of Pagan-friendly books for kids!. AZarubaika / E+ / Getty Images
W. Lyon Martin: Aidan's First Full Moon Circle, An Ordinary Girl, A Magical Child
Lorin Manderly: A Witch's Primer: Grade One
Laurel Ann Reinhardt: Seasons of Magic
Anika Stafford: Aisha's Moonlit Walk: Stories And Celebrations For The Pagan Year
Thich Nhat Hanh: The Hermit and the Well, A Pebble for Your Pocket, Under the Rose Apple Tree, The Coconut Monk
Beatrice Barbey: Meow Said the Mouse
Deborah Nourse Lattimore: The Winged Cat: A Tale of Ancient Egypt
Jake Swamp: Giving Thanks - A Native American Good Morning Message. This book tells the story of why Native American people are thankful for the autumn harvest. No friendly pilgrims, no historical whitewashing-simply the message that the earth is something that we should be grateful to and for. Discusses how we can live in peace and harmony with nature. The sun and moon, and deceased ancestors are all honored as family together, and shown the respect they so richly deserve.