(Note from Daven: I have no idea where this particular list came from, but I remember how hard it was for me to find good books for our daughter to listen to. To preserve the integrity of this document, I will not list my book selection here, but rather in the Bibliography section. I hope this helps someone.)
Books for Neo-Pagan Children
These are just a few suggestions of books I think would be appropriate for Neo-Pagan kids. They reflect a reverence for nature, encourage environmental exploration, discuss myths and legends, and/or encourage creativity and fantasy.
The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg, Houghton Mifflin, 1986. Farmer Bailey takes in a mysterious stranger who has amnesia and Autumn doesn’t seem to come. One day the stranger blows on a leaf and it turns bright red.
Whisper From the Woods by Victoria Worth, Green Tiger Press, 1991.In the dark forest a seedling grows among its siblings. In winter their roots hold hands underground, in summer they murmur together. A heavy storm blows their mother tree over, they cover her with leaves, seed falls, and the cycle begins again.
Earth, Fire, Water, Air by Mary Hoffman and Jane Ray, Dutton Children’s Books, 1995. Myths, images, symbols, poetry and associations are discussed for each element.
The Book of Goddesses by Kris Waldherr, Beyond Words Publishing, 1995. From Athena to Zorya, twenty-six Goddesses from many cultures are profiled, each with a beautiful watercolor portrait.
Grandfather Twilight by Barbara Berger, Philomel Books, 1984.Every evening Grandfather Twilight takes a walk thru the forest and sets a magic pearl into the sky above the sea.
Moonhorse, by Mary Pope Osborne, Dragonfly Books, 1991. A little girl rides Pegasus thru the night sky, visits the constellations, and lassos the moon.
On the Day You Were Born by Debra Frasier, Harcourt Brace Javonovich, 1991. On the day you were born the animals welcomed you, the Earth promised to hold you , the moon promised to glow thru her phases, the trees made oxygen for you to breathe, the tides rose, and people sang, ‘welcome to the green Earth, we are so glad you’ve come!”
The Widow’s Broom by Chris Van Allsburg, Houghton Mifflin, 1992. Minna Shaw has a clever broom that keeps her company but scares the neighbors.
The Earth and I by Frank Asch, A Gulliver Green Book, 1994. A little boy describes his friendship with the Earth: “We play together in my back yard. I help her to grow. She helps me grow…”
The Conjure Woman by William Miller, Atheneum Books, 1996. Madame Zina heals a small boy by placing him inside a magic circle and taking him in a trance to meet his ancestors in their African homeland.
Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, A message from Chief Seattle, Dial Books, 199?. A beautifully illustrated version of Chief Seattle’s address to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. “We did not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.”
The Rainbabies by Laura Krauss, Melmed, Lothrop, Lee, and Shepherd books, 1992. A barren old couple discover tiny babies among the wet grass. They do such a good job caring for them that Mother Moonshower brings them a human baby of their own.
Old Turtle by Douglas Wood, Pfeifer-Hamilton Publishers, 1992. Old Turtle settles an argument among the animals about the nature of God, and smiles with hope when the humans finally figure it out too.
Crinkleroot’s Guide to Knowing the Trees by Jim Arnosky, Bradbury Press, 1992. A woodsman named Crinkleroot explains how to identify different kinds of trees, how trees grow, and how important trees are to other plants and animals. There are other Crinkleroot books available: I Was Born in a Tree and Raised by Bees, Crinkleroot’s Guide to Walking in Wild Places, and Crinkleroot’s Book of Animal Tracking.
Children of the Forest by Elsa Beskow. A year in the life of tiny forest fairies, emphasizing the seasonal rhythms of nature.
Flower Fairies Series by Cicely Mary Barker. Any of these lovely collections of paintings and poems makes a great little gift for kids. Flower Fairies of the Garden Flower Fairies of the Trees. Flower Fairies of the Wayside, Flower Fairies of the Autumn, Spring, and Summer, and A Flower Fairy Alphabet.
Ishtar and Tammuz: A Babylonian Myth of the Seasons by Christopher Moore, Kingfisher, 1996. This book tells the story of Ishtar’s descent into the Underworld from the Gilgamesh epic.
Catkin by Antonia Barber, Candlewick Press, 1994. A Wise Woman gives a special cat to a farm couple to look after their child. When the child is stolen by the Little People, Catkin enters the faery realm and engages in a contest of riddles with the Lord and Lady to win the child back.
Any of Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books published by Dover: The Blue Fairy Book, The Red Fairy Book, etc. through many colors. Classic collections of fairy tales from around the world.
I Know I’m a Witch, Author? I found this one at the library. A little girl believes she’s a witch because she likes to make potions and knows what people are going to say and do before they do them.
Dover publishes many great coloring books: Herbs, King Arthur, Mythical Beasts, American Wildflowers, Birds, etc.