A Book List for Pagan Families

This is a general list of books I have either read, used or heard really really good things of.  I would advise looking them up on Amazon and reading reviews to figure out if its a book you are interested in or not–some of the books that I *don’t* like still come very highly recommended/reviewed by other Pagan parents (or parents in general).

Books on Pagan parenting/raising Pagan children:
Pagan Family by Ceisiwr Serith (totally AWESOME!!)
Pagan Parenting and Pagan Homeschooling by Kristin Madden (I own both and have read the first–it was okay, but I wasn’t overly impressed which is probably why I havent read the second yet…though I have heard good stuff, even if you don’t plan to homeschool)
Circle Round by Starhawk (This is a generally well reviewed and recommended book, bu I really wasn’t a fan of it, though it had some decent ideas in it)
Celebrating the Great Mother by Cait Johnson (I LOVE THIS BOOK)
Family Wicca and Raising Witches by Ashleen O’Gaea (I have mixed feelings about both of these, though I like Raising Witches better than Family Wicca, even so both have some decent ideas and concepts)
WiccaCraft for Families by Margie McArthur (I haven’t read this one yet, its still on my wishlist)

Non-Pagan books with good ideas:
Festivals Family and Food by Diana Carey (the holidays are mainly Christian ones, but the crafts, projects, etc are great)
Seven times the Sun by Shea Darian (also fairly Christian, but adaptable)
10 Principles of Spiritual Parenting and Busy but Balanced by Mimi Doe (I have the 1st and like it, and the 2nd is on my wishlist)
Meditating with Children by Deborah Rozman (exactly what it sounds like)

Craft and activities books:
Earthwise by Carol Petrash (craft/activities for little ones)
Walk Like a Bear, Stand Like a Tree, Run Like the Wind by Carol Bassett (a kids yoga book)
EcoArt! by Laurie Carlson
Starbright:Meditiations for Children  by Maureen Garth (this is actually a series of four books all by the same author, while not an activity book, per se, I put this here because it is meant to be read by the parent as a meditation for the child to do…and we like the two we have so far)
A Kid’s Herb Book by Lesley Tierra———I like this, though there are parts that I don’t like also.  Someone that is a isn’t as focused on clinical evidence based CAM, probably won’t have as many issues with it as I do. That being said, it is PERFECT for a preschool/kindergarden aged child—there is even some things in there that are adaptable for toddlers, and others that can be modified for older children.
Witch Crafts by Willow Polson (parts of this book can be previewed on Google Books, and what I have seen of it, I like…but I haven’t bought it yet)

Pagan books for Children:

A Witches Primer by Lorin Manderly
by Wendy Pfeffer:
A New Beginning: Celebrating the Spring Equinox
The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice
We Gather Together: Celebrating the Autumn Harvest

Seven Spirals: A Chakra Sutra for Kids by Deena Haiber
D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths and D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths

Storybooks:

Aisha’s Moonlit Walk by Anika Stafford
 
Earth Mother by Ellen Jackson (the kids LOVE this book)
Also by Ellen Jackson:
The Winter Solstice
The Summer Solstice
The Spring Equinox
The Autumn Equinox

All I see is part of me by Chara Curtis
Child of Faerie, Child of Earth by Jane Yolen
When the Moon is Full:a lunar year by Penny Pollock
Wild Child, Winter Waits, Summer’s Vacation and Spring’s Sprung by Lynne Plourde
The Witch Next Door And Other Stories by Norman Birdwell
This is the collection of “The Witch Next Door” stories by the author of the Clifford books.  I like it because it is ADORABLE, and the stereotypical witch caricture is presented as something admirable.
Z Is for Zeus: A Greek Mythology Alphabet
(the company that publishes these have a whole series of themed alphabets–from countries and states, to birds and  wild animals, to sports and historical figures)
The Everything Seed by Carole Martignacco
To Every Thing There is a Season by Leo and Diane Dillon (yes, this is based on the bible verse…but its still darn good)
The Secret of Saying Thanks and Grandad’s Prayers of Earth, both by Douglas Wood
Brother Eagle, Sister Sky by Susan Jeffers

For some Pagan families, this might not even be something you think/care about…but with a momma finishing her biology degree, in our beliefs, evolution is nature’s way, and I really can’t think of a better learning point for my children…
Our Family Tree by Lisa Westburg Peters
by Jennifer Morgan —
Born with a Bang
From Lava to Life
Mammals who Morph

Sophie’s favorite:
On the Day You Were Born by Debra Frasier…we have it as a board book, but there is also a hardcover version with CD on Amazon

2 thoughts on “A Book List for Pagan Families”

  1. Liz Blair said:

    I am a social work student at the University of Mississippi Desoto campus. I am trying to find good information for a paper I am writing on the effects that being raised in a pagan/wiccan/occult household has on children. Can you help lead me in the right direction? Thank you,
    Liz Blair cell (901)497-3669

  2. Karen Berner said:

    Merry Meet! I happened upon your blog spot and I’m having lots of fun poking around. I did notice that you have 2 children, I live in Florida and we have a local Pagan author who writes really wonderful children’s books for Pagans (grown ups like them too). The books are gorgeous to look at, easy to read and understand, and the author is such a beautiful woman (and a good witch). I hope you don’t mind, but in case you don’t know about Rupert, I’ve added a link so you can take a peak.. http://friends-of-rupert.webs.com/ I do hope you like it. And I sincerely hope I’m not being obtrusive, but it’s really good stuff!

    Blessings,
    Karen.

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