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Subject: Pagany kids books
Date Posted: 6/15/2007 7:56 AM ET
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I am looking for kids books with a pagan flavor...

 

If anybody has any PLEASE let me know!!! 

 

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date Posted: 6/20/2007 1:26 PM ET
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There's a few good reading lists out there. 

I also found a list on Amazon's site for pagan kids.

My son has really enjoyed Afternoon of the Elves, The Egypt Game, The Witches of Worm, and Harry Potter.   There is a Harry Potter Encyclopedia that he's really liked too. 

Mostly he likes non-fiction.  He's 11 now so these books are what he's been into recently.

He has that Teenage Spell Book.  He really likes the Scott Cunningham Gems and Minerals book too.  He has adored that book since he was about 9.

Date Posted: 6/21/2007 10:23 AM ET
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For what age?

LAdystyx

Date Posted: 7/16/2007 3:57 AM ET
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My children are 7 and 5 and I just ordered this one: http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780920668894-What+Is+God+What+Is+Life+Concepts+Series+1

I really liked it.

ETA: There is a copy available. It's paperback and under this ISBN: 092066888. The above link was for the hardcover.



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Date Posted: 7/16/2007 7:48 PM ET
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I just sent that one out to someone - was it you?   :)


I've got a few - The Egypt Game, The Witches of Worm, and Alice and Greta.  (It is about Karma and is for about that age.)  The other 2 are for more like 11-13 I'd say.  I've got a science book Turning Green about the environment and ecology.  It is a really good hardback with lots of pictures, it is science related and fairly new.


Also my son really liked Afternoon of the Elves.

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 10:00 PM ET
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Juniper and Wise Child by Monica Furlong! They are two of my favorites.
Date Posted: 8/15/2007 1:08 AM ET
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http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/view_topic.php?t=57139&ls=20

Wow.  I think ...I'm looking at the books listed here - and almost every one of them is a Newberry award winner, or a multiple award winner - teaching solid ethical values that are good for the community....so just...wow.

Date Posted: 8/15/2007 3:19 PM ET
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Here's one we got today - might be a while before we get it read and listed, but you might find another copy here:

Enchantress of the Stars - Sylvia Louise Engdahl - It is a Newberry as well - an interpretation of The Fairy Queen.

Yep - PBS has them - http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780802787644-Enchantress+from+the+Stars  This one is for 12+ I think -  it is fairly thick at about 300 pages.



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Date Posted: 8/23/2007 2:50 PM ET
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For Little kids there is an adorable book called; Ooo-Cha! by Colleen Sydor.  Its sort of a wacky departure from the Red Riding Hood idea.  I LOVE it.

 

~gargirl

Date Posted: 8/30/2007 4:33 AM ET
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There's nothing like Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising Sequence.  (I'm dreading the movie that comes out this autumn.  They've ripped a Newberry Honor book to shreds.)  These books are The Dark is Rising, Greenwitch, The Grey King, and Silver on the Tree.  There's also a prequel titled Under Sea, Over Stone, but as I recall it was rather dry and not so well tied into the others, which are extremely magical.  As a matter of fact, I'd pretty much recommend any of Susan Cooper's books.  Her knowledge of the mythology of the British Isles is extensive, and her prose is a lovely, compelling weave of ancient magic and modern fantasy.

I'd also recommend Wise Child and Juniper by Monica Furlong.  The titular characters are beautifully written in a setting that makes childhood and witchcraft as natural as breathing.  I look forward to reading these to my own children as they grow older. 

For younger ones, I've heard good both good and bad things about Circle Round by Starhawk et al. but can't tell you for certain, as I've not yet read it.   There's also Celebrating the Great Mother, by Cait Johnson and Maura D. Shaw.  I've got that one and would definitely recommend it.  It's certainly not all I was expecting from the blurb on the back, but it's full of seasonal ideas to share with the children. 

Hope that helped.  Brightest Blessings!

Mama KW

 

Wise Child is ISBN 0394825985

Juniper is ISBN  0679833692

The Dark is Rising is ISBN 0140307990

Greenwitch is ISBN 0689840349

The Grey King is ISBN 0689829884

Silver on the Tree is ISBN 0689711522

Under Sea, Over Stone is ISBN 0020427859

Circle Round is ISBN 0553378058

Celebrating the Great Mother is ISBN 0892815507



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L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 9/11/2007 2:04 AM ET
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There is one floating around the system called The Pagan Family:

http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780875422107-The+Pagan+Family+Handing+the+Old+Ways+Down

While it is not for kids, per se, it's got really good ideas on how to introduce Paganism to your kids in ways they can understand.

 

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 4:14 PM ET
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What about the *Birth of the Firebringer* trilogy by Meredith Anne Pierce?  Its about unicorns who worship the Goddess Alma.  They see Alma as the Earth, and as a unicorn herself.  So, the mountains are her back, the sea her womb, ect.  I found these very inspirational as a Pagan kid.

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 9:10 PM ET
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Tons of great ideas! Thanks everyone!!

 

Goddess Bless!!!!!

Date Posted: 9/30/2007 3:40 PM ET
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It isn't a book, but it is pagan homeschooling newsletter - my husband and I like it.  I don't think you'd have to homeschool to appreciate it.  We like it as it has a lot to offer our tween.

http://www.paganmoonbeams.com/

Date Posted: 10/1/2007 12:41 PM ET
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The Left Behind series for kids is a wonderful series and really goes into the what ifs of life and afterlife. 

Date Posted: 10/1/2007 2:43 PM ET
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::blinkblink::  Perhaps someone should mention to oldwoman that the discussion was on the topic of pagan books for kids, not christian books.  I get enough of that from my mother, thank you.

 

However, back on topic--this isn't a book either, but Pooka's Sandbox is an absolutely adorable newsletter for pagan kids.  Elsie and Pooka are billed as "Precious Moments for Pagans," and Pooka's Sandbox is published 8 times a year (barring disaster and acts of the gods.)  The newsletter usually contains a few coloring pages, a brand new, fictional story that's relevant to the upcoming sabbat, a recipe and/or spell appropriate for children, a simple craft, a science section, and occasionally a word-find.  You can sign up for it at the link above, and you'll get an email notice containing a link to the .pdf file when each new issue is ready.  All issues are free.  I'm not sure if they're still doing a snail-mail version or not; the author used to put out a print version, but there've been some changes recently.

As for books, well, I've got a few more to add:

 

The Ancient One, by T.A .Barron, ISBN-10: 0441010326

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Leguin, ISBN-10: 0553262505

The Tombs of Atuan, by Ursula K. Leguin, ISBN-10: 0553273310

The Farthest Shore, by Ursula K. Leguin, ISBN-10:0553268473

Tehanu, by Ursula K. Leguin, ISBN-10: 0553288733

 

They're all good for about 5th grade and up. 

 

Happy reading, and bright blessings!

-Mama KW

Date Posted: 10/3/2007 1:46 PM ET
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I've read the left behind series and I thought they sucked!  They should be listed as horror books!  (not that they are any good as horror books either)

 

Seriously, if I wanted my daughter to read horror books I would introduce her to authors that are worth reading!

 

Pooka's Sandbox sounds interesting!  (I keep thinking of getting Ursula's books...but haven't yet)

Date Posted: 10/3/2007 8:52 PM ET
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I would think that reading the Left Behind books would scare kids to death.   They are certainly not pagany books.

 

Date Posted: 10/4/2007 4:05 PM ET
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Yes, well, trolls will be trolls.  Granted, this one wasn't breathing fire and brimstone; the poor thing just tried to be sneaky-sneaky.  Too bad everyone on this forum... reads books. 

Date Posted: 10/5/2007 1:56 PM ET
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<eye roll>

 

Some people just have to get in their 2 cents wherever they can!!  Those books could be horror books if they were better!

Date Posted: 10/6/2007 12:32 AM ET
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Another forum led me to do a web search that ended in Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon.

So for anyone interested, Herb is written by Jules Bass (of Rankin&Bass fame) and Josh Konecky, and he should have a book coming out soon.

Date Posted: 10/8/2007 3:29 PM ET
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Hehe! That looks cute!

Date Posted: 10/10/2007 8:23 AM ET
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Forgive my ignorance, but how would you define pagan literature?  Does it contain magic, fantasy, etc?

Date Posted: 10/11/2007 6:39 PM ET
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I would define books appropriate to pagan youth as anything that teaches responsibility, caretaking of nature, ethics (magical or otherwise,) and inspires a sense of wonder in the child.  I'd love to hear what others would say, though. 

Date Posted: 10/12/2007 1:35 PM ET
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I would agree Jennifer...a lot of fiction explores themes like responsibility, honor, courage, integrity, ect...I don't want anything that explores Christian concepts (or any other 'Abrahamic' religious concepts)...like the 'Left Behind' series for one...

 

Right now my daughter is waaaaay into the Warriors series...(warrior cats that live in clans, have medicine cats) these books are awesome (the author is Erin Hunter).  There are mystical elements in the books and the author explores a lot of different themes in each book that my daughter and I talk about (ie: honor, courage, commitment, integrity, loyalty, respect, working for the benefit of the whole, ect)...

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