Friday, January 25, 2013
B is for Books (for kids!)
The first, and my eldest daughter's favorite, is Aisha's Moonlit Walk by Anika Stafford. My daughter is just about to turn five, but we've been enjoying this book for a couple of years now. It has a chapter for each holiday of the Wiccan Wheel of the Year, telling a story about Aisha and her family. There are also lots of discussion questions that give lots of room to talk about your own family traditions and beliefs - so if you follow a season-inspired calendar of celebrations, even if they're not the typical Wheel of the Year, this book is really informative for kids. For my daughter, it's helped to teach her that there are other kids out there like her. We live in an isolated part of the Midwest, and the few groups that I do know of and attend occasionally don't have any other young members; and she is unfortunately already a bit hesitant to mention her holidays to friends or at school. This book has really made her feel a lot less alone in her religion.
Some favorites for the 5 year old and the 2 year old are this series of books by Ellen Jackson: there is one for the Spring Equinox, Autumn Equinox, Winter Solstice and Summer Solstice. Each book not only goes into the changing weather and plant and animal life of each season, but also talks about several ancient peoples and how they would have celebrated this time of year. For me as a Druid, this series is perfect because it covers many of the basics of our modern practice (seasons and their change) as well as how the ancient druidic peoples might have celebrated.
One more recommendation for the Pagan pre-parent - Pagan Parenting: Spiritual, Magical, and Emotional Development of the Child by Kristin Madden. I absolutely adore this book. I didn't find it until I was pregnant with my third child, but it was such an uplifting and helpful read while I was struggling with some difficult emotions. There are some great rituals, and very lovely meditations - some to prepare for childbirth, and many to connect with the unborn child which I found incredibly helpful. I really feel this book is a must for anyone who is going to become a Pagan parent.