I was looking for books for Wiccan and Pagan kids for our children. It’s one thing to learn about something from one’s parents, but reading about it from others can help reinforce what is being taught. I haven’t looked to see what books are out there in a while, so I didn’t quite know what to expect.
The good news is that there are definitely more choices available for Wiccan books for kids. The bad news is that many of the books are not very well written, or are written for children who were previously learning Christianity. Our kids were never Christian and are not steeped in Christian mythology and morals. They were raised from birth in a Wiccan home. This rules out the old standbys that I learned Wicca from originally, such as Silver Ravenwolf.
We decided to try out a couple of books that looked interesting. One such book is the new book An Ordinary Girl – A Magical Child by W. Lyon Martin. It is a fun book that has a lot of good watercolor pictures and describes seven-year-old Wiccan girl who is raised in a Pagan household. Though it has a few factual errors (such as describing Diana as a Greek deity), the writing style is age-appropriate and has an openness to it that allows for the wide variation found in Wiccan practices. It also discusses how Rabbit learned to handle some difficulties such as being teased for not being Christian at school and banishing bad dreams. Overall, we found this book to be worthwhile and our kids enjoy it too.
Another book we ordered for our kids to use is A Witch’s Primer: Grade One by Lorin Manderly. Some of the reviews questioned this book being for first graders, and the reading level is definitely above that. There are no pictures, so it is more of a book for an older child or for a parent to read to the child. It is a good overview of a wide variety of Wiccan topics, ranging from the Wheel of the Year, the Gods and Goddesses of a few pantheons, talismans, magical alphabets, and many others. Some people think that these topics are too advanced for that age group, but the way I see it, kids can handle more advanced ideas than many adults think. They may not become fluent in Theban writing at the age of seven, but our second grade boy (the Warrior) loves secret codes. This book does not go into detail about any topic, but has a great smattering of a wide variety of topics that define Wicca. It is not intended to replace the parents (for example, A Witch’s Primer does not talk much about the Rede, leaving that for the parents), but it is a good way to get ideas for religious teaching. I look forward for the Grade Two book, when it comes out.
Though neither of these books is without faults, I recommend both of them for parents who wish to use books to add to their kids Wiccan education.
As more Wiccans who were initially called to the Craft in the late 90s and early 2000s have children of their own and want to give their kids a religious foundation, I’m sure more books like these will be written and published. I look forward to it.