Thursday, July 13, 2023

35 Children's Books About Witchcraft & Paganism

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With witchcraft and paganism on the rise, there is a growing need for witchy children's books. Today I present 35 Witchy Books for Children, covering ages baby to 12 years. These captivating tales open doors to a world of magic, imagination, and empowerment for all ages. Whether your child is curious about spells, potions, or the mystical realm, these 35 books provide engaging stories that inspire creativity, teach valuable lessons, and celebrate the magic within. For ease of access, I have divided the books by age group. While I have not read all of these books, they do come highly recommended by others. With this in mind, be aware that some of these books may contain cultural appropriation, harmful rhetoric, or false information. I think this makes for great learning opportunities for children as it helps teach critical reading and discernment. With that said, let's dive into this captivating collection of witchcraft books that will leave children spellbound with excitement and wonder.

Baby to 5 Years

C is for Coven by Andrea Stein
"C is for Coven is a reinterpretation of a classic alphabet book, matching each letter of the ABCs with a rhyming phrase that teaches kids about witchcraft."

Flora & the First Day of Spring by Kathleen Converse & Hanna Sultanova (ages 2-8 years)
"When Flora's spring equinox is almost ruined by a series of small mistakes, she has to find a way to turn things around and make her own magic. This sweet and simple book includes a series of illustrated spells following the story as well as back matter on spring equinox celebrations."

"Luke & the Longest Night is the second story in Kathleen Converse's Wheel of the Year series, featuring a new main character and a heartwarming Yule story. The second book in Kathleen Converse's Wheel of the Year series, Luke & the Longest Night, features a new cast of friends gathering on the pagan winter celebration of Yule. This heartwarming book includes a series of illustrated spells following the story as well as back matter on winter solstice celebrations."
There is a Samhain book coming soon so keep an eye out of it!

"What Witches Wear is an engaging and colorful exploration of what it means to be a modern witch. Matching each color of the rainbow with a unique witch, What Witches Wear reminds us that witches are everywhere—as our teachers, healthcare workers, artists, librarians, and even next-door neighbors."

"This board book introduces the concept of crystals to young readers and explains how their healing energy can enhance different states of well-being. For babies and their families hoping to amplify positive energy, this little gem of a book provides the answers."

"This board book introduces the concept of Western astrological signs to the youngest readers and highlights related symbols, colors, and personality traits. Babies will learn the basics of how the sun, moon, and stars affect our human lives."

"This board book teaches little ones to clear their minds and relax. Aided by simple text and instructive illustrations, babies will learn meditation step-by-step: how to find a comfortable position, close their eyes, and take deep slow breaths. Share a quiet moment of mindfulness with the child in your life!"

"Inspire babies and toddlers with the wonder of the zodiac! Baby's First Zodiac introduces readers to each of the twelve signs and their very best qualities, from spirited Aries to gentle Pisces. Sweet rhymes and gorgeous art will encourage little ones to explore their own unique traits, interests, and talents, and to learn about the star signs of family members and friends. No matter your sign, Baby's First Zodiac is a delightful reminder [of] all the wonderful things that make you YOU!"

"Help the littlest Tarot readers discover their inner world! As one baby journeys through the day, facing down the many challenges of being a tot, readers will get to know the Tarot deck and the insight and strength that can be drawn from each card. Tarot can be used as a form of meditation--filled with mindful moments and self-reflection, each of the 22 cards in the Major Arcane provide[s] a chance to ground your little one in the moment."

"Song of the Elements explores the natural and magical elements of air, fire, water, earth, and spirit in playful rhyme. For each element, vibrant illustrations introduce correspondences between animals, colors, tarot cards and suits, herbs and flowers, seasons, directions, and more."

"This rhyming book is a cross between traditional nursery rhyme and ritual chant. The overall theme is self-value and recognition of personal blessings and strengths as aligned with the elements."

5-8 years

"Follow along as people around the world gaze upon the phases of the moon in this beautifully illustrated picture book that celebrates our earth and pays homage to the moon, ever-present and comforting."

"This ABC primer is a playful and richly symbolic introduction to the world of Wicca and the magic of Nature. Illustrated poems bring to light the Pagan Path, with each letter featuring a Wee Witch learning about the wheel of the year, tools of the Craft, rites of passage, faerie friends, and meaningful colors. This is a helpful and affirming tool for Pagan families, as well as an appealing collection of subtle, educational light verse for their budding Wee Witches, including A for Acorn, M for Maypole, and S for Spiderweb. Accurate symbols of Witches’ worldview are woven throughout the magical artwork, as well as hidden clues to a secret “Witch Name” revealed at the end of the book."

"Join Brina on an exploration of magical paths like green witchery, kitchen witchcraft, Wicca, and more as she considers the question: Which witch will I be?"

"If you are a person, big or small, who loves the earth and honors all. Mama, What’s a Witch? empowers potential witches with the best kinds of Magick: love and belief in oneself."

"A whimsical children's book that weaves modern witchcraft practices into a story about change and transition. Sunday loves adventures, animals, and the beach where her family has lived since before she was born. She’s also a sea witch, channeling the power of the ocean into elemental spells. But when Sunday’s parents announce a big move and suddenly the one thing that’s always made her feel magical is far away, she’s not feeling much like a witch. To reconnect with her power, she’ll have to remember where her magic really comes from—inside."

"The Tarot Deck Mess: An Introduction to the Major Arcana is a divinatory primer for children. This illustrated picture book uses easy-to-remember poetry, strong affirmations, and kid-friendly design to guide young readers through the Fool’s journey card by card. Acting as both a gentle intro for kids and a helpful reminder for parents, The Tarot Deck Mess creates an opportunity to include your little ones in your tarot practice in a way that’s child-centered and inspirational."

"Inspired to create a book that authentically represents the type of magic practiced by her family and so many others, Andrea and illustrator Cynthia Barrera came together to bring this unique story to life. Illustrated with vibrant, retro artwork and magical details on every page, Casita Brujita gently introduces the natural ways that magic blends into a family's day at home. In this bilingual exploration of modern brujeria for kids ages 3-8, readers move through the rooms of the home as they’re introduced to the different components that make up the rich world of Mexican-American magic, like prayer candles, ancestor altars, herbal healing, and more. As a foundational book for beginner brujas and brujos, Casita Brujita encourages them to begin their magical adventures with a solid understanding of the basics."

"Aiden has a new school and a heavy heart until his mother helps him understand how he can find the magick inside himself, with a little help from the Goddess. In this Wiccan-inspired Pagan children's story, Aiden and his mother explore their new home and discover a deeper connection to each other, the world around them, magick, and the Goddess. This book is dedicated to all the Pagan parents out there in the world who have struggled to explain their beliefs to their tiny Pagans. May you enjoy it, and may it be helpful in passing on your beliefs and understanding of how the world and mystery works. Blessed be."

"Tree Full of Wonder is a vibrant, rhyming, educational and unique picture book showing the unbreakable bond between people and trees. For children ages 3-8. Kids will fall in love with nature and will become Protectors of the Trees. Mindful stories for kids create a brighter and calmer future, one child at a time. Through included, simple information, breathtaking illustrations and worksheets at the end, children will discover: why trees are important and useful to us, what can we do to protect them, and how to recognize common trees."

"This book is about encouraging children’s natural fascination with the forest and its inhabitants. The authors have produced an enchanting book where imagination, story and play bring alive the world of the forest. Full of games, facts, celebrations, craft activities, recipes, foraging, stories and Forest School skills, this is much more than a manual: it is an invitation. The book is organized into the eight Celtic seasons of Imbolc, Spring, Beltane, Summer, Lughnasa, Autumn, Samhain and Winter. Within each chapter are the following sections: The Life of the Forest; Plant Lore; Imaginary Journey; Tree Lore; Activities, crafts and games; Animals; Celebration. The appendices at the end of the book cover woodland skills, safety, the Ogham alphabet, story sources and further resources."

"This whimsical picture book teaches about the energies of the moon’s cycles through poetry and illustrations designed to nurture young children’s imaginations as they discover ways to incorporate honoring the cycle of the moon in Pagan Earth-centered spiritual practice."

"Come honor the Elements with “I Am the Elements!” This whimsical picture book teaches about the themes of each element through poetry and illustrations designed to nurture young children’s imaginations as they discover the significance of Earth, Air, Fire and Water in Pagan Earth-centered spiritual practice."

"This whimsical picture book teaches about the themes of each holiday through poetry and illustrations designed to nurture young children's imaginations as they discover the special days in Pagan Earth-centered spiritual practice."

"Calm your magickal child to sleep with this lunar, bedtime blessing. This rhyming devotion observes the moon’s powers and protections to reassure your sleepy one all through the night. In addition to the moon blessing poem, this book includes two, kid-friendly moonlight meditation activities."

"The Songs of Sabbats series features eight individual short tales that introduce young readers to the eight seasonal pagan sabbats through poetic storytelling and vivid illustrations. Both children and the young-at-heart will set off on a magical journey through the traditions and folklore behind each special holiday. Each book includes a short history of the sabbat, kid-friendly ideas on how to celebrate, a glossary of related terminology, and other enriching activities for young readers, such as vocabulary-building worksheets, writing prompts, and opportunities for artistic expression!"

8-12 years

"An empowering guide for young witches about the kinds of magic they can create for themselves every day. Intended for children between the ages of eight and twelve, who are curious about the possibility of "something more" in their lives, this handbook focuses on three major areas of the witch's life: friendship, personal fulfillment, and family. Each section includes spells, rituals, potions, and other useful information, such as tables about crystals, chakras, and herbs."

"Learn how to read tarot cards and understand what the past, present, and future have to say about your life, especially as it pertains to friendships, family, and school. From Nikki Van De Car, author of The Junior Witch’s Handbook and The Junior Astrologer’s Handbook, this third book in the Junior Handbook series teaches young readers how to use tarot to get answers to questions about life, friendships, family, school, and more. The book offers a step-by-step guide to everything from how to choose a deck to how to do a reading and includes detailed explanations of what each card in a tarot deck represents and how to apply these meanings to your own life. Maybe you need to focus more at school or examine how you've been treating your friends. Perhaps you simply need more love and support from family. Whatever the need, whatever the question, let the cards be a source of wisdom in how to handle anything that comes your way. With beautiful illustrations from Uta Krogmann, this is an empowering guide of self-discovery. Whether reading on your own or with friends, The Junior Tarot Reader's Handbook is the perfect guide for budding mystics."

"Learn how to read your (and your friends') signs and to interpret the zodiac in this beautifully illustrated follow-up to The Junior Witch's Handbook. Harness the power of your signs to navigate friendships, family, and school. Invoking mindfulness, self-care, creativity, and a connection with nature, The Junior Astrologer's Handbook is the perfect guide to teach young readers the art of astrology."

"The Little Witch's Book of Spells is an enchanting compendium of spells, potions, and activities for kids 8 to 12 years old. Young witches-in-training will discover spells to resolve problems, foster friendship, and engage with the natural world. This spellbinding book guides readers on how to craft a magic wand, befriend a fairy, and read tea leaves, as well as glossaries of magical terms and symbols."

"Draw on the unseen forces of the universe with this mindful spell book. Inside you will find everything you need to casts simple spells, including those to build confidence, bring success, give protection to a friend, make a lucky charm and find true love."

"Reveal hidden traits and core truths about your unique self – it’s written in the stars! Discover unique facts about each astrological sign, including constellations, birth stones, elements, ruling planets, as well as more in-depth information about each sign’s characteristics and relationships with others."

"Tracing as far back as the Stone Age, witches have fascinated us for centuries. But were they evil sorceresses determined to seek revenge, or suppressed feminists who were misunderstood? From Egyptian priestesses to Norse healers, take a closer look at witches throughout history and across the world, in this holistic non-fiction book that incorporates poetry, art, mythology, hexes, potions, and magic from different cultures and religions around the world."

"Introduce your Little Witch to the world of magic with this fun and interactive spell book, specially designed for kids ages 4-11. This book includes: Recipes, Crafts, Spells, Nature activities, Coloring pages, and Guided Meditations. Enjoy the activities together as a family, or let your little one get creative and touch in with their own unique magic!"

"From the bestselling author of The Junior Witch's Handbook comes an introduction to the charmed world of magic—featuring enchanted information on crystals, horoscopes, dreams, and more! From sparkly crystals and healing plants to the constellations that move across the night sky, the world is full of magic! In Practical Magic for Kids, author Nikki Van De Car teaches readers ages eight to twelve about the magic all around them. Kids will learn how to interpret their horoscopes, read their friends' palms, decode their dreams, and so much more in this approachable, age-appropriate guide."

This is by no means a complete list of the witchy books out there. There are so many more, including children's books geared to more specific traditions and practices. If there is a book you and your children love that isn't featured here, please drop it in the comment section below! It takes a village and I hope this post will be a valuable resource to new and seasoned parents alike. Now get out there and have a great time raising the next witches, pagans, and more!

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