These books are a special collection. Some are story books and some are activity books and some are a combination of the two. All of them are designed to inspire your child to go out and explore nature. They aren't all Pagan books, though some are, but they are all very suitable for Pagan children.

Right now, my four year old and I are big fans the "Take-Along Guides" Series of books, including Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies, Birds Nests and Eggs, Trees Laves and Bark, and Wildflowers, Blooms and Blossoms. There are quite a few more on our list.

Walking the World in Wonder by Ellen Evert Hopman is an excellent way to introduce Pagan children to the world of herbal lore. It is divided up by seasons beginning in Autumn and describes what herbs can be found at different time of the year. Information is also given about magical and healing qualities of different herbs. This is a great book for Pagan children of Elementary school age.

A Kid's Herb Book by Leslie Tierra is a book that everyone who sees it falls in love with. It's packed with information, recipes and and activities. If your kids are into herbs, this book is a must have. Great for kids of all ages, and adults too.

Shanleya's Quest: A Botany Adventure for Kids Ages 9-99 by Thomas Elpel When I discovered this book, I was very excited and bought it with the intention of using it to help me teach Botany to my children. After reading it, I was even more pleased with it, personally, and I wish I’d had it when I was studying Botany in college. Unfortunately, my kids don’t appreciate it as much as I do. Parts of it are a bit preachy for them, I think. It is clear to me that the author is a scientist first and a children’s author second. It was a valiant attempt to make science fun and it didn’t exactly fail miserably, but it could have been done better.

(Note to mom and dad: Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places by Steve Brill and Botany in a Day by Thomas Elpel are excellent grownup books for you to read on the subect.)

Out of the Ocean by Debra Frasier (I really like Debra Frasier) is a story book about a child and her mother, both of whom find treasures in the ocean, but their treasures are very different. This book is artfully decorated with Debra Frasier's unique style illustrations combined with photographs. At the end is a section called the "Ocean Journal" that tells about some of the things one might find at the seashore. Apparently there is a book, bag and journal package available as well, but I can't find it. Alas. As with Debra Frasier's other books, this one makes me cry.

The Barefoot Book of Earth Tales is an anthology of folklore about Nature from around the world. Includes fun kids activities and tips for Earth friendly living. Perfect for Earth Day and every day!

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