It can be difficult and frustrating looking for appropriate Pagan books for our children to read that will keep them reading and having fun; especially as they get older and ask more questions on our beliefs and how the world works. Too many are filled with ‘Hollywood’ magick which is so unrealistic it looks nothing like our actual practices and only causes questioning and doubts from our kids. Others are dry and can’t keep our kids attention. The search for something more realistic and true to actual Pagan beliefs and practices can be daunting but luckily there is hope. Once our pre-teens begin their religious and spiritual exploration we do have some books that are up for the task of helping them understand our beliefs a little better and make it fun and exciting to read! What parent doesn’t want that? Even as an adult I couldn’t put these books down until I’d finished the entire series. Here is my Pagan Parent Read and Approved list:
Circle of Three series by Isobel Bird
This series follows three teen girls as they realize each possesses a special gift that others don’t understand. Through chance they meet and find a woman willing to teach them more about their gifts and the Craft. The books follow their journey together learning about life, relationships and where their path lies as they take on the year and a day study to become fully initiated into the Craft. The stories take you through all of the holidays, their significance, mythologies and rituals. The author keeps to actual Pagan practices and weaves fun and exciting adventures for the girls to face and overcome in their spiritual quest for answers.
Witches Chillers series by Silver RavenWolf
These adventures are with the Witches Night Out coven, a group of teens who find themselves embroiled in murder and mayhem. Mixed with Pagan lore and symbolism this short series of books make for a fun and exciting ride for any teen reader. This series includes 1) Witches’ Night Out 2) Witches’ Key of Terror and 3) Witches’ Night of Fear. There was meant to be a 4th book but it has yet to be published.
Sweep series by Cate Tiernan
This series follows a young teen as she realizes her own powers and that Witchcraft is something that she may not have chosen for herself but it most certainly has chosen her. These books still include Pagan symbolism and fun adventures that will keep our pre-teens and teens glued to the pages.
The lists of Pagan fiction books is quite long but if you’re looking for something that keeps to Pagan beliefs without deviating too much from actual practices these are the books to have. They are fun and full of exciting and spine tingling adventures. The only drawback is that we don’t have more boy oriented books out there for our sons although the Sweep series may be of interest to them as it includes teen boys in the adventures. For slightly older teens and young adults I would suggest, ‘Murder at Witches’ Bluff’ and ‘Beneath a Mountain Moon’ by Silver RavenWolf. They include more adult topics but still are a great read for our young adults. Happy reading!