Top Books for Budding Environmentalists

Hey everyone!

So, in light of the fundraiser I’m holding for Standing Rock and against the Dakota Access Pipeline, I thought I’d do a post about books for young environmentalists.

I was raised in BC, on the West Coast, and my mother is very environment-conscious and has been most of her life. It never occurred to me that others might not recycle, or see the earth as something beautiful, valuable, and worth saving. When I got older and encountered mindsets that were anti-earth, it was quite the culture shock, to put it mildly.

I realized that it was no accident I grew up an environmentalist — it was due to the work of my mom, and the type of region I lived in. (BC is pretty hippy, and there are a lot of environmentally-minded folks here. In fact, it used to be illegal to recycle in Powell River several decades ago — but a group of residents still did it, breaking the law because they knew it was the right thing to do for the earth.)

So if I want to raise my own future kids to be environmentalists, or instill those same values in the children who are in my life, then I need to work at it. Books are a great start.

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Books for Pagan Parents: Top Books About Nature

Different kinds of parents are going to want different sorts of books for their kids. While I would never say that all pagans are alike — we are a very diverse group! — I have noticed that the pagan parents I know generally want to instill similar sorts of values in their children: compassion and respect for other beings (human, animal, and plant!), knowledge of the natural world and its cycles (my use of “nature” here includes our solar system and the universe), knowledge of mythology, folk lore, and fairy tales, a desire to learn, and a healthy imagination. I know that as a future parent of the pagan persuasion these are things that are important to me — I want my kids to feel the same wonder for natural cycles, and to have the same compassion for other beings that I try to cultivate in my own life.

While, of course, books are not the only route towards cultivating these values — nor should they be! — they are an important one, in my opinion.

There are so many Barefoot Books that can help with these areas, so I’ve decided to start a series here on the blog. I’m calling it Books for Pagan Parents and each post will feature the top books in one specific category.

The category for the inaugural post is — you guessed it — Books about Nature.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Hi there! Katje here. It’s Christmas Eve and I want to wish you and yours a very merry and bright holiday season, filled with magic, love, and — of course — lots of reading!

I’m using my downtime to catch up on my reading, and I’m using the holiday as an excuse to hook the young ones in my life on books! Several of the gifts under the tree are Barefoot Books, destined for my niece and my close friend’s daughter. I can’t wait to see the reactions of both kids and parents when they open their gifts!

In my somewhat-biased opinion, books are the best gift for any occasion. They never go out of style and they can be enjoyed again and again for years, and then passed on to others who will enjoy them. They foster a sense of wonder, bright imaginations, and — of course — literacy. When in doubt — give a book. My only wish this year is that I could have given more.

Well, there will be plenty of chances in the new year!

Bright blessings this holiday season, and I’ll see you all again very soon.