A list of books for children (and parents) relating to green spirituality


Saguaro Moon: A Desert Journal
by Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini

When her family moves to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, Megan keeps a nature journal in which she describes the desert, the changes that occur throughout the seasons, and how these affect the plant and animal inhabitants.


Paddle-to-the-Sea
by Holling C. Holling

This children's book is a story of an Indian boy in Canada near Lake Nipigon (just north of Lake Superior) who carves a model of an Indian sitting in a canoe. In addition, he carves a name on the bottom of the canoe: "Paddle-to-the-Sea." The boy then sets it in the late winter snow and watches as the canoe follows the melting snow on its way to Lake Superior. The book then follows the canoe all the way to France. Age 9-12


Oceans
by Seymour Simon

This is a very educational, easy-to-read book that gives information on the single body of water that the world is covered in. I especially liked all the interesting facts mentioned in this book and it was an informational and short read. Some of the facts that I found interesting were that the ocean has more than one-and-one-half quintillion (15 followed by 17 zeros) tons of water - that 100 billion gallons of water for each person in the world - how scientists use echo sounding to find out the physical features of the ocean, the cause of tides in relation to the moon and the sun, and the incredible numbers of life forms in the sea. There are also a couple of pages talking about waves - both destructive (tsunamis, hurricane waves) and normal waves that you see at the beach. The fantastic colour photographs are simply breathtaking. This book also has good diagrams and the text is clear and concise Ages 4-8


What's in the Pond?
by Anne Hunter

These painstakingly detailed, beautiful drawings are serene, pensive, yet light-hearted 3-dimensional renditions of these tiny creatures. The text and illustrations inspire a closer look and sense of awe.

The Velveteen Rabbit, or How Toys Become Real
by Margery Williams

"Real isn't how you are made... it's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but really loves you, then you become real" 40 pages. Colouring book version 40 pages. For all ages

Everyone's Mandala Coloring Book: Twenty-two Original Designs
by Monique Mandali

Colouring book for everyone. "I just bought one as a birthday gift for my 85-year old mother. She loves it!" Published 1991, 22 plates. Volumes 1, 2 & 3.

 

Let's enjoy Nature: Over 500 Ideas for Activities
by Mildred Mashedar

For 3's to 16's! Published 1994 152 pages with illustrations.


The Education of Little Tree: The Story of a Cherokee Boyhood
by Forrest Carter

This story has entranced readers of all ages since it was first published in 1976. The tale tells the story of a boy orphaned very young, who is adopted by his Cherokee grandmother and half-Cherokee grandfather in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee during the Great Depression. "Little Tree" as his grandparents call him is shown how to hunt and survive in the mountains, to respect nature in the Cherokee Way, taking only what is needed, leaving the rest for nature to run its course. Little Tree also learns the often callous ways of the white businessmen and tax collectors, and how Grandpa, in hilarious vignettes, scares them away from his illegal attempts to enter the cash economy. Grandma teaches Little Tree the joys of reading and education. But when Little Tree is taken away for schooling by whites, we learn of the cruelty meted out to Indian children in an attempt to assimilate them and of Little Tree's perception of the Anglo world and how it differs from the Cherokee Way. Published 1976, 216 pages.

Born with a Bang: The Universe Tells our Cosmic Story. Book 1.
by Jennifer Morgan

Presents a history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the formation of Earth, in the form of a letter written by the thirteen-billion-year-old universe itself to an Earth child. A worthy book on the new Creation Story for children - at last. "In Born with a Bang we can experience the Universe in its full grandeur, and deeply sense the numinous presence that pervades the entire world about us. To awaken to the wonder of the Universe is to appreciate life in its full excitement. We might also develop a new capacity to relate to each other. A reverence for the Universe is the beginning of true reverence for the divine and for each other." - Thomas Berry. Includes useful glossary and other resources.Published 2002, 48 pages with illustrations

From Lava to Life: The Universe tells our Earth's Story
by Jennifer Morgan

Book 2 from the first book "Born with a Bang: The Universe Tells our Cosmic Story". by Jennifer Morgan. A history of the Earth, from its formation through the appearance of mammals and the extinction of dinosaurs, in the form of a story told by the Universe itself to an Earthling.


Revenge of the Green Planet : The Eden Project Book of Amazing Facts about Plants
by Paul Spooner

A book of amazing facts to astound your friends, in a joke book format with witty black and white drawings. Read all about how many coffee beans Beethoven used to make one cup, what plants are dangerous to touch, and whether you eat grass for breakfast - you'll be amazed! Believe it or not: some plants grow at more than half a metre a day; others look like green lavatory bowls full of digesting fluid; one particular bush has been growing continuously for 40,000 years. Be warned - the green things are taking over the planet. They are already the dominant life form on Earth, making up 99 per cent of all living things, so you'd better start showing a bit of respect! This book contains hundreds of fascinating facts to keep you informed, impress your friends and amuse your family. Published 2003, 129 pages

Sharing Nature with Children: the Classic Parents' and Teachers' Nature Awareness Guidebook

by Joseph Cornell

[Books 1 & 2.] Cornell draws upon a wealth of experience in nature education to significantly revise and expand his book, adding eight new games and revise 20 others, based on his extensive experiences of giving nature workshops world-wide From a highly regarded nature educator comes these seminal works in which his expertise and irrepressible enthusiasm for the grandeur and mystery of nature spill over on every page. "This is absolutely the best awareness of nature book I've ever seen" - Whole Earth Review. Published 1998 170 pages. 

Earth from Above for Young Readers
by Yann Arthus-Bertrand et al

Children can experience breathtaking photographs in a charming book that reveals the diversity of the world's cultures and climes. Young readers will be enthralled by glowing pictures of nomads and camels, tiny villages in Morocco and geysers in Yellowstone, and much more. Text by Robert Burleigh reveals the fascinating story that each photograph tells. Published 2002 78 pages. Hardback.

Earthlight: New Meditations for Children
by Maureen Garth

Countless parents, teachers and other carers for children have discovered the benefits of Maureen Garth's approach to meditation. Her simple but imaginative stories lead children into magical worlds in which they are released from fears, discover peacefulness and stillness and experience wonder-filled adventures. Offering 25 visualisations, "Earthlight" completes the series of Garth's meditation books for children and joins its predecessors in bringing wonder and adventure into their lives through the use of visualization. These meditations help children to sleep more peacefully, to learn to still themselves, to be freed of their worries and to develop their ability to concentrate. "Earthlight" also provides a useful resource for those who wish to nurture the innate creativity within each child. Published 1997 136 pages.

Starbright - Meditations for Children
by Maureen Garth

Describes the methods and positive effects of meditation and presents a collection of brief meditations. Published 1991

The Whale's Song
by Dyan Sheldon and Gary Blythe

Enthralled by her grandmother's story of seeing and hearing whales singing in the sea long ago, Lilly hopes to see them herself and to hear their mysterious songs. For 7+ years. "One of the most beautiful, poetic, mysterious and overwhelming picture books you are ever likely to read...a dazzling and haunting book" - (Books for your Children). 32 pages

The Garden
by Dyan Sheldon and Gary Blythe

When Jenny finds an arrowhead flint in the garden, it makes her think about the Indians who must have lived there before her. And in a dream that night she sees the Indian braves, their wigwams and fires, right there in her own garden. For 7+ years. "One of the most beautiful, poetic, mysterious and overwhelming picture books you are ever likely to read...a dazzling and haunting book" - (Books for your Children). 32 pages

Sustainable Education: Revisioning Learning and Change
by Stephen Sterling

Argues that an ecological view of educational theory, practice and policy is necessary to assist the transition to sustainability. It shows how a change of educational culture towards the realization of human potential and the interdependence of social, economic and ecological potential can lead to transformative learning. Discusses change strategies and includes suggestions for action. (Schumacher Briefing no. 6) Published 2001 94 pages

The Tin Forest
by Helen Ward

Engaging story of a lovely old man who, by 'greening power' transforms a rubbish dump. 4/5years. Published 2001 31 pages

The Pumpkin Patch
by  Sybil Taylor

'The Pumpkin Patch is a Traditional Buddhist Tale retold by Sybil Taylor and illustrated by June Atkin. A simple yet profound tale which teaches children about meditation and the interconnectedness of all life. Charlotte (age 8) was most impressed with the illustrations which are beautiful.

Andrew Matthews
Tod and the Clock Angel

A charming story about Tod, a young boy who has nothing and nobody until he meets a clock angel on Christmas Eve. Beautiful illustrations.

The Little Angel
by Jan Pancheri

On Christmas Eve a small angel realises an old man needs her help - slightly tear jerking as the angel sets off on her mission guided by a star.
The Mountains of Tibet
by Mordicai Gerstein

A Buddhist story for children, which introduces the subject of reincarnation in a very simple way. Suitable for quite small children and for reading ages 6 and up

A Child's Book of Prayers
by Tessa Strickland

A beautiful book with many colour photographs and simple poetic prayers from many different religions and cultures.

Star Babies
by Mary Summer Rain

Star Babies tells of many different races of people living on different planets and the ways in which they live and worship God and the universe.

Mountains, Meadows and Moonbeams
by Mary Summer Rain

This book covers many different spiritual subjects including parapsychology, God, precognition, telepathy, auras, healing, out of body experiences and nature spirits. It also has many pictures suitable for colouring! Reading age 8-12

Al I See Is Part Of Me
by Chara Curtis

A small boy learns that he is a part of all creation and that all of creation is a part of him - beautifully illustrated.

What is God?
by Etan Bortzer

'What is God?' - all children ask this question at some point. This book doesn't give a hard and fast answer. It looks at the major world religions and focuses on the similarities rather than the differences.

A Spirited Alphabet - from A to Z
by Morgan Simone Daleo

An alphabet of beautiful qualities and values. 'A is for angel, asleep in his bed. B is the beauty of birds overhead'.
Birdie Halleluyah!
by Judith Kerr

Judith Kerr is the author of the much loved 'Mog' books. This is a very comical but loving look at the relationship between a small boy and his guardian angel. Simple text and gentle, detailed pictures make it suitable for very small children upwards.

To Sleep with the Angels
by H. Elizabeth Collins

A very comforting bedtime story about a little girl who has a magical adventure while being protected by her guardian angel

The Little White Horse
by Elizabeth Goudge

A combination of mystery, romance and spirituality are found here in this enchanting tale. When 13 year old Maria arrives in Moonacre Valley she finds an old memory of a little white horse and the Moon Princess and some lingering sadness - she sets out to put things right! Reading age 9-12 but suitable for reading aloud from about 6

The Triple Mirror
by Erna Chrispeels & Michael Colebrook

Bran and Brydie, on holiday in Scotland, find themselves mysteriously drawn into the Big Bang. They travel through time back to the present with the Great Mother as their guide. They have many adventures on the way, meeting Akka the wolf, looking for the Triple Mirror and meeting Mother Gaia and the Green Man. They experience at first hand the awesome story of the evolution of the universe. Reading age 9-12 but suitable for reading aloud from 6-7.
 The Kids' Book of Awesome Stuff
by Charlene Brotman
Illustrated by Jeila Guermian

Outstanding treasury of stories, nature, science, puzzles and things to do. Apart from being a simply attractive offering for children, it tackles the very difficult task of presenting cosmic issues to the young -and succeeds wonderfully. This should have enormous appeal to the perceptive type of elder who reads this list and who wants to give a gift to a child aged 5 to 10. A4 format, spiral bound.