Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Parenting spiritual kids

My kids are, like me, pagan, by virtue of not having another word to describe out spiritual lives.  We read sacred texts and stories from around the world, adopt the best of each, and make our own decisions about what is right, wrong and true.

This makes finding books and movies both easier and more difficult.  Because there is no one single text to tie all of our ideas and morals and creeds together, we have had to pick through the plethora of mythology, folklore and film that is available to us and pull ideas, one or two at a time, from them. My husband and I use these to reinforce ideas we've talked about, to bring up conversations that we need to have with the children, and to show them a diversity of ways of seeing the world.

Today, I thought I'd share some of family's favorite books, movies and stories that we use to feed our spiritual selves.  This list is not all inclusive, but focuses on a readily available titles that have worked for us.  Feel free to comment or e-mail me with your picks.


The Barefoot Book of Blessings  by Sabrina Dearborn
Coyote Places the Stars by Harriet Peck Taylor
On the Day You Were Born by Debra Frasier
All I See is Part of Me by Chanda Curtis
Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L'Engle
Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander
Up by Christopher Van Allsburg
Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss
Free to be a Family edited by Marlo Thomas
The Paperbag Princess by Robert N. Munsch
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Oh, the Places You Will Go by Dr. Seuss
The Man in the Moon by William Joyce


"The Last Mimzy"
"The Secret of the Cave"
"Tinker Bell" movies
"The Seeker"
"Wall E"
"The Secret of Roan Inish"
"The Cave of Forgotten Dreams"
"The Secret of Kells"
"Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium"
"Rise of the Guardians"
"Naussica of the Valley of the Wind"
"Princess Mononoke"
"Kirikou and the Sorceress"


"Pooka Pages"
Barefoot Books


  1. My favorite movie to watch with my children is "The Last Unicorn" and "Fern Gully".

  2. I'd forgotten about "The Last Unicorn"! Thanks.


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