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The Children's Forest

Dawn Casey , Anna Richardson and Helen d’Ascoli Illustrated by Allmut ffrench Foreword by Jon Cree

336 pp.  
7 7/8" x 9 7/8"
Illustrations: Color

Hawthorn Press


Available:  December 2019


A rich and abundant treasury in celebration of the outdoors, The Children's Forest encourages children’s natural fascination with the forest and its inhabitants. The authors have produced an enchanting book in which imagination, story, and play bring the world of the forest to vibrant life. Filled with games, facts, celebrations, craft activities, recipes, foraging, stories, and Forest School skills, this book is much more than a manual: it is an invitation.

The book is organized into the eight Celtic seasons of Imbolc, Spring, Beltane, Summer, Lughnasa, Autumn, Samhain, and Winter. Within each chapter are the following sections: The Life of the Forest; Plant Lore; Imaginary Journey; Tree Lore; Activities, crafts and games; Animals; Celebration. The appendices cover woodland skills, safety, the Ogham alphabet, story sources, and more resources.

Ideal for ages 5 to 12, The Children's Forest will also be enjoyed by adults, families, and younger children.

  • “With this beautiful book—coauthored by Dawn Casey, Anna Richardson, and Helen d'Ascoli—Hawthorn Press have scaled fresh heights in its vocation to put inspiring storytelling resources into our hands. There is naturally a practical aim at work in providing ‘stories and songs, wild food, crafts, and celebrations all year round.’ But this achieved with visual and verbal excellence.” —Donald Smith, Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Related Titles

  • The Wonder of Trees : Nature Activities for Children
  • Storytelling for a Greener World : Environment, Community, and Story-based Learning
  • Making Woodland Crafts : Using Green Sticks, Rods, Poles, Beads, and String
  • The Natural Storyteller : Wildlife Tales for Telling
  • Winter Nature Activities for Children
  • Autumn Nature Activities for Children
  • Summer Nature Activities for Children
  • Spring Nature Activities for Children
  • Spring and Summer Nature Activities for Waldorf Kindergartens

    Related Titles by Subject:

    Family: Education & Child Development ; Family: Family Life ; Science & Nature: General and Waldorf & Special Needs Education: Resources