Rynna, if your child is reading frog and toad, they can probably read most of "The Shortest Day", from what I remember. I requested it too, just like last year, but whoever took it out after me still has it and it was due in January of this year, so even if they ever get it back, it probably won't be before solstice. I tried inter-library, but still waiting.
My spell was pretty simple. It was really a meditation. I closed my eyes, counted down from 10 to enter a deep state and then I just started chanting these four words, speaking each on the exhale: " strength, patience, understanding, and (oh crap, what was the fourth one? well you get the idea. I chose these words as areas I wanted growth, so you can personalize it anyway). As I spoke them, I imagined ways they could manifest positively in my life, such as visioning myself responding patiently or with understanding, to my daughters. Then I dwelled even longer on each, a few breaths each. I kept going back to 'understanding' until I was happy with the the visions and they felt complete. Then a whole bunch of phrases started coming to me, and the cloth goddess doll in my hands felt like it became my older daughter, and I saw her doing her little dancing goddess thing, spinning around. One of the things I gained was to respect the goddess within my daughter. Lots of thoughts came to me, such as "It's hard being little" and some revelations about her jealousy with her sister " jealousy- loss of love- love and hate - hurting inside- feeling lonely" It was really great, very personal messages, but you could certainly try something similar. Oh and I had a candle going, and when I was done, I put all my negativity into it and let it burn away.