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Magical Books About Witches for Kids

by Jennifer Garry


Do you feel that wicked chill in the air? As temperatures drop, leaves begin to flutter in the wind, and attention starts to turn to Halloween costumes, cackling witches will begin popping up everywhere. There’s no better time to cozy up with a good witch book. From fun and silly picture books to spookier, adventure-packed young adult novels, these witch-centric tales will put a spell on you through the Halloween season and beyond!

  • Picture Books

  • There’s a Witch in Your Book

    by Tom Fletcher, illustrated by Greg Abbott

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    Dust off your magic wand because you’re going to need it when you read this interactive picture book from one of the UK’s bestselling authors! If you don’t have a wand, no worries — your finger can act as a wand as you cast spells and cause mayhem through every page turn. Make sure you check out the rest of the books in the Who’s In Your Book series for more interactive fun!

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  • Room on the Broom

    by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler

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    This is one of those books that you will love just as much as your kids do. It’s fun and clever, and little readers adore the rhyming and repetition. Plus, the story has a great message of friendship. A witch is happily flying around on her broom when the wind blows away her hat, then her bow, and then her wand. Luckily, a helpful animal finds her missing belonging each time. All the animals want in return for their help is some room on her broom. The witch keeps collecting new friends until her broom snaps in two and she’s captured by a fire-breathing dragon who likes to eat witches with French fries. Luckily for the witch, her friends come to the rescue.

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  • Leila the Perfect Witch

    by Flavia Z. Drago

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    This adorable witchy read is an excellent choice for kids who deal with perfectionism. Leila strives for perfection and excels at everything she tries —
    except for baking. So, when she wants to enter a baking competition, she asks her sisters for help. Together, they cook up a heap of fun, sisterhood, and tasty treats.

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  • 10 Busy Brooms

    by Carol Gerber, illustrated by Michael Fleming

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    With bright, cheerful illustrations, little readers will love following the witchy Halloween adventures in this fun counting book. It starts with “one little witch on a long, speedy broom” who encounters another witch and invites her along for a ride. Fans of Room on the Broom will enjoy watching the ten witchy friends zoom past skeletons, ghosts, goblins, mummies, and a werewolf with bad breath. As a bonus, see if you can spy the cat and owl on every page!

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  • Little Witch Goes to School

    by Deborah Hautzig

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    Little Witch wants to go to school like her friends, but her mom wants her to stay home and learn to be bad from her witchy aunts and cousin. When Mother Witch finally agrees to let Little Witch go, she makes her promise to be very, very bad. But can a good Little Witch do that? The third book in the Little Witch series has a surprise ending that kids will love.

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  • The Legend of the Christmas Witch

    by Aubrey Plaza and Dan Murphy, illustrated by Julia Iredale

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    Kristtörn is a powerful witch who got separated from her twin brother when they were young. Desperate to find him again, she leaves her forest home and heads out alone. Throughout her journey, she learns more about herself, her magic, and her brother than she thought possible. This stunning holiday story is a seasonal favorite.

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2019 and updated in 2022.