11 magical books for children who love witches and wizards

Are your children big fans of stories of witches and wizards? Are you are looking for great magical books for children? This reading round-up is full of witches, wizards and magicians. I’ve included magical books for kids across a wide age range. Whatever age child you are looking for books for – there is something for everyone. Please note: all age range guidelines are approximate and flexible.

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A round-up of the best magical books for children

Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll & Jan Pieńkowski

Helen Nicoll and illustrator Jan Pieńkowski created a series of great picture books for kids about Meg the Witch, her cat Mog and other friends including Owl. These books have been around since the 1970s but are timeless classics.

Meg’s spells never go particularly well. There are many titles in the series to explore. We particularly enjoyed Meg on the Moon. The books are wryly funny. The simple illustrations, colourful pages and clear text make the books very appealing to toddlers and young children.

Approx. ages 2-5

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Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas & Korky Paul

Young children will love the adventures of Winnie the Witch and Wilbur, her big black cat. There are lots of books in the Winnie and Wilbur series including The Pirate Adventure and The Amazing Pumpkin. Winnie and Wilbur have incredible adventures together.

When Winnie decides on a magical plan she acts on it quickly. Meanwhile Wilbur often has to cover his eyes with his paws in shock. In a favourite of ours – Winnie and Wilbur in Space – the witch and her cat launch into space. They encounter dangerous space rabbits and have to act quickly to save their rocket. Luckily Winnie knows lots of spells to help deal with tricky situations.

These books are great to read to young children and for children to read themselves as they gain reading confidence. They are great fun to take your time over looking at the illustrations. Korky Paul’s detailed illustrations reveal little jokes. Paul’s illustrations even include characters from other books he has illustrated. Many special guest stars appear at Winnie’s Birthday Party in Happy Birthday Winnie and on other occasions.

Approx. ages 3-6

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Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

From the author and illustrator of The Grufallo, Room on the Broom is a classic picture book about a friendly witch and her cat. It’s great for bedtime stories as well as being a book that young children can read independently as their reading confidence grows.

The lyrical text flows enchantingly as more creatures join the witch on her broom. The illustrations are entertaining, colourful and engaging. Together the group of animals and the witch bravely face a fearsome dragon.

Approx. ages 2-6

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Witches and Wizards Sticker Book by Kirsteen Robson & Seb Burnett

This sticker book is full of creepy yet charming creatures. Children can arrange the stickers to create scenes of magical mayhem. There are over 500 stickers. The ghoulish activity book is great for children over three. The activities encourage children to create their own visual story by putting the characters exactly where they want to within the colourful pages of scenes.

If your children love this sticker book format there are many other sticker books in this series to choose from. Options include Unicorn sticker books and Ancient Egypt sticker books.

Approx. age 5+

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The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas

The Magic Thief is the first in a series of four fantasy books about a young boy who stumbles into a world of magic after desperately picking the wrong persons pocket. The magical action beings in the cobbled streets of The Twilight. Coonwaer is hungry and cold. When he tries to steal from the wizard Nevery, he begins his own journey as a wizard’s apprentice. The adventures of this series of books for kids are captivating and spell-binding. Children can also read the sequels, Lost, Found, Home and an e-book A Proper Wizard.

This book is accessible and a great bridge for readers who are growing in confidence and are ready for chapter books. It’s readable for children age 7 plus, but can be of interest to fans of fantasy who are older too.

Approx. ages 7-12

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Beast Quest by Adam Blade

The Beast Quest book series tells the epic adventures of young heroes Tom and Elenna as they fight to keep the magical realm of Avantia safe. They are assisted by a good wizard – Aduro. Using many magical tools and weapons the young heroes free mystical beasts that have been enslaved by the evil wizard Malvel. Ferno: The Fire Dragon is the first of many fantastic books for kids in the series.

The text of the Beast Quest books is very straight forward, but is exciting and fast paced. The series is a good bridge into chapter books for children who are just gaining the confidence to read longer texts independently. The books are ideal for children aged 7 plus. There are also Early Reader books in the series for younger readers. The number of books in the series means children who enjoy the books are encouraged to keep finding more and reading more. Fortunately it is possible to read them out of sequence. So your kids can pick up any of the series that the library has in stock and keep reading!

Approx. ages 7-10

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The Adventures of King Arthur by Russell Punter and Andrea Da Rold

Many grown-ups will be familiar with the legends of King Arthur and the prominence of sorcery and magic in them. The story begins when the wizard Merlin visits King Uther Pendragon with a warning.

The Adventures of King Arthur graphic novel is a great way to introduce young readers to the fascinating legends that surround Arthur. Using clear text and bold imagery, the graphic novel is an accessible and appealing format. The book tells the stories of sorcery and drama that follow Arthur through his life. It explores the legends of the sword Excalibur, the Holy Grail, Morgan Le Fay and the Lady of the Lake.

The title is suitable from age 7 plus, but older children with an interest in myths and legends are sure to enjoy it too. My 10-year-old certainly did!

Approx. ages 7-12

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Clockwork by Philip Pullman

Clockwork: or All Wound Up is a magical and slightly shocking tale. It’s perfect for young readers who love spooky stories. The mysterious Dr Kalmenius weaves magic into his clockwork figures. While clockwork figures spring to life the story also brings to life the magic of storytelling. And like any good fairy tale it has a moral for its readers.

Clockwork is a good read for children who are fairly confident readers and who are excited by mysterious spooky stories. For children who are less confident it could be a great book for an adult to read out loud or alongside them. I’ve previously provided a full review of Clockwork here.

Approx. age 8+

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The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

What list of magical fantasy books would be complete without a book from the Harry Potter universe? I haven’t included the Harry Potter witches and wizards series in this round-up as it is so well-known. Alternatively I’m adding The Tales of Beedle the Bard to my list. The collection of fairy tales written by Beedle during the 15th century have been well-known and much-loved by wizard and witch children through the ages. Even Muggle children will enjoy these magical fairy tales today.

This edition has been newly translated by Hermione Granger and includes accompanying notes by Professor Albus Dumbleodre. As Harry Potter fans will be aware, Dumbledore left his copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard to Hermione in his will. She had missed out on these fairy tales as a child, having been raised by Muggles. But the book was invaluable in her adventures in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The tales can be enjoyed by children and grown-ups of any age who are Harry Potter fans.

Approx. age 8+

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Bad Magic by Pseudonymous Bosch

The blurb on the back of Bad Magic tells us that “It does NOT contain MAGIC”, so why am I including it on this list of magic books for kids? As you explore the world of Bad Magic the answer to this question could get clearer, or maybe it won’t. Fans of Bosch’s The Secret Series will know that the author’s hilarious writing style is full of misleads and tricks. Magic tricks perhaps?

Despite a twelve-year age gap, Clay and his older brother share a bond over magic tricks and their code for magic words is “bad words”. Two years after Clay’s brother went missing, 13-year-old Clay is sent to a summer camp on an island with an active volcano. Then Clay’s magical adventure really begins. Or does it?

Approx. age 9+

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The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

The Red Pyramid is the first of The Kane Chronicles trilogy by Rick Riordan, the creator of the Percy Jackson and Magnus Chase book series (which we love!) Siblings, Sadie and Carter Kane reunite after years of separation. They embark on an epic adventure, discovering that they are from a family of magicians (or shesh) who are connected to the House of Life, an Ancient Egyptian temple of magic. In The Red Pyramid ancient mythology meets with magic. Sadie and Carter learn how to cast spells using Ancient Egyptian magic as the evil god Set threatens the world.

Approx. age 9+

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Over to you… what are your favourite stories of witches and wizards?

Have you found amazing magic books for kids that you would like to share and recommend? Who are your children’s favourite witches, wizards and magicians? Please share you and your children’s ideas in the comments below.

If your children love magical books like these they might also be excited to here about these new releases of fantasy books for kids for Spring 2018.

 

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Angela is a Mum who has had plenty of experience of worrying about reading! When she is in the mood for serious reading she loves dystopian and speculative fiction including the works of David Mitchell and Margaret Atwood. But secretly Angela enjoys borrowing all her son's books and shares his love for middle grade fiction, especially fantasy. She has a background in education & publishing and believes all children - no matter what holds them back or where their interests lie - can enjoy wonderful story-telling. Angela has created this blog to provide a resource for families to find great books for the whole family - parents included!

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Sheree

Oh, what a fantastic list!! I’ve not got around to reading The Tales of Beedle the Bard yet, but I did love the original edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the other one about Quidditch (cannot remember for the life of me what it was called, but it had a green cover!). Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

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    Angela

    Thank you Sheree, oh we will have to find the book about Quidditch, sounds great!

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