10 BEST Children’s Books About Witches That They’ll Love
Do your children like stories about witches? Are you looking for magical books for children? Here is Auckland for Kids’ pick of 10 magical books for children who love witches.
We have included books about witches for kids across a wide age range. There are picture books about witches for younger children and chapter books about witches for older kids and advanced readers. We hope your children enjoy these books too.
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
“How the cat purred and how the witch grinned, As they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind.” The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand. Luckily, they are retrieved by a dog, a bird and a frog, who are all keen for a ride on the broom. But is there room on the broom for so many friends? And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?
A very funny story of quick wits and friendship, The Room on the Broom is another smash hit from the unparalleled picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo.
Ages: 3 to 7 years
Bad Jelly The Witch by Spike Milligan
Badjelly, the baddest witch in all the world, rides again! This full-colour, hardback gift edition of Spike Milligan’s hilarious and beloved fairy story comes with an audio CD of the famous BBC radio play so that readers can listen and read along. Tee hee hee hee!
Badjelly the Witch can turn children into sausages or chop them up to make boy-girl soup. She can turn policemen into apple trees or bananas into mice, and she is the wickedest witch in all the world!
Tim and Rose’s terrifying encounter with Badjelly is a classic fairy tale from the comic genius Spike Milligan. It is a bubbling cauldron of imagination, fun and nonsense that has enthralled generations of children.
Ages: 3 to 10 years
Winne and Wilbur: Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas
Winnie shares her big black house with Wilbur her big black cat. So sometimes she accidentally trips over him. Ouch! After some spells that make Wilbur look very silly, Winnie finds just the right magic to make sure she can always see him. It’s a colourful Winnie and Wilbur adventure! Korky Paul’s intricate artwork is full of madcap humour and crazy details to pore over.
The spellbinding new look of this bestselling series celebrates the wonderful relationship that exists between Winnie the Witch and her big black cat, Wilbur.
Ages: 3 to 8 years
THE WITCHES by Roadl Dahl
THE WITCHES by Roald Dahl is the story of a detestable breed of Witches. BEWARE. Real witches dress in ordinary clothes and look like ordinary women. But they are not ordinary. They are always plotting and scheming with murderous, bloodthirsty thoughts – and they hate children.
The Grand High Witch hates children most of all and plans to make every single one of YOU disappear. Only one boy and his grandmother can stop her, but if their plan fails the Grand High Witch will frizzle them like fritters, and then what …?
Ages 6 to 11 years
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
This is the second story in the Chronicles of Narnia book series.
The Pevensie siblings open a waredrobe door and enter a world Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter under the grip of the evil White Witch. When almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change … and a great sacrifice.
Ages: 9 and upwards
The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
Hold on to your broomstick for magical mayhem!
Jill Murphy’s much-loved classic The Worst Witch is the original story of life at a magical boarding school. Mildred Hubble is a trainee at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches, but she’s making an awful mess of it. She keeps getting her spells wrong and crashing her broomstick. And when she turns Ethel, the teacher’s pet into her worst enemy, chaos ensues…
Ages: 5 to 9 years
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Dorothy thinks she is lost forever when a terrifying tornado crashes through Kansas and whisks her and her dog, Toto, far away to the magical land of Oz. To get home Dorothy must follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City and find the wonderfully mysterious Wizard of Oz. Together with her companions the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion whom she meets on the way, Dorothy embarks on a strange and enchanting adventure.
Ages: 9 years plus
How to Spot a Witch by Roald Dahl
Reimagine Dahl’s beloved classic in this gorgeous, hand-lettered gift book perfect for The Witches fans of all ages! Featuring the best and brightest lines from Roald Dahl’s magical story, this book displays the iconic quotes in creepy, whimsical, and artful calligraphy.
Highly illustrated, with quotes and passages from one of Roald Dahl’s most beloved books, this gift book reimagines The Witches , rendering its lines in gorgeous, creepy, and whimsical calligraphy — making this a must-have for any Dahl collection!
Ages: 8 to 9 years old
The Cursed First Term of Zelda Stich. Bad Teacher. Worse Witch by Nicki Greenberg
‘Zelda rides a broomstick!’ ‘Zelda’s got a bat-friend!’ ‘Zelda smells like toadstools!’ ‘Witch! Witch! Witch!’ It was bad enough when I was eleven years old. But if they sniff me out now, it’ll be a disaster. Zelda Stitch isn’t much of a witch – she’s hoping she’ll make a better primary school teacher. But if the vice principal finds out about her, her dream will go up in a puff of smoke.
Keeping her magic secret isn’t the only trouble bubbling in Ms Stitch’s classroom: there’s wild-child Zinnia, lonely Eleanor, secretive Phoebe and a hairy, eight-legged visitor called Jeremy. Not to mention the nits… With NO HELP AT ALL from her disagreeable cat Barnaby, Zelda must learn to be a better teacher, a better friend and a better witch – even if that means taking broomstick lessons. Magic. Mischief. Mayhem. Zelda’s classroom is a cauldron full of laughs.
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Macguire
When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil? Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. “Wicked” is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to be the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.
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