We love a witch story in this family. So we’ve rounded up our seven favourite witch stories for kids. Each of these children’s witch story books is a brilliant read.
7 Witch stories for kids
Witch stories are a genre of kids books all of their own.
We love them!
Plus we certainly don’t save them to read solely at Halloween.
In fact, stories with witches are an absolute favourite with my daughter.
We’ve read a whole bunch of stories featuring witches as the main character.
Right from picture books through to first chapter books.
The witches are often feisty, go-getters who make strangely brilliant role models for girls, as well as loveable characters.
Here’s a roundup of some of the story books with witches that we’ve read and loved over the last few years.
1. Meg and Mog, by Helen Nicoll
Age: Two years old and up
Meg is a witch whose spells always seem to go wrong, but they lead to zany fun and adventures. Her stories always involve her long-suffering cat, Mog, and their friend Owl.
The books were first published in the 1970s, but they’ve more than lived up to the test of time.
The clear print and simple but super fun stories make them fabulous early reading books for children who may find conventional reading schemes dull.
They are also super delightful for parents to read to their children at bedtime or other read out loud moments.
There are ten books in the series, but why not start at the beginning with the original Meg and Mog book.
Find out more | Meg and Mog
2. Gobbolino The Witch’s Cat, by Ursula Moray Williams
Age: Three years old and up
OK strictly speaking this book is about a witch’s cat rather than a witch.
But poor little Gobbolino encounters all sorts of witches along the way. His battle with the sea witch is particularly exciting.
This is a wonderful first chapter book for children. Each chapter tells a separate instalment in Gobbolino’s journey and ends with a cliff hanger that keeps the reader wanting more.
I adored this as a year child and my daughter discovered and loved it from the age of three.
Do be prepared for tears, Gobbolino gets into some terrible scrapes before he finally finds a mat he can call home.
Find out more| Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat (A Puffin Book)
3. The Witches, by Roald Dahl
Age: Four years old and up
Reading Roald Dahl books to your child has to be one of the great joys of parenthood.
I didn’t discover The Witches as a child, so it was an extra delight to enjoy this story unfolding as I read it to my daughter.
The only downside is that there is a HUGE ‘just one more chapter’ thing going on, which can lead to lights out way later than planned!!
Just like most Roald Dahl books, The Witches is full of black humour and not for the feint hearted.
But it is SO. MUCH. FUN.
It may be a bit scary at times, but like all Roald Dahl books, it is a great read for four to five year olds, who are just starting to appreciate having chapter books read to them.
My top tip for parents reading to younger children is to give your story-telling skills full rein and skim just a tiny bit where necessary.
Find out more| The Witches (Dahl Fiction)
4. Winnie The Witch, by Valerie Thomas
Age: Two years old and up
Winnie the Witch is a similar character to Meg. She’s a witch whose spells and bright ideas never go right to plan.
Just like Meg, Winnie has a long suffering sidekick. Winnie’s sidekick is her poor cat Wilbur, who is too often on the receiving end of the disasters resulting from her ill thought out bright ideas.
There’s a whole series of Winnie books with nice big colourful illustrations which make them great for reading to two to five year olds.
For early readers you can also buy editions with multiple stories, in fact there’s a set of ten books you can buy.
Find out more: Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie the Witch
5. The Worst Witch, by Jill Murphy
Age: Four years old and up
Mildred is yet another witch who is a bit rubbish at spells.
In fact she’s so bad at them, that she’s the worst witch at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches!
But somehow in the end everything always ends up OK.
Jill Murphy is brilliant at using really simple language to tell compellingly good stories. This makes these books fun early chapter books to read to four to six year olds.
Find out more| The Worst Witch
6. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, by C.S Lewis
Age: Six years old and up
Now this is an absolute classic story book and with good reason.
The book is so brilliantly and tautly written that you can read it to any child who has started listening to chapter books.
It’s a thrilling adventure with a cliff hanger at the end of each chapter, but at a deeper level encourages children to think about how brave you might have to be, to be good.
What better to inspire tomorrow’s generation!
Find out more | The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)
7. Witchworld, by Emma Fischel
Age: Six and upwards, or seven and upwards for self-reading.
A relative newcomer to the witch stories for kids genre, Witchworld is an absolute delight to read.
We discovered this, the first book of a trilogy, a few months ago and now have the full trilogy on the book shelf.
Witchworld is the story of thoroughly modern witches. There are no wands or broomsticks. Instead they have spellsticks and skyriders. Oh and they are big on Potions2Go over using an old fashioned cauldron.
The story is built around Flo, whose mischievous Grandma turns up on an antiquated broomstick to warn of ghouls that are about to attack Witchworld.
The books make for great stories to read out loud, but they are also great self-read books for ages seven and up.
Find out more | Witchworld (Witchworld Series)
I hope that you find these witch stories for kids as delightful as we have to read.
Of course I have left out the Harry Potter series from this roundup, which might be a little remiss, as Hermione is truly a great witch. However, I have an admission. We’ve seen all the films, but it’s only my husband who has read the books.
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