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Genies: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about genies?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to genies. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about genies.

Our list includes picture books and chapter books. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about genies, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book Three Ptolemy’s Gate to popular sellers like Genie in a Bottle to some of our favorite hidden gems like The Wishmakers.

We hope this list of kids books about genies can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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The Wishmakers
Written by Tyler Whitesides & illustrated by Jessica Warrick
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

“Looking for a fantastically fast-paced and funny read? Your wish is granted!” —Chris Grabenstein, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Twelve-year-old Ace’s life is about to change in the most unexpected and magical ways—all because of a peanut butter jar.

When he opens it, he inadvertently releases a genie named Ridge. Now a Wishmaker, Ace is given a week to complete a seemingly impossible quest, and if he fails the world will end in the most tragic (but cuddly) way imaginable.

Luckily, Ridge can help by granting Ace an unlimited number of wishes…as long as Ace is willing to accept the consequences. The bigger the wish, the greater the consequence. So, if Ace wants to avoid having pogo sticks for legs or his clothes turn invisible, he’ll have to be careful what he wishes for and get a little creative.

Perfect for fans of Dan Gutman and Max Brallier, this new middle grade series by Tyler Whitesides (author of the Janitors series) is a wonderful mix of unpredictable magic, zany humor, and daring adventure. You’ll wish it never ends!

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Emma and the Blue Genie
Written by Cornelia Funke & illustrated by Kerstin Meyer
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Recommend Ages: 7-10

Setting a genie free from a bottle that washes up from the ocean, Emma and her noodle-tailed dog help the genie reclaim his magic nose ring from an evil yellow genie who has stolen all of his powers. By the best-selling author of Inkheart. Simultaneous eBook.

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The Storyteller
Written & illustrated by Evan Turk
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In a time of drought in the Kingdom of Morocco, a storyteller and a boy weave a tale to thwart a Djinn and his sandstorm from destroying their city.

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The Wishbreaker
Written by Tyler Whitesides
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Ace and Ridge are back to save their friend—and the world—in this sequel to The Wishmakers. Being a Wishmaker may be more trouble than it’s worth. Sure, you get a genie who can grant an unlimited number of wishes, but for each one you make you have to accept an awful consequence in return. Not to mention that you’re also given an impossible quest and only seven days to fulfill it! Despite all that, Ace and his genie, Ridge, managed to complete their last mission—but they couldn’t save their friend Tina from being abducted by a rogue genie who’s bent on using his limitless power to rule the world. To rescue her, Ace must reunite with Ridge to become a Wishmaker once more, and they’ll need to team up with the unlikeliest of new allies. It’s not every day you get a second chance to save the world, so Ace is determined to learn from his past mistakes and wish for the best, literally. Perfect for fans of Max Brailler, Adam Gidwitz, and Dan Gutman, this middle grade series is a wonderful mix of unpredictable magic, zany humor, and daring adventure. “An ingenious premise” raved Kirkus in a starred review!

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Genie in a Bottle
Written by Sarah Mlynowski
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Be careful what you wish for…<br>When my brother, Jonah, and I travel through our mirror into the story of <i>Aladdin</i>, we’re excited. There will be magic lamps and genies granting wishes. Right?<br>Wrong.<br>The genie we meet isn’t QUITE as helpful as we expected. And if Aladdin’s wishes don’t come true, he won’t get to marry the princess and live happily ever after!<br>Now we have to: <br>- Escape an enchanted cave<br>- Find forty buckets of jewels<br>- Plan a parade<br>- Learn to fly a magic carpet<br>Otherwise we’ll run out of wishes… and never get home!

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  • Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book Three Ptolemy's Gate - ‘Ptolemy’s Gate’ is the climax of the ‘Bartimaeus Trilogy’ in which a long-standing conspiracy comes to fruition and Bartimaeus, Nathaniel and Kitty face a final enemy which threatens them all.

  • The Genie's Curse - Meet Jack and his talking chicken Betsy, Red, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, and a host of other Little Legends as they have fantastic new adventures! Get to know your favorite fairytale characters like never before in this magical new book series. For Rapunzel, being a princess has been nothing but fun. But everything goes wrong when she breaks a magical urn and blames it on her new friend, Ella. It turns out that the urn was home to a very cross (and now very homeless) genie, who casts a spell making everyone blame Rapunzel for everything that goes wrong in Tale Town! With the help of her friends and a mysterious green monkey called Alphege, can Rapunzel lift the curse and make things right?

  • The Disastrous Magical Wishes of Classroom 13 - When unlucky teacher Ms. Linda LaCrosse finds a magic lamp, she releases a genie–um, I mean, a Djinn–who agrees to grant each of her students ONE WISH! You might think this was fantastic, but it was not. It was a frightful idea! With magic wishes come hungry dinosaurs, stinky pizza, photographing paparazzi, and other huge mistakes. As the students of Classroom 13 are about to learn, you should be careful what you wish for. What would YOU do with one magic wish? The final chapter of each book encourages young readers to write their OWN chapter and send it in to the author, Honest Lee! The Dangerous Djinn Wishes of Classroom 13 is the second title in a new chapter book series of hilarious stories about a very unlucky classroom. Each story is full of humor, action, and fun that will prompt hours of conversation among friends, families, and classrooms. © 2017 by Hachette Book Group, Inc.

  • Zacktastic - On his tenth birthday, Zack learns from his uncle that he is descended from a long line of genies and before he has a chance to process this information, he is whisked through a bottle portal and sent on his first assignment.

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Aster and the Accidental Magic
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11
A fun, action-packed fantasy adventure about a girl, her dog, and magic gone wrong!
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Aladdin: Far from Agrabah
Written by Aisha Saeed
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 12-15

This stunning original novel will tell an all-new story set in the world of the new film, featuring Aladdin and Jasmine. A magic carpet ride full of adventure, suspense, and wonder written by New York Times Bestselling author Aisha Saeed, this story will be a must-read for any <i>Aladdin</i> fans who find themselves drawn into and enchanted by the magical world of Agrabah and beyond.</p>

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Aladdin
Written & illustrated by Francesca Rossi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-12

A poor boy in love with a princess escapes an evil magician and discovers the power contained within an old lamp.

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