Best Children's Books About Wish

26 Children's Books About Wish

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Malala's Magic Pencil book
#1
Malala's Magic Pencil
Written by Malala Yousafzai and illustrated by Kerascoet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Malala's first picture book will inspire young readers everywhere to find the magic all around them. As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true. This beautifully illustrated volume tells Malala's story for a younger audience and shows them the worldview that allowed Malala to hold on to hope even in the most difficult of times.

How to Catch a Star book
#2
How to Catch a Star
Written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

From the illustrator of the #1 smash hit The Day the Crayons Quit comes a story about wishing, persevering, and reaching for the stars. Once there was a boy, and that boy loved stars very much. So much so that he decided to catch one of his very own. But how? Waiting for them to grow tired from being up in the sky all night doesn’t work. Climbing to the top of the tallest tree? No, not tall enough. The boy has a rocket ship . . . but it is made of paper and doesn’t fly well at all. Finally, just when the boy is ready to give up, he learns that sometimes things aren’t where, or what, we expect them to be. Oliver Jeffers offers a simple, childlike tale of reaching for the stars, and emerging with a friend.

The Night Before the Snow Day book
#3
The Night Before the Snow Day
Written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Amy Wummer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Could it be the night before a Snow Day? It’s nighttime and snow is falling hard. Will the town be snowed in? Will there be a snow day? Odds are looking good in this newest Night Before book for the kids who dream of snowball fights, sledding, and the possibility that it may snow again tomorrow!

Twinkle,  Twinkle,  Little  Star book
#4
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Written and illustrated by Iza Trapani
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A little girl’s wish comes true when a star appears and takes her on a magical ride.

Froggy’s Birthday Wish book
#5
Froggy’s Birthday Wish
Written by Jonathan London and illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

It’s Froggy’s birthday, but it seems that everyone has forgotten… No one seems to remember that it’s Froggy’s special day. Mom and Dad don’t say a word, and all of his friends are busy elsewhere. Until he gets back home to find everyone waiting to surprise him with a party, complete with a piñata filled with chocolate-covered flies!

Good Night Bedtime book
#6
Good Night Bedtime
Written and illustrated by Mark Jasper, Adam Gamble
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Good Night Bedtime highlights reading stories, putting on pajamas, taking a bath, brushing teeth and hair, feeding pets, putting toys away, stuffed animals and blankies, wishing upon a star, singing lullabies, sweet dreams, coloring, counting sheep, talking about the day, nightlights, getting tucked in, hugs and kisses, and more. This charming board book puts little ones to bed in a soothing and loving way. Children will recognize all their favorite bedtime rituals and may even learn a few new ones. Shhh, it's bedtime! This book is part of the bestselling Good Night Our World series, which includes hundreds of titles exploring iconic locations and exciting themes.

The Disastrous Magical Wishes of Classroom 13 book
#7
The Disastrous Magical Wishes of Classroom 13
Written by Matthew J Gilbert, Honest Lee and illustrated by Joelle Dreidemy
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

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.

A Christmas Wish book
#8
A Christmas Wish
Written by Beatrix Potter and illustrated by Eleanor Taylor
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Hop into the world of Peter Rabbit as Peter and his siblings prepare for Christmas in this charming board book! It’s Christmas Eve and Peter Rabbit is wide awake, listening out for Santa Claus. He hears all sorts of noises in the night, but none of them turn out to be Santa! Can Peter stay awake long enough to see Santa? Another addition to the adorable line of very young stories set in Peter Rabbit’s world. The simple tales deal with the early experiences and emotions of small children, as seen through the eyes of Beatrix Potter’s classic characters.

The Christmas Boot book
#9
The Christmas Boot
Written by Lisa Wheeler and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In the spirit of Christmas classics The Polar Express and The Night Before Christmas comes a holiday tale about the magic of Santa, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Jerry Pinkney Lonely Hannah is delighted to discover a warm black boot as she gathers kindling in the forest. A poor woman, she doesn’t have proper shoes on her cold feet. “Glory be! I only wish I had your mate,” she says to the boot, and the next morning, to her great surprise, there is not just one boot but two sitting by her bed! More wishes bring even better gifts—but the best is still to come: A visitor arrives at her door—a man with a big white beard, wearing a red suit and only one boot. Who could this magical visitor be? Santa Claus, of course! And he has one more surprise in store for Hannah: She wakes up the next morning to find a new puppy waiting for her!

In Your Hands book
#10
In Your Hands
Written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Brian Pinkney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"A prayer from mother to son that he will always in safe hands"--

Sea Star Wishes book
#11
Sea Star Wishes
Written by Eric Ode and illustrated by Erik Brooks
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Selected as a Children's Poet Laureate Monthly Book Pick, Sea Star Wishes captures the varied and colorful world of our beautiful coastal shores. Discover the wonders of the sea and enjoy a day at the beach in playful and imaginative poetry and illustrations. In these coastal poems for kids, children meet sea lions, starfish, jellyfish, and other animals in the ocean, and dream about sandcastles and other beach activities. This fun, lyrical children's poetry collection by award-winning children's singer and songwriter Eric Ode features lively illustrations by Washington State Book Award recipient Erik Brooks.

Pinocchio book
#12
Pinocchio
Written by Carlo Collodi and illustrated by Quentin Greban
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Perhaps the most popular and beloved children’s story of all time, Pinocchio tells the story of a wooden puppet that longs to become a real boy.

Happy Birthday Davy! book
#13
Happy Birthday Davy!
Written by Brigitte Weninger and illustrated by Eve Tharlet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Davy is counting the days until his birthday. It seems like such a long wait! He is so excited, he can hardly sit still when Father Rabbit tells a story about a lucky little rabbit who had three wishes that all came true. Davy decides that if he had three wishes, he'd wish for someone who would tell him stories whenever he wanted, someone who would teach him new games, and someone who always had plenty of time to spend with him. Davy's birthday finally arrives and with it comes a big surprise present--too big to be wrapped--that makes all of Davy's wishes come true and his birthday the happiest one ever. This new adventure featuring Davy and the Rabbit family shows that love is the best gift of all.

The Memory of Forgotten Things book
#14
The Memory of Forgotten Things
Written and illustrated by Kat Zhang
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

In the tradition of The Thing About Jellyfish and When You Reach Me, acclaimed author Kat Zhang offers a luminous and heartbreaking novel about a girl who is convinced that an upcoming solar eclipse will bring back her dead mother

Plum book
#15
Plum
Written by Scott Icenogle, Sean Hayes and illustrated by Robin Thompson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From Will & Grace star Sean Hayes and composer Scott Icenogle comes a modern classic inspired by The Nutcracker about how the Sugar Plum Fairy got her wings. Plum will not stay glum. For as long as she can remember, Plum has lived at the Mary Fitzgerald Orphanage, wishing and hoping for a family. When a sudden snowfall threatens a delivery of presents on Christmas Eve, Plum is determined to save Christmas—even for the kids who laugh at her. Plum’s pure heart grants her an unexpected reward. When she eats a cake left behind by a mysterious magician, she is transported into the Land of Sweets. But Christmas here is threatened, too—by a sourness that is spreading from the center of the land. Plum’s determined to help, and in doing so, she might just find the family she’s always dreamed of, thanks to a good heart—and Christmas magic!

The Wishing-Well Spell book
#16
The Wishing-Well Spell
Written by Holly Anna and illustrated by Genevieve Santos
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Remember me? Daisy Dreamer? Of course you do, silly! Well, Posey my totally true imaginary friend just cast a special wishing well spell. And you won’t believe what came true! Have you ever wished a wish? Do you remember what you wished for? Wait, don’t tell me, because then your wish might not come true. My made a wish once. They threw a coin down a well, but it never came true. At least not until my totally true imaginary friend Posey came along with a special wishing-well spell. And guess what? It wasn’t only their wish that came true. Almost everyone in town had cast wishes down that well. Sounds great, right? Well, maybe not. Let’s just say be careful what you wish for because with Posey around, it might just come true. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Daisy Dreamer chapter books are perfect for emerging readers.

Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm (Phoebe and Her Unicorn) book
#17
Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm (Phoebe and Her Unicorn)
Written by Dana Simpson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

It all started when Phoebe skipped a rock across a pond and accidentally hit a unicorn in the face. Improbably, this led to Phoebe being granted one wish, and using it to make the unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, her obligational best friend. But can a vain mythical beast and a nine-year-old daydreamer really forge a connection?

One Christmas Wish book
#18
One Christmas Wish
Written by Katherine Rundell and illustrated by Emily Sutton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

From beloved author Katherine Rundell comes a clever, funny, and poignant picture book about a lonely little boy who wishes not to be alone on Christmas. A young boy’s Christmas Eve wish on a shooting star leads to an adventure with an ever-hungry rocking horse, an angel whose wings are molting, a robin who has forgotten how to sing, and a rusting tin drummer boy in Katherine Rundell’s classic Christmas story, with Emily Sutton’s gorgeous paintings.

Another Brother book
#19
Another Brother
Written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Davy the sheep wishes he had time alone with his parents, as he did before his 12 brothers came along and started imitating his every move, but when his wish comes true, Davy misses playing with the youngsters.

Wish Upon a Sleepover book
#20
Wish Upon a Sleepover
Written and illustrated by Suzanne Selfors
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

A group of misfits has a sleepover that involves a scavenger hunt and slightly magical soup in this story of newfound friendship in unexpected places.

The Boy from the Dragon Palace book
#21
The Boy from the Dragon Palace
Written by Margaret Read MacDonald and illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

One day, a poor flower seller drops his leftover flowers into the sea as a gift for the Dragon King. What does he get in return? A little snot-nosed boy—with the power to grant wishes! Soon the flower seller is rich, but what will happen if he forgets the meaning of "thank you"? This classic folktale is reimagined with adorable watercolor images, playful text, and an endearing—if snotty—main character.

Make a Wish, Henry Bear book
#22
Make a Wish, Henry Bear
Written and illustrated by Liam Francis Walsh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Henry Bear has very unusual parents. They encourage him to stay up all night, eat chocolate cake at every meal, and get into trouble with his teacher. Why? Find out in this droll tale about making wishes with unanticipated consequences written and illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist Liam Francis Walsh, author of Fish, which Kirkus Reviews, in a starred review, called "full-bodied" and "rewarding."

Bobby's Got a Brand-New Car book
#23
Bobby's Got a Brand-New Car
Written by Zidrou and illustrated by Sebastien Chebret
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It's the best day ever! Bobby goes out to buy a car with his own money and spends his time driving around town. He does all kinds of grownup things like picking up his parents - obeying all the rules of the road, of course. At the end of the day he drives home, where it's revealed to the reader that it was all part of a fantastic dream. But Bobby isn't disappointed. Instead, he wonders what amazing things he can dream of next ... This is a stylish, child-friendly celebration of the power of dreams and imagination, ideal for any child who'd like to be a grownup for a day - and for anyone who likes super-cool cars.

Polly Diamond and the Magic Book book
#24
Polly Diamond and the Magic Book
Written by Alice Kuipers and illustrated by Diana Toledano
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Polly loves words. And she loves writing stories. So when a magic book appears on her doorstep that can make everything she writes happen in real life, Polly is certain all of her dreams are about to come true. But she soon learns that what you write and what you mean are not always the same thing! Funny and touching, this new chapter book series will entertain readers and inspire budding writers.

Never Ever book
#25
Never Ever
Written and illustrated by Jo Empson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Follow a little girl and her stuffed rabbit as she wanders through a meadow complaining that nothing exciting happens to her, until it does.

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