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The literature world is full of memorable, fun, magical, and spooky stories about witches. From Shakespeare’s famous witches attending to their boiling concoction with a “double, double toil and trouble,” to memorable cult classic witches from the 1970s and from the 1980s, there are stories for all readers. The world of children’s literature has its own share of beloved witch characters. In this list, we’ve gathered the best kids books about witches.

On this list there are some well known witches, like Hermione, Winnie the Witch, and Miss Viola Swamp. There are also stories of less known witch characters you’ll be delighted (and maybe startled!) to meet, like a little girl witch from a Brave Little Witch. And even though it’s a list about witches, there are stories of witches and wizards, cats, broomsticks, bats, spiders, warts . . . the fun things all readers love (or fear!) about witches.

The list includes three types of books—board, picture, and chapter—to appeal to a range of kids. Board books are great for reading aloud to young readers. Picture books are best for toddlers and elementary age kids, whether for reading aloud together or for young readers learning to read on their own. Board and picture book stories are generally meant to entertain and will not include content that could be scary, though parents and other loved ones should still be judicious, especially with a sensitive reader. Chapter books on the list are best for elementary and tween readers around early middle school age.

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Top 10 Books About Witches

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Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie the Witch
Written by Valerie Thomas & illustrated by Korky Paul
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Recommend Ages: 0-5

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.

Since Winnie and Wilbur first appeared in 1987 they have been delighting children and adults in homes and schools all over the world and more than 7 million books have been sold. Winnie and Wilbur will be hitting TV screens worldwide in 2017, airing in the UK on Milkshake, Channel 5’s popular pre-school slot. A Winnie and Wilbur stage show is set to run in Birmingham in 2017 followed by a national UK tour. A new look for the website, too! www.winnieandwilbur.com

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Strega Nona
Written & illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works in this classic Caldecott Honor book from Tomie dePaola. Strega Nona—“Grandma Witch”—is the source for potions, cures, magic, and comfort in her Calabrian town. Her magical everfull pasta pot is especially intriguing to hungry Big Anthony. He is supposed to look after her house and tend her garden but one day, when she goes over the mountain to visit Strega Amelia, Big Anthony recites the magic verse over the pasta pot, with disastrous results. In this retelling of an old tale, author-illustrator Tomie dePaola combines humor in the writing and warmth in the paintings as he builds the story to its hilarious climax.

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The Kingdom of Wrenly - 4 Books in 1!
Written by Jordan Quinn & illustrated by Robert McPhillips
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Recommend Ages: 5-9

Journey to the magical Kingdom of Wrenly with this fanastical four-book collection!

Join Prince Lucas and his best friend, Clara, as they search for the queen’s lost necklace, save a scarlet dragon, tame a sea monster, and stop an evil curse from destroying the kingdom’s crops in this enchanting four-book collection.

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Kingdom of Wrenly chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

This adventurous four-book collection includes: The Lost Stone, The Scarlet Dragon, Sea Monster!, and The Witch’s Curse.

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A Dark Descent
Written & illustrated by Lisa Fiedler
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Glinda and her friends have successfully vanquished Aphidina, the first of the four Wicked Witches. But her task is far from over. With the fate of all of Oz hanging in the balance, Glinda struggles to locate a mysterious teacher called Mythra, who is the only one who can guide her in reaching her mystic potential and becoming the powerful Sorceress she is destined to be. While Glinda searches far and wide for her mentor, the fiery-spirited Locasta finds herself undertaking an equally important search—for the Elemental Fairy of Lurl, and the means by which to destroy the second Witch, Marada, Wicked Warrior of the North. Surprising discoveries await both Glinda and Locasta. Great dangers threaten, formidable enemies lurk, and startling secrets abound. Glinda, Locasta, Ben, and Shade bravely continue their mission teaming up with some very welcome—and very unexpected—allies along the way. Together they prove that there is no hope for the future if one is not willing to learn from the past

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It's Raining Bats & Frogs
Written by Rebecca Colby & illustrated by Steven Henry
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

A little witch named Delia has been looking forward all year to flying in the annual Witch Parade. When the rumors of rain come true and the other witches start complaining, Delia takes action. Using her best magic, Delia changes the rain to cats and dogs. At first this goes over quite well, but she quickly realizes the animals cause a few issues. She must change the rain again! This time to hats and clogs. And finally, she tries bats and frogs. But each new type of rain brings its own set of problems. How will Delia save the day?

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Written by J. K. Rowling & illustrated by Mary GrandPré
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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The Little Leftover Witch
Written & illustrated by Florence Laughlin
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

A little lost witch undergoes a magical transformation when she’s loved by a human family in this heartwarming story.

When Felina, a little witch, breaks her broom on Halloween and can’t fly home, she is stuck with the Doon family and their black cat, Itchabody, for an entire year. Although she’s homesick and unhappy, the Doon parents and their daughter, Lucinda, do their best to make Felina feel welcome. (And she has no trouble with Itchabody at all!) As time passes, the mischievous Felina learns what it means to be part of a family—and how, with love, she will always belong.

This timeless tale, originally published in 1971 and cherished ever since, brims with witchy whimsy and will find a home in the hearts of a new generation of readers.

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Little Witch
Written by Anna Elizabeth Bennett & illustrated by Helen Stone
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
  • Ideal for fans of Harry Potter, Rick Riordhan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and Marvel
  • The first of the Little Witch trilogy
  • Delightful mythology tale

This 60th anniversary edition of the classic Little Witch is sure to delight fans of mythology and magic. It follows the adventures of nine-year-old Minx, a little which, who wants to sneak away and go to school. One day, she manages it. The story follows her trials and adventures with her mortal schoolmates and teachers.

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Written by Kelly Barnhill
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge–with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth’s surface. And the woman with the Tiger’s heart is on the prowl . . .

The Newbery Medal winner from the author of the highly acclaimed novel The Witch’s Boy.

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Binny Bewitched
Written by Hilary McKay & illustrated by Tony Ross
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

When Binny finds some money left behind at an ATM—and then loses it—she unleashes an adventure full of “funny, poignant chaos” (The Wall Street Journal).Binny Cornwallis is not a thief. Or is she? In one greedy moment, she snatches some bills left behind at an ATM. After all it’s her mother’s birthday, and just think of what she could do with some cash in her never-quite-enough-money household. But of course she has to hide the money—she can’t explain it. And in her tiny house, every hiding place is in danger of discovery. After a few tries, Binny hides it so well she can’t find it again, even after she decides to give it back!Now, Binny must team up with her best enemy Gareth, who sets out to play detective and figure out who might have taken the money. Meanwhile the next-door neighbor is doing odd things like presenting Binny with a little doll that looks just like her—with her hand in her pocket, just as Binny’s was when she pocketed the cash. Is the witchy neighbor woman putting a spell on Binny?There’s plenty more going on, as Binny’s older sister Clem has a secret of her own, and her little brother James is having a kung fu clash with his best friend. Mayhem,love, and laughter run wild in this new hilarious Binny adventure.

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Books About Witches and Friendship

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The Kingdom of Wrenly - 4 Books in 1!
Written by Jordan Quinn & illustrated by Robert McPhillips
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Journey to the magical Kingdom of Wrenly with this fanastical four-book collection!

Join Prince Lucas and his best friend, Clara, as they search for the queen’s lost necklace, save a scarlet dragon, tame a sea monster, and stop an evil curse from destroying the kingdom’s crops in this enchanting four-book collection.

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Written by Kelly Barnhill
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Recommend Ages: 10-14

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge–with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth’s surface. And the woman with the Tiger’s heart is on the prowl . . .

The Newbery Medal winner from the author of the highly acclaimed novel The Witch’s Boy.

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The Witches' Supermarket (Martha Speaks)
Written & illustrated by Susan Meddaugh
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

“Has what it takes: suspense, humor, and intriguing clues. A book that’s as much fun as Halloween itself.” —School Library Journal

While trick-or-treating on Halloween night, Helen and her dog Martha (begrudgingly dressed as a cat) walk into a very unusual supermarket. One for witches and cats only! What will happen if the manager realizes the truth about them? This whimsical story by Susan Meddaugh is the first about Martha from PBS’s Martha Speaks, before she got her paws on the alphabet soup that gave her the gift of gab.

This new 8” x 8” edition features a shiny foil cover and a sheet of stickers!

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  1. The Apprentice Witch - A special middle grade debut of magic and courage in a world of witches, written with the charm and enchantment of Circus Mirandus and The Apothecary. Arianwyn has flunked her witch’s assessment: She’s doomed. Declared an apprentice and sent to the town of Lull in disgrace, she may never become a real witch– much to the glee of her arch-rival, Gimma. But remote Lull is not as boring as it seems. Strange things are sighted in the woods, a dangerous infestation of hex creeps throughout the town, and a mysterious magical visitor arrives with his eye on her. With every spirit banished, creature helped, and spell cast, Arianwyn starts to get the hang of being a witch–even if she’s only an apprentice. But the worst still lies ahead. For a sinister darkness has begun to haunt her spells, and there may be much more at stake than just her pride . . . for Arianwyn and the entire land.

  2. Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth - 2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved classic Jennifer, Hecatate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth. Elizabeth is an only child, new in town, and the shortest kid in her class. She’s also pretty lonely, until she meets Jennifer. Jennifer is…well, different. She’s read Macbeth. She never wears jeans or shorts. She never says “please” or “thank you.” And she says she is a witch. It’s not always easy being friends with a witch, but it’s never boring. At first an apprentice and then a journeyman witch, Elizabeth learns to eat raw eggs and how to cast small spells. And she and Jennifer collaborate on cooking up an ointment that will enable them to fly. That’s when a marvelous toad, Hilary Ezra, enters their lives. And that’s when trouble starts to brew.

  3. A Very Brave Witch - On the far side of town, in a big, dark, house, lives a brave little witch. She has heard lots and lots about those scary humans and a holiday they call Halloween, but she has never even seen Halloween for herself. Until one very special Halloween comes along… Perfect for trick-or-treaters of all ages, A Very Brave Witch makes for a playful read-aloud that takes the scariness out of the holiday.

  4. The Only Thing Worse Than Witches - Eleven-year-old Rupert cannot resist applying to an advertisement for a witch’s apprentice but quickly finds himself over his head with the young witch-in-training who desperately needs his help.

Books About Witches and Siblings

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Binny Bewitched
Written by Hilary McKay & illustrated by Tony Ross
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

When Binny finds some money left behind at an ATM—and then loses it—she unleashes an adventure full of “funny, poignant chaos” (The Wall Street Journal).Binny Cornwallis is not a thief. Or is she? In one greedy moment, she snatches some bills left behind at an ATM. After all it’s her mother’s birthday, and just think of what she could do with some cash in her never-quite-enough-money household. But of course she has to hide the money—she can’t explain it. And in her tiny house, every hiding place is in danger of discovery. After a few tries, Binny hides it so well she can’t find it again, even after she decides to give it back!Now, Binny must team up with her best enemy Gareth, who sets out to play detective and figure out who might have taken the money. Meanwhile the next-door neighbor is doing odd things like presenting Binny with a little doll that looks just like her—with her hand in her pocket, just as Binny’s was when she pocketed the cash. Is the witchy neighbor woman putting a spell on Binny?There’s plenty more going on, as Binny’s older sister Clem has a secret of her own, and her little brother James is having a kung fu clash with his best friend. Mayhem,love, and laughter run wild in this new hilarious Binny adventure.

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A Matter-of-Fact Magic Book: No Such Thing as a Witch
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

“Ruth Chew’s classic books perfectly capture the joy of everyday magic.”—Mary Pope Osborne, bestselling author of the Magic Tree House series

Ruth Chew’s chapter books are full of simple, matter-of-fact magic that’s sure to enchant budding fantasy readers.

Nora Cooper and her brother Tad don’t know what to make of their new neighbor Maggie Brown. She loves animals and has lots of them—a cat, a parakeet, a dog, and a large black lizard. The other cats and birds in the neighborhood seem to like Maggie as well. And Maggie makes the most delicious fudge. In fact, her fudge is so good, after one piece it almost seems as if Tad and Nora’s father are becoming animal lovers . . . and after several pieces, Nora can even have a conversation with the family dog, Skipper. But what happens when you eat one piece too many?

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The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches
Written by Alice Low & illustrated by Jane Manning
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A bewitching tale for beginning readers, the perfect early chapter book story for Halloween!

Wendy is a little witch who is afraid of her mean, bossy witch sisters—until one special Halloween night when she makes a magical discovery: Wendy’s sisters can fly fast, cackle loudly, and cast spells, but Wendy can fly even faster. Can she find a way to out-witch her sisters?

In this I Can Read Level 4 paperback—complete with full-color art and short chapters—Alice Low has adapted her popular story specifically for readers bridging to chapter books.

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  1. Clever Little Witch - Magical mayhem and hilarity ensue when a clever little witch tries to turn her baby brother into a goldfish in this funny and imaginative picture book about sibling rivalry. Little Linh is the cleverest little witch on Mãi Mãi island. She has everything she could need: a trusty broomstick, a powerful spell book, and a magical pet mouse. She also has a new brother named Baby Phu, and she does not like him one bit. He crashes her broomstick, eats pages out of her spell book, and keeps her up all night. Little Linh tried giving Baby Phu away, but nobody will take him, not even the Orphanage for Lost and Magical Creatures. So, she’ll just have to try something else…like turning him into a goldfish. The only problem is, Baby Phu ate the second half of the spell. Still, there’s a reason Little Linh is the cleverest little witch. She can guess the second half of the spell…but it might take a few tries.

  2. The Sweetest Witch Around - A young witch’s sweet tooth leads to Halloween mischief in this companion to the New York Times bestselling A Very Brave Witch, which School Library Journal called “a humorous, not-scary-at-all read-aloud.” It’s Halloween night, and one very brave witch has decided to teach her little sister all about humans and what they enjoy, including some yucky stuff called “candy.” But when it seems the little Witchling thinks candy is yum, her big sister flies off to set her straight—and then she gets stuck in a tree! Good thing the little Witchling isn’t afraid to be brave! This “not-scary-at-all read aloud” (School Library Journal) for Halloween perfectly pairs with A Very Brave Witch.

  3. Heidi Heckelbeck and the Snoopy Spy - In the twenty-third Heidi Heckelbeck adventure, Heidi discovers a snoopy spy in her house! Heidi’s little brother, Henry, has turned into a snoopy, little spy and it is driving her crazy! He spies when her friends are over at their house. He spies on the school bus. He even spies on the playground! But when he almost tells one of Heidi’s secrets to Melanie Maplethorpe, it’s time to catch a spy! Will Heidi cast the perfect spell to stop her bothersome brother, or will her magic spill the biggest, Heidi secret ever? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

  4. Sugar and Spice - That’s the way the cookie crumbles!<br></br>Yum! Our magic mirror has dropped me and my brother, Jonah, into the story of Hansel and Gretel. If we’re lucky, we may even get to taste the cake-house. . . <br></br>But we didn’t count on accidentally getting trapped. The real Hansel and Gretel are on the run, and Jonah and I have taken their place. And the witch is making a kid casserole for dinner . . . <br></br>Now we have to: <br></br>- Avoid being eaten <br></br>- Pretend our dog is a cat<br></br>- Learn to make kale smoothies<br></br>- Befriend a talking duck <br></br>Or we may never make it back to our home sweet home!

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Books About Witches and Family

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The Little Leftover Witch
Written & illustrated by Florence Laughlin
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

A little lost witch undergoes a magical transformation when she’s loved by a human family in this heartwarming story.

When Felina, a little witch, breaks her broom on Halloween and can’t fly home, she is stuck with the Doon family and their black cat, Itchabody, for an entire year. Although she’s homesick and unhappy, the Doon parents and their daughter, Lucinda, do their best to make Felina feel welcome. (And she has no trouble with Itchabody at all!) As time passes, the mischievous Felina learns what it means to be part of a family—and how, with love, she will always belong.

This timeless tale, originally published in 1971 and cherished ever since, brims with witchy whimsy and will find a home in the hearts of a new generation of readers.

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The Power of Poppy Pendle
Written & illustrated by Natasha Lowe
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

“There is a strong essence of Roald Dahl to this story…a crowd-pleaser.” —Library Media Connection “[A] sweet story about true friendship.” —School Library Journal

Poppy has magical powers, but she would rather be a baker. Can she find a way to follow her own path? This charming novel includes more than a dozen delectable recipes!

Ten-year-old Poppy, born to ordinary parents, has inherited coveted witch power. In Poppy’s world, witches work for good and are much valued, but Poppy does not want to be a witch—she wants to be a baker, and she is extremely good at baking. Her parents insist Poppy follow in the footsteps of her great aunt, a famous witch, but Poppy has plans of her own.

Part magic, part adventure, and wholly delicious, this spirited story includes more than a dozen recipes you can try at home.

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The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel
Written & illustrated by Natasha Lowe
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Penderwicks meets Edward Eager in this charming coming of age tale about a young witch found in a flowerpot who’s on a journey to discover her roots.

The morning Nora Ratcliff finds a baby in the flowerpot on her front steps her life changes forever. She had always wanted a child, but after her husband passed away, Nora never thought she would have one, but her flowerpot child was a miracle and she decided to name her Mabel. As Mabel grew up, she showed a distinct talent for magic.

When Mabel is accepted to the prestigious witch school, Ruthersfield Academy, she excels at the magic curriculum but is constantly in trouble for experimenting and inventing her own potions. One day she is asked to write a paper on her magical roots and discovers the truth about her birth after a mean classmate blurts out what everyone seems to know except Mabel. Mabel is shocked but the revelation does explain a lot. In rebellion, Mabel changes her name to Magnolia and tries to understand why she was left in the flowerpot and who her birth family might be.

Will Mabel find the answers she’s looking for—or will she discover that families are people who love each other and look after each other and that’s most important of all.

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  1. Whizz! Pop! Granny, Stop! - Granny wants to help with the birthday party, but her granddaughter wants to have her birthday the “normal” way — no magic! Will they manage to pull off the perfect party? Granny loves to help, and a little bit of magic always speeds things along. But sometimes all her granddaughter wants is to do things her own way, and spend some quality time with her granny. But will they be able to put on a great birthday party without using any magic?

  2. Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez - In this magical middle-grade debut novel from Adrianna Cuevas, The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez, a Cuban American boy must use his secret ability to communicate with animals to save the inhabitants of his town when they are threatened by a tule vieja, a witch that transforms into animals. All Nestor Lopez wants is to live in one place for more than a few months and have dinner with his dad. When he and his mother move to a new town to live with his grandmother after his dad's latest deployment, Nestor plans to lay low. He definitely doesn't want to anyone find out his deepest secret: that he can talk to animals. But when the animals in his new town start disappearing, Nestor's grandmother becomes the prime suspect after she is spotted in the woods where they were last seen. As Nestor investigates the source of the disappearances, he learns that they are being seized by a tule vieja--a witch who can absorb an animal's powers by biting it during a solar eclipse. And the next eclipse is just around the corner... Now it's up to Nestor's extraordinary ability and his new friends to catch the tule vieja--and save a place he might just call home.

  3. Heidi Heckelbeck Gets Glasses - Heidi Heckelbeck sees things differently in this whimsically witchy chapter book. </b> <p/>When her friend Lucy Lancaster gets glasses, Heidi notices all the attention Lucy gets and decides that she, too, needs a new look. In order to get glasses, Heidi pretends that she has trouble seeing. All goes as planned and Heidi gets a cool pair of glasses–but when she puts them on there’s just one problem: She can’t see a thing! Heidi walks around with fuzzy vision and makes many messes until she realizes that she doesn’t need a pair of glasses to make her special.<br> With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

  4. Heidi Heckelbeck Is So Totally Grounded! - When a cleaning spell goes awry, Heidi gets so totally grounded in the twenty-fourth Heidi Heckelbeck adventure! When Mom asks for help cleaning the house, Heidi takes her magic a little too far. After all, who really wants to deal with all that dust, dirt, and grime? Not Heidi, that’s who! So she creates a cleaning helper named Dusty to do her dirty work. There’s only one problem: Dusty isn’t the most careful cleaner, and when he accidentally breaks Mom’s favorite vase, Heidi gets so totally grounded. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

Books About Witches and Holidays

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Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble
Written by Tracey Corderoy & illustrated by Joe Berger
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

If your granny were a little bit, well, different from other grannies, would you want to change her, or would you love her just the way she is?

In this rhyming text, a little girl whose granny is (shhhh!) a witch just wants her gran to be like all the other grans, with a normal pet and nicely done hair. But when she realizes that her reformed granny is bored and boring, there’s nothing to do but cook up a big pot of gloppy soup with granny and all of her frogs, cats, and bats!

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Skeleton for Dinner
Written by Margery Cuyler & illustrated by Will Terry
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Big Witch and Little Witch have made stew, and now they want to have their friends for dinner! But when Skeleton mistakes the guest list for a menu, he takes off running, and soon Ghost and Ghoul join him too! But poor Little Witch has no idea there’s a misunderstanding. Luckily there’s one creature in the haunted forest who can help everyone figure it all out. This spooky and silly read-aloud is just right for Halloween.

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Room on the Broom
Written by Julia Donaldson & illustrated by Alex Scheffler
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

The New York Times bestselling Halloween picture book is now a full-size board book, perfect for sharing with little ones! This rollicking, rhyming tale from master storyteller Julia Donaldson is the perfect Halloween read-aloud for the youngest listeners. A friendly witch, hungry dragon, and muddy monster learn about friendship, and readers will delight in the surprising (and not too scary) ending.

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  1. Room on the Broom - The New York Times bestselling Halloween picture book is now a board book! This rollicking, rhyming tale from master storyteller Julia Donaldson is the perfect Halloween read-aloud for the youngest listeners. A friendly witch, hungry dragon, and muddy monster learn about friendship, and readers will delight in the surprising (and not too scary) ending.

  2. Heidi Heckelbeck Is a Flower Girl - Everyone’s favorite witch is walking down the aisle–and whipping up a spell to save the wedding day! <p/>Heidi’s Aunt Sophie is getting married, and guess who’s the flower girl? Heidi isn’t looking forward to the wedding, however. Her dress (with its awful ruffles around the neck) is super uncomfortable. Her brother Henry, on the other hand, can’t wait to be the ring bearer and carry the rings down the aisle. But what happens when Henry loses Aunt Sophie’s wedding ring? Will Heidi be able to stir up a spell and create a new ring before Henry walks down the aisle? <p/>With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

  3. Bone Soup - One Halloween morning three witches are looking for a tasty treat and they find only a small bone in their cupboard. So they decide to go from door to door in their village to find just the right ingredients for their Bone Soup. No one in the village is convinced that soup can be made from a bone, until the littlest monster reveals just what the special ingredient should be.

  4. Misadventures of Salem Hyde, Book 2: Big Birthday Bash - Young witch Salem Hyde is stubborn, impulsive, and loves flying. Her cat companion, Whammy, is nervous, careful, and loves staying on the ground. Somehow, though, they’re best friends. In this second book in the series, Salem is invited to a birthday party, and she wants to make sure everything goes perfectly. But from the invitations to the presents, party games, and spells gone awry, nothing happens exactly the way it should, and she’ll need Whammy’s help to sort it all out.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Book Two</i></b><br /> “Cammuso’s lively art conveys wonderful expressions with just a few strokes, and young readers will enjoy the humor of Salem’s predicaments. Salem manages to give Edgar a memorable birthday party, and readers a very fun book.”<br /> –<i>Booklist<br /><br /> “</i>With lots of laughs and lots of heart, this sophomore offering doesn’t disappoint.”<br /> –<i>Kirkus Reviews</i><br /><br /> “Salem Hyde is a whimsical character. The bright two-color pink and black illustrations convey the spunky heroine’s energy. Dark shadows lend volume and height where needed. Frames, wide and magnified in varying degrees, are filled with action and high jinks.”<br /> –<i>School Library Journal</i><br />

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Written by J. K. Rowling & illustrated by Mary GrandPré
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Recommend Ages: 9-12

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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Little Witch
Written by Anna Elizabeth Bennett & illustrated by Helen Stone
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Recommend Ages: 7-10
  • Ideal for fans of Harry Potter, Rick Riordhan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and Marvel
  • The first of the Little Witch trilogy
  • Delightful mythology tale

This 60th anniversary edition of the classic Little Witch is sure to delight fans of mythology and magic. It follows the adventures of nine-year-old Minx, a little which, who wants to sneak away and go to school. One day, she manages it. The story follows her trials and adventures with her mortal schoolmates and teachers.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
Written by & illustrated by Mary GrandPré
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Recommend Ages: 8-12
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  1. Heidi Heckelbeck and the Big Mix-Up - In the eighteenth Heidi Heckelbeck adventure, Heidi is stuck between her two best friends who have turned into two worst enemies. And she’ll need more than a little magic to bring them back together! <p/>Heidi learns that words can hurt when an embarrassing rumor about Lucy spreads at school. What’s worse is that Lucy thinks Bruce is behind it–and she’s ready to spill some of his secrets for revenge. Stuck between her two best friends, can Heidi find a way to bring everyone back together before the trio splits up forever? <p/>With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost ever page of this extra-long story, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

  2. Heidi Heckelbeck and the Cookie Contest - Heidi Heckelbeck mixes up a magical cookie concoction in a new whimsically witchy adventure that’s perfect for beginning readers. </b> <p/>Heidi can’t wait to enter the famous Heckelbeck Chocolate Chunk Cookies in the annual cookie contest at Brewster Elementary. But when Melanie Maplethorpe laughs and says that Heidi’s cookies are “blah,” Heidi decides they could use a little magic. The result of Heidi’s revised recipe is sure to steal the show…but wait–what’s that strange smell?<br> The Heidi Heckelbeck series is perfect for readers who want a “grown-up” format but are not quite ready for lengthy chapter books. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

  3. Heidi Heckelbeck Casts a Spell - Heidi Heckelbeck displays her witching skills in this second book of a new young chapter book series!</b> <p/><b>Now readers between the ages of five and seven can read chapter books tailor-made for a younger level of reading comprehension. Heavily illustrated with large type, Little Simon’s young chapter books let young readers feel like they are reading a “grown-up” format with subject, text, and illustrations geared specifically for their own age groups! <p/></b>Heidi Heckelbeck seems like any other eight-year-old, but she has a secret: She’s a witch in disguise. Careful to keep her powers hidden (but excited to use them all the same), Heidi’s learning to live like any other kid–who just happens to be witch. And with easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers. <p/>Thanks to meanie Melanie Maplethorpe, Heidi is cast as a scary tree in the school play, <i>The Wizard of Oz</i>. Heidi decides to get even with Melanie by casting a spell on her. The result of the spell? Melanie–who has the lead role as Dorothy–will forget her lines. As the day of the play nears, Heidi carefully collects all the ingredients she needs. But when she casts her spell, will Heidi’s revenge be as sweet as she thinks?

  4. Black Moon Rising - "I'm not sure anyone does suspense quite like D. J. MacHale." --James Dashner, bestselling author of the Maze Runner series The next fast-paced, thrilling adventure from bestselling author D. J. MacHale!

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Strega Nona
Written & illustrated by Tomie dePaola
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works in this classic Caldecott Honor book from Tomie dePaola. Strega Nona—“Grandma Witch”—is the source for potions, cures, magic, and comfort in her Calabrian town. Her magical everfull pasta pot is especially intriguing to hungry Big Anthony. He is supposed to look after her house and tend her garden but one day, when she goes over the mountain to visit Strega Amelia, Big Anthony recites the magic verse over the pasta pot, with disastrous results. In this retelling of an old tale, author-illustrator Tomie dePaola combines humor in the writing and warmth in the paintings as he builds the story to its hilarious climax.

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Strega Nona's Harvest
Written & illustrated by Tomie dePaola
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

A charming celebration of autumn’s bounty by perennial favorite Tomie dePaola Tomie dePaola’s beloved Strega Nona is back in a colorful picture book, perfect for fall and the changing seasons. With beautiful illustrations reminiscent of the artwork that won Tomie dePaola the Caldecott Honor for the original Strega Nona, this celebration of harvest and gardening will make the perfect addition to any Strega Nona collection.

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The Little Mermaid
Written by Hannah Eliot & illustrated by Nivea Ortiz
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Recommend Ages: 2-4

A classic fairy tale gets a fresh twist in this vibrant Caribbean spin on the Little Mermaid! The Little Mermaid longs to know about the world above the ocean. When she’s finally old enough to visit, she falls in love with a prince! A sea witch agrees to give the mermaid a potion that will make her human—but the spell will be broken if the prince doesn’t love her too! Set in the Caribbean, with beautiful illustrations by Puerto Rican illustrator Nivea Ortiz, this fifth book in the Once Upon a World series is the same beloved fairy tale but it’s totally reimagined. Once Upon a World offers a multicultural take on the fairy tales we all know and love. Because these tales are for everyone, everywhere.

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  1. Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch - A young witch must pass a coming-of-age quest or risk losing her magic forever in this enchanting fantasy – perfect for fans of Kiki’s Delivery Service and Aru Shah and the End of Time. Sometimes all you need is a pinch of magic…Eva Evergreen is determined to earn the rank of Novice Witch before her thirteenth birthday. If she doesn’t, she’ll lose her magic forever. For most young witches and wizards, it’s a simple enough test: One: Help your town, do good all around. Two: Live there for one moon, don’t leave too soon. Three: Fly home by broomstick, the easiest of tricks.</i> The only problem? Eva only has a pinch of magic. She summons heads of cabbage instead of flowers and gets a sunburn instead of calling down rain. And to add insult to injury, whenever she overuses her magic, she falls asleep. When she lands in the tranquil coastal town of Auteri, the residents expect a powerful witch, not a semi-magical girl. So Eva comes up with a plan: set up a magical repair shop to aid Auteri and prove she’s worthy. She may have more blood than magic, but her “semi-magical fixes” repair the lives of the townspeople in ways they never could have imagined. Only, Eva’s bit of magic may not be enough when the biggest magical storm in history threatens the town she’s grown to love. Eva must conjure up all of the magic, bravery, and cleverness she can muster or Auteri and her dreams of becoming a witch will wash away with the storm.

  2. Merry Christmas, Strega Nona - Hang on to your pasta pots, Strega Nona fans! The much-loved “Grandma Witch” - first created by Tomie dePaola for his celebrated 1976 Caldecott Honor book, “Strega Nona” - is back.

  3. Evangeline of the Bayou - A spooky, funny middle grade adventure with a sassy, memorable heroine and a charming Southern feel, perfect for fans of Kate DiCamillo, Kate Messner, and Natalie Lloyd.

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The Littlest Witch (A Littlest Book)
Written by Brandi Dougherty & illustrated by Jamie Pogue and Brandi Dougherty
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

From the New York Times bestselling author who brought us The Littlest Elf comes a sweet new Halloween story filled with gentle spooky fun and one adorable little witch friend!

In this companion to The Littlest Mummy, Mae the Mummy’s friend Wilma is the littlest witch in the Spooky Woods. She may be little, but Wilma knows this is the year she’ll be able to fly with her family in the big broom-flying demonstration! But even though she knows the flying routine by heart, Wilma just isn’t able to fly yet. Will Wilma be able to find a way to participate in the broom-flying fun, or is the littlest witch still too little?

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The Widow's Broom
Written & illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Some of Minna Shaw’s neighbors don’t trust her clever broom. “It’s dangerous,” they say. But Minna appreciates the broom’s help. She enjoys its quiet company. But one day two children get taught a well-deserved lesson by the broom. For her neighbors, this is proof of the broom’s evil spirit. Minna is obligated to give up her dear companion. Chris Van Allsburg, master of the mysterious, brings this tale to life with moody and memorable pictures that will haunt readers long after the book’s covers are closed—now in a new edition to celebrate this beloved book’s twenty-fifth anniversary.

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Prince Bertram the Bad
Written & illustrated by Arnold Lobel
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Recommend Ages: 3-8

Once upon a time a prince was born. The kingdom was excited and proud. But Prince Betram was not a good boy. He put spiders in the soup, pulled up the roses in the royal garden, and broke all of his toys. As each year passed, he grew meaner and naughtier . . . until one day, a witch cast a spell on Bertram to punish his bad behavior. Can Bertram learn to be kind and break the curse?

This timeless fable perfectly embodies the golden rule: always treat others the way you would like to be treated. The child-friendly illustrations, complete with the detailed, cross-hatching lines, reveal Lobel’s great talent as an artist and a master storyteller. Arnold’s daughter and renowned theater designer, Adriane Lobel, wrote an introductory note to celebrate the return of this charming tale.

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  1. Heidi Heckelbeck Says Cheese! - Heidi Heckelbeck is a little witch with a big problem: she’s missing her front tooth! Can she fill the gap with some magic in time for class picture day? <p/>Heidi Heckelbeck has a loose front tooth, and class picture day is just around the corner. Despite being as careful as can be, Heidi loses the tooth–and ends up with a big hole in her smile! Can she use her Book of Spells to create a new tooth? Or will she have to learn to love her new look? <p/>With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the<i> </i>Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

  2. Heidi Heckelbeck Might Be Afraid of the Dark - Heidi Heckelbeck is a little witch with a big problem: she might…just maybe…be a little afraid of the dark! <p/>Heidi Heckelbeck is going to her first sleepover! She’s packed her special polka dot pajamas and can’t wait to curl up in her brand-new sleeping bag. Until she realizes that she’ll never fall asleep without the lights on! Because Heidi has another teeny-tiny secret: she’s afraid of the dark! What will all the other girls say? Melanie will tease her for sure. Can she use her book of spells to conjure up some light? <p/>With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

  3. Heidi Heckelbeck and the Christmas Surprise - When Heidi gets in some Christmastime trouble, it will take more than magic to restore the holiday spirit!

  4. Heidi Heckelbeck in Disguise - Heidi Heckelbeck is already a witch–so what will she be for Halloween? Find out in this chapter book that’s perfect for beginning readers.</b> <p/>It’s Halloween in Brewster, and everyone is excited–except for Heidi Heckelbeck. Heidi hates seeing people dress up as witches, as if they know what life as a witch is truly like. When Melanie Maplethorpe decides to be a witch for Halloween, Heidi decides to dress up as Melanie to get back at her. But Heidi takes her Melanie act a little too far, saying and doing things that upset her friends. Will they ever forgive her?<br> The Heidi Heckelbeck series is perfect for readers who want a “grown-up” format but are not quite ready for lengthy chapter books. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

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10 Busy Brooms
Written by Carole Gerber & illustrated by Michael Fleming
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

“Ten little witches combine a lesson in counting with colorful Halloween fun. “ - Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor

Celebrate Halloween with this fun and festive counting board book, perfect for fans of Room on the Broom!

Young readers will want to fly the night sky with the ten little witches in this bright and adventurous Halloween story. Whether zooming past rattling skeletons, buzzing by pie-stealing mummies, or soaring over a werewolf with bad breath, this exciting group of witches and their high-flying Halloween adventures will have readers cheering! Plus, play a game of I Spy and find the cat and owl on every page!

“An enjoyable celebration of witchy sisterhood.”—Publisher’s Weekly

“Bright and cheerful.”—School Library Journal

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond
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Recommend Ages: 10-14

Sixteen-year-old Kit Tyler is marked by suspicion and disapproval from the moment she arrives on the unfamiliar shores of colonial Connecticut in 1687. Alone and desperate, she has been forced to leave her beloved home on the island of Barbados and join a family she has never met. Torn between her quest for belonging and her desire to be true to herself, Kit struggles to survive in a hostile place. Just when it seems she must give up, she finds a kindred spirit. But Kit’s friendship with Hannah Tupper, believed by the colonists to be a witch, proves more taboo than she could have imagined and ultimately forces Kit to choose between her heart and her duty.

Elizabeth George Speare won the 1959 Newbery Medal for this portrayal of a heroine whom readers will admire for her unwavering sense of truth as well as her infinite capacity to love.

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Boo-La-La Witch Spa
Written by Samantha Berger & illustrated by Isabel Roxas
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Spooky meets silly in this unique Halloween story about a witch’s night out at the fa-BOO Witch Spa!

Halloween is the most important day of the year for any witch. So when the holiday ends and the witches are tired from tricking and treating, they all head to the fa-boo Witch Spa. Here they indulge in Bat-Whisker Tea, Broom Bristle Facials, and other spooky spa goodies. A trip to the Witch Spa is sure to make any witch or warlock feel refreshed, revived, and positively revolting. Charming illustrations, clever rhymes, and silly spa treatments make this a fun Halloween book with mega mom appeal.

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  1. It's Raining Bats & Frogs - A little witch named Delia has been looking forward all year to flying in the annual Witch Parade. When the rumors of rain come true and the other witches start complaining, Delia takes action. Using her best magic, Delia changes the rain to cats and dogs. At first this goes over quite well, but she quickly realizes the animals cause a few issues. She must change the rain again! This time to hats and clogs. And finally, she tries bats and frogs. But each new type of rain brings its own set of problems. How will Delia save the day?

  2. The Witches - From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG! This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches. Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There’s nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma’s stories—but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!

  3. City Witch, Country Switch - Mitzi is a city witch—she likes pizza and plays, crowded subways and noisy streets. Muffletump is a country witch—she prefers hayrides and fresh air, pumpkin picking and her pet snake. When the cousins visit each other, their differences come between them. How can they solve their problem? With a spell, of course! But finding the right one isn’t so easy. The rhyming text makes this a wonderful read-aloud, while the vibrant watercolor and colored-pencil artwork contains fantastically funny details for kids to pore over.

  4. Piggie Pie! - Gritch the Witch is grouchy, grumpy, and very hungry. The only thing that could make her happy is something extra special for lunch, and that is: Piggie Pie! Gritch zooms off on her broomstick to find eight plump piggies – where else? – on Old MacDonald’s Farm. Cleverly disguised pigs impersonate ducks, chickens, a cow, and Old MacDonald himself, as this uproarious, quick-paced story builds to an ironically surprising conclusion. Wacky, hip, and illustrated with bold, bright paintings, “Piggie Pie” adds a new twist to an old fairy-tale scene.

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Zip! Zoom! On a Broom
Written by Teri Sloat & illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet
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Recommend Ages: 3-6

“One goes zip.Two go zoom.Three witches glide from room to room.” ​So begins this witchy counting story. Count up from one to ten and back down again, when you join ten very feisty witches — and one little kitten — on their journey through a haunted graveyard, a scary forest, a spooky castle, and more in this adorably eerie tale. This book hits the mash-up sweet spot between an important concept and Halloween fun!

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Seeking a Witch
Written by Angela DiTerlizzi & illustrated by Allie Smith
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

From bestselling author Angela DiTerlizzi comes a lighthearted and spooky Halloween board book perfect for little trick-or-treaters!

We’re seeking a witch And everyone knows Your skin must be green A wart on your nose

Should travel by broom. Wear a tall pointy hat Love eye of newt Adore your black cat

Join two trick-or-treaters on Halloween night as they go on a haunted adventure to find the perfect witch.

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Where's the Witch?
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Ingela P. Arrhenius
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Five stylishly illustrated spreads show a series of gently spooky creatures hiding behind bright felt flaps in this Halloween offering. A mirror on the final spread makes for a satisfying ending to the book’s search-and-find inquiries. A perfect book to share with very little ones.

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  1. Big Pumpkin - The witch has grown the biggest pumpkin ever, and now she wants to make herself a pumpkin pie for Halloween. But the pumpkin is so big she can’t get it off the vine. It’s so big the ghost can’t move it, either. Neither can the vampire, nor the mummy. It looks as if there’ll be no pumpkin pie for Halloween, until along comes the bat with an idea to save the day. How can the tiny bat succeed where bigger and strong spooky creatures have failed? You’ll be surprised!

  2. Twice Cursed (Dr. Critchlore s School for Minions #4) - Runt is kidnapped by rebels he suspects are working with Dr. Pravus, but when he tries to escape and tell Dr. Critchlore, his curse is activated, giving him days to live.

  3. Stitchers - "The chills come guaranteed." --Stephen King

  4. Evie and the Truth about Witches - We’ve all read about witches, those pointy hat wearin’, broom ridin’, spell castin’, superlative olfactory organ sportin’, child nappin’ creepies. But Evie wants to be scared, and Evie has found out the truth about witches, and she didn’t find it in a book. John Martz is a student of cartooning and picture books and his knowledge and skill are on full display in Evie and the Truth About Witches, with equal parts MAD Magazine (where Martz is a regular) and Roald Dahl. Martz brings the thrill of camp fire stories to comics-inspired picture books with this book that doesn’t shy away from fairy-tale darkness.

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The Witch Family
Written by Eleanor Estes & illustrated by Edward Ardizzone
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Recommend Ages: 7-10

Old Witch, Little Witch Girl, Weeny Witch, and two real girls in a fantasy that blends the worlds of reality and imagination. A Halloween classic about the power of make-believe.

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Heidi Heckelbeck Pool Party!
Written by Wanda Coven & illustrated by Priscilla Burris
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Recommend Ages: 5-9
In this twenty-ninth Heidi Heckelbeck adventure, Heidi and her friends have a pool party!
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Heidi Heckelbeck Is the Bestest Babysitter!
Written by Wanda Coven & illustrated by Priscilla Burris
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Recommend Ages: 7-9

Heidi Heckelbeck wants to prove she can make it in the babysitting business, but she’ll need a little magic and a lot of help from her friends! <p/>Heidi Heckelbeck is eager to start babysitting, but her mom doesn’t think she’s old enough yet. To prove she’s ready to be responsible, Heidi teams up with Laurel and Bruce to create a spectacular booth–called the “Little Explorers Museum”–for the Brewster Elementary fair. It’s going to be an exciting exhibit of fabulous art projects, nifty science experiments…and babysitting! But when Heidi worries that her babysitting station won’t attract enough visitors, will her Book of Spells help her find a magical solution? <p/>With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost ever page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

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  1. Heidi Heckelbeck Makes a Wish: Super Special! - In this first Heidi Heckelbeck super special, Heidi makes a drastic wish–but once it comes true, she finds it may not be the answer to all of her problems. <p/>When another magical spell goes wrong, Heidi makes a powerful wish: “Sometimes I wish I wasn’t a witch!” But when Heidi’s wish comes true, she has to figure out a way to get her magic back, while also helping her friends solve a few problems of their own. Only this time, she’ll have to help without casting a spell. Will Heidi realize just how special her magic is? <p/>With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost ever page of this extra-long story, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

  2. Heidi Heckelbeck and the Wacky Tacky Spirit Week - Heidi's school is having a school spirit week in the twenty-seventh Heidi Heckelbeck adventure!

  3. Heidi Heckelbeck Tries Out for the Team - In the nineteenth Heidi Heckelbeck adventure, Heidi looks for the perfect sport to play. <p/>It’s time to sign up for sports at school and Heidi is excited (and a little nervous) to find the perfect fit. Lucy is great at soccer. Bruce is great at baseball. Heidi, well, the only thing she’s great at is being awful at every sport she plays! Can Heidi shake off her slump with a little magic or will Melanie’s teasing make her throw in the towel for good? <p/>With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

  4. Heidi Heckelbeck and the Magic Puppy - In the twentieth Heidi Heckelbeck adventure, Heidi gets in some magic puppy trouble! When Heidi stumbles across a lost puppy at the park, she promises to find the cute critter’s family. Along with Bruce and Lucy, Heidi tries her hardest to solve this mystery. They check the local dog park, visit the vet’s office, and even hang up Found Puppy posters, but they can’t find the owners anywhere. So Heidi decides to use just a teensy-weensy pinch of magic that sets off a mega-gigantic case of magic puppy trouble. Maybe this is why witches only have cats for pets? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

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The Unsinkable Walker Bean
Written & illustrated by Aaron Renier
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-14

In order to save his ailing grandfather from a curse, boy inventor Walker Bean must return an accursed pearl skull to the witches who created it, and face pirates, magical machines, and deadly peril along the way.

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Never and Forever
Written by Cressida Cowell
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Recommend Ages: 8-12
The author of How to Train Your Dragon returns with the final, magical installment of the New York Times bestselling Wizards of Once series!
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Watch That Witch! #5 (Princess Pulverizer)
Written by Nancy Krulik & illustrated by Ben Balistreri
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Princess Pulverizer may not be a knight yet, but she won’t let that stop her from saving the day! When Princess Pulverizer comes across two identical witches–one good and one bad–it’s the evil one she finds most enchanting. That’s because the impatient princess is ready to end her Quest of Kindness and finally become a knight, which is just what the bad witch offers. Can Princess Pulverizer’s friends break the spell that seems to have taken hold of her?

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  1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Dorothy thinks she’s lost forever when a tornado whirls her and her dog, Toto, into a magical world. To get home, she must find the wonderful wizard in the Emerald City of Oz. On the way she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion. But the Wicked Witch of the West has her own plans for the new arrival… will Dorothy ever see Kansas again?

  2. Curse of the Night Witch - An #ownvoices fast-paced series starter steeped in Colombian mythology and full of adventure, perfect for fans of Aru Shah and the End of Time and Percy Jackson. Filled with fantasy, action, adventure, and an unforgettable trio of friends.

  3. Nevertell - After escaping a Soviet prison camp, Lina is pursued by a powerful witch and her shadow wolves in a riveting debut that imbues frozen wilderness with fairy-tale magic.

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Misadventures of Salem Hyde, Book 4: Dinosaur Dilemma
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Recommend Ages: 7-9

Young witch Salem Hyde needs an idea for her science project, and she needs it fast. While on a field trip to the Natural History Museum, Salem decides that dinosaurs are the perfect answer. She uses magic to cut corners but finds that her efforts have disastrous results when the egg she brings home hatches during the night. Good thing Whammy is there to help Salem keep the baby dinosaur out of trouble and clean up this magical mess! Salem and Whammy are an irresistible duo in a book perfect for the youngest independent readers.

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Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Book Five Frozen Fiasco
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Recommend Ages: 7-9

When Salem’s school puts on an ice pageant during winter break, our reluctant witch is determined to be a snow angel. But there’s one problem: Salem doesn’t know how to skate. So instead of preparing for the Frosty Follies, she’s stuck babysitting her neighbor’s son, Fergus. Just when Salem thinks her winter break is ruined, she’s offered the part of a snow angel. Now she just has to figure out how to balance her responsibilities <i>and</i> learn to skate before the big show. With a little magical help and some advice from the overanxious cat Whammy, Salem is sure she can get everything done . . . unless it all snowballs out of control first!

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Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Book Three: Cookie Catastrophe
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Recommend Ages: 6-9

Ah, the great outdoors. Tents, sleeping bags, nature walks, campfires . . . and maybe a few spells thrown in for good measure! In this entry in the series, Salem takes her first camping trip with the Squirrel Girls, but neither Whammy nor Salem is cut out for roughing it. Salem believes a bit of magic will smooth the way . . . but as usual, it creates more problems than it solves. Salem and Whammy are an irresistible duo in a book perfect for the youngest independent readers.

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  1. I Am a Witch's Cat - In this whimsical picture book, a little girl believes her mother is a good witch--and she is a special witch's cat! After all, every good witch needs a black cat. Together, this playful girl and her loving mom are a perfect twosome, whether they are mixing potions, growing magical plants, or dreaming of wild broomstick rides under a full moon.

  2. Misadventures of Salem Hyde, Book 1: Spelling Trouble - Salem Hyde just isn’t like other kids. For one thing, she’s stubborn, independent, and impulsive. For another, she’s a witch. Salem acts first and thinks later–which means most of her thinking involves coming up with excuses!<br> Good thing she’s been assigned an animal companion, Lord Percival J. Whamsford III. This over-anxious cat doesn’t like Salem calling him “Whammy,” and Salem doesn’t like listening to his long-winded explanations as to why she shouldn’t do something . . . like enter the class spelling bee.<br> Salem knows she can beat all her classmates at spells, no problem. Too late, she realizes the competition is about spelling <i>words</i>, not magic. And there’s nothing like a misspelled spell to cause all kinds of havoc! <br> <b>Praise for <i>The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Book One</i></b><br> <b>STARRED REVIEWS</b><br> “A fledgling witch receives necessary guidance from a talking cat in this utterly adorable page-turner… A delightful buddy story and an auspicious series opener; be sure to make room on shelves for Salem and Whammy.”<br> –<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>, starred review <p/> “It’s just about the perfect story for comics-loving fathers to read with their comics-loving daughters.”<br> –<i>Publishers Weekly</i>, starred review <p/> “Cammuso evokes both the sarcastic spunk and gentle warmth of <i>Calvin and Hobbes </i>in this humorous tale of unlikely pals.”<br> –<i>The Bulletin of The Center for Children’s Books <p/> “</i>Young readers will eat up Cammuso’s (<i>Otto’s Orange Day</i>, 2008) action-packed panels, full of cartoonish antics, silly puns, and playful slapstick humor.”<br> –<i>Booklist</i> <p/> “The humor, appealing artwork, and underlying message of friendship will attract readers.”<br> –<i>Library Media Connection</i>

  3. Happy Halloween, Witch's Cat! - A little girl believes her mother is a good witch, and she is a special witch's cat. Together, they're out to find the perfect Halloween costume. But what could be better than being a witch's cat?

  4. Lots of Cats - In this hardcover picture book that’s not just for Halloween (but perfect for it anyway!), a lonely little witch tries to brew a magical potion to conjure up some friends, but instead she gets cats…lots of cats! Margaret the witch is about to find out that taking care of a bunch of lively cats sounds like lots of fun…but it could turn out to be lots of trouble! In her debut as author-illustrator, E. Dee Taylor brings this magical book to life with humor, lots to spot in the art, and a great read-aloud rhythm.

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Heidi Heckelbeck Has a New Best Friend
Written by Wanda Coven & illustrated by Priscilla Burris
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Recommend Ages: 5-9

Heidi has a new best friend in the twenty-second Heidi Heckelbeck adventure!

A new family moves in next door and Heidi is excited to meet them. They have a daughter Heidi’s age! Her name is Bryce Beltran, and she’s Heidi’s super nice, super talkative new neighbor. After spending the day together, Heidi promises to introduce her to Lucy and Bruce. But on the first day of school, things don’t go as planned. Bryce is convinced that her so-called best friends aren’t very good ones and tries to get in between them. Can Heidi help everyone get along before she loses them all?

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

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The Great Troll Rescue
Written & illustrated by Tom Percival
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Recommend Ages: 7-10

Meet Jack and his talking chicken Betsy, Red, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, and a host of other Little Legendsas they have fantastic new adventures!Get to know your favorite fairytale characters like never before in this magical new book series.

What starts as an adventure ends in disaster when Jack and all his friends are captured by a wicked witch with a devious plan.

It’s up to Red, the woodcutter’s daughter, to save the day. Along the way Red befriends the wicked witch’s servants, Ella and her Fairy Godbrother Cole. Can they rescue Red’s friends and all the other magical creatures the witch has kidnapped — including a fearsome troll?

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Heidi Heckelbeck Lights! Camera! Awesome!
Written by Wanda Coven & illustrated by Priscilla Burris
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Recommend Ages: 7-9
Heidi stars in a video project for school in the twenty-fifth Heidi Heckelbeck adventure!
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  1. Karen's Witch (Baby-Sitters Little Sister Graphic Novel #1): A Graphix Book, Volume 1: A Graphix Book (Adapted, Full-Color) - A fresh and fun graphic novel series spin-off of The Baby-sitters Club, featuring Kristy's little stepsister!

  2. The Year I Flew Away - In this magical middle-grade novel, ten-year-old Gabrielle finds out that America isn't the perfect place she imagined when she moves from Haiti to Brooklyn. With the help of a clever witch, Gabrielle becomes the perfect American -- but will she lose herself in the process? Perfect for fans of HURRICANE CHILD and FRONT DESK.

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