Top 10 Wishes Books

    The Wish Tree
    5.5
    01
    The Wish Tree
    Written by Kyo Maclear & illustrated by Chris Turnham
    I Wish You More
    5.1
    02
    I Wish You More
    Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
    You and Me and the Wishing Tree
    4.9
    03
    You and Me and the Wishing Tree
    Written and illustrated by Nancy Tillman
    Wish
    04
    Wish
    Written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell
    The Fix-It Friends: Wish You Were Here
    05
    The Fix-It Friends: Wish You Were Here
    Written by Nicole C. Kear & illustrated by Tracy Dockray
    Wishtree
    06
    Wishtree
    Written by Katherine Applegate & illustrated by Charles Santoso
    Mr. Gedrick and Me
    6.5
    07
    Mr. Gedrick and Me
    Written by Patrick Carman
    The Wishmakers
    6.3
    08
    The Wishmakers
    Written by Tyler Whitesides & illustrated by Jessica Warrick
    Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
    5.8
    09
    Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
    Written and illustrated by William Steig
    Malala's Magic Pencil
    5.8
    10
    Malala's Magic Pencil
    Written by Malala Yousafzai & illustrated by Kerascoet

There's a magic about wishing that stays with us from childhood through our adult years. Walt Disney tapped into that magic with the memorable song "When You Wish Upon a Star." Wishing upon a shooting star, throwing a penny in a fountain of water, birthday wishes—everyone has probably made a wish at some point in their lives. Children's books and stories marvelously and tenderly capture the yearning desire of wishes. They offer in summary form tales of longings and dreams. In this list, we've compiled the best books for kids about wishes and making a wish. There are familiar titles, like "The Wish Tree," as well as new titles we hope will become treasured favorites, like "You and Me and the Wishing Tree," and Katherine Applegate's "Wishtree." (For the rare book collector, we've also listed William Faulkner's "The Wishing Tree.") There are some tales that focus on the dreamy, harmless nature of wishes, while others explore the important lesson that sometimes it works out for the best to not get everything we wish for. You can use the list as a guide to find a new title for your child, to put together lesson plans, or to prepare for themed parties. For example, you can reference these titles if you are searching for wish books that would make good New Years books for kids to hand out at this year's holiday party or to bring a bookish element to a birthday party. Our list includes three types of books: board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are great for little readers, like infants and toddlers, who are still learning to handle books. Picture books are fun for toddlers and early elementary age kids, and for the adults who read aloud with them. Chapter books are great for elementary school through early middle school age kids. You can filter our list by book type or see the full list. Let us know what books you would add to the list.

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5.7
Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish
5.5
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Eden's Wish (Eden of the Lamp, Book 1)
5.5
Liplap's Wish
5.3
Ruby's Wish
5.0
Cat Wishes
4.8
Never Ever
4.6
Thelma the Unicorn
4.5
Dandylion Summer
4.5
One Christmas Wish
4.5
Little Penguin Stays Awake
4.4
Grandma Wishes
4.3
Star Light, Star Bright
4.1
Plum
4.0
In Your Hands
3.5
Happy New Year, Spot!
The Night Before the Snow Day
Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm (Phoebe and Her Unicorn)
The Disastrous Magical Wishes of Classroom 13
A Christmas Wish
How to Catch a Star
5.6
Billy Miller Makes a Wish
5.5
Like the Moon Loves the Sky
5.4
Something Extraordinary
5.3
The Collectors
5.3
Polly Diamond and the Magic Book
4.9
Mini Myths: Make a Wish, Midas!
4.6
The Christmas Boot
4.5
The Little Snowplow Wishes for Snow
4.5
Make a Wish, Henry Bear
4.5
Another Brother
4.5
Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True
4.3
Pinocchio
4.3
Twinkle,  Twinkle,  Little  Star
4.0
The Reindeer Wish
3.0
Happy Birthday Davy!
Froggy’s Birthday Wish
Good Night Bedtime
Zacktastic
The Wishing-Well Spell