When it comes to this wicked-cool time of year, the star of many a story is the legendary witch. From counting books to saving the day, the witches in these stories are sure to get you and the kiddos to sit for a spell. Scroll down for the list.
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1. Zip Zoom on a Broom
From the creator of the NY Times Best Picture Book From Letter to Letter, Terri Sloat, and acclaimed artist Rosaline Bonnette, this is a fantastic rhyming book to celebrate the witchy season. Join ten feisty witches and one adorable kitten as they travel from spooky castle to graveyard and beyond.
photo: Amber Guetebier
2. Room on the Broom
Sure, you’ve seen a witch and her cat fly together on a broom, but what about a frog, a bird and a dog, too? This popular story of a generous witch will likely result in some serious broom riding up and down your halls.
3. The Sweetest Witch Around
A charmer of a tale of a little witch whose fear of humans doesn’t outweigh her desire for candy is a super sweet Halloween read perfect for beginning readers.
4. Ten Flying Brooms
What’s a witch without her broom? This spooky-good counting book is perfect for kiddos learning to read and reinforces early readers with rhyming and beautiful illustrations.
5. Meg and Mog
The bold drawings and simple text will have even your littlest witch squealing with joy. Meg and Mog is just one book in a series of adventurous and colorful books your witches will love. No longer in print, the 40th anniversary edition of the original book was published in 2012 and you can find them a-plenty online.
6. Wee Witches Halloween
A super cute group of little witches head out on their annual scaring spree, but things don’t go quite as planned. Find out what happens to this not-so-scary group on Halloween night, as told in rhyme.
“This is Dorrie. She is a witch. A little witch. Her hat is always on crooked and her socks never match.”
So begins nearly every Dorrie book in the series of twenty that catalog the adventures of a curious little witch (and her cat Gink) who seems to always find herself saving the day. While now largely out of print, you can still score this book at some libraries and used book shops. Author Patricia Coombs’ detailed pencil drawings are as enchanting as Dorrie herself.
8. Roald Dahl’s The Witches
We can’t swear your kiddos won’t start suspecting their teacher or the nice lady at the grocery store is a witch, but that’s half the fun of this Roald Dahl classic. Read this chapter book together as a semi-spooky bedtime story.
9. The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches
Poor sweet little Wendy, she just wants to be like her sisters and cast spells and fly her brooms. But no one will teach her. Turns out, she’s got all the magical powers already, she just needs a friend and some Halloween magic to prove it. This vintage classic first pubbed in 1978 and was reissued in 2000 with new illustrations.
10. Strega Nona
While this witch isn’t circling the moon on her broom or cackling in the dead of night, Grandma Witch’s magic pasta pot has been bewitching kids since 1975.
11. The Widow’s Broom
What happens if a witch falls into your garden and leaves her broom? The artwork alone will leave you spellbound and the surprise ending will delight the kids.
12. It’s Raining Bats & Frogs
The time has come for the annual Witch Parade but the threat of rain will ruin the day. So a little witch named Delia saves the day, sorta. She changes the rain to cats and dogs; then to hats and clogs; and finally to bats and frogs. Find out how Delia finally saves the day and the parade n this sweet story.
13. The Worst Witch Series
This series of books including The Worst Witch and The Worst Witch Strikes Again tell the adventures of Mildred Hubble at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches. Chapter books geared toward ages 6-8, younger kids will enjoy them too. Funny and clever, you can’t go wrong even when things go wrong for Mildred.
14. The Witch’s Boy
Tumble through the enchanted forest of this story, written for kids grades 4-6, featuring Ned, a surviving twin and son of a witch. Action packed, this story is full of rich characters and serious adventure. You’ll get lost in the brambles along with Ned and the Bandit King’s daughter.
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