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The Best Children’s Books About Or Featuring Magic

“What are the best Children’s books about Magic ?” We looked at 241 of the top Kids Magic books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 17 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Kids Magic ” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 225+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 17 Best Children’s Books About Magic

17 .) A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1) written by Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Trip Base

Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

16 .) Castle Hangnail written by Ursula Vernon

Castle Hangnail

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Nourishing My Scholar

When little, twelve-year-old Molly arrives at Castle Hangnail to fill the vacancy for a wicked witch, the minions who dwell there have no choice but to give her the job and at first it seems she will be able to keep the castle open, but Molly has quite a few secrets that could cause trouble.…

15 .) Coraline written by Neil Gaiman


Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Trip Base

Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.…

14 .) Dragonbreath written by Ursula Vernon


Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Nourishing My Scholar

Danny Dragonbreath and his friend Wendell get an up-close underwater tour of the Sargasso Sea from Danny’s sea-serpent cousin, encountering giant squid and mako sharks–and learn about standing up to bullies in the process.

13 .) Half Magic (Tales of Magic, #1) written by Edward Eager

Half Magic (Tales of Magic, #1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Nourishing My Scholar

Faced with a dull summer in the city, Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha suddenly find themselves involved in a series of extraordinary adventures after Jane discovers an ordinary-looking coin that seems to grant wishes.

12 .) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) written by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Trip Base

11 .) Little Witch written by Anna Elizabeth Bennett

Little Witch

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Nourishing My Scholar

A witch’s daughter dislikes black magic and sneaks off to school where she causes a great deal of excitement.

10 .) Rainbow Magic Series written by Daisy Meadows

Rainbow Magic Series

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • The Book People

Rainbow Fairies Rachel and Kirsty must find the other Rainbow Fairies in order to prevent Fairyland from losing its colors and turning gray forever.

9 .) The BFG written by Roald Dahl


Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • The Book People

Snatched from her orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants.

8 .) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe written by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Trip Base

There are a thousand stories in the land of Narnia, and the first is about to be told in an extraordinary motion picture, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, from Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media. In the never-ending war between good and evil, The Chronicles of Narnia set the stage for battles of epic proportions. Some take place in vast fields, where the forces of light and darkness clash. But other battles occur within the small chambers of the heart and are equally decisive. Journeys to the ends of the world, fantastic creatures, betrayals, heroic deeds and friendships won and lost — all come together in an unforgettable world of magic. So join the battle to end all battles. The second volume in The Chronicles of Narnia® The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Narnia …. a land frozen in eternal winter … a country waiting to be set free. Four adventurers step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia — a land enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change .

7 .) The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, #1) written by Rick Riordan

The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, #1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Reading Inspiration

After their father’s research experiment at the British Museum unleashes the Egyptian god Set, Carter and Sadie Kane embark on a dangerous journey across the globe–a quest which brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.…

6 .) The Sword in the Stone (The Once and Future King, #1) written by T.H. White

The Sword in the Stone (The Once and Future King, #1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Five Books
  • Goodreads

A retelling of the Arthurian legend.

5 .) Winnie the Witch written by Valerie Thomas & Korky Paul

Winnie the Witch

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Reading Inspiration

Because Winnie the Witch lives in a house where everything is black, she can not see her black cat–until she comes up with a brilliant and colorful idea.

4 .) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, #1) written by Lewis Carroll

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, #1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • The Book People
  • Trip Base

3 .) Room on the Broom written by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Room on the Broom

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Reading Inspiration
  • The Book People

A witch finds room on her broom for all the animals that ask for a ride, and they repay her kindness by rescuing her from a dragon.

2 .) The Hobbit written by J R R Tolkien

The Hobbit

Lists It Appears On:

  • Five Books
  • Goodreads
  • The Book People

Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.

1 .) The Worst Witch written by Jill Murphy

The Worst Witch

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Nourishing My Scholar
  • The Book People

The adventures of the worst trainee witch in Miss Cackle’s Academy.

The 225+ Additional Best Kids Books About Or Featuring Magic

1810 Busy Brooms A Mighty Girl
19A Big Mooncake For Little StarGrace LinBook Riot
20A Court of Mist and FurySarah J MaasThe Guardian
21A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of HumansLaurence Yep And Joanne RyderBook Riot
22A Shirtful of FrogsShalini BolandGoodreads
23A Snicker of MagicNatalie LloydGoodreads
24A Very Brave Witch A Mighty Girl
25A Wizard of EarthseaUrsula Le GuinFive Books
26Adventures of the Wishing ChairEnid BlytonGoodreads
27Aquicorn CoveKatie O’NeillBook Riot
28Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)Eoin ColferGoodreads
29Aru Shah and the End of TimeRoshani ChokshiBook Riot
30At the Back of the North WindGeorge MacDonaldGoodreads
31Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave A Mighty Girl
32Baba Yaga’s Assistant A Mighty Girl
33Backyard Witch: Sadie’s Story A Mighty Girl
34Bad MagicPseudonymous BoschReading Inspiration
35Beast QuestAdam BladeReading Inspiration
36Bedknob and BroomstickMary NortonGoodreads
37Begone the Raggedy Witches A Mighty Girl
Nourishing My Scholar
39Book of Monsters – Ancient GreeceAntony BriggsGoodreads
40Book of Monsters – DragonsAntony BriggsGoodreads
41Bounty HunterS.J. HollisGoodreads
42Changers Book 2: OryonT Cooper and Allison Glock CooperThe Guardian
43Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryRoald DahlGoodreads
44Charmed Life (Chrestomanci, #1)Diana Wynne JonesGoodreads
45Christmas on the CornerAndrew LeonGoodreads
46City Witch, Country Switch A Mighty Girl
47ClockworkPhilip PullmanReading Inspiration
48D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek MythsIngri d’AulaireGoodreads
49D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse MythsIngri d’AulaireGoodreads
50Day DreamersEmily Winfield MartinBook Riot
51Dear Dragon by Josh Funk, IllustratedRudolfo MontalvoBook Riot
52Dial-a-GhostEva IbbotsonGoodreads
53Dragon RiderCornelia FunkeBook Riot
54Dragon Slayers’ AcademyKate McMullanBook Riot
55Dragons and Marshmallows (Zoey and Sassafras #1)Asia CitroBook Riot
56Dragons In A BagZetta ElliottBook Riot
57Drawn TogetherMinh LêBook Riot
58Ella Enchanted (Ella Enchanted #1)Gail Carson LevineGoodreads
59Encyclopedia Mythologica: Fairies and Magical Creatures Pop-UpMatthew Reinhart, Illustrated by Robert SabudaBook Riot
60Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)Christopher PaoliniGoodreads
61eyond the PawPaw Trees 
Nourishing My Scholar
Fairy Tale Frankie and the Tricky Witch
 A Mighty Girl
63Fantastic Mr FoxRoald DahlGoodreads
64Ferno the Fire Dragon (Beast Quest) 
Nourishing My Scholar
65Five Children and It (Five Children, #1)E. NesbitGoodreads
66Franklin’s Flying Bookshop by Jen Campbell, IllustratedKatie HarnettBook Riot
67Furry and Flo 
Nourishing My Scholar
68Goodnight, DragonsJudith L. RothBook Riot
69GreenwitchSusan CooperGoodreads
70Grimelda the Very Messy Witch A Mighty Girl
71Hansel and Gretel A Mighty Girl
he Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet (The Secrets of Droon)
Nourishing My Scholar
73Hex Hall A Mighty Girl
74His Dark Materials The Book People
75How Mirka Got Her SwordBarry DeutschBook Riot
76How to Hang a Witch A Mighty Girl
77How to Train Your Dragon 
Nourishing My Scholar
78How to Trick the Tooth FairyErin Danielle RussellBook Riot
79Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle, #1)Diana Wynne JonesGoodreads
80Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble A Mighty Girl
81I Am A Witch’s Cat A Mighty Girl
82I’m A UnicornMallory LoehrBook Riot
83If I Had A GryphonVikki VansickleBook Riot
84In the Night KitchenMaurice SendakTrip Base
85Into the Wild (Warriors, #1)Erin HunterGoodreads
86Island of the AuntsEva IbbotsonGoodreads
87It’s Raining Bats & Frogs A Mighty Girl
88Jake’s Weird Ear: Book 1 of 2C.J. Lyon-HislopGoodreads
Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth
 A Mighty Girl
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher (A Magic Shop Book)
Nourishing My Scholar
91Kat, IncorrigibleStephanie BurgisGoodreads
92Keeping up with MagicCarolina MunhózThe Guardian
Kiki’s Delivery Service (Picture Book Adaptation)
 A Mighty Girl
94King Arthur and His Knights of the Round TableRoger Lancelyn GreenGoodreads
95King Arthur and the Round TableGeraldine McCaughreanGoodreads
96Lady MidnightCassandra ClareThe Guardian
97Liber Aelph: Words of Guidance from the Silver Elves to Our Magical ChildrenThe Silver ElvesGoodreads
98Lil’ Merl and the Dastardly DragonLiam BarrettBook Riot
99Little Nemo in SlumberlandWinsor McKayTrip Base
100Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of TroubleAnna MerianoBook Riot
101Lulu Goes To Witch School A Mighty Girl
102Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power!Mariko TamakiBook Riot
103Magic in the MixAnnie BarrowsThe Guardian
104Magic Tree House: Merlin MissionsMary Pope OsborneBook Riot
105Magic Trixie A Mighty Girl
106Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins, #1)P.L. TraversGoodreads
107MatildaRoald DahlGoodreads
108Meg and MogHelen Nicoll & Jan PieńkowskiReading Inspiration
Miss Fiona’s Stupendous Pumpkin Pies
 A Mighty Girl
110Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)Suzanne CollinsGoodreads
111MoondialHelen CresswellGoodreads
112Mrs. Piggle Wiggle (Mrs. Piggle Wiggle #1)Betty MacDonaldGoodreads
113Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s MagicBetty MacDonaldGoodreads
114My Mom Is MagicalSabrina MoyleBook Riot
115Myths of the Norsemen: Retold from the Old Norse Poems and TalesRoger Lancelyn GreenGoodreads
No Such Thing As A Witch: A Matter-of-Fact Magic Book
 A Mighty Girl
117Not Quite NarwhalJessie SimaBook Riot
118NutcrackerE.T.A. HoffmannGoodreads
119Once Upon A World: The Little MermaidHannah EliotBook Riot
120Only A Witch Can Fly A Mighty Girl
121Over Sea, Under StoneSusan CooperGoodreads
122Part One: The TunnelAndrew LeonGoodreads
123Part Three: The BedroomAndrew LeonGoodreads
124Part Two: The Kitchen TableAndrew LeonGoodreads
125Peter Pan The Book People
126Peter Pan and WendyJ. M. BarrieTrip Base
127Puck of Pook’s HillRudyard KiplingGoodreads
128Rebecca and the Strangest Garden on EarthImogen DaleyGoodreads
129Rise of the Earth Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #1)Tracey WestBook Riot
130Scary School 
Nourishing My Scholar
131Shadow and BoneLeigh BardugoThe Guardian
132Shadow CastleMarian CockrellGoodreads
133Silver on the TreeSusan CooperGoodreads
134Sisters Of GlassNaomi CyprusBook Riot
135Snow TreasureMarie McSwiganGoodreads
136Strega Nona A Mighty Girl
137Ta-Da!Kathy Ellen DavisBook Riot
138Tales of Ancient EgyptRoger Lancelyn GreenGoodreads
139Taran Wanderer (The Chronicles of Prydain, #4)Lloyd AlexanderGoodreads
140The 13 ClocksJames ThurberGoodreads
141The Adventures of King ArthurRussell Punter and Andrea Da RoldReading Inspiration
142The Adventures of Tempest & SerenaMarty Mokler BanksGoodreads
143The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)Philip PullmanGoodreads
144The Apprentice Witch A Mighty Girl
145The ArrivalShaun TanBook Riot
146The Black Cauldron (The Chronicles of Prydain, #2)Lloyd AlexanderGoodreads
147The Black Witch A Mighty Girl
148The Bone Witch A Mighty Girl
149The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain, #1)Lloyd AlexanderGoodreads
150The Box of DelightsJohn MasefieldGoodreads
151The Castle of Llyr (The Chronicles of Prydain, #3)Lloyd AlexanderGoodreads
152The Christmas VillageMelissa Ann GoodwinGoodreads
153The Complete Fairy TalesHans Christian AndersenGoodreads
154The Complete Grimm’s Fairy TalesJacob GrimmGoodreads
155The Creature of the Pines (The Unicorn Rescue Society)Adam GidwitzBook Riot
156The Curious Little Witch A Mighty Girl
157The Dark Is RisingSusan CooperGoodreads
158The Door to the LostJaleigh JohnsonGoodreads
159The Dragon and the Nibblesome KnightElli WoollardBook Riot
160The Dragon’s ScalesSarah AlbeeBook Riot
161The Enchanted CastleE. NesbitGoodreads
162The Enchanted Wood (The Faraway Tree, #1)Enid BlytonGoodreads
163The Fairy DogmotherMaribeth BoeltsBook Riot
164The Familiars 
Nourishing My Scholar
165The Family ItchJeremy PooleGoodreads
166The Five Children and ItE NesbitFive Books
167The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi Book Riot
168The Girl at MidnightMelissa GreyThe Guardian
169The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own MakingCatherynne M. ValenteBook Riot
170The Girl Who Drank The Moon A Mighty Girl
171The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)Philip PullmanGoodreads
172The GracesLaure EveThe Guardian
173The Grey KingSusan CooperGoodreads
174The Harry Potter Series The Book People
175The Hero and the Crown (Damar, #2)Robin McKinleyGoodreads
176The High King (The Chronicles of Prydain, #5)Lloyd AlexanderGoodreads
177The House on the Corner: First Person EditionAndrew LeonGoodreads
178The Kingdom of Wrenly 
Nourishing My Scholar
The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
Nourishing My Scholar
180The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1)Peter S. BeagleGoodreads
181The Light PrincessGeorge MacDonaldGoodreads
182The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)Rick RiordanGoodreads
183The Little Leftover Witch A Mighty Girl
184The Little Mermaid The Book People
185The Little White HorseElizabeth GoudgeGoodreads
186The Lunch Witch A Mighty Girl
187The Magic Faraway TreeEnid BlytonGoodreads
188The Magic of Unicorns by Gina L. Grandi, IllustratedXimena JeriaBook Riot
189The Magic ThiefSarah PrineasReading Inspiration
190The Magical Animal Adoption Agency, Book 1 Clover’s LuckKalli GeorgeBook Riot
191The Magician’s Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6)C.S. LewisGoodreads
192The Magician’s HatMalcolm MitchellBook Riot
The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel (Poppy Pendle)
Nourishing My Scholar
194The Mortal Instruments: City of BonesCassandra ClareThe Guardian
195The Neverending StoryMichael EndeGoodreads
196The Ogre DownstairsDiana Wynne JonesFive Books
197The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King #1-4)T.H. WhiteGoodreads
198The Owl ServiceAlan GarnerGoodreads
199The Phantom TollboothNorton JusterGoodreads
200The Polar ExpressChris Van AllsburgGoodreads
201The Power of Poppy Pendle A Mighty Girl
202The Princess and the Goblin (Princess Irene and Curdie, #1)George MacDonaldGoodreads
203The Princess in BlackShannon Hale And Dean HaleBook Riot
204The Rest of Us Just Live HerePatrick NessThe Guardian
205The School For Good And EvilSoman ChainaniBook Riot
206The Search for Alice: Book One of the Dreaming of Wonderland SeriesAmy KotoGoodreads
207The Secret of Platform 13Eva IbbotsonGoodreads
208The Serpent’s SecretSayantani DasGuptaBook Riot
209The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4)C.S. LewisGoodreads
210The Spiderwick Chronicles 
Nourishing My Scholar
211The Steep and Thorny WayCat WintersThe Guardian
212The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2)Philip PullmanGoodreads
213The Summoner seriesTaran MatharuThe Guardian
214The Tales of Beedle the BardJ.K. RowlingReading Inspiration
215The Thickety: A Path Begins A Mighty Girl
216The Unicorn QuestKamilla BenkoBook Riot
217The Velveteen RabbitMargery Williams BiancoGoodreads
218The Wee Free Men A Mighty Girl
219The Well-Wishers (Tales of Magic, #6)Edward EagerGoodreads
220The Wheel on the SchoolMeindert DeJongGoodreads
221The Widow’s Broom A Mighty Girl
222The Witch Family A Mighty Girl
223The Witches of Worm A Mighty Girl
224The Witches’ Supermarket A Mighty Girl
The Wompananny Witches Make One Mean Pizza
 A Mighty Girl
226The Wonderful Wizard of OzL. Frank BaumTrip Base
227The Yin-Yang Sisters and the Dragon FrightfulNancy Tupper LingBook Riot
228Throne of GlassSarah J MaasThe Guardian
229Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, #2)Lewis CarrollGoodreads
230Today I’ll Be a UnicornDana SimpsonBook Riot
231Tom’s Midnight GardenPhilippa PearceGoodreads
Nourishing My Scholar
233Upside-Down MagicSarah MlynowskiBook Riot
234Where The Mountain Meets The MoonGrace LinBook Riot
235Where’s The UnicornNosy CrowBook Riot
236Which Witch?Eva IbbotsonGoodreads
237Whoosh! Went The Broom A Mighty Girl
238Winnie-the-PoohA.A. MilneTrip Base
239Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag Book Riot
240Witches and Wizards Sticker BookKirsteen Robson & Seb BurnettReading Inspiration
241Wolf Brother (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, #1)Michelle PaverGoodreads

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