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

# Books Authors Lists
18 10 Busy Brooms   A Mighty Girl
19 A Big Mooncake For Little Star Grace Lin Book Riot
20 A Court of Mist and Fury Sarah J Maas The Guardian
21 A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans Laurence Yep And Joanne Ryder Book Riot
22 A Shirtful of Frogs Shalini Boland Goodreads
23 A Snicker of Magic Natalie Lloyd Goodreads
24 A Very Brave Witch   A Mighty Girl
25 A Wizard of Earthsea Ursula Le Guin Five Books
26 Adventures of the Wishing Chair Enid Blyton Goodreads
27 Aquicorn Cove Katie O’Neill Book Riot
28 Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1) Eoin Colfer Goodreads
29 Aru Shah and the End of Time Roshani Chokshi Book Riot
30 At the Back of the North Wind George MacDonald Goodreads
31 Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave   A Mighty Girl
32 Baba Yaga’s Assistant   A Mighty Girl
33 Backyard Witch: Sadie’s Story   A Mighty Girl
34 Bad Magic Pseudonymous Bosch Reading Inspiration
35 Beast Quest Adam Blade Reading Inspiration
36 Bedknob and Broomstick Mary Norton Goodreads
37 Begone the Raggedy Witches   A Mighty Girl
38 Bliss  
Nourishing My Scholar
39 Book of Monsters – Ancient Greece Antony Briggs Goodreads
40 Book of Monsters – Dragons Antony Briggs Goodreads
41 Bounty Hunter S.J. Hollis Goodreads
42 Changers Book 2: Oryon T Cooper and Allison Glock Cooper The Guardian
43 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl Goodreads
44 Charmed Life (Chrestomanci, #1) Diana Wynne Jones Goodreads
45 Christmas on the Corner Andrew Leon Goodreads
46 City Witch, Country Switch   A Mighty Girl
47 Clockwork Philip Pullman Reading Inspiration
48 D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths Ingri d’Aulaire Goodreads
49 D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths Ingri d’Aulaire Goodreads
50 Day Dreamers Emily Winfield Martin Book Riot
51 Dear Dragon by Josh Funk, Illustrated Rudolfo Montalvo Book Riot
52 Dial-a-Ghost Eva Ibbotson Goodreads
53 Dragon Rider Cornelia Funke Book Riot
54 Dragon Slayers’ Academy Kate McMullan Book Riot
55 Dragons and Marshmallows (Zoey and Sassafras #1) Asia Citro Book Riot
56 Dragons In A Bag Zetta Elliott Book Riot
57 Drawn Together Minh Lê Book Riot
58 Ella Enchanted (Ella Enchanted #1) Gail Carson Levine Goodreads
59 Encyclopedia Mythologica: Fairies and Magical Creatures Pop-Up Matthew Reinhart, Illustrated by Robert Sabuda Book Riot
60 Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1) Christopher Paolini Goodreads
61 eyond the PawPaw Trees  
Nourishing My Scholar
Fairy Tale Frankie and the Tricky Witch
  A Mighty Girl
63 Fantastic Mr Fox Roald Dahl Goodreads
64 Ferno the Fire Dragon (Beast Quest)  
Nourishing My Scholar
65 Five Children and It (Five Children, #1) E. Nesbit Goodreads
66 Franklin’s Flying Bookshop by Jen Campbell, Illustrated Katie Harnett Book Riot
67 Furry and Flo  
Nourishing My Scholar
68 Goodnight, Dragons Judith L. Roth Book Riot
69 Greenwitch Susan Cooper Goodreads
70 Grimelda the Very Messy Witch   A Mighty Girl
71 Hansel and Gretel   A Mighty Girl
he Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet (The Secrets of Droon)
Nourishing My Scholar
73 Hex Hall   A Mighty Girl
74 His Dark Materials   The Book People
75 How Mirka Got Her Sword Barry Deutsch Book Riot
76 How to Hang a Witch   A Mighty Girl
77 How to Train Your Dragon  
Nourishing My Scholar
78 How to Trick the Tooth Fairy Erin Danielle Russell Book Riot
79 Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle, #1) Diana Wynne Jones Goodreads
80 Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble   A Mighty Girl
81 I Am A Witch’s Cat   A Mighty Girl
82 I’m A Unicorn Mallory Loehr Book Riot
83 If I Had A Gryphon Vikki Vansickle Book Riot
84 In the Night Kitchen Maurice Sendak Trip Base
85 Into the Wild (Warriors, #1) Erin Hunter Goodreads
86 Island of the Aunts Eva Ibbotson Goodreads
87 It’s Raining Bats & Frogs   A Mighty Girl
88 Jake’s Weird Ear: Book 1 of 2 C.J. Lyon-Hislop Goodreads
Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth
  A Mighty Girl
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher (A Magic Shop Book)
Nourishing My Scholar
91 Kat, Incorrigible Stephanie Burgis Goodreads
92 Keeping up with Magic Carolina Munhóz The Guardian
Kiki’s Delivery Service (Picture Book Adaptation)
  A Mighty Girl
94 King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table Roger Lancelyn Green Goodreads
95 King Arthur and the Round Table Geraldine McCaughrean Goodreads
96 Lady Midnight Cassandra Clare The Guardian
97 Liber Aelph: Words of Guidance from the Silver Elves to Our Magical Children The Silver Elves Goodreads
98 Lil’ Merl and the Dastardly Dragon Liam Barrett Book Riot
99 Little Nemo in Slumberland Winsor McKay Trip Base
100 Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble Anna Meriano Book Riot
101 Lulu Goes To Witch School   A Mighty Girl
102 Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! Mariko Tamaki Book Riot
103 Magic in the Mix Annie Barrows The Guardian
104 Magic Tree House: Merlin Missions Mary Pope Osborne Book Riot
105 Magic Trixie   A Mighty Girl
106 Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins, #1) P.L. Travers Goodreads
107 Matilda Roald Dahl Goodreads
108 Meg and Mog Helen Nicoll & Jan Pieńkowski Reading Inspiration
Miss Fiona’s Stupendous Pumpkin Pies
  A Mighty Girl
110 Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) Suzanne Collins Goodreads
111 Moondial Helen Cresswell Goodreads
112 Mrs. Piggle Wiggle (Mrs. Piggle Wiggle #1) Betty MacDonald Goodreads
113 Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic Betty MacDonald Goodreads
114 My Mom Is Magical Sabrina Moyle Book Riot
115 Myths of the Norsemen: Retold from the Old Norse Poems and Tales Roger Lancelyn Green Goodreads
No Such Thing As A Witch: A Matter-of-Fact Magic Book
  A Mighty Girl
117 Not Quite Narwhal Jessie Sima Book Riot
118 Nutcracker E.T.A. Hoffmann Goodreads
119 Once Upon A World: The Little Mermaid Hannah Eliot Book Riot
120 Only A Witch Can Fly   A Mighty Girl
121 Over Sea, Under Stone Susan Cooper Goodreads
122 Part One: The Tunnel Andrew Leon Goodreads
123 Part Three: The Bedroom Andrew Leon Goodreads
124 Part Two: The Kitchen Table Andrew Leon Goodreads
125 Peter Pan   The Book People
126 Peter Pan and Wendy J. M. Barrie Trip Base
127 Puck of Pook’s Hill Rudyard Kipling Goodreads
128 Rebecca and the Strangest Garden on Earth Imogen Daley Goodreads
129 Rise of the Earth Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #1) Tracey West Book Riot
130 Scary School  
Nourishing My Scholar
131 Shadow and Bone Leigh Bardugo The Guardian
132 Shadow Castle Marian Cockrell Goodreads
133 Silver on the Tree Susan Cooper Goodreads
134 Sisters Of Glass Naomi Cyprus Book Riot
135 Snow Treasure Marie McSwigan Goodreads
136 Strega Nona   A Mighty Girl
137 Ta-Da! Kathy Ellen Davis Book Riot
138 Tales of Ancient Egypt Roger Lancelyn Green Goodreads
139 Taran Wanderer (The Chronicles of Prydain, #4) Lloyd Alexander Goodreads
140 The 13 Clocks James Thurber Goodreads
141 The Adventures of King Arthur Russell Punter and Andrea Da Rold Reading Inspiration
142 The Adventures of Tempest & Serena Marty Mokler Banks Goodreads
143 The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3) Philip Pullman Goodreads
144 The Apprentice Witch   A Mighty Girl
145 The Arrival Shaun Tan Book Riot
146 The Black Cauldron (The Chronicles of Prydain, #2) Lloyd Alexander Goodreads
147 The Black Witch   A Mighty Girl
148 The Bone Witch   A Mighty Girl
149 The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain, #1) Lloyd Alexander Goodreads
150 The Box of Delights John Masefield Goodreads
151 The Castle of Llyr (The Chronicles of Prydain, #3) Lloyd Alexander Goodreads
152 The Christmas Village Melissa Ann Goodwin Goodreads
153 The Complete Fairy Tales Hans Christian Andersen Goodreads
154 The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales Jacob Grimm Goodreads
155 The Creature of the Pines (The Unicorn Rescue Society) Adam Gidwitz Book Riot
156 The Curious Little Witch   A Mighty Girl
157 The Dark Is Rising Susan Cooper Goodreads
158 The Door to the Lost Jaleigh Johnson Goodreads
159 The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight Elli Woollard Book Riot
160 The Dragon’s Scales Sarah Albee Book Riot
161 The Enchanted Castle E. Nesbit Goodreads
162 The Enchanted Wood (The Faraway Tree, #1) Enid Blyton Goodreads
163 The Fairy Dogmother Maribeth Boelts Book Riot
164 The Familiars  
Nourishing My Scholar
165 The Family Itch Jeremy Poole Goodreads
166 The Five Children and It E Nesbit Five Books
167 The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi   Book Riot
168 The Girl at Midnight Melissa Grey The Guardian
169 The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making Catherynne M. Valente Book Riot
170 The Girl Who Drank The Moon   A Mighty Girl
171 The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1) Philip Pullman Goodreads
172 The Graces Laure Eve The Guardian
173 The Grey King Susan Cooper Goodreads
174 The Harry Potter Series   The Book People
175 The Hero and the Crown (Damar, #2) Robin McKinley Goodreads
176 The High King (The Chronicles of Prydain, #5) Lloyd Alexander Goodreads
177 The House on the Corner: First Person Edition Andrew Leon Goodreads
178 The Kingdom of Wrenly  
Nourishing My Scholar
The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
Nourishing My Scholar
180 The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1) Peter S. Beagle Goodreads
181 The Light Princess George MacDonald Goodreads
182 The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) Rick Riordan Goodreads
183 The Little Leftover Witch   A Mighty Girl
184 The Little Mermaid   The Book People
185 The Little White Horse Elizabeth Goudge Goodreads
186 The Lunch Witch   A Mighty Girl
187 The Magic Faraway Tree Enid Blyton Goodreads
188 The Magic of Unicorns by Gina L. Grandi, Illustrated Ximena Jeria Book Riot
189 The Magic Thief Sarah Prineas Reading Inspiration
190 The Magical Animal Adoption Agency, Book 1 Clover’s Luck Kalli George Book Riot
191 The Magician’s Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6) C.S. Lewis Goodreads
192 The Magician’s Hat Malcolm Mitchell Book Riot
The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel (Poppy Pendle)
Nourishing My Scholar
194 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Cassandra Clare The Guardian
195 The Neverending Story Michael Ende Goodreads
196 The Ogre Downstairs Diana Wynne Jones Five Books
197 The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King #1-4) T.H. White Goodreads
198 The Owl Service Alan Garner Goodreads
199 The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster Goodreads
200 The Polar Express Chris Van Allsburg Goodreads
201 The Power of Poppy Pendle   A Mighty Girl
202 The Princess and the Goblin (Princess Irene and Curdie, #1) George MacDonald Goodreads
203 The Princess in Black Shannon Hale And Dean Hale Book Riot
204 The Rest of Us Just Live Here Patrick Ness The Guardian
205 The School For Good And Evil Soman Chainani Book Riot
206 The Search for Alice: Book One of the Dreaming of Wonderland Series Amy Koto Goodreads
207 The Secret of Platform 13 Eva Ibbotson Goodreads
208 The Serpent’s Secret Sayantani DasGupta Book Riot
209 The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4) C.S. Lewis Goodreads
210 The Spiderwick Chronicles  
Nourishing My Scholar
211 The Steep and Thorny Way Cat Winters The Guardian
212 The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2) Philip Pullman Goodreads
213 The Summoner series Taran Matharu The Guardian
214 The Tales of Beedle the Bard J.K. Rowling Reading Inspiration
215 The Thickety: A Path Begins   A Mighty Girl
216 The Unicorn Quest Kamilla Benko Book Riot
217 The Velveteen Rabbit Margery Williams Bianco Goodreads
218 The Wee Free Men   A Mighty Girl
219 The Well-Wishers (Tales of Magic, #6) Edward Eager Goodreads
220 The Wheel on the School Meindert DeJong Goodreads
221 The Widow’s Broom   A Mighty Girl
222 The Witch Family   A Mighty Girl
223 The Witches of Worm   A Mighty Girl
224 The Witches’ Supermarket   A Mighty Girl
The Wompananny Witches Make One Mean Pizza
  A Mighty Girl
226 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum Trip Base
227 The Yin-Yang Sisters and the Dragon Frightful Nancy Tupper Ling Book Riot
228 Throne of Glass Sarah J Maas The Guardian
229 Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, #2) Lewis Carroll Goodreads
230 Today I’ll Be a Unicorn Dana Simpson Book Riot
231 Tom’s Midnight Garden Philippa Pearce Goodreads
232 Tuesdays  
Nourishing My Scholar
233 Upside-Down Magic Sarah Mlynowski Book Riot
234 Where The Mountain Meets The Moon Grace Lin Book Riot
235 Where’s The Unicorn Nosy Crow Book Riot
236 Which Witch? Eva Ibbotson Goodreads
237 Whoosh! Went The Broom   A Mighty Girl
238 Winnie-the-Pooh A.A. Milne Trip Base
239 Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag   Book Riot
240 Witches and Wizards Sticker Book Kirsteen Robson & Seb Burnett Reading Inspiration
241 Wolf Brother (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, #1) Michelle Paver Goodreads

9 Best Magic Children’s Book Sources/Lists

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Five Books The Best Magical Stories for Kids
Goodreads Magical children’s books
Nourishing My Scholar 20 Books for Kids Not Ready for Harry Potter
Reading Inspiration 11 magical books for children who love witches and wizards
The Book People Top 10 Best Magical Books for Children
The Guardian Witches, wizards and magic books for children
Trip Base Top 10 Children’s Tales Set in Magical Lands

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