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Storybook Witches

Halloween is just over a week away and many of you will be reading Halloween themed stories. We have thought of as many fictional witches as we can but we’re sure that we have missed lots! Do you have a favourite fictional witch to add to our list?

Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul – Winnie is still our favourite picture book witch and although we have enjoyed lots of her adventures the original story is still our favourite.

Winnie the Witch - Story Snug

Winnie’s Big Catch by Laura Owen and Korky Paul – We also enjoy reading the Winnie Early Readers in which we are introduced to several new characters.

Winnie's Big Catch - Story Snug

Meg’s Eggs by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski – The stories about Meg, Mog and Owl are timeless and my daughter loves reading them. Meg’s Eggs is still our favourite.

Meg's Eggs - Story Snug

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler – This is my daughter’s favourite Julia Donaldson story and she loves to re-enact the witch’s adventures.

Room on the Broom - Story Snug

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really Big Adventure by Kristina Stephenson – There is a great twist at the end of this story and it’s related to the witch who follows Charlie throughout his adventure.

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Really Big Adventure - Story Snug

It’s Raining Bats & Frogs by Rebecca Colby and Steven Henry – Delia does her best to help when rain threatens the annual witch parade but when changing the rain to bats and frogs doesn’t work she needs to find another solution.

It's Raining Bats and Frogs - Story Snug

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis – We have the picture book version of this classic story which has wonderful illustrations of The White Witch.

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe - Story Snug

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy – Young witch Mildred Hubble is always in trouble but can she help when she discovers a mysterious group of witches plotting against Miss Cackle’s Academy of Witches?

The Worst Witch - Story Snug

The Witches by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake – The Grand High Witch is planning to get rid of every child in England but a brave boy and his grandmother are determined to stop her.

The Witches - Story Snug

The Little Witch by Otfried Preußler and Winnie Gebhardt – The Little Witch (translated from the German Die Kleine Hexe) spends a year trying to be good so that she can attend the annual Walpurgis night celebrations. But does she succeed in impressing the older witches?

The Little Witch - Story Snug

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay – Hogwarts not only takes young wizards but also young witches as well, the most famous being Muggle, Hermione Granger.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Story Snug

You Can’t Make Me Go To Witch School by Em Lynas and Jamie Littler – Daisy is desperate to escape Witch School so that she can fulfil her destiny as an actress but magical forces are at work. Can she find a way to escape from Toadspit Towers?

You Can't Make Me Go To Witch School! - Story Snug

Who would you add to our list?

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44 responses to “Storybook Witches”

  1. Sarah MumofThree World avatar

    That took me by surprise when you told me it was just over a week to Halloween, then I checked the date of the post!
    If you asked me, I would tell you I don’t like books about witches, but we’ve read nearly all of those between us over the years!

    1. Catherine avatar

      Yes, this is an older post but we still love all of these witches, none of them are mean and calculating.

  2. SLOAH avatar

    Meg & Mog has to be an all-time favourite – even after it was long outgrown! 🙂 #MMBC x

    1. Catherine avatar

      Meg and Dog is so full of humour, we love watching the animations on YouTube too 🙂

  3. Yet Another Blogging Mummy!!! avatar

    Great idea for a round up. We’re fans of Winnie the Witch here. And I second the earlier comments re some of the Terry Pratchett books #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      I love Winnie the Witch and it’s great to discover new stories in the chapter books too 🙂

  4. Kyles @ Pickles and Pords avatar

    Oh what a great list! Our favourite at the moment is Room on the Broom. I can’t wait till my kids are old enough to get into Roald Dahl too… although I’ll be waiting awhile till we read The Witches. It’s terrifying! Thanks for sharing #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      The Witches is very scary, that was my choice. I haven’t read it with my daughter yet!

  5. Amy 2boy1mum avatar

    Aah Winnie is our favourite here. My kids like Meg and Mog but I literally can’t stand them!! Happy Halloween! #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      Winnie is my favourite witch of all time, I would love to see the stories animated 🙂

  6. Anita Cleare avatar

    What a wonderful round up! I have shared this on my Facebook page #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you Anita 🙂

  7. chantelle hazelden avatar

    Brilliant selection there, I love Worst Witch and Room on a Broom 🙂 thanks for sharing with #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      We really enjoyed The Worst Witch and can’t wait to read more of the stories.

  8. Claire avatar

    The worst witch was one of my favorite books when I was growing up!!

    1. Catherine avatar

      It seems that The Worst Witch was an important book for lots of people during their childhoods 🙂

  9. La La @Tickling Dragons avatar

    I was only familiar with Room on the Broom and The Worst Witch. I will be checking out the others on Goodreads and adding them to my Childrens blog tbr. Thanks for the list. I would add Debi Gliori’s Pure Dead Magic series. My son loved the ones we read. Dragons with diarrhea was his favorite thing. Ha ha! Thanks for visiting my Kids blog. 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you for visiting too 🙂 I haven’t heard of Debi Gliori’s Pure Dead Magic series although we enjoy several of her other books.

  10. Verily Victoria Vocalises avatar

    What a great selection of books! I love Meg and Mog (I think I’ve said that before) but I think that Grace would choose The Witches by Roald Dahl. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

    1. Catherine avatar

      Ronald Dahl’s Witches includes some fabulously strong characters 🙂

  11. Naila Moon avatar

    I am glad to see your list, I added some to my lists to purchase.
    I saw one I did not see here: Boo-La-La Witch Spa

    Thanks for sharing on the hop.

    1. Catherine avatar

      I just looked up Boo-La-La Witch Spa, it looks really entertaining! Thank you for the suggestion 🙂

  12. Kim Carberry avatar

    What wonderful books….Some I remember reading as a child. Lovely memories x

    1. Catherine avatar

      I read a lot of these as a child, It’s Raining Bats & Frogs is the newest book in the post.

  13. Baby Isabella avatar

    We featured our favourite Halloween Books on the blog this week too! Room on the Broom is my all time favourite and we’ve been to the theatre show and the adventure trail too! Great round-up x #PoCoLo

    1. Catherine avatar

      My daughter loves Room on the Broom, she really loves acting the story out 🙂

  14. Laura Rueckert avatar

    When I was in elementary school, my favorite witch was Dorrie the Little Witch by Patricia Coombs.

    1. Catherine avatar

      I recognised that name when I read your comment! I read Dorrie too, I’d forgotten all about her 🙂

  15. Floyd Milsten avatar
    Floyd Milsten

    I enjoyed A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett. It is a story about an eleven year old girl learning to become a witch. It also features Granny Weatherwax, one of my favorite witches.

    1. Catherine avatar

      I don’t know that one, thank you for the suggestion 🙂

      1. Rebecca Douglass avatar

        The Pratchett witches are great, and Hat Full of Sky is nominally a kids’ book…but I’ll caution that it’s not for little kids. I am a huge fan of Terry Pratchett, though, and I love the Tiffany Aching books.

        Great collection of books. I don’t keep up with the witches, but I’ll take a look at the Halloween collection at the library and see if there are any great ones you’ve missed.

        1. Catherine avatar

          Thanks for your suggestions Rebecca, I’m not familiar with Terry Pratchett’s books but am intrigued to read more about A Hat Full of Sky – it’s an intriguing title!

  16. Jessica Powell avatar

    Ooh, there are a few I haven’t heard of here – I particularly like the sound of It’s Raining Bats and Frogs 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s Raining Bats & Frogs is a new one that was published in the summer.

  17. Cami avatar

    I don’t think I’ve read any of these! I have my work cut out for me before Halloween 😉

    1. Catherine avatar

      Maybe you’ve read other witchy stories?

  18. Sally avatar

    So many witches. Where to start. Blog Hop visitor.

    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you for visiting Sally 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you Terry. I’ll check them out 🙂

  19. Anne Booth avatar

    What about Tracey Corderoy’s Granny witch? (I know Nosy Crow is my publisher too – but I thought of Tracey’s witch anyway!) ALSO – how about the wonderful ‘Gobbolino the Witch’s cat’ by Ursula Moray Williams – and the equally wonderful ‘Carbonel’ books by Barbara Sleigh, with Carbonel, Prince of cats being kidnapped as a kitten, put under a binding spell by a witch, but saved by Rosemary and John?

    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you! I’d forgotten about Tracey’s Granny Witch. We’ve just finished reading Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat and I thought about including it but my daughter said the story was more about the cat and the witches were too mean!!!

      1. Anne Booth avatar

        The witch is definitely VERY mean to poor Gobbolino – but Narnia’s White Witch is hardly a cuddly one!!! It’s interesting – maybe your daughter felt so protective of Gobbolino that she couldn’t bear that particular witch being listed! Gobbolino is such a gorgeous little character.

        1. Catherine avatar

          She sees Gobbolino as a kitchen cat, not a witch’s cat and I think you’re right about her feeling protective 🙂 I’d forgotten all about The White Witch until my daughter brought me the book, she had a great time hunting for witches in her bookcase but The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was totally her suggestion!