Halloween is nearly here and maybe you are looking to read a story about a witch to get you in the mood. We have several fictional witches lurking in chapter books on our bookcase but would love to add some more!
Here, in no particular order, are stories about witches that we’ve enjoyed reading, several of them repeatedly!
The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy – 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?
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?
Diary of an Accidental Witch by Perdita & Honor Cargill & Katie Saunders – Eleven year old Bea Black has got a new diary in which she records her experience of moving to a new village, the challenges of starting a new school, making new friends and dealing with bullies. But Bea’s situation is complicated by the fact that she has been enrolled in the wrong school…
How to Catch a Witch by Abie Longstaff – ‘Nothing has gone right for Charlie since her family moved. The house is creepy, school makes her nervous and the village seems odd, spooky, almost … magical. Then a series of events lead Charlie to discover that she isn’t who she thinks she is…
The Last Spell Breather by Julie Pike & Dinara Mirtalipova – Rayne is entrusted with Mam’s spell book when Mam suddenly has to go away. But an accident with the book puts everybody in danger and brings a monster plague into the village. Rayne’s magical, action packed adventure to save her village had us turning the pages until the end of the story…
the Cake, the Wolf and the Witch by Maudie Smith and Tony Ross – When Max, Nettle and Wild, jump out of a large cake at a wedding they are surprised to find themselves in The Land of Ever After. Max is even more surprised when he discovers that he is expected to save the land from evil witch, Babs Haggard. Many well known fairytale characters are woven into this magical fantasy full of unique twists.
The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol – After failing her witch’s assessment Arianwyn is sent to protect the town of Lull where she’s not exactly welcomed with open arms. But slowly she discovers how to improve her magic skills in order to protect the townspeople from sinister influences and danger. This page turning novel is the first in a spellbinding trilogy.
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 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 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.
Which fictional witches do you think are missing from our list? Whose story will you be reading at Halloween?