Witches in Children's Books
Kiki’s Delivery Service
by Eiko Kadono, illustrated by Emily Balistrieri
As a huge fan of the movie, I was so impressed at how true to the original book, the film stayed. This sweet story is about a 13-year-old half-witch named Kiki who leaves home for her year-long apprenticeship to a town. She flies with her cat and they find a seaside town that needs a witch. There, Kiki settles above a bakery and uses her wits and magic to endear herself to the town as a helpful delivery girl. Lovely, lovely, lovely!

Witches in Children's Books
Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch
by Julie Abe
You will love this captivating main character about an apprentice witch whose struggles with insecurity, bullying, and self-doubt. She doesn’t have a lot of magic but does have strength, even if she needs a few reminders about it. She will be able to help her city even with semi-magical skills. A sweet, magical story.

The Girl and the Witch’s Garden
by Erin Bowman
Piper’s father’s cancer is worse so she’s sent to stay with the mother who abandoned her as a baby. At her mom and grandmother’s house, Piper learns that she’s from a magical lineage and the foster kids living there all have affinities. Piper’s cruel mother wants the kids to use their magic to find an elixir of immortality. Piper secretly discovers her own magic, works with the other children, and discovers the true villain in the house.

by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller, illustrated by Karl Kwasny
Not only is this story compelling and interesting, but so are the symbolism and life lessons. Charlie’s dad has remarried and moved Charlie and his younger brother into the stepmother’s frightening purple mansion. There Charlie begins to have the most horrible nightmares — nightmares that blur between reality and dream. And when the witches steal Charlie’s brother into the nightmare world, he must enter that world to rescue his brother. Charlie and his friends must learn to face their fears in order for the nightmare world not to have access to the real world.

Witches in Children's Books
Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded
by Sage Blackwood
Terrifically imagined, you’ll love the young heroine who stands up to adults, helps others, and saves the entire city. When the witches all vanish, including Miss Ellicott, Chantel determines to figure out what’s going on. She stands up to the town’s male rulers including the power-hungry king. Then her courage releases her bonds with a dragon who will help her save the townspeople from the outsiders and the rulers.

Witches in Children's Books
Begone The Raggedy Witches by Celine Kiernan
Raggedy witches kidnap her father so Mup, her little brother, her mom, and her ghostly aunt cross over into the magical land where Mup’s evil grandmother rules with fear and tyranny. Loyal to a new friend, Crow, who has never know loyalty, Mup fights for her family –to get her dad back and protect her brother. In this magical story, I liked the strong themes of fairness, equality, and family as well as the excellent adventure.

Witches in Children's Books
The Apprentice Witch
by James Nicol
Arianwyn can’t believe she’s failed her witch exam nor that she’s sent to a small town to be their witch anyway. There she faces unexpected dark spirits, meets new friends, and conquers the worrisome glyph she keeps seeing. This is an entertaining fantasy book for anyone who loves magic and underdog heroines.

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