Children’s tales of magic, wizards, witches and creatures do not date no matter what time and place they were written. Ravenhawk’s Magazine compiles a list of 10 of the best magical children’s books loved by all ages.
The original book in C.S. Lewis’s captivating Narnia series tells the tale of Lucy, who feels her way through the coats at the back of a wardrobe and arrives in a snowy forest in a kingdom of witches. An epic magical adventure unravels as Lucy returns to the kingdom alongside her siblings. An inspirational narrative for people of all ages to get lost in. Ages 9+
The Little Prince falls to Earth to meet the author, who has crashed his plane. His quizzical, wise stories of other planets (most of which are inhabited by solitary monomaniacs) lead to the craziest of them all, Earth. Ages 11-13
The Gruffalo, one of the most popular children’s characters of all time, tells the tale of a mouse who outsmarts predators much bigger than he including the rhyming fantastical creature they call the Gruffalo. This book is a fascinating and fun book to read to your children, and that shows children that even the most threatening of monsters are not always as scary as they seem. Ages 3-5
Maurice Sendak’s classic fantasy sees Max, sent to his room for “making mischief”, imagining his way into the kingdom of the Wild Things: twisted, toothy and strange. He leads them in glorious “wild rumpus”, but tires of rebellion and goes home to find supper waiting for him. Ages 3-5
No book list can be without a Roald Dahl classic. Although not one of his better known ones like The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Magic Finger tells the story of a girl who has a magic power literally at the tip of her finger. The story depicts a cold-hearted family, the Greggs, who are hunters and have no respect for animals, but once the magic finger is unleashed upon their family they are shown how it feels to be a bird and to be hunted. It’s a tad preachy but Roald Dahl’s storytelling is second to none. Ages 8-11
In The Phantom Toolbooth, bored, disaffected young Milo receives a mysterious present – a purple tollbooth. He sets off on a journey through Dictionopolis and Digitopolis, cities at war in the Kingdom of Wisdom which has banished the Princesses of Rhyme and Reason. Ages 8-11
The bestselling classic rhyming verse story of The Cat in the Hat remains as fresh today as when it was first published in 1957. Arriving unannounced and uninvited, the exuberant Cat leaves total mayhem in his wake. Just when disaster seems to be inevitable as mother returns, the Cat unveils his tidying-up tricks. Young readers will love the chaos he causes. Ages 5+
Long before Hogwarts was devised, Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches existed in Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch. It follows Mildred whose spells backfire, her broomstick won’t fly – even her cat is peculiar. Luckily, her best friend always sticks by her. And when things do begin to go her way, it turns out she can be a useful witch after all. Ages 7+
One of the most loved children’s fantasy authors, Diana Wynne Jones, tells the story of Sophie Hatter in Howl’s Moving Castle who catches the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the Waste and is put under a spell. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. A humorous story and a spellbinding plot that sees Sophie encounter all types of magical beings. Ages 9-11
From the author who created Shrek, comes this simple tale of a mouse, Dr De Soto, who outwits a hungry fox thanks to his foresight and dentistry skills. A charming story that children will love as the dentist mouse and his wife, who treat all sorts of creatures except those that would eat them, go about outsmarting the fox to render him harmless to them. Ages 3-6
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