15 Best Kids Books that Feature Magic

Here's are 15 of our very favorite books for kids that feature magic!


15 Best Kids Books that Feature Magic

Well, with the leaves falling, pumpkins adorning porches and Halloween around the corner we couldn't help but think about books that had magic in them!

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15 Kids Books That Feature Magic


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1. The House With a Clock in Its Walls

by John Bellairs

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Ten-year-old Lewis Barnavelt has come to live with his Uncle Johnathan in a mysterious house on High Street in New Zebedee, Michigan.


His Uncle Jonathan and the purple-haired neighbor, Florence Zimmerman, are anything but average in this modern classic first in the twelve book series!


Quirky, suspenseful and spooky enough to keep you wanting the lights on, this book will have you on edge until the last page!

Large movie poster The House with a Clock in its Walls with Jack Black and Cate Blanchett

A fantastic movie adaptation and follow up books make The House With a Clock in Its Walls a perfect choice for a good Halloween read!

Sound like a good read? It is! Find out more about The House With a Clock in Its Walls along with our follow-up activities in our post here!


2. Half-Magic

by Edward Eager

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Jane and her siblings find a mysterious coin that soon leads to unexpected and hilarious surprises in Half Magic; a book that gives new light to the saying "Be careful what you wish for!"


This innocent looking coin contains more power than Jane suspected, and she discovers that it grants wishes...or half-wishes, at least!


Experimenting with this unusual object brings the foursome more magic, mayhem and wishes than they bargained for in this classic tale featuring fun art to enhance the adventures!


3. The Ivy Pocket Trilogy

by Caleb Krisp

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A completely delightful surprise, I loved these books and so did my daughter!


It's such a delight to bump into a book, (and in this case, three- it's a trilogy!) that is completely fresh, you can't put down and make you desperate to read the next one!


I actually spotted Anyone But Ivy Pocket because of the amazing illustrations and was immediately drawn in! Little pun, there, did you catch it?!


12-year-old Ivy Pocket is a maid filled with self-confidence, hysterical observations and doing and saying what we all wish we could!

Book cover of Bring Me the Head of Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp

This trilogy weaves together Ivy Pocket's personal story with magic, ghosts and good vs. evil in an action-packed, witty and fun read!

You will love Ivy Pocket!


4. The Magic Treehouse Series

by Mary Pope Osborne

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The Magic Treehouse series started before I (Cenzia) was born and it's still going strong!


A magic treehouse transports siblings Jack and Annie to any place or time where riddles, spells, and more await them as they travel around the world and through different eras!


The Magic Treehouse Series expertly combines fantasy and history to create unforgettable adventures every time!


5. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

by C.S. Lewis

Four curious siblings discover a magical wardrobe that leads them to the fantasy land of Narnia-a place under the spell of an evil witch.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has been a favorite for years and continues to put readers of all ages under it's spell!


6. Matilda

by Roald Dahl

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Matilda is a Roald Dahl classic that is adored and sits on many a bookshelf!


Meet Matilda- a wickedly smart and sweet young girl whose parents unfortunately aren't the best at noticing her existence other than as a pest.


When she starts school, Matilda is delighted to meet Miss Honey, her sweet new teacher, but not so pleased to encounter her hateful headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, whose awful ways provoke Matilda into discovering she's capable of an astonishing power she never guessed she had!


With a little planning, Matilda decides to turn the tables!


This whimsical, witty and magical tale has delightful illustrations and a wonderful heroine to root for!


7. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

by L. Frank Baum

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I remember every year watching The Wizard of Oz with my brothers on TV back before video stores, DVDs and online streaming!


We'd gather on the floor in front of the TV in great anticipation of this classic tale that had the best lines - "I'll get you my pretty!" and "I don't think we're in Kansas anymore," and of course: "There's no place like home!"


Those monkeys scared me like crazy and I thought Glinda was the prettiest witch ever! I loved the Lollipop Guild and hid my eyes whenever the Wicked Witch of the West cackled! Good times!


For those of you who didn't already know, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the first in the 14 book Oz series! Which one is your favorite?


8. The School for Good and Evil

by Soman Chainani

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This is a fantastic series if you love fairy tales, and can't get enough of twists off the famous originals!


At The School for Good and Evil students are trained to become the heroes and villains of fairy tales and fables!


Best friends Sophie and Agatha, who are total and complete opposites, are sure they know which school each will be in. Glamorous Sophie has made it her lifelong mission to enter the School for Good, and negative Agatha is for certain going to the School for Evil.


The girls are more than a little shocked, however, when their fates are switched, and Sophie gets dropped in Evil's halls, while Agatha is placed in Good's hands!


Follow the girls and their adventures in this memorable, magical series, The School for Good and Evil!


9. Ella Enchanted

by Gail Carson Levine

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What if you had to do whatever you were told, no matter what?


Not all fairies are kind, and given the 'gift' of obedience at birth by a mischievous one, Ella must obey any order, however outrageous!


Not willing to give up, however, Ella sets out to undo the curse, encountering fairy godmothers, ogres and princes along the way!


This spin on a classic is a spellbinding read, and Gail Carson Levine has others like it once you've finished Ella Enchanted!


10. The Seraphina Series

by Robert Beatty

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This elegant series combines nature, magic and suspense with a unique voice that takes place at the Biltmore Estate and area surrounding it near Asheville, North Carolina.


The setting of this Gilded Age American palace and the mountains around it are as much a character of the stories as Seraphina and the other residents!


The Gothic feel of the writing and the setting combined with the voice that author gives to the characters in the Seraphina Series make you feel like you are walking alongside and bearing witness to every suspenseful moment as these captivating and magical stories unfold!


11. The Kane Chronicles

by Rick Riordan

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Siblings Carter and Sadie Kane haven't seen much of each other ever since their mother died. Sadie lives with her grandparents in London and Carter has been traveling the world with their dad.


When their father brings them to the British Museum attempting to right a past mistake, he winds up unleashing powerful Egyptian gods, resulting in Carter and Sadie's discovery of their own powerful roots!


Join Carter and Sadie in The Kane Chronicles as they receive a crash course in Egyptian mythology and embark on a quest overflowing with action, humor and magic at every turn!


12. The Sisters Grimm

by Michael Buckley

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It is so hard to pick a favorite book or series! The Sisters Grimm is definitely on both my and my daughter's Fave Book Lists!


I first bumped into it while visiting family out of town and decided to check out the local bookstore for some quiet reading time.


Well, I had picked The Sisters Grimm off of the display and could not put it down! My stamp of approval was shared by daughter and she read and reread these until she was quoting daily from the pages!


Laugh-out-loud funny, clever writing and best-ever characters will have you on a mission to read every book in The Sisters Grimm Series from beginning to end and anxious to share and recommend this unforgettable series!


Sisters Daphne and Sabrina have gone to live with their Granny Relda in Ferryport Landing and are in for the shock of their lives!


Discovering that they are the descendants of the Grimms brothers is surprising enough, but to realize that those stories and magic were based in reality is more than they bargained for!


Quirky, funny, heartwarming and unforgettable, these books are writing at its best!


13. The Magic Misfits

by Neil Patrick Harris

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When runaway magician Carter finds himself in the middle of a quiet New England town, he never expects to find villains, fellow illusionists and adventure there!