I love books about witches and, as a perusal of my childhood shelves recently revealed to me, I always have!
I can’t pinpoint exactly what it is about witchcraft that appeals to me so strongly, but I think it must have something to do with my fascination with magic, the superstitions and folktales I was raised on and my certainty as a child that there had to be more to the world than what we could see and prove.
Here are a few books about witches that I would recommend, particularly for this spooky time of year!
How to Catch a Witch – a fun, magical adventure with a main character with a stutter – see my full review here.
A Discovery of Witches – I read this year ago and remember liking it, but would probably need to reread before continuing the series…
Which Witch? – an absolute classic. I have read this book hundreds of times and plan to read it a hundred more!
Witch Child – my mum bought this for me years ago, after I enjoyed The Witch of Blackbird Pond. This is another brilliant book!
The Hawkweed Prophecy – I picked this up n my library yesterday and really liked it! I am about to read the second part of the duology.
The Little Witch – Another from my childhood shelf, all about a poor little witch who, at 127 years old, is still considered too little to join in with all the witching celebrations.
The Witches – a creepy classic! The movie is pretty scary too!
The Apprentice Witch – this really reminded me of Kiki’s Delivery Service, a popular book and movie (Studio Ghibli) in Japan. I loved Apprentice Witch because Arianwyn is a relatable and interesting character and I wanted to find out more about the world she lives in!
The Worst Witch – hopefully you’ve read this already! I read this to my class every year and, invariably, it gets boys reading books that they wouldn’t have originally picked up because ‘there’s a girl on the cover’
Room on the Broom – another fun, rhyming adventure from the power-duo that is Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Perfect for this time of year and not too creepy for your littlies!
Stardust – okay, maybe slightly more tenuous, but there are lots of witches in this and it is a fantastic book!
Fire Witch – this is actually the second book in a series which, unfortunately, seems to have been discontinued. It follows a young girl who discovers that she has magical powers which are seen as forbidden outside of where she has grown up, but they might be needed to help her country.
Winnie the Witch – this series is all brilliant! When I was teaching in nursery Winnie the Witch was my class’s favourite so we read the whole lot! Brilliant fun, especially as poor Wilbur always gets tripped over, etc.
Half Bad – Despite how the third book ended (yes, I’m still mad) this is a really original take on witches, with Nathan being ostracised because he is a ‘half-code’ half White and half Black Witch.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond – Read and reread this over the years and something about it just keeps bringing me back to read it again. Kit is an independent girl, who can run and swim just like the boys, but this causes suspicion in the strict Puritan community she has moved into.
Have you read any of these?
If not, definitely give them a go! I hope that at least one of those above has captured your interest!
Here are a few which are on my TBR (to-be-read) list – I’ve heard good things about these but have yet to read them:
I’m pretty sure that I’m going to love all of these, particularly The Winter of the Witch which is the final part in the trilogy that started with The Bear and The Nightingale and I adore. I am also very excited to read A Pinch of Magic and The Familiars.
I have read the first chapter of Storm Witch and can’t wait to read the rest!
Of course, after I’d created the graphics, I thought of tonnes of other books about witches that I should have included, such as The Witch’s Kiss Trilogy, Wildwitch and The Graces, all of which I enjoyed. A also thought of the classic, The Crucible, The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One and Baba Yaga’s assistant (a graphic novel I loved!) I also remembered How to Hang a Witch, The Witch of Salt and Storm and Spellbook of the Lost and Found which I am planning to read, etc.
To publishers, if you want me to read it, put ‘witch‘ somewhere in the title and it will somehow make its way to my bookshelf…
To make sure you don’t miss out on any witchy titles, why not check out these posts from other brilliant bloggers?
Amy @GoldenBooksGirl chooses 5 books about witches that she would recommend.
Lou @BookMurmuration reviews Storm Witch
Kaleena @ReaderVoracious lists her Top 5 books about witches
Angharad and Becky @TwoBookThieves list their Top 10 books about witches
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Thanks for reading!