The best picture books starring not-too-spooky witches

Who am I?

 I have always loved witches. Witches are women with powers and as a girl growing up in the 80’s (Before much female superhero representation) I was very drawn to that. My very favorite stories humanize witches, like the ones I listed above. My own children are very into Halloween and all things spooky- but cannot handle anything remotely scary. These were the best stories I found to share my witches obsession with my scaredy- kids. I hope you enjoy these books as much as I do, and may they spark a lifetime love of magic in your own young readers.


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The Wompananny Witches Make One Mean Pizza

By Jennie Palmer,

Book cover of The Wompananny Witches Make One Mean Pizza

What is my book about?

Two mild-mannered kitchen witches accidentally bake up big trouble for their neighborhood.

Can they stop a rampaging pizza and overcome their crippling fear of the neighborhood kids? A saucy tale of common ground, and uncommonly good pizza, bringing diverse neighbors together. Kid friendly pizza recipe included. Perfect for halloween- and all year round.

The books I picked & why

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Alice and Greta: A Tale of Two Witches

By Steven J. Simmons, Cyd Moore (illustrator),

Book cover of Alice and Greta: A Tale of Two Witches

Why this book?

A favorite in our home for years- Cyd Moore’s illustrations are perfectly suited to this tale of two very different witches. The pictures are full of details that can be discovered over multiple readings and the color palate keeps things light and fun. A great moral about Karma makes this a fun witchy read year round.


Room on the Broom

By Julia Donaldson, Axes Scheffler (illustrator),

Book cover of Room on the Broom

Why this book?

I could (and did) read this book aloud every night for a year. Julia Donaldson’s rhyming text is perfect. Axel Scheffer’s illustrations of the witch and her animal pals are quirky and lovable, and the nighttime setting gives a Halloween feel without the scares. This is one to own and read over and over.


A Very Brave Witch

By Alison McGhee, Harry Bliss (illustrator),

Book cover of A Very Brave Witch

Why this book?

A perfect primer for young readers who are just getting into Halloween spookiness. I love a set up where the witch is afraid of people so the child reader can feel in control. The action plays out on Halloween night and the payoff when the "real" witch meets the child in costume is magical and age appropriate. A sweet and simple beginner witch story.


Strega Nona

By Tomie dePaola,

Book cover of Strega Nona

Why this book?

This classic story is one of my all time favorite picture books since I was a child. Strega Nona (Grandma Witch) was my first introduction to the concept of a “Kitchen Witch” and I have loved the combination of magic and cooking ever since. To top it off, Tomie DePaola’s art is so darn comforting. Another book worth owning to read again and again.


It's Raining Bats & Frogs

By Rebecca Colby, Steven Henry (illustrator),

Book cover of It's Raining Bats & Frogs

Why this book?

Another witchy title sure to not scare. My kids loved the rhyming spells and their funny outcomes- I loved the parade at the end. I worked for the Thanksgiving Day Parade for years and can totally relate to how rain can make or break your event. (Not to mention that one year it DID snow.)


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