The best picture books starring not-too-spooky witches

The Books I Picked & Why

Alice and Greta: A Tale of Two Witches

By Steven J. Simmons, Cyd Moore

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.


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Room on the Broom

By Julia Donaldson, Axes Scheffler

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.


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A Very Brave Witch

By Alison McGhee, Harry Bliss

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.


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Strega Nona

By Tomie dePaola

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.


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It's Raining Bats & Frogs

By Rebecca Colby, Steven Henry

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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