Children's Books about Witches
Erica Silverman, S.D. Schindler (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Witches, Halloween, Pumpkin
"Big Pumpkin" by Erica Silverman is a funny Halloween story that will delight children in preschool, kindergarten and first grade. A witch wants to make pumpkin pie, so she plants a pumpkin seed. The pumpkin grows so big that the witch cannot yank it from the vine. Some traditional Halloween characters come to help, but neither the ghost, nor the vampire, nor the mummy can make it budge. Finally a bat comes up with a good idea. They line up and pull together. Off comes the big pumpkin. The colorful illustrations by S.D. Schindler is a little spooky but not scary. With predictable rhyming texts, the picture book is good for reading aloud. Kids can also see the value of cooperation and teamwork.
Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Humorous Stories; Book Theme: Witches
The main characters of "The Witches" by Roald Dahl are a boy named Charlie and his Norwegian grandma. She knows a lot about witches, and tells Charlie stories about them. While taking a summer vacation at a hotel in England, the boy is trapped in a room full of witches and finds out about their plot to get rid of children, but the Grand High Witch turns him into a mouse. In the end, Charlie manages to foil the witches' evil scheme with the help of his grandma. Quentin Blake's illustrations complements Roald Dahl's style very well. This scary and humorous story appeals to children in 4th grade through 7th grade.
Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Witches, Halloween, Rhyming Stories
"Room on the Broom" by Julia Donaldson is a fun picture book to read aloud around Halloween time or any time of the year. A witch and a cat are flying on a broomstick. The wind blows and the witch loses her hat, then her bow, and then her wand. Each time, an animal picks up her lost item and asks if there is room on the broom for him. The generous witch always says yes. The added weight finally snaps the broom in two and the witch encounters a mean dragon. Her animal friends find a clever way to scare the dragon off and the rhyming story ends with the witch and the animals riding happily on a luxurious broom. Axel Scheffler's illustration is bright and lively. "Room on the Broom" appeals to children in preschool, kindergarten and first grade.