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Take your child on a magical journey or let them explore their own with this magic list of magic books about magic.

There are classics and new titles, picture books and chapter books and some books about the magic of imagination rather than traditional fantasy.

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See our list for teens

  • A Fairy-Tale

    Author: Tony Ross

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • A Fairy-Tale

    Author: Tony Ross

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 7+

    In a dreary town, between the two world wars, young Bessie is lonely and bored. She meets the elderly Mrs Leaf who lives next door…

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  • The House in the Tree

    Author: Bianca Pitzorno Illustrator: Quentin Blake Translator: Stephen Parkin from Italian

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The House in the Tree

    Author: Bianca Pitzorno Illustrator: Quentin Blake Translator: Stephen Parkin from Italian

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 9+

    A totally surreal story that puts a new spin on a magical faraway tree – Pitzorno’s story is full of surprises and delightful…

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  • Tales from Old Ireland

    Author: Malachy Doyle Illustrator: Niamh Sharkey

    Interest level: 6-12

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Tales from Old Ireland

    Author: Malachy Doyle Illustrator: Niamh Sharkey

    Interest level: 6-12

    Reading age: 8+

    This stunningly illustrated collection of stories has its roots in oral storytelling and features giants, demons and wicked stepmo…

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  • The BFG

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The BFG

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 7+

    The BFG stands for Big Friendly Giant, who unexpectedly spirits a little girl named Sophie out of bed, and into the land of the ch…

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  • Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales

    Author: Hilary McKay Illustrator: Sarah Gibb

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6-8

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  • Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales

    Author: Hilary McKay Illustrator: Sarah Gibb

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6-8

    This gorgeous collection from Hilary McKay will make you see your favourite fairy tales in new and surprising ways; it's a book th…

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  • The King of Birds

    Author: Alexander Utkin Translator: Lada Morozova

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The King of Birds

    Author: Alexander Utkin Translator: Lada Morozova

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Gamayun, the magical human-faced bird of Slavic mythology, narrates this vibrant and luxurious graphic novel for younger readers. …

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  • The Worst Witch

    Author: Jill Murphy

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Worst Witch

    Author: Jill Murphy

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 7+

    Long before Harry Potter first went to Hogwarts, trainee witch Mildred Hubble embarked on life at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witche…

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  • The Wizards of Once

    Author: Cressida Cowell

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Wizards of Once

    Author: Cressida Cowell

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Wish is a girl from a warrior tribe and Xar is a boy from a wizard tribe, living in a world loosely based on Ancient Britain at th…

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  • Perfectly Norman

    Author: Tom Percival

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Perfectly Norman

    Author: Tom Percival

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

    Norman has always been normal, perfectly normal… So he is very surprised to have wings suddenly one day! This is a sweet and truly…

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  • The Story of King Arthur

    Author: Siân Lewis Illustrator: Graham Howells

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Story of King Arthur

    Author: Siân Lewis Illustrator: Graham Howells

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 8+

    A comprehensive and illustrated retelling of the story of King Arthur and his knights, from the years before his birth to his fina…

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