As a child, I had a few favorite Witch books. I look back at these today and I still enjoy them.
Witch’s Handbook by Macolm Bird. This book is the real deal. Grown up witches can get a lot out of this book, but of course it is intended for children 9-10. The book is out of print and not cheap, but if you run across it at the library or in a used book store, snatch it up! I read this one a lot as a kid, and I made most of the recipes in it with my little brother.
This book is truly about the traditional craft. It has an herbal, old wives tales, delicious spooky recipes–I love the kneebones! fashion guides, and horoscopes. All the witches in this book are ugly and grumpy, be warned it doesn’t paint a pretty picture of us!
Humbug Witch by Lorna Balian. This book is for the younger set, perhaps preschool age? It is a darling book about a little witch making potions and wearing cute witch clothes and masks. I still have my copy of this book from when I was a little girl. Such a great book and there are tons of cheap copies online.
Mrs Piggle Wiggle by Betty McDonald is a series is about a woman who lives in an upside down house and who cures all the children in her neighborhood of their bad habits with magic potions. These are chapter books and a little longer, better for 10-12 year-olds. I read the whole series out of the library when I was a kid, it should still be in most libraries. Worth looking at in my memory.
Eyewitness Witches and Magic Makers by Douglas Hill. I picked this one up very recently at the library. This series of kids books had hundreds of pictures and short descriptions about artifacts, history, and culture. My little brother read a lot of Eyewitness books as a kid so I grabbed this one up. This book is also good for adult witches because it covers a lot of different cultures witchcrafts in a really different and survey fashion. It isn’t like the standard books written for pagans, this has different information. Again, this book paints an ugly picture of witches with warty noses and gross claws. To balance things out it has a really nice section on Wiccans. But that aside this is a fun book for 8-12 year olds.
Where to Park Your Broomstick by Lauren Manoy. This is a great intro to a variety of witchcraft traditions for a teen witch. Much much better than the other books for teens out there. This book has a chapter just for parents to read to introduce the subject, its very mature in dealing with the reality of exploring alternative religions as a teenager under your parents roof. She even wisely points out that if witchcraft is not okay with your parents, then just practice it in your head while looking at the leaves fall in autumn and energy work–leave the candles and spells until you are on your own. Also Manoy practiced as a teen and has quotes from teens interspersed in the book.
Please leave some comments about your favorite witchy books for kids (kid books that grown ups might like are even better!) What did you grow up reading witches?