Children step into imaginary worlds with ease. To a child, every large person could be a giant. Every rustle of the leaves could be a wolf lurking in the darkness, and every puff of smoke on the mountainside, could be a fire breathing dragon! 

Imagination is one of life’s greatest gifts, It allows for children to redefine their world in accessible ways. Imagination both stimulates brain activity and expands intellectual growth while opening up a world of unlimited possibilities. Teaching your child that life has no limits and that they can achieve anything they set their mind to.

Below are some of my favourite magical books for children 8 years and older. All books can be purchased from our store, wee bookworms or alternatively, you can sign up for one of our magical book subscriptions.

The House At The End Of Magic By Amy Sparkes

A witch’s curse, a hidden treasure and a wizard with fluffy slippers.

The House At The End Of Magic is a brilliantly funny and imaginative story involving wacky wizards, troublesome trolls and an orphan pickpocket named Nine.

Nine steals a house shaped ornament from a mysterious woman’s purse which grows into a magical house. This house is filled with fascinating characters who have been placed under an extraordinary spell. They are in desperate need of help from Nine and if she can break the spell, maybe they can offer her a new life in return.

This funny tale has a cast of lovable characters and plenty of twists and turns. This is a hugely imaginative adventure that fans of Abi Elphinstone, Sophie Anderson and Diana Wynne Jones will love.’ – The Week Junior

Reading age 8+

Starfell : Willow Moss and the Lost Day By Dominique Valente


Willow Moss is the youngest and least powerful sister in a family of witches. She has a unique magical ability for finding lost things, such as, keys, socks or wooden teeth. Useful but not really exciting.

Until the most powerful witch in the world of Starfell turns up at Willows door and asks for her help. A whole day has gone missing – last Tuesday to be precise. Without this day, the whole universe could unravel.

Willow holds the fate of Starfall in her rather unremarkable hands. Will she save the day?

Step into Starfell, a world crackling with warmth, wit and magic.

For readers aged 8+

The Cloud Horse Chronicles : Guardians of Magic By Chris Riddell

Meet the guardians of magic: Zam, Phoebe and Bathsheba, three children who don’t yet know how powerful they are.

The Guardians of Magic weaves together a stunningly illustrated quest in which three ordinary children, with extraordinary powers come together to defeat the enemies who threaten the mysterious cloud horses.

The kingdom of Thrynne is a place where fairy tales don’t behave, and magic can be found in the most unexpected places. But magic also brings danger to Zam, Phoebe and Bathsheba because it is forbidden.

Now the future of magic itself is under threat from powerful enemies: those who fear it and, worse, those who want to use it for their own ends. What can these three ordinary children do to protect it?

Reading age is 8+

Dragon Rider By Cornelia Funke

A dragon. A boy, A journey.

This book is a must have for any dragon fan.

This New York Times Bestseller is about a young dragon Firedrake who embarks on a quest to find the Rim of Heaven, the mythical home for all dragons to live in peace. He is accompanied by a boy named Ben. They fly over moonlit lands and sparkling seas, they encounter fantastic creatures, summon up surprising courage – and cross the path a ruthless villain with an ancient grudge who’s determined to end their quest

This book is for readers 8+

The Land of Roar by Jenny Mclachlan

Believing is just the beginning

Welcome to a world of flying dragons, magical mermaids, ninja wizards, wicked scarecrows and wildly inventive adventure. Welcome to The Land Of Roar! This story sweeps readers up in a page turning adventure that is primed to a child’s imagination.

When Arthur and Rose were little, they were heroes in the Land of Roar, an imaginary world that they found by climbing through the folding bed in their grandad’s arctic. Roar was filled with things they loved – dragons, mermaids, ninja wizards and adventure.

Now the twins are eleven, roar is almost forgotten. But when strange things start happening, Arthur begins to wonder if maybe, just maybe… Roar is real.

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