Top 10 Best Magical Books for 3-year-olds

You'll find plenty of magic and mayhem in these spellbinding stories! Discover monsters, mermaids, witches, wizards and more in these magical books for 3-year-olds.

1. The Princess and the Wizard

Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks

A wicked wizard is determined to capture Princess Eliza, but this plucky princess will do everything possible to escape! By magically changing her shape and colour, will she be able to outsmart him and get back to the palace in time to cut her birthday cake? This enchanting story will captivate little readers.

2. Disney: Magical Story Collection

Join an array of much-loved Disney characters - from classic figures like Mickey and Minnie Mouse, to more recent stars like Rapunzel and Dory - with this collection of exciting stories. With so many vibrant books to choose from, kids will love discovering the magical adventures of these fun, famous characters.

3. Jim and the Beanstalk

Raymond Briggs

In this quirky sequel to the famous story, Jim ventures up the beanstalk to find the giant at the top is now rather old. The giant can't see very well and has lost his appetite - as well as his hair! Jim offers to give him glasses, false teeth and a wig, but will the giant regain his appetite? And if he does, what - or who - will he eat? Children will be engrossed by this thrilling fairy-tale.

4. Room on the Broom

Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

With charming illustrations and dynamic rhyming text, this rib-tickling tale will enchant little readers. It stars a witch with a brilliant broomstick, but when she loses her hat, her bow and her wand in a sudden flurry of wind, three small animals are happy to help - and they all want a ride on her broomstick in return! Will there be room? And what will happen when they stumble across a dragon?! This delightful tale is perfect for bedtime.

5. The Little Mermaid


This classic story follows a mermaid who trades her beautiful voice for legs so that she can join the human world. She is determined to reunite with the handsome prince she once rescued from drowning, and stay with him as a human forever. But will her new earthbound life be as wonderful as she thought it would be? This fairy-tale adventure has delighted generations of children.

6. Sugarlump and the Unicorn

Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks

When rocking horse Sugarlump wants to see the world, a magical unicorn transforms him into a real horse so he can venture outside his little room. But after all the trotting, galloping and dancing around the farm, the racetrack and even the circus, Sugarlump realises that what he really wants is his home and the children who loved him. Will the unicorn grant him just one more wish? This glittering tale of marvels and magic will captivate little booklovers and show them that the grass isn't always greener.

7. Meg and Mog

Helen Nicoll & Jan Pienkowski

Discover the enchanting tale of Meg (a witch) and Mog (her cat), a well-meaning duo who nonetheless find themselves in trouble! In this engaging book, we're introduced to a witch's wardrobe and a witch's breakfast. But when Meg joins her witch friends for some spell-making at a Halloween party, the spell doesn't quite go according to plan... With bold illustrations and simple text, little ones will love this wonderful story.

8. The Amazing Mrs Pepperpot

Alf Proysen

Mrs Pepperpot has a problem... she shrinks! And when she does, she finds herself in all sorts of trouble. Now, she's shrunk again, but she's determined to go to the bazaar nonetheless. With a cunning plan, she'll soon be dancing rings around the ladies at the fair! In a second story, Puss can't wait for Mrs Pepperpot to shrink so she can whisk her away on an exciting adventure. The brave Mrs Pepperpot will soon be rewarded with some very special treasure... Discover the marvellous Mrs Pepperpot, whose stories have delighted readers for decades.

9. George and the Dragon

Christopher Wormell

Travel high into the mountains, to a mysterious valley, to a deep, dark cave... There, you'll discover an almighty dragon. An awesome and terrifying beast, it can terrorise whole armies, destroy castles, demolish forests and kidnap princesses. But this magnificent, powerful creature has a secret... he's terrified of mice! Little ones will love this fun and gripping tale.

10. Mr Underbed

Chris Riddell

As Jim is drifting off to sleep, a blue, shaggy head appears from beneath the mattress! The mysterious creature complains about how uncomfortable it is to sleep on the floor. Jim invites the creatures to join him under the duvet, but wishes he hadn't when Mr Underbed starts to snore. Unable to sleep, Jim then discovers that other monsters are hiding around his room - and each wants somewhere comfortable to sleep! This funny story is guaranteed to enthral children, and reassure those who might be worried about monsters lurking under the bed.

  • ADCRX 3 years +
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    This book features a re-telling of the classic children's story by the author and illustrator of the best-selling "Snowman". Jim finds a beanstalk growing outside his window one morning, and follows his famous predecessor up to the top...
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    Far, far away in the high, high mountains in a deep, deep valley in a dark, dark cave - there lived a mighty dragon.' He was an awesome and frightening creature, terrorising whole armies, destroying castles, demolishing forests and kidnapping princesses. But this mighty dragon had a deep, dark secret...
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    When Jim kindly allows Mr Underbed to sleep in his bed he is unprepared for all the other night-time visitors who want to share it too.
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    Meg and Mog books are the spellbinding creation of author Helen Nicoll and award-winning illustrator Jan Pienkowski. The bold illustrations in this witty board book will entrance youngsters from 1+ and the simplicity of the story will make it an enduring favourite with young toddlers and their parents.
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    Julia Donaldson, award-winning author of The Gruffalo, conjures up more magical adventures with The Princess and the Wizard. The spellbinding verses tell the tale of Princess Eliza who is captured on her birthday by a wicked wizard and has to use all her ingenuity to escape. Colourful illustrations by Lydia Monks add to the charm of this witty and enchanting tale for readers from 3+. Fans of The Princess and the Wizard will also enjoy Sharing a Shell.
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    The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witch's hat, bow and wand. They are retrieved by a dog, a bird and a frog, and each animal asks for a ride on the broom. They climb on, one after the next, until the broom is so heavy that it snaps in two! What will happen next as they tumble into a bog and meet a greedy dragon?
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    Mrs Pepperpot has a problem - a huge problem - she shrinks! And when she shrinks she finds herself in all sorts of trouble...Poor Mrs Pepperpot has shrunk again and she's set her heart on going to the bazaar. But with a clever disguise and a cunning plan, she's soon dancing rings around the ladies at the fair! Puss can't wait for Mrs Pepperpot to shrink so she can whisk her away on an adventure. It's a hair-raising journey, but brave Mrs P is soon rewarded with some very special treasure indeed.
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    This beautiful hardback Ladybird edition of The Little Mermaid is a perfect first illustrated introduction to this classic fairy tale for young readers from 3+. The story is sensitively retold, following the tale of the young mermaid who falls in love with a human prince. Other exciting titles in the Ladybird Tales series include The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Gingerbread Man, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Rapunzel, The Magic Porridge Pot, The Enormous Turnip, Puss in Boots, The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Big Pancake, Dick Whittington, The Princess and the Frog, The Princess and the Pea, Chicken Licken and The Little Red Hen. Ladybird Tales are based on the original Ladybird retellings, with beautiful pictures of the kind children like best - full of richness and detail. Children have always loved, and will always remember, these classic fairy tales and sharing them together is an experience to treasure. Ladybird has published fairy tales for over forty-five years, bringing the magic of traditional stories to each new generation of children.
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    Many children are left spellbound by Disney's classic stories and this unbelievable value collection gives you the chance to share 30 of them - from tales of Mickey and Minnie Mouse to fairy tale characters like Peter Pan and the Little Mermaid, as well as modern Disney-Pixar classics including Brave, Toy Story and Cars. You could even share out the books as perfect party bag fillers.

    This 30-book collection lets readers delve further into the Magical World of Disney. Coming in a magical slipcase, the books here have simple storylines that follow the famous characters as they head off on a series of exciting adventures. With so many books to choose from, there is plenty of choice for reading at bedtime.

    Whether a child you know loves Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo or one of the many other classics featured here, this is a collection for any child aged 3 or over who loves Disney - it even includes a storybook of the latest hit, Finding Dory!

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    If you're looking for a book to share with your little one, look no further than Sugarlump and the Unicorn by The Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson will not fail to impress.

    When Sugarlump the rocking horse wishes to see the world, a magical unicorn turns him into a real horse so he can explore what lies outside his room. But soon, after all the trotting, galloping and dancing around the farm, race track and even the circus, Sugarlump realises the one thing he's really longing for is his home and the children who loved him that he left behind. Will the unicorn be able to grant him one more wish?

    A magical story with a classic appeal told by the flawless Julia Donaldson, with stunning illustrations by Lydia Monk to really add warmth and wonder, Sugarlump and the Unicorn is a glittering tale of magic and wonder. Adventure-loving little ones will be enthralled by this picture book!