Top 10 Best Magical Books for 5-year-olds

Discover a selection of spellbinding stories in this list of the best magical books for 5-year-olds. You're sure to find all sorts of wondrous phenomena, including witches, dragons, fairies and more.

1. Peter Pan

J. M. Barrie

This timeless tale features the fantastical adventures of the mischievous Lost Boys, the intrepid Darling children, the courageous Peter Pan who will never grow up, and, of course, the wicked Captain Hook! Be whisked away to Neverland with this exhilarating story.

2. The Dragon Keeper's Handbook

Katie Haworth

When you open a mysterious parcel that arrives for you in the post, you find a dragon's egg. Congratulations - you've been chosen to become a Dragon Keeper! This guide contains all the advice you'll need on your journey through scorched eyebrows, hair-raising riding lessons, and trying to manage your new companion's insatiable hunger for treasure. This book covers your baby dragon's first moments, dragon health, the art of dragon telepathy and lots more.

3. Magic Animal Friends Stories

Daisy Meadows

This spellbinding series follows two friends, Lily and Jess, who discover a magical, secret forest where the animals can talk! However, the wicked witch Grizelda is on the hunt and trying to ruin the animals' lives... Follow the girls' adventures as they have to save a baby bunny, help Evie Scruffypup break the spell the witch has cast on her, battle dragons with a squirrel called Sophie Flufftail, and lots more.

4. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

Kids can immerse themselves in a dreamlike world with this enthralling book. Follow the white rabbit down the rabbit hole and tumble into a world where all your normal worries disappear, and you must instead contend with the grinning Cheshire Cat, the nonsensical Mad Hatter and the cruel Queen of Hearts. Full of wonderful wordplay and perplexing puzzles, children will love this riveting read.

5. The Worst Witch

Jill Murphy

Generations of young readers have been left spellbound by the magical mishaps of Mildred Hubble! Despite being one of the clumsiest children around, she joins Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches - but constantly gets her spells wrong and crashes her broomstick. It only gets worse when she makes an enemy of Ethel, the snobby and vindictive teacher's pet. Hilarious, hectic and easily readable, this first book in the sensational Worst Witch series is a must-read for any young booklover.

6. The Moonshine Dragon

Cornelia Funke

This captivating story features a tiny silver dragon which has been chased out of Patrick's storybook by an equally tiny knight. Now, chaos has broken loose! Patrick finds himself shrunk down into a miniature man, hiding in a toy castle. Can he defeat the knight and survive to the next morning? This gorgeous, appealing book is particularly suitable for those who struggle with reading.

7. Rainbow Magic Stories

Daisy Meadows

Fairy fans will be enchanted by these stunning stories. They follow Rachel and Kirsty as they join the fairies in their ongoing battle with Jack Frost. Easily readable and wonderfully magical, this fantasy series is perfect for children who want to start reading on their own. But which fairy will be your child's favourite?

8. My Secret Unicorn

Linda Chapman

By day, young Lauren Foster rides an ordinary pony - but by night, Lauren recites a secret spell, and Twilight transforms into a beautiful unicorn with magical powers! It's not long before they discover that this special magic can help other people overcome their problems. Discover the enchanting adventures of this spellbinding series, which starts with 'The Magic Spell', perfect for animal-lovers.

9. Mr Majeika

Humphrey Carpenter

Class Three are rather surprised when their new teacher flies in through the classroom window and lands on the floor with a bump! When he wants to, Mr Majeika can behave like any ordinary teacher, but he can't resist using a little magic to turn the class nuisance, Hamish Bigmore, into a frog. But he can't remember the spell to transform Hamish back into a boy again! With Mr Majeika around, life at school is sure to be far more exciting. This exhilarating tale of magical marvels will captivate young readers.

10. 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.

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    Don't miss this timeless classic! JM Barrie's Peter Pan has charmed generations of children and their parents and the adventures of the mischievous Lost Boys, adventurous Darling children and courageous Peter Pan are sure to enchant generations more! Perfect for reading aloud.
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    Imagine sitting on the back of a snow-white unicorn. Imagine riding it high into the sky, the wind in your hair. Imagine owning it, loving and cherishing it forever. This dream comes true for Lauren Foster. By day she rides Twilight, an ordinary little pony, but as night draws in and Lauren recites a secret spell, Twilight becomes a unicorn with magical powers! Only Lauren knows Twilight's secret and before long they discover that his special magic can help other people overcome their problems. "The Magic Spell and Dreams Come True" brings together the first two adventures in the "My Secret Unicorn" series in which Lauren discovers Twilight's secret and, using a little magic, helps a friend in danger.
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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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    As a rule, magic carpets don't turn up in schools, but this is exactly what happens when Class Three's new teacher flies in through the classroom window and lands on the floor with a bump. Mr Majeika can behave just like any ordinary teacher if he wants to, but something has to be done about Hamish Bigmore, the class nuisance, and so he uses a little magic to turn him into a frog. And to everyone's delight it looks as if Hamish will have to remain a frog because Mr Majeika can't remember the spell to turn him back again! With Mr Majeika in charge, suddenly life at school become much more exciting - there's even a magic-carpet ride to Buckingham Palace!
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    The Worst Witch managed to keep entire generations of young readers spellbound and now your child can read where it all began with this book, the first in the series.

    Written and illustrated by Jill Murphy, the book tells the story of how Mildred Hubble became a trainee at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, despite being one of the most clumsy children around - constantly getting her spells wrong and crashing her broomstick...

    Things get even worse when she turns Ethel, the teacher's pet, into her worst enemy. Funny, chaotic and easily readable, this is a great first chapter book for young readers!
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    After wowing readers across the globe with her bestselling Inkheart series, Cornelia Funke turns her attention to those aged 5 and over with the magical story of The Moonshine Dragon.

    A tiny silver dragon has been chased out of Patrick's storybook by an equally tiny knight and all mayhem has broken loose! Patrick finds himself shrunken down too and hides in a toy castle... Will he be able to defeat the knight and make it through to the next morning?

    An appealing story especially designed with spaced text and cream pages for those who struggle with reading (including dyslexic children), the Little Gems book comes with beautiful illustrations from Monica Armino.
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    Daisy Meadows' Rainbow Magic series has introduced so many children to the joys of reading and now she's set to enchant even more young readers with the Magic Animal Friends series.

    Lily and Jess are two friends who love animals, so it's a dream come true when they find themselves in Friendship Forest - a secret world where all the animals can talk! However, it's not long before the animals need the pals' help. Wicked witch Grizelda is on the hunt and is trying to ruin the animals' lives...

    Throughout these sparkling stories (ideal for children aged 5 and over who are just starting to read independently), Lily and Jess have to save a baby bunny called Lucy Longwhiskers from the clutches of Grizelda; help Evie Scruffypup the dog break the spell that the witch has put on her; and battle dragons with a squirrel named Sophie Flufftail.

    The glittery jackets just add to the appeal of these amazingly accessible stories.
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    Children will want to make a very important date with this mini edition of Lewis Carroll's classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass.

    One of the most famous stories of all time, the text is fully unabridged while the characters and scenes have been reimagine in 25 beautiful, full-colour illustrations by Martina Peluso.
  • A Year of Rainbow Magic Boxed Collection - 52 Books - Collection - 9781408348246 - Daisy Meadows
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    This sparkling collection gives fairy fans the chance to enjoy one Rainbow Magic story a week for an entire year!

    A Book People favourite, these magical stories follow Rachel and Kirsty as they join the fairies in their ongoing battle with Jack Frost. Completely spellbinding and with easy-to-read, accessible text, they are full of fun and will appeal to any child who has just started to read independently.

    With 52 books to get through, this is a massive collection of fantastic stories at a magical Book People price. Who will be your child's favourite fairy?
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    A parcel has arrived in the post for you. When you open it, you find a dragon's egg. Congratulations! You have been chosen to become a Dragon Keeper. This handbook will help you on your journey through singed eyebrows, hair-raising riding lessons and trying to control your new friend's insatiable thirst for treasure. Your baby dragon's first moments, dragon health, the art of dragon telephathy and more are covered in this, the only guide you need to become a Dragon Keeper!