Books about magical creatures

Fantastic beasts, unicorns and dragons – imaginary creatures to fire the imagination!  Here are ten of the best books for children compiled by Jan Homden and reviewed by Amazon. Click on the book covers to follow the links.



Children’s Book of Mythical Beasts and Magical Monsters Paperback – 2 Mar 2015 by DK (Author)

Are you ready for the best collection of bedtime stories ever? Let’s take a trip back in time to meet the bewitching beasts and magical monsters of ancient mythology and legendary folklore from all over the world.

This best-selling reference title for children covers classic myths and lesser-known legends, retold through captivating images, fascinating characters, and enticing text. Origins of the historic tales, hidden meanings, and shared themes are explored and explained for younger readers. Age Range: 9 – 11 years


Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures Paperback – 7 Jul 2016 by Maggie Stiefvater (Author)

An exciting new series full of magical creature, whimsical adventures and quirky illustrations. Pip is a girl who can talk to magical creatures. And her aunt is a vet for magical creatures. When things go amok, Pip consults JEFFREY HIGGLESTON’S GUIDE TO MAGICAL CREATURES – a fun guide to such entities that Pip adds to from time to time.

Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Unicorn Training (Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures) Paperback – 6 Apr 2017 by Jackson Pearce (Author), Maggie Stiefvater (Author)

From bestselling authors Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce comes the second installment in a series bursting with magical creatures, whimsical adventures, and quirky illustrations. Now that the mystery of the exploding Fuzzles has been solved, it’s up to Pip and Tomas to save their town from another magical troublemaker . . . the Unicorn.


How to Find a Magical Creature Hardcover – 1 Sep 2015 by Libby Hamilton (Author), Tomislav (Il) Tomic (Author)

Discover how to find, befriend and protect magical creatures in this novelty-packed and lavishly illustrated guide. Includes lift-the-flap maps, miniature fact books, plus insider information on famous animals like unicorns and griffins. Also includes tips on how to deal with difficult magical creatures, like trolls and giants. With a wealth of amazing detail to pore over, those intrigued by the world of fairy tales and legends will love to explore this guide again and again. Age Range: 6 – 9 years



The Ice Monster Hardcover – 6 Nov 2018 by David Walliams  (Author), Tony Ross (Illustrator)

From No. 1 bestselling children’s author, David Walliams comes his biggest and most epic adventure yet! Illustrated by the artistic genius Tony Ross. This is the story of a ten-year-old orphan and a 10,000-year-old mammoth…

Read all about it! Read all about it! ICE MONSTER FOUND IN ARCTIC!

When Elsie, an orphan on the streets of Victorian London, hears about the mysterious Ice Monster – a woolly mammoth found at the North Pole – she’s determined to discover more…  Age Range: 7 – 12 years



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Sugarlump and the Unicorn Paperback – 22 Mar 2018 by Julia Donaldson  (Author), Lydia Monks  (Illustrator)

When Sugarlump the rocking horse longs to see the world, a magical unicorn with a silver horn and sparkling blue eyes grants his wish and turns him into a real horse. But after trotting around the farm, galloping around a racetrack and even dancing at the circus, Sugarlump learns to be careful what he wishes for.

Luckily the unicorn has one more wish to grant . . . With brilliant rhyming verse, bright and distinctive illustrations and glitter on every page, Sugarlump and the Unicorn is a perfect story for reading together. Age Range: 3 – 7 years


Zog Paperback – 7 Jul 2016 by Julia Donaldson  (Author), Axel Scheffler (Illustrator)

Zog is the keenest dragon in school. He’s also the most accident-prone, flying into trees and even setting his own wing on fire. Luckily, a mysterious little girl always comes by and patches up his bumps and bruises. But will she be able to help Zog with his toughest test: capturing a princess? Winner of the Galaxy National Children’s Book of the Year. The Audiobook version is brilliantly performed by award-winning actress Imelda Staunton.

Age Range: 2 – 7 years


Monsters Love Underpants Paperback – 23 Apr 2015 by Claire Freedman  (Author), Ben Cort (Illustrator)

There are prowly monsters howling loudly and drooling monsters from the steamy swamp. There are wild, woolly mountain monsters and spiky, spooky monsters from outer space. And they all have one thing in common – they LOVE underpants!

This new title from the bestselling Claire Freedman and Ben Cort is full of pantastic fun!

Age Range: 3 years and up



The Paper Bag Princess (Classic Munsch) Paperback – 26 Apr 2018 by Robert Munsch (Author), Michael Martchenko (Illustrator)

When the fiercest dragon in the whole world smashes Princess Elizabeth’s castle, burns all her clothes, and captures her fiancé, Prince Ronald, Elizabeth takes matters into her own hands. With her wits alone and nothing but a paper bag to wear, the princess challenges the dragon to show his strength in the hopes of saving the prince. But is it worth all that trouble?

Readers the world-over have fallen in love with this classic story of girl power. Now a newly designed Classic Munsch edition will introduce the tale to a new generation of young feminists. Age Range: 4 – 7 years


No Such Thing As A Dragon Paperback – 19 Sep 2009 by Jack Kent  (Author)

When Billy Bixbee finds a tiny dragon in his bedroom, his mom tells him, “There’s no such thing as a dragon!” This only makes the dragon get bigger. He grows, and grows, and grows, until he’s bigger than Billy’s house-and that’s just the beginning!

A funny, madcap story and playful illustrations by beloved author-illustrator Jack Kent pair in a book that will have children wondering if maybe friendly pet dragons do exist after all! Age Range: 3 – 7 years






Jan Homden, Consilium Education
An early years teaching specialist and designer, Jan has taught in international
schools around the world and is now responsible for design and research at Consilium Education.



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