In some conservative Christian circles, magic in children’s books is considered a bad and/or dangerous thing. There are some good reasons for this viewpoint, particularly given the rise of modern-day witchcraft. However, there is much to be said for good books with magical elements. After all, the Narnia books are full of magic, and even Aslan talks about “the deep magic.” It would be sad if children missed out on the best of this genre.
My favorite books with magic in them come mostly from an earlier era—from a time when books portrayed kids doing things together, having adventures together, and letting their imaginations go. These days, such books more t . . .