Short Magic Stories for Kids

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

So many kids love reading and learning about magic, so magic stories can be a wonderful way to get reluctant readers going. This lesson offers summaries of magic stories kids are likely to enjoy.

Stories About Magic

Are you trying to get your students more engaged as readers? Perhaps you are beginning a unit on science fiction or fantasy, or maybe you have just noticed that your kids are really interested in magic and you want to capitalize on this fascination. Whatever your motivation, it can be helpful to have a set of short, engaging texts that you can use to maintain students' interest in magic and books about that theme.

The books summarized in this lesson will help students grow their imaginations and their love for reading while also learning more about magic.

Stories About Magic

Each story is followed by a brief summary that emphasizes what the story shows and teaches about magic.

The Moon Ring by Randy Duburke

This story tells of a character named Maxine, whose grandmother teaches her that the blue moon has magical light. Maxine decides to find out what her grandmother meant by that, so she follows the light of the blue moon. She has magical adventures that involve giraffes and other animals, and she grows as a character because of her interactions with magic.

Cows Can't Fly by David Milgrim

This is a great story for kids who believe in magic although adults have told them there is no such thing. The kids in the book know that cows can in fact fly, and the adults are the ones who are clueless and look foolish in the end. The way that magic works in this story is deeply humorous, so it is a great choice for kids who love to laugh while they are reading.

The Magic Box by Katie Cleminson

This story tells of a little girl named Eva, who gets a box for her birthday. Eva can turn the box into a magic box, and she uses it to create pets for herself, like a giant polar bear. Then, she uses the box to make her own wonderful birthday party. This story is great for kids with strong imaginations, and it touches on the overall relationship between magic and fantasy.

The Magic Hat by Mem Fox

Fox has a really special way with language that is sure to get the attention of young readers. This story tells about a magic hat that appears in the sky above a town and eventually changes the people of the town into large animals. Then, they have an interaction with a wizard that will surprise and delight kids who are interested in magic and the lessons people can learn from it.

Dorko the Magnificent by Andrea Beaty

This is the story of a fifth-grade boy who is interested in magic. He wants to learn how to give a magic show, but all his tricks keep going wrong until his grandmother moves in with him. She teaches him some tricks and they develop a strong relationship, as well as learning about magic from a variety of perspectives together.

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