We're thrilled to have some new literary inspired Ex Libris designs to mark World Book Day 2018 - including this personalised Witch book stamp.
While the sample in the product photograph above definitely belongs to Mildred Hubble of Worst Witch fame, it was really inspired by my daughter's outfit for World Book Day last year - here she is as the witch from Room on the Broom, complete with dragon companion (wanting witch and chips for his tea).
Dressing up as a witch is a really easy option for time-pressed parents (especially if you have halloween costumes knocking about). And there are plenty of witchy books to choose as your inspiration - here is our selection:
Meg & Mog
by Helen Nicole & Jan Pienkowski
An absolute classic, I remember reading Meg & Mog when I was tiny and my kids love them too.
Room on the Broom
by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
Donaldson and Scheffler are picturebook royalty and this is one of their finest. A totally witchy witch (look at the wart on her nose!) but completely loveable and great rhymes. 'I want witch and chips for my tea' is said a lot in our house.
A Woggle of Witches
by Adrienne Adams
Follow a group of witches going about their witchy business (flying around the moon for instance) - but who knew they were terrified of something closer to home. I like this one as it's not scared of making night dark and the ending is very funny.
The Witch In the Cherry Tree
by Margaret Many and Jenny Williams
I discovered this book after loving 'The Lion in the Meadow' by the same writer-illustrator team. This tale is equally psychedelic and about a witch lurking in a cherry tree trying to steal cakes. Very popular with gorgeous illustrations. Includes a recipe at the back too. I think this one is out of print but worth seeking out.
The Worst Witch
by Jill Murphy
It's a classic isn't it.. and perfect for new readers getting into chapter books for the first time.
NB: the background to the big product image at the top of this post is from 'The Island', by Marije Tolman and Ronald Tolman - it doesn't have any witches in it but is a beautiful wordless picturebook