In the Harry Potter series of books, every student at Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry gets “sorted” into a house. Each house’s members are known for having certain traits. Potter fans have embraced these houses, and many of them (myself included!) love to show pride to the house that they feel reflects their personality. (Want to you know your house? Take the quiz on Pottermore!)
Ravenclaws are know for being creative, intelligent, and witty. The house colors are blue and bronze, and the house mascot is the eagle. My oldest son and I are both Ravenclaws!
If you have a young Ravenclaw at home, you’ll love reading these books with them!
9 Books for Young Ravenclaws
Matilda by Roald Dahl — Matilda is a brilliant little girl growing up in an awful family. School is not much better; the horrible headmaster has it in for Matilda from the start. She must use her wits and a new-found power to triumph against her school and her parents, and along the way she finds support from an amazing young teacher.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle — Meg Murry has never been good at fitting in. Her frizzy hair, quick wits, and hot temper make finding school friends hard, and life is even harder without her father, who hasn’t been heard from in years. When some magical visitors enter Meg’s life, she’s taken on an adventure with her brother Charles Wallace and new friend Calvin that could save her family and the world.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare — Kit Tyler’s life is turned upside down when she is forced to leave her island home in Barbados to live with Puritan relatives in colonial Connecticuit. Already an outcast in her new home, Kit’s friendship with an old woman named Hannah further ostracizes her, and soon the community begins accusing her of being a witch.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery — Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert planned on adopting a young boy to help on their farm. Instead, a bright and spunky girl named Anne (with an E) Shirley. Smart and sassy, with bright red hair and a flair for the dramatic, Anne stands out in the small Canadian town of Avonlea. However, it’s not long until her uncrushable spirit begins to win people over, starting in her own home.
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren — Tommy and Annika are fascinated by the new girl who has moved in next door. She’s bold and adventurous, with no parents to watch over her and a horse on the front porch. When they follow along with Pippi Longstocking, they find themselves in the middle of some outrageous adventures!
Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself by Judy Blume — Set in 1947, this story follows the life of a little girl with a big imagination. Sally Freedman and her family are spending the winter in Florida while her brother recovers from an illness. Sally finds many things to occupy her there, including new friends, strange neighbors, and her belief that Adolph Hitler is hiding in her new town.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett — When Mary Lennox’s parents die, she goes to live with her wealthy uncle in a huge mansion. She’s overwhelmed by the size of her new home, and mystified by her reclusive uncle and the crying sounds she hears at night. When she finds a secret garden on the grounds of the mansion, she finds a new purpose: to bring the dead garden back to life.
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart — An ad in the newspaper seeks gifted children looking for a special opportunity. What could this possibly be? It turns out to be the beginnings of a very secret mission that only four special children can complete. Can these four new friends persevere through some of the hardest tests of their lives?
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine — Imagine being “gifted” with the power of obedience; being forced to obey every order given to you, no matter how dangerous or ridiculous. This is exactly what happened to young Ella of Frell, but she refuses to accept a life of blind obedience. She goes on a magical journey to break the curse on her life and finally become free to follow her own path.
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