Candlewick Press Children’s Books


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These books were provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

Our whole family loves reading.  I am blessed that my girls love books as much as I do!  We are always looking for good books to read, especially as both my girls are at such a critical stage in learning.  My youngest is entering Kindergarten, so we are working on her reading skills.  And my 7-year-old is an amazing reader, and I want to keep her interest going.

Candlewick Press has a fantastic selection of books for kids of all ages.  I browsed their catalog for quite some time – it was a very tough decision as far as which books to choose for the girls.  I spent a lot of time looking through just a small selection of their books, because there were so many wonderful choices.  Once I made my decision, we all anxiously awaited the arrival of the books!

The Princess and the Peas

This book was actually an easy choice!  My 4 year old is an extremely picky eater, so I thought of her when I came across “The Princess and the Peas”.  This is a very relatable story as far as having a child who is a picky eater.  The storyline is very cute and the illustrations are fantastic!

Candlewick Press Princess and the Peas children's book

However, this book has a little twist when the little girl, Lily-Rose May, is presented with a solution to her picky eating – she is sent to live at a palace!  This far-fetched tale is a funny solution to what happens when you don’t eat your peas!  Between the story and the drawings, we were all drawn into this book.

Lily-Rose May will not eat her peas. Even when her father turns them into the most fabulous smoothies, shakes, or cupcakes, Lily can always tell they are there and turns her little nose up at them. Luckily, the doctor knows exactly what to do. He diagnoses an incurable case of princess-itus and sends Lily to live at the palace. Unfortunately for Lily-Rose May, the perfect food for a princess is . . . well . . . that would be telling!

Candlewick Press Bramble & Maggie

Bramble & Maggie

This series of books drew me in right away with its sweet characters – Maggie, a little girl, and Bramble the horse.  I chose the first book in the series, where Bramble needs an owner, but has some personality quirks.  Maggie discovers Bramble and decides they are made for one another.

This book is endearing, as a little girl and a big horse find each other.  Bramble is wary and curious, and this is Maggie’s first horse.  It is a story about working together and figuring out challenges, and it so it is a feel-good story of acceptance and other positive messages.

Candlewick Press Princess in Black

The Princess in Black

The Princess in Black is a cute book about a princess that has a secret side, an alter ego.. she’s also a superhero princess!

This book is recommended for Kindergarten-3rd grade, ages 5-8, so I figured it would be a good fit for both my girls, and it is.  This is a hardcover chapter book, full of great illustrations.  It has plenty of bright, appealing images to keep my Kindergartener occupied while I read this book without getting bored.  My 7 year old is a great reader, and reads a lot of chapter books, even those with few illustrations, so I this was actually a great book for her to power through without stopping.  She also likes reading it to her little sister, so they have both really enjoyed it.

Check out more about this book here (including a spread of pages).

Who says princesses don’t wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black!  Can the princess sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret?

Candlewick Press The Worst Witch

Worst Witch at Sea

My 7-year-old picked out this book because she spotted a cute cat on the cover, clinging to the end of a witch’s broom.  However, despite judging a book by it’s cover, this really is a fantastic story.  The Worst Witch at Sea is recommended for ages 8-11 or grades 3-6, but we had no problem with this book (despite my daughter being age 7).  There were a few words I had to explain, and a few more which were British English words, which made the book a good learning experience for both of us!

My daughter enjoyed this book, about a young witch named Mildred, who struggles at the witch academy.  I felt like the subject was very relatable, as children go through many of the same things as Mildred, such as struggling to fit in at school.  Mildred faces numerous dilemmas, all of which made the book an interesting adventure.

This is not the first book in the series, so we will definitely be getting the rest of the books!

See more about this book here (including a sample chapter).

Mildred has already earned the reputation as the worst student at the witch academy, but now her dear Tabby is deemed unfit to be a witch’s cat. When the class takes a trip to the beach, Mildred courts disaster by bringing Tabby along in secret. Can Mildred rescue Tabby when he’s lost at sea, and, while she’s at it, solve the mysterious legend of lost treasure on Cat’s Head Rock? Jill Murphy tells another appealing tale about everyone’s favorite apprentice witch.


My kids really enjoyed these books, which they are keeping on their bookshelves to be enjoyed again and again.  We are also going to get the rest of the books in the series (Worst Witch and Bramble & Maggie), plus we are going to check out the other books offered by Candlewick Press.

This is my daughter on our camping trip – she couldn’t put down The Worst Witch at Sea!

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  1. 1

    I always loved the Princess and the Pea. My girls really love to read it together too.

  2. 2

    These books sound awesome, I LOVE the superhero princess!! And the princess and the peas is cracking me up. What fun books for girls!

  3. 3

    Those look like great books. My daughter is a little bit of a tomboy, so the idea of a princess that is also a superhero would appeal to her.

  4. 4

    I love the illustrations in all of these. Story comes first, of course, but great illustrations add a lot!

  5. 5

    I remember the Princess and the Pea well. Love how colorful the illustrations are!

  6. 6

    My oldest daughter loves reading books to herself and her siblings, these all look like books she would really enjoy, I’m going to show her these.

  7. 7

    Those are some really cute books. My daughter would love “Princess and the Pea”

  8. 8

    My kids love Princess and the Pea. These seem like good books.

  9. 9

    Great books! I’m always looking for books to add to our library.

  10. 10

    princess and the peas? looked interesting 😀

  11. 11

    The plot of The Princess in Black is quite amazing. Thank you for the ideas!

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