I Am A Witch’s Cat by Harriet Muncaster isn’t strictly a Halloween book, because the little girl in the story wears her cat costume year-round. She explains the reasons she knows her mom is a witch: she grows magical plants, makes potions, and cackles over spellbooks with her fellow witches.
There’s a lot to love here. The imaginative little girl and her mother have a sweet relationship and do many activities together. On Friday nights, the mom takes a break from being a witch while her cat stays with a babysitter. This is a positive portrayal of a loving single mom who needs time to herself, and a positive portrayal of babysitting.
The artwork is a combination of traditional illustration and really extraordinary paper and mixed-media constructions that Muncaster has photographed, which give a whimsical feel that complements the story beautifully.
Happy Halloween, Witch’s Cat finds the little girl unable to decide on a Halloween costume as she considers her options with her patient mother. Each option is a different color, making this one a color primer as well as a Halloween book. At the end, the little girl finds a creative solution.
My two-year-old and I read these over and over. The stories are simple and sweet and the illustrations perfectly matched.
Source disclosure: I purchased these books.