Fantasy Books for Kids at Any Grade Level

Fantasy Books for Kids at Any Grade Level

Fantasy books for kids are the perfect way to entertain children of all ages and take them to new places beyond their wildest imagination. Whether it is portals that take you to another dimension, fighting mythical creatures, or enrolling in a magical school, the Fantasy genre is full of worlds and stories to escape into.

Readers could spend a lifetime reading fantasy books, so it makes perfect sense to start while you’re young. Check out our list of the best fantasy books for kids and help transport them to places full of magic and wonder.

Top Fantasy Books For Kids – The Classics

Fantasy books for kids - Harry Potter by JK Rowling

1. Harry Potter

by J.K. Rowling

There is no better place to start than the best-selling fantasy books for kids of all time. Since its release in 1997, the Harry Potter series has captured the hearts and minds of millions of readers across the planet. For any child with an interest in fantasy or one who loves to read, J.K. Rowling’s masterpiece of a series is a must-read.

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Fantasy books for kids - Chronicles of Narnia

2. Chronicles of Narnia

by C.S. Lewis

Another classic from a British literary icon, The Chronicles of Narnia from C.S. Lewis is one of the most popular works in all of children’s literature. First published in the 1950s, the series has been adapted into virtually every medium possible and is one of the most-read fantasy series ever.

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Fantasy books for kids - The Golden Compass

3. His Dark Materials

by Philip Pullman

A coming of age story of two children in an intricately crafted fantasy world, this trilogy moves quickly and effortlessly between parallel worlds and the multiverse. Starting with The Golden Compass, the series has won countless awards and honors and has been adapted multiple times to both TV and film. This series is perfect for any child with an interest in fantasy or coming of age stories.

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Fantasy books for kids - A Wrinkle In Time

4. A Wrinkle In Time

by Madeleine L’Engle

A classic story that journeys across time and space, A Wrinkle in Time is an important addition to any fantasy reading list. L’Engle presents a world blended between fantasy and science fiction with young characters who embark on a life-changing journey. First published in 1962 and featuring a brilliant, young female protagonist, A Wrinkle In Time is a groundbreaking work that set the stage for many of the fantasy novels that followed.

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Fantasy books for kids - Percy Jackson

5. Percy Jackson & The Olympians

by Rick Riordan

Greek gods, myths, and heroes are a staple of the Fantasy genre for both children and adults. The Percy Jackson & The Olympians series from Rick Riordan takes the genre to new heights with a modern setting and a cast of young heroes and heroines. When Percy discovers he is a demigod, he enters a new world full of ancient monsters and challenges that are adapted to today’s world.

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Top Fantasy Books For Kids – Other Gems

Fantasy books for kids - Howl's Moving Castle

1. Howl’s Moving Castle

by Diana Wynn Jones

A fantasy story featuring a fictional monarchy, an 18-year old heroine, and hidden magical powers, Howl’s Magical Castle went from an undiscovered work to one with a cult following. The novel acts as a coming-of-age story for Sophie Hatter, who goes from a dull life running a shop to one involving princes, witches, and evil curses.

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Fantasy books for kids - Coraline

2. Coraline

by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has become one of the most beloved fantasy authors of the 21st century. Coraline steps through a door in her home and finds herself in a new house, eerily similar to the one she left behind. The novel combines a portal fantasy with enough scary moments to keep readers of all ages on edge.

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Fantasy books for kids - Seraphina

3. Seraphina

by Rachel Hartman

Taking place in a magical world where humans and dragons co-exist, Seraphina is an exciting addition to the fantasy genre. The newest member of the royal court, Seraphina, is a talented musician with a secret that she guards above all else. Featuring murder, a dashing prince, and kingdom-defining stakes, Rachel Hartman’s novel is engrossing from page 1.

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Fantasy books for kids - The Girl Who Drank the Moon

4. The Girl Who Drank the Moon

by Kelly Barnhill

What happens when a misunderstood witch ends up with a baby with magical powers? The Girl Who Drank the Moon is a whimsical, engrossing novel with endearing characters, magical moments, and impressive world-building. Kelly Barnhill’s story continuously challenges preconceived notions about character types that we thought we knew so well.

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Fantasy books for kids - The Mysterious Benedict Society

5. The Mysterious Benedict Society

by Trenton Lee Stewart

An addictive read for gifted children of all ages, The Mysterious Benedict Society puts a series of gifted kids through mind-bending tests and quests in a plot to save the world. A perfect read for any child who is constantly on the lookout for their next adventure. This is a long series with stories and characters guaranteed to keep readers guessing and wanting more.

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