As Dr. Seuss once wrote, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.” Reading fantasy books will not only open new worlds for your kids to explore, it can also contribute to their intelligence and their character. The exposure to new vocabulary through reading can increase test scores, while encountering new people and events can teach children to better relate with others. These fantasy novels are a great way to build the habit of reading for children of any age. These magical books will also stoke their imaginative minds.
Fantasy Books With Magic
My kids love books with magical realism. The first five books on my list were great introductions in the world of fantasy and magic and the have continued to love the genre. I will list some more of their favorite Fantasy books at the end. These will be perfect for when your children are ready to progress into higher level reading.
1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia series has a permanent place in the hearts of those who have read it. In the first book, we follow four siblings — Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy — through a magical wardrobe and into the magical land of Narnia. The land is frozen and its inhabitants are enslaved by the White Witch. Finding the Great Lion Aslan is their only hope of winning. This is the ultimate adventure for young readers. It is packed with great values — and perhaps even a lesson that stems from strong faith.
2. A Wrinkle in Time
Time Quintet is a classic series by Madeleine L’Engle and is another must-read for your child. The first book, A Wrinkle in Time, tells the story of high-school girl Meg Murry who is transported through space and time with her younger brother Charles Wallace. Together, they attempt to rescue their gifted scientist of a father from the grasp of evil forces that are holding him hostage. The book has everything you would need in a fantasy novel — action, adventure, drama, and richly-written characters.
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
What comes to mind upon the mention of magical books will most likely be the renowned Harry Potter series. Published in 1997, J.K. Rowling’s novels took the world by storm and have influenced literature and pop culture today. The first book of this series follows the life of Harry Potter, a boy who learns on his 11th birthday that he possesses magical powers. He then becomes a student at Hogwarts, an English boarding school for wizards. There, he makes friends and learns about the secrets of the wizarding world. With incredible world-building and valuable lessons on friendship and family, your child is guaranteed to enjoy growing up alongside Harry Potter.
4. The Lightning Thief
One of the most successful franchises that is loved by all ages is Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. In The Lightning Thief, we are introduced to Percy Jackson, a 12-year-old boy who learns that his true father is Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. When Zeus’ lightning bolt goes missing, Percy sets out with his newfound friends from Camp Half-Blood, a school for children with godly parents, and attempts to stop a war between the gods. Rick Riordan and his books are known for emphasizing representation and diversity and are a great way for kids to learn more about empathy and kindness for everyone we meet.
5. The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is a great choice for readers aged 10 and up. The book provides a background for Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, and starting out with The Hobbit can even encourage your children to read more of the series when they’re older. We follow Bilbo Baggins on a journey to the Lonely Mountain, where they plan to retake the dwarves’ treasure from a dragon. The book draws from Norse mythology and classical fairy tales, making for an unforgettable reading experience.
More Magical Books For Kids
- Matilda by Roald Dahl. An ordinary little girl discovers she has magical abilities.
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. A trilogy young adult fantasy adventure.
- Eragon by Christopher Paolini. From elves to dragons and sorcerers, my son and daughter both loved this series.
- The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin. A six book series.
- The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. This is a 14 book series and my daughter couldn’t put them down.
Once your child discovers the infinite worlds they have yet to discover in fantasy books, they’re sure to get hooked on reading. Furthermore, studies show that kids that read more perform better in school. I hope this list of magical books is enjoyed by your children. Let us know your favorites in the comments. Or give us a shout out on social media @familyfocusblog!