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Good Fantasy Books for Children?

Discussion in 'Novels & Stories' started by Androxine Vortex, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. charleshudgen

    charleshudgen Dreamer

    I would like to suggest 2 fantasy books that I really like and it is very interesting story. The Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter are the books that I would like to recommend for children. I am also confident enough to say that these two books are watched by your kids already. These are the ultimate series for younger readers.

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  2. undertheshepherd7

    undertheshepherd7 Acolyte

    I'd have to say, you can't go wrong with C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia. Those books are what got me into fantasy and I they are intentionally for children that are your brother's age.
  3. sharebear

    sharebear New Member

    My list of mostly fantasy books with a few mystery books added in that I find appropriate for children are as follows and are ordered by authors last name:

    Multi-Author - The 39 Clues books - great especially if you like mystery.
    Lloyd Alexander's Prydain - a classic children's high fantasy.
    Jodi Lynn Anderson's May-Bird series - a little dark and strange but a good series.
    Piers Anthony's Xanth novels - especially if you live in Florida. Visit the ogres at Lake Ogrechobee.
    Robert Asprin's Myth series - Skeeve is fun and funny. Demon's are short for Dimensional Travellers.
    Clive Barker's Imajica and Weaveworld - a little dark and strange but good.
    L. Frank Baum's Oz series - the first one we all know but there were a ton of books in this series.
    Peter S. Beagle's The last Unicorn - cute classic story.
    Vicki Blum - The Dragon Prince - cute story of a boy being saved by a pair of young dragons.
    Enid Blyton's Famous Five - first famous kids mystery series.
    Herbie Bennan's Fairie Wars - more of a teen reader but fun and exciting.
    Holly Black and Tony Diterlizzi's The Spiderwick Chronicles - pretty much a classic now.
    Adam Blade's BeastQuest Series - A story like Magic Treehouse that my kids loved.
    Terry Brooks' Magic Kingdom for Sale - fun series written for adults but appropriate for kids.
    Patrick Carman's Elyon and Atherton Series - my boys loved Atherton.
    Carol Lewis' Wonderland series - what can I say, it's a classic.
    P. W. Catonese's Umber Trilogy - My boys loved it. Fast paced fun.
    Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl Series - another favorite of my kids.
    Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon Series - cute stories.
    Roald Dahl - just about everything he wrote. We all know and love Wonka.
    Tony Diterlizzi's Kenny and the Dragon - cute story from one of the creators of Spiderwick.
    Franklin W. Dixon's Hardy Boy Mysteries - Again a mystery series not fantasy, but good none the less.
    Chris D'Lacey's The Last Dragon Chronicles - Great story for Children and Adults.
    Dianne Duane's Young Wizard series - good stories of the fight against good and evil.
    Jeanne Duprau's Ember series - interesting and engaging with a good message.
    John Flannagan's Ranger Apprentice books - fun series.
    Cornelia Funke's Dragon Rider, Thief Lord, and the Inkheart series. She also has ghost series that is fun.
    Goscinny and Uderzo's Asterix and Obelix - it's a comic from Europe that has world wide acclaim.
    Collen Houk's Tiger Saga - good series.
    Robert Jordan's Conan series - series began with Robert Howard which were continued by Jordan and L. Sprague DeCamp. I found Jordan's Conan series to be the best read.
    Erin Hunter's Warriors collection of series - very good especially if you are a cat person.
    Brian Jacques' Redwall - you gotta love sword slinging mice.
    Carolyn Keene's Nancy Drew Mysteries - also mystery not fantasy, but it is a classic.
    Liz Kessler's Emily Windsnap - more for girls but still a good read.
    Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid - More of a comic like Asterix and Obelix but kid's love it.
    Rudyard Kipling's the Jungle Book - another classic.
    Kathryn Lasky's The Guardians of Ga'hoole novels - Fun Story of a group of wizened owls.
    Ursula K. Lequin's Earthsea novels - Great Classic about Ged the wizard.
    Madelaine Le'Engle's the Time Quartet - fascinating classic.
    C. S. Lewis' Narnia series - classic fantasy at it's finest.
    D. J. MacHale's Pendragon Series - very good Arthurian fantasy.
    Anne McCaffrey's Dragon Riders of Pern - harder for kids to read, but fun for them if a parent is reading it.
    Megan McDonald's Judy Moody series - more for girls, but still fun to read.
    A. A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh Books - It's Winnie the Pooh need I say more???
    Brandon Mull's FableHaven - very fun good against evil while protecting the bizarre book.
    Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Shiloh trilogy - cute story for boys.
    Garth Nix - Pretty much anything he wrote. My boys loved Keys to the Kingdom and The Seventh Tower Series
    Jenny Nimmo's Magician Trilogy and Dragon's Child - Very good English children's book author.
    Marry Norton's The Borrowers - must have been the inspiration behind Redwall.
    Brian Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim books - more of a teen reader but good.
    Mary Pope Osbourne's The Magic Tree House Series - Another Arthurian fantasy that my kids loved.
    Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle - Dragonriding, wars, good against evil - great story by a teen.
    James Patterson's Witch and Wizard series as well as his Maximum Ride Novels.
    Donnita K. Paul's Dragonkeeper books - another good dragon fantasy.
    Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabit and Squirrel Nutkin - classic fantasy.
    Terry Pratchett's Discworld - especially the Tiffany Aching Books. Fun, Funny, just plain awesome.
    Phillip Pullman's Dark Materials - a big time world wide best seller.
    Rick Riordan's Olympians and Kane Chronicles - also a big time world wide best seller.
    Jonathan Rogers' Wilderking series - very good series of Aiden of Corenwald's destiny to become king.
    J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter Series - It's Harry Potter, Enough said.
    Rebecca Rupp - Children visit their Aunt on a remote island and discover dragons also live there.
    Angie Sage's Septimus Heap stories - Another top seller that my children liked allot.
    F. Salten's Bambi stories - again a classic.
    Michael Scott's The Alchemist Nicholas Flamel series - Great series that weaves history and magic
    Obert Skye's Levin Thumps Foo Series - You may not have heard of Obert, but he's great.
    Lemony Snickett's Unfortunate Events - dark and sometimes depressingly funny, but good.
    Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island - another classic.
    Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell's Edge Chronicles - Wow great imagination. Very strange land but fun stories.
    R. L. Stine's Goosebumps - horror stories for children.
    Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy - Similar to Myth where Demon's aren't necessarily the bad ones, but are used by those that are bad. good story.
    J. R. R. Tolkein's The Hobbit - the quintessential classic Fantasy.
    Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues, Journey to the Center of the Earth, etc.
    Margarette Weiss and Tracy Hickman's Dark Sword trilogy - DragonLance and Guardians would also be gook for kids.
    E. B. White's Charlotte's Web - another kids classic.
    N. D. Wilson's 100 Cupboards trilogy - interesting story of children finding cupboards that lead to other worlds.
    Patricia Wrede's Enchanted Forest Quadrilogy - a little more set for girls, but great for anyone to read.
  4. dangit

    dangit Scribe

    Uuh I was reading David Eddings, Mercedes Lackey, Robin Hobb, George R.R Martin by the time I was ten if thet helps.
  5. Konrad

    Konrad Scribe

    The Graveyard Book by Gaiman would seem a good bet, but... the killing in the beginning seems a bit horrific for kids.

    Or am I being too over-protective?

    (My kid is only two-and-a-half, so it's not like I'm going to read it to her tonight, but I'm curious what you guys think).

  6. Rainbowbird

    Rainbowbird Dreamer

    How about Tamora Pierce? I know she writes mainly for/about girls, but that shouldn't matter, should it? I first read her books when I was about eight and I still adore them... They are funny, adventurous, magical and - in my opinion - teach children some important things.

    Otherwise, I'd go with Angie Sage's Septimus Heap series.

    The Last Unicorn and His Dark Materials? I don't know, I think nine years might be a little young to grasp all the wonderful details of those stories... But then again, maybe that was just me.

  7. CTStanley

    CTStanley Scribe

    I loved the redwall series as a kid, and wilbur smiths books (I started reading them aged 10, and though they have adult bits, I was a bit of an advanced reader for my age!)
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  8. Sparkie

    Sparkie Auror

    The Redwall series was my favorite series growing up, especially the first few books.
  9. Reaver

    Reaver Kwisatz Haderach Moderator

    I recommend Lorelei and the Lost and Found Monster by R. Scott Kimsey. I bought this book to read to my kids. It's an amazing story and my kids (and I) love it.
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  10. amadhava

    amadhava Scribe

    What about Enid Blyton? She has those amazing Wishing Chair series, Enchanted Faraway tree series (Moon-face, slippery-slip, silky, saucepan-man - totally awesome!), some fantastic animal-friend series that I cannot recall. Then there's Tamora Pierce, Patricia Wrede, Caroline Stevermere, and if your brother likes animals, there's Willard Price (he's not fantasy, but his books - Amazon Adventure, south sea adventure, tiger adventure, elephant adventure, etc - they're brilliant!)
  11. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Moderator

    Thank you, Sir!
  12. keiani

    keiani Dreamer

    The Chronicles of Chrestomanci by Diana Wynne Jones! She is still one of my favorites.
  13. QueensAdvisor

    QueensAdvisor Acolyte

    I haven't seen Spider-wick Chronicles listed on here. Those are a really good introduction to a lot more traditional fantasy. It's a series of 6 or so (really) short books.
  14. saellys

    saellys Inkling

    I second His Dark Materials (maybe just The Golden Compass/Northern Lights for a while), and even though the reader might not grasp all the details, if he revisits the book later in life, it will reward him. The same goes for The Hobbit.

    EDIT: My husband loved Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising when he was a kid. I read the first book a few years ago and there was an utterly terrifying scene in a church sanctuary (I think?) with evil forces trying to get inside, akin to that one Doctor Who episode, so be forewarned if your reader is prone to nightmares. Otherwise it was a very enjoyable protagonist-discovers-secret-powers-and-savior-destiny type of story.
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  15. Reaver

    Reaver Kwisatz Haderach Moderator

    You're most welcome, my friend! It's a fantastic story and it never gets old to us.
  16. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Moderator

    I have a very rough outline for a sequel :D
  17. Reaver

    Reaver Kwisatz Haderach Moderator

    Awesome! It'd be great to have a sequel to read to my little monkeys.
  18. Gerald F

    Gerald F New Member

    There are a lot of great series out there. I read to my daughter a lot when she was growing up, so I became familiar with many.

    Angie Sage - The Septimus Heap series. (great books)
    Eoin Colfer - Artemis Fowl (I loved these books, my mother loved these books, my daughter loved them)
    Jenny Nimmo - Charlie Bone Series

    These three should get you started. They are great. I have written a book as well which I am trying to get out there and see how people like. It's called Thomas Kindercook and the Pink Pyjamas. It's aimed really at anyone who doesn't mind a 364 page novel, but would be suitable for anyone aged 12 and up.
    I have a website with preview video setup if you care to take a look!
    Thomas Kindercook


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