Kids Fantasy Books To Take Them On A Magical Ride

Fantasy books are full of fun adventures and meaningful stories. Which makes them the perfect choice for kids to read. With timeless classics that have entertained children for years and more recent stories, we’ve gathered up the best kids fantasy books to take kids on a epic and enjoyable adventure! So, check them out now!

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

In this novel, Alice returns back down the rabbit hole to revisit the place she once visited as a child to embark on a journey for her true destiny.

Alice falls down, down, down into a land of wonder, a place filled with White Rabbits, Mock Turtles, screaming Queens, and Mad Hatters. Join Alice as she experiences the silliness and excitement of a place gone crazy.

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Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones

Sophie is the eldest of three sisters, destined to fail miserably. But she attracts the attention of the Witch of the Waste and finds herself transformed into an old lady. The only person who can break the spell is the wizard Howl.

Diana Wynne Jones’ entrancing, classic fantasy novel is filled with surprises at every turn. 

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The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis

Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch.

Don’t miss one of America’s top 100 most-loved novels, selected by PBS’s The Great American Read.

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A Wrinkle In Time – Madeleine L’Engle

It was a dark and stormy night. Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack. But then they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger. The stranger tells them about the existence of a wrinkle in time.

Madeleine L’Engle’s ground-breaking science fiction and fantasy classic, now a major motion picture.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

One miraculous moment changes Charlie Bucket’s life forever. A boy who only gets to eat cabbage soup for breakfast, lunch and dinner finds a golden ticket that will take him into Willy Wonka’s magical chocolate factory. It’s one of the most magnificent places Charlie has ever seen. But what surprises are in store for the lucky ticket winners?

Greetings to you, the lucky finder of this Gold Ticket from Mr Willy Wonka! I shake you warmly by the hand! Tremendous things are in store for you!

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Inkheart – Cornelia Funke

Meggie loves stories. But her father, Mo, hasn’t read to her since the disappearance of her mother. When a stranger knocks at their door, Mo is forced to reveal an extraordinary secret. That when he reads aloud, words come alive, and dangerous characters step out of the pafes.

Suddenly Meggie is living the kind of adventure she has only read about in books, but this one will change her life for ever …

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Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan

I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. Now I spend my time battling monsters and trying to stay alive. Zeus – the God of the Sky – thinks I’ve stolen his lightning bolt. And making Zeus angry is a very bad idea.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is the first bestselling book in Rick Riordan’s phenomenally successful Percy Jackson series.

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Sabriel – Gareth Nix

Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead. But during her final semester, her father does missing. And Sabriel knows she must enter the dangerous Old Kingdom to find him.

Game of Thrones fans will love the New York Times bestselling Abhorsen series. Sabriel, the first installment in the trilogy, launched critically acclaimed author Garth Nix onto the fantasy scene as a rising star.

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Where The Wild Things Are – Sendak Maurice

When Max dresses in his wolf suit and causes havoc in the house, his mother sends him to bed. From there, Max sets sail to an island inhabited by the Wild Things, who name him king. But then, from far across the world, Max smells good things to eat.

Maurice Sendak’s Caldecott Medal-winning picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children’s books of all time. A must for every child’s bookshelf.

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Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer

Twelve-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has discovered a world below ground of armed, dangerous and high-tech fairies. He kidnaps one of them and holds her for ransom in an effort to restore his family’s fortune. But he may have underestimated the fairies’ powers.

Now an original movie on Disney+, here is the book that started it all, the international bestseller about a teenage criminal mastermind and his siege against dangerous, tech-savvy fairies.

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Redwall – Brian Jaques

Welcome to Mossflower Wood, where the gentle mice have gathered to celebrate a year of peace and abundance. All is well, until a sinister shadow falls across the ancient stone abbey of Redwall. It is rumored that Cluny is coming – the terrible one-eyed rat – with his savage horde. The only hope for the mice lies in the lost sword of the legendary Martin the Warrior.

The book that inspired a legend—the first novel in the beloved, bestselling Redwall saga.

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James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl

After James Henry Trotter’s parents are tragically eaten by a rhinoceros, he goes to live with his two horrible aunts, Spiker and Sponge. Life there is no fun. Until James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree and strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it’s as big as a house. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the great adventure begins!

From the World’s No. 1 Storyteller, James and the Giant Peach is a children’s classic that has captured young reader’s imaginations for generations.

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The Neverending Story – Michael Ende

When Bastian happens upon an old book called The Neverending Story, he’s swept into the magical world of Fantastica. And he finds he has actually become a character in the story! When he realizes that this mysteriously enchanted world is in great danger, he also discovers that he is the one chosen to save it.

From award-winning German author Michael Ende, The Neverending Story is a classic tale of one boy and the book that magically comes to life. 

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The Wizard Of Oz – Frank Baum

Dorothy, her little dog Toto, the Tin Woodman, Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion set out on an exciting quest for the elusive Wizard of Oz. Along the way, they’ll encounter the Wicked Witch of the West, the fantastic Winged Monkeys, the Queen of the Field Mice, the kind-hearted Munchkins, and other fanciful creatures.

This complete and unabridged edition of L. Frank Baum’s beloved classic invites a new generation of readers to travel down that Yellow Brick Road with the delightful little girl from Kansas and her unusual friends.

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The Black Cauldron – Lloyd Alexander 

In the land of Prydain, evil is never far away. Arawn, Lord of the Land of Death, has been building an army of dark warriors to take over Prydain. And the only way to stop him is to destroy the Black Cauldron he uses to create his dreaded soldiers. Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper, and his loyal companions must journey deep into Arawn’s domain to destroy the Black Cauldron.

The Black Cauldron, the Newbery Medal-winning second book in Lloyd Alexander’s The Chronicles of Prydain

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The Horse And His Boy – CS Lewis

On a desperate journey, two runaways meet and join forces. Though they are only looking to escape their harsh and narrow lives, they soon find themselves at the center of a terrible battle. It is a battle that will decide their fate and the fate of Narnia itself.

The Horse and His Boy is the third book in C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia.

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Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia – CS Lewis

A prince denied his rightful throne gathers an army in a desperate attempt to rid his land of a false king. But in the end, it is a battle of honor between two men alone that will decide the fate of an entire world.

Prince Caspian is the fourth book in C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia, a series that has become part of the canon of classic literature

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Peter Pan – JM Barrie

Peter Pan is a boy who refuses to grow up. Wendy, along with her brothers John and Michael are invited to return to Peter’s island home of Neverland. There, Peter welcomes Wendy into his underground home where she assumes a mothering role to his gang of lost boys. And of course, adventure ensues.

James Matthew Barrie’s “Peter Pan” is one of the greatest fantasy tales ever written.

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The Borrowers – Mary Norton

The miniature Clock family, Pod, Homily, and their daughter Arriety, live in a big world among the “human beans” from whom they “borrow” everything they need. From matchbox dressers to postage stamp artwork and to a trinket box settee.

Now lifelong enthusiasts and brand new fans can escape into the small world of the Borrowers in this beautiful volume.

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Coraline – Neil Gaiman

When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own, things seem marvelous. But there’s another mother there, and another father too. And they want her to stay and be their little girl. Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her real, ordinary life.

Neil Gaiman’s Coraline is a can’t-miss classic that enthralls readers age 8 to 12 but also adults who enjoy a perfect smart spooky read.

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Through The Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll

When Alice steps through a mirror, she enters a reflection of her world where backwards is forwards, the future is remembered, and only the opposite of logic makes sense. Increasingly befuddled, she’s challenged by the belligerent Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the nonsense rhymes of the Jabberwocky, and the discovery that she’s a pawn in a living game of chess. To become queen and find her way home, Alice must play.

A masterpiece of the absurd, Lewis Carroll’s sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland continues to inspire artists, filmmakers, musicians, and writers after all these years.

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The Wee Free Men – Terry Prachett

The first in a series of Discworld novels starring the young witch Tiffany Aching.

Armed with only a frying pan and her common sense, young witch-to-be Tiffany Aching must defend her home against the monsters of Fairyland. Luckily she has some very unusual help: the local Nac Mac Feegle — aka the Wee Free Men — a clan of fierce, sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men.

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The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster

For Milo, everything’s a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he’s got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason.

With almost 5 million copies sold in the 60 years since it was published, generations of readers have journeyed with Milo to the Lands Beyond in this beloved classic.

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The Amulet Of Samarkand – Jonathan Stroud

Nathaniel is a magician’s apprentice, taking his first lessons in the arts of magic. But when a devious hot-shot wizard named Simon Lovelace ruthlessly humiliates Nathaniel in front of his elders, Nathaniel decides to kick up his education a few notches and show Lovelace who’s boss. With revenge on his mind, he summons the powerful djinni, Bartimaeus. But summoning Bartimaeus and controlling him are two different things entirely.

This is a thrilling new voice in children’s literature-a witty, gripping adventure story featuring a boy and his not-so-tame djinni.

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The BFG – Roald Dahl

When Sophie is snatched from her orphanage bed by the BFG (Big Friendly Giant), she fears she will be eaten. But instead the two join forces to vanquish the nine other far less gentle giants who threaten to consume earth’s children.

This classic from Roald Dahl is one of Time Magazine’s 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time.

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The Amber Spyglass – Philip Pullman

Throughout the worlds, the forces of both heaven and hell are mustering to take part in Lord Asriel’s audacious rebellion. Each player in this epic drama has a role to play and a sacrifice to make. Lyra and Will have the most dangerous task of all. They must journey to a gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone and from which there is no escape.

The unforgettable His Dark Materials trilogy that began with The Golden Compass and continued with The Subtle Knife, reaches its astonishing conclusion in The Amber Spyglass. 

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Dragon Rider – Cornelia Funke

With a lonely boy named Ben on board, the brave young dragon Firedrake sets out on a magical journey to find the mythical place where silver dragons can live in peace forever. Flying over moonlit lands and sparkling seas, they encounter fantastic creatures, summon up surprising courage. And cross the path of a ruthless villain with an ancient grudge who’s determined to end their quest.

The blockbuster #1 New York Times bestselling modern classic.

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Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt

Is eternal life a blessing or a curse? That is what young Winnie Foster must decide when she discovers a spring on her family’s property whose waters grant immortality. Other members of the Tuck family have already drank from the spring and share with Winnie their experiences of watching life go by.

The classic novel about a young girl who stumbles upon a family’s stunning secret

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Where The Mountain Meets The Moon – Grace Lin

In the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. And in the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon.

This stunning fantasy inspired by Chinese folklore is a companion novel to Starry River of the Sky and the New York Times bestselling and National Book Award finalist When the Sea Turned to Silver.

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