Well, last week we talked about the best readable fantasy stories for adults. Today, I’m discussing some of my favorite children’s fantasy stories. I left off stories that I feel don’t have a true “fantasy” vibe (like Harry Potter). All of these stories have universes that capture the imagination and make you never want to return to the real world.
The Neverending Story: This is just one of those stories that grabs you and doesn’t let go. In this story, a boy reads a story about a dying fantasy universe. After he reads much of the story, he realizes that the characters in the book with die if he doesn’t do something. I watched a bit of the movie the other day, and it still kind of freaked me out a little. I think a bit of terror is what makes this story so great.
Redwall: Completely difference from The Neverending Story is Redwall. Redwall is all about animals fighting evil pirate-type animals. Every book has a rhyme to figure out and an epic quest. Beautiful writing.
Howl’s Moving Castle: This story I read as an adult, and loved it. I imagine I would have loved it as a child as well. This story is full of fun magic, epic quests, and humor.
The Dark Is Rising Sequence: A darker series than some on the list based on Welsh and Viking religions. The main character must go on an epic quest to stop evil before it takes over the world.
The Once and Future King: King Arthur’s beginnings, family-friendly style. A fun, classic read.
The Chronicles of Prydain Boxed Set: One of the only traditional fantasy books on this list. A young, poor boy is called to adventure to fight evil.
Chronicles of Narnia Box Set: I like this story because not only does it have an epic world hidden in a wardrobe, but it also was one of the first fantasy stories to have strong female characters. What other stories from the 1940s and 50s have females fighting?
The Underland Chronicles: This is another series that I read as an adult. However, my 7 year-old can vouch that it is kid-approved. Gregor finds himself a answer to prophecy when he chases his sister into a hidden world under New York City.
There are so many good children’s fantasy books that I am sure I am missing some (even some of my own favorites), but these are some of the best I’ve found.
What children’s fantasy books do you love?