When you ask about fantasy books for kids at a bookstore, it’s almost a foregone conclusion that they’re going to point you in the direction of the Harry Potter series. They’re popular; they’re almost universally beloved by fantasy enthusiasts; they even have their own cult following, a following that has become no less intense in spite of the fact that it has been several years since the last book came out.
So when your kids started showing interest in books about magic, of course you pulled them out! After all, they’re wonderful books; they’re free of sex or excessive violence; and their primary themes circle around the battle between good and evil. How can you lose? There’s just one problem: there are only seven of them.
Luckily, the last four books are long. And there are a few supplemental books that go along with the series (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, QuidditchThrough the Ages, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard). Not so luckily, it must eventually come to an end—and then you have children clamoring for new books to read and no idea what to give them.
What fantasy titles will appeal to young readers without shoving either romance (complete with sex) or violence down their throats? Are there classics that will be easy enough for a younger reader to understand, or will the language be so boring and outdated that it’s impossible for them to get to the story beneath it?
There are some amazing fantasy books out there, both new and classic. Check out the list for some suggestions.
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