Kids can embark on all sorts of incredible quests and exciting adventures in these thrilling fantasy books for children. Featuring perilous beasts, peculiar characters, magic, mayhem, mystery and more, children will love immersing themselves in strange new worlds and wondrous stories. For the very best fantasy books for children, look no further than the list below.
J. R. R. Tolkien | 7+
Bilbo is a hobbit. He likes to keep himself to himself and enjoys a peaceful, uneventful life. But one day, a group of dwarves turns up at his door, and his life is changed forever. He must embark on an epic quest to help the dwarves reclaim their mountain and slay the malicious, miserly dragon, Smaug - all rather difficult for a homely hobbit! This riveting story features themes of courage, friendship, and action-packed adventure!
Roald Dahl | 9+
James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly old hags. He's very lonely, until one day, something extraordinary happens. At the end of the garden, a peach starts to grow and grow and grow. Inside that peach are very unusual and very large insects, all waiting to take James on an enthralling adventure. Where will they go - and what will happen to the horrible aunts who block their way? Discover this exciting tale from wonderful storyteller, Roald Dahl.
J. K. Rowling | 9+
This enchanting series has inspired a love of books in millions of children around the world. It features lots of enthralling adventures, plenty of fantastical creatures and a host of spellbinding characters! Join young Harry Potter as he enrols at the magical (but perilous!) Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Over the years, he must contend with a three-headed dog, a terrifying basilisk, ghoulish dementors, a mysterious Potions Master and so much more, and must ultimately face his most terrifying nemesis: Lord Voldemort.
Philip Pullman | 11+
Featuring three books - Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass - this captivating fantasy trilogy follows Lyra and her 'daemon', the animal embodiment of her inner self. Travel with Lyra to amazing fantastical settings, through snowy hills, to an otherworldly city, and even to the Land of the Dead, on all sorts of daring and dangerous quests.
C. S. Lewis | 7+
Generations of children have been enchanted by these exciting, action-packed stories. Discover a magical land, inhabited by all sorts of curious creatures, as well as a witch who imposes an eternal winter. Be swept away by incredible quests, exhilarating battles and plenty of fantastical beasts, including centaurs, giants, fauns, and the wise, magnificent lion, Aslan.
Christopher Paolini | 11+
Eragon, a young farm boy, lives a simple, uneventful life - until a dragon hatches from what he thought was just a stone. Eragon is thrown into a new world of destiny, magic, peril and power. Armed with only a sword and the advice of an old storyteller, Eragon and the dragon must navigate hazardous terrain and dark enemies ruled by a malevolent king. Can Eragon become the next legendary Dragon Rider and save the Empire? Young fantasy fans will love this gripping read.
Stephenie Meyer | 12+
When 17-year-old Isabella Swan moves to the dreary town of Forks, she expects her new life to be just as dull as the town. But her new classmates are drawn to her, unlike the Cullen family, it seems. Bella is certain that Edward Cullen despises her - until he saves her from an out-of-control car, that is. Bella will discover there's a reason Edward behaves so coldly: he is a vampire, and he thirsts for her blood. This dark and gripping fantasy romance will hook teen readers.
Lewis Carroll | 9+
When Alice falls down a rabbit hole, she finds herself in a bizarre and magical land, filled with strange fauna and flora and a host of quirky characters, including the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts. Join her in this exciting world as she comes face-to-face with all sorts of crazy creatures and has marvellous adventures.
Darren Shan | 10+
Fans of the gruesome, the ghoulish and the ghastly will adore this series of spooky stories from legendary horror writer, Darren Shan. Featuring vampires, weird human-animal hybrids and a general ambience of terror, this action-packed saga stars young Darren Shan in a series of brilliantly bloodthirsty adventures.
Patrick Ness | 13+
This award-winning novel features an ancient monster, made up of leaves and branches, who visits 13-year-old Conor O'Malley each night at 12.07am. The monster offers to tell Conor three stories - if Conor will tell his own story afterwards. We learn that Conor's mother has cancer, Conor is bullied at school, and that he has strained relationships with his father and grandmother, but the monster has come to heal him. Friendship, love and overcoming loss are central to this poignant tale.