Top 10 Best Fantasy Books for Children

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.

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1. The Hobbit

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!

2. James and the Giant Peach

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.

3. The Harry Potter Series

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.

4. His Dark Materials

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.

5. The Chronicles of Narnia

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.

6. Eragon

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.

7. Twilight

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.

8. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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.

9. The Saga of Darren Shan

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.

10. A Monster Calls

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.

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    When 17 year old Isabella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father she expects that her new life will be as dull as the town. But in spite of her awkward manner and low expectations, she finds that her new classmates are drawn to this pale, dark-haired new girl in town. But not, it seems, the Cullen family. These five adopted brothers and sisters obviously prefer their own company and will make no exception for Bella. Bella is convinced that Edward Cullen in particular hates her, but she feels a strange attraction to him, although his hostility makes her feel almost physically ill. He seems determined to push her away - until, that is, he saves her life from an out of control car. Bella will soon discover that there is a very good reason for Edward's coldness. He, and his family, are vampires - and he knows how dangerous it is for others to get too close.

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    The Chronicles of Narnia have enchanted millions of readers over the last fifty years and the magical events described in C.S. Lewis's immortal prose have left many a lasting memory for adults and children alike. All seven Chronicles are bound together in this new paperback edition (rebranded with HarperCollins logo). The Chronicles of Narnia have enchanted millions of readers over the last fifty years and the magical events described in C.S. Lewis's immortal prose have left many a lasting memory. For here is a world where a witch decrees eternal winter; where there are more talking animals than people; and where battles are fought by Centaurs, Giants and Fauns.
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    Overnight, the simple life of young farm boy, Eragon, is changed forever. After finding what appears to be a polished stone in the forest, a dragon is born and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power.

    With only a sword and the advice of an old storyteller to guide him, Eragon and the dragon must navigate dangerous terrain and battle the dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a evil king. Can Eragon become the next legendary Dragon Rider? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands...

    A tale of affection, adventure and ancient magic, Christopher Paolini's Eragon is a compelling and action-filled story brilliantly suited for readers aged 11 and up.
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    A modern masterpiece from Philip Pullman, this slipcased collection includes all three books in the His Dark Materials trilogy.

    A bestseller all around the world that tackled a number of important and controversial issues, it also won many awards and has had a remarkable influence on literature since.
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    Likeable and unassuming hero Bilbo Baggins is unwittingly caught up in an epic adventure in one of the most imaginative and captivating children's classics ever written.

    Although Bilbo sets out on his quest for a dragon's gold rather reluctantly, as he is a cautious hobbit who likes a quiet life, his journey helps him find courage, strength and hidden resources that are sure to inspire readers young and old.

    The Hobbit is a fantastic book for confident readers aged 9+, but it's also a great book for parents to read aloud to their child at bedtime, especially with the success of An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug - the first two of Peter Jackson's award-winning trilogy of films based on The Hobbit starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo - bringing the story to a new audience.
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    If you're lucky enough to have tickets to see The Cursed Child on stage or are already excited for the next Fantastic Beasts film later this year, then why not head back to Platform 9 3/4, climb aboard the Hogwarts Express and enjoy the Complete Harry Potter Collection for a magical price. Presented in a gorgeous slipcase, these editions of J. K. Rowling's classics come complete with stunning cover illustrations from Jonny Duddle.

    A phenomenon like no other, Harry's incredible journey begins with The Philosopher's Stone. Unhappily living in a cupboard under the stairs at his aunt's, he's visited by a giant called Rubeus Hagrid who delivers the most astonishing news - Harry's a wizard. As he heads to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry makes friends with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, meets oh-so-wise Professor Dumbledore and the complex Severus Snape and their incredible adventure begins. But evil in the shape of Lord Voldemort is getting ever closer - and the Dark Lord has his sights set firmly on Harry.

    Throughout the seven books, Harry learns what it means to be a Gryffindor student and the value of friendship and trust. The eight films starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were a record-breaking success and now you can relive the stories where it all began time and time again with this amazing Harry Potter box set - Expecto Patronum!
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    A beautiful Oxford Classics edition of Lewis Carroll's inspired fantasy Alice in Wonderland. This surreal story has truly enduring appeal and is a must-read book for all readers aged 9 and above.

    On an ordinary summer's afternoon, Alice tumbles down a rabbit hole and an extraordinary adventure begins. In a strange world, she meets some even stranger characters including a grinning cat, a rabbit with a pocket watch and a queen who plays croquet using hedgehogs and flamingos!

    Packed full of nonsense poems and songs, quirky characters and bizarre goings-on, Alice in Wonderland is a timeless classic!

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    Vampires: check! Frightening human-animal hybrids: check! Atmospheric terror and gripping action: you bet! A worldwide bestseller, The Saga of Darren Shan introduces spider-loving Darren as his attempt to steal an enormous tarantula from a banned freak show forces him into becoming the assistant of a vampire - Mr Crepsley.

    Featuring the saga's four complete trilogies - Vampire Blood, Vampire Rites, Vampire War and Vampire Destiny - readers can join Darren as he finds himself turned into a half-vampire, and embarks on adventures that force him into the dark underworld of the undead, all of which are are sure to keep readers hungry for more...

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    Phizz-whizzing new branding for the world's No.1 storyteller, Roald Dahl! Exciting, bold and instantly recognisable with Quentin Blake's inimitable artwork. James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags. Aunt Sponge is enormously fat with a face that looks boiled and Aunt Spiker is bony and screeching. He's very lonely until one day something peculiar happens. At the end of the garden a peach starts to grow and Grow and Grow. Inside that peach are seven very unusual insects - all waiting to take James on a magical adventure. But where will they go in their Giant Peach and what will happen to the horrible aunts if they stand in their way? There's only one way to find out. "A true genius...Roald Dahl is my hero". (David Walliams). Now you can listen to James and the Giant Peach and other Roald Dahl Audiobooks read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy sound effects from Pinewood Studios! Also look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting Twit or Miss! and House of Twits inspired by the revolting Twits.
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    This is a special film tie-in edition of Patrick Ness' A Monster Calls; a novel that won both the Carnegie Medal and Greenaway Medal when it was published in 2012.

    Now adapted into a heartbreaking film (by director J.A. Bayona) starring Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver and Liam Neeson as the voice of the monster, the book discusses the difficult subject of terminal illness and coming to terms with loss. Based on an idea by Siobhan Dowd, Patrick Ness is the author of the novel and it's an unforgettable page-turner - just make sure you have some tissues on hand to dry your eyes.

    The story begins with the intriguing sentence: 'The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do...' and what follows is a compelling account of Conor's visions of this creature, who comes to be nothing quite like what he imagined...

    As his mum begins treatments, he starts to see another side of this ancient and wild monster.