Best Fantasy Books For Kids/Young Teens!

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TheRangsi says:

I am reading a Wizard of Earthsea to my 11 year old at the moment. He loves it. The language is beautiful but I really struggle reading it along (since I am dyslexic).

Lemur says:

A few more recommendations from 8-12 year old me:

Young Wizards (10 books!) by Diane Duane (good mix of fantasy and science fiction)
Chrestomanci books (6 books?) by Dianna Wynne Jones
Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix (would recommend for ages 11+)
Tales of Magic (7 books) by Edward Eager (good for younger readers/readers looking for more low-key fantasy)
Legacy of Orïsha (2 books so far) by Tomi Adeyemi (ages 11+)
Temeraire (9 books) by Naomi Novak (ages 11+)
Enchanted Forest Chronicles (4 books) by Patricia C. Wrede (good for younger readers)
THE BARTIMAEUS TRILOGY by Jonathan Stroud
Song of the Lionness/Immortals/Protector of the Small/Circle of Magic by Tamora Pierce
The Lost Years of Merlin (7 books?) by T.A. Barron
The Dark is Rising (5 books) by Susan Cooper
Charlie Bone books by Jenny Nimmo (good for younger readers)
Artemis Fowl (these weren't for me but half my middle school seemed to love em) by Eion Coifer
The Edge Chronicles (mainly for the great illustrations) by Paul Stewart
Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy
The Sisters Grimm books by Michael Buckley (the Fables comics for a younger audience)

Lemur says:

My dad gave me the first Redwall book when i was 8 and i loved it! The books can be a bit violent, but oddly enough that violence didn't really start bothering me until i went back and reread them as an older teen…
Another bonus of the Redwall books is how totally irrelevant gender is with regards to the abilities/storylines of the characters!

Ellie Jones says:

Maybe not for a 9 year old, but I really enjoyed The Guradians of GaHoole series as a kid. There are some pretty descriptive battle scenes.

shethewriter says:

Deltora Quest and the Divide trilogy!!

420taku says:

I would recommend Malazan book of the Fallen to the average 3rd grader

Lumen says:

Some of the fantasy books i've read when i was a kid include, Magic Tree House, Secrets of Droon, Deltora Quest, Goosebumps, Coraline, Which Witch, The Secret of Platform 13, The Magic School Bus, The Black Lagoon, Guardians of Gahoole, and Animorphs. I also really enjoyed the Dear America diary series, despite being a boy, being bullied, harrassed, and laughed at for reading them.

But I will happily say that Redwall takes the crown. Best written series you could possibly read. In many ways the writing is better and less awkward than a lot of adult fantasy books out there today. And something not often said about any fantasy book is that the characters in the Redwall series are sometimes more human than human characters in other books.

Lumen says:

NO!!! I cannot believe you Daniel. NO to Eragon. NONONONONO. I read the first two books when i was 16 years old. I did not enjoy it, but slogged my way through it because at the time, i did not know of any other fantasy books i could have read. Even at 16, I could tell the writing was much worse than the level i was used to.

GingerSnap Cam says:

I saw that Last Unicorn and I got super excited 😣💞 one of my favorite books of all time hands DOWN!

Lord Dorogoth says:

I think the biggest reason why someone might say Redwall is 12+ is because it is very jam packed and might be dense for lighter readers. I think it's probably my favorite series though.

Azazel says:

i remember a book series i read when i was a kid was the magic tree house series and now im a huge fan of YA and dark fantasy.
Example:
Chronicles of Nick series
Vladimir Tod series/Slayer chronicles
Michael Vey Series
Daniel X Alien hunter book 3 is when i Stopped

Elckv says:

Half a year too late buuuuuut most books by Astrid Lindgren (Swedish author) mainly
– Ronia the Robbers Daughter
– The Brothers Lionheart
– Mio, My Son

Leave me alone I know that I’m bad at this. says:

Being a current 13 year old, I really have to say that children’s fantasy is kind of, “iffy”. I know a lot of kids who hate reading and I know some that like it but don’t read things above their level; I however have always been into more dark stories and have always seemed to be above my classmates when it comes to my reading ability.
Picking out 1 specific sub-genre or genre in general is harder for kids than adults and finding out what things they can handle is hard too. My parents are letting me read ASOIAF but alongside that I’m reading TLoTR and The Hobbit which are all completely different levels. Kids are complicated so I myself would say.
Take them to a library where you only pay in donations ( I’m not sure how common they are in the states but in the U.K I’ve seen a ton of them) or were you have to pay very little. Bring them along and go to middle range fantasy area. If they don’t like anything there, go to the kids fantasy. If they don’t like that, then go above middle range.

Gaming Dreamer says:

The Neverending Story

mr whale says:

When I was in middle school I read most of the redwall books, I think there is about ten of them i didn't read. I've picked them up again years later and there still fantastic. If I have kids I'm definitely going to get them to read them. I also read the hobbit and the lord of the rings within one semester. I also read the first series of unfortunate events in one day. When I was in elementary my parents read Narnia to me witch was a help in getting me into fantasy. Eventually I went into a year long slump were i only read three books, and then I seriously became a book addict after that. Keep getting those kids addicted.

Shmobley says:

Hey I'm a teenager who likes fantasy

Nacho Ignacio Andrade says:

I really recommends Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins and I would also recommend all the books by Rick Riordan Percy Jackson is good for 12 years old but going into Trials of Apollo and Magnus Chase the age increases to maybe 14-16. Then not to mention that Rick Riordan has his presents series by other authors all in the same universe of his books. (It's a rabbit hole but amazing)

Sayak Choudhury says:

His dark materials is great! Parents can balance it out by giving them Narnia as well.

Troy Bergeron says:

Great list. Off the top of my head I would add, Keys to the Kingdom by Garth Nix, The Seven Realms and The Heir Chronicles by Cinda Williams Chima. For even younger kids, Pendragon by D. J. MacHale

Denisa Teodora29 says:

Hi, Daniel! I am 14 and I am a beginner reader in the fantasy genre. I got more interested in reading fantasy at the age of 12 because of Cassandra Clare's series "The mortal instruments" and I think it is a good start for any kid that is over 10 or 11

Alicia Marie says:

The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud is still one of my childhood favorites. I've had to buy the books 3 times due to wear and tear because of how many times I've re-read them. They're the books that feel like home to me.

Mackenzie the Magickian says:

I'm so glad I found this! You're my faaaaavorite fantasy booktuber, so I'm thrilled that you've got me covered! I was specifically looking for fantasy books for children because one of my closest friends just had her first baby, a precious little girl…& as her "auntie" I want to use that influence to encourage a love of reading because its so magical! I don't have kids, nor do my 3 siblings, so I'm excited!

Geek Week says:

Not really for younger kids, but the books in the Tortall Universe (and probably the Circle Universe, but I’m not familiar with those) by Tamara Pierce are excellent for teens, especially those who might be getting the opinion that “Fantasy is for children”.
They’re darker than a lot of Fantasy for younger kids, but it’s still got a bit of a whimsical feeling as well.

Avra Selick says:

Anything by Tamora Pierce!!! Still one of my favorite authors 20 years later

William Chen says:

bro i read the harry potter like in 2nd grade

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