A World of Fantasy

A World of Fantasy

Do you enjoy adventure, magic, paranormal or inventive worlds that are nothing like Earth? Then jump into this list of some of our favorite fantasy stories for school-age children.

Compiled by:
Children's Services Staff

Picture Books and Younger Elementary

Knights of the Kitchen Table

Jon Scieszka
(Juvenile Fiction - J Scieszk)
Series: Time Warp Trio; 1

*This item also available on Cloud Library (audiobook). Joe receives a magic book for his birthday present from his uncle. Joe, Fred, and Sam are transported to a time when evil knights, fire-breathing dragons, and vile-smelling giants roamed the land. Recommended for ages 6-9.

The Lost Stone

Jordan Quinn
(Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Quinn)
Series: Kingdom of Wrenly; 1

Eight-year-old Lucas, Prince of Wrenly, is eager to explore and Clara, daughter of the queen's seamstress, knows the kingdom well, so they team up to find a lost jewel and visit all of the land's main attractions as they search. Recommended for ages 6-9.

The Princess in Black

Shannon Hale
(Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Hale)
Series: Princess in black ; 1

*This item also available on Libby and Cloud LibraryWho says princesses don't wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black! Recommended for ages 6-9.

Rise of the Earth Dragon

Tracey West
(Juvenile First Chapter Books - J West)
Series: Dragon Masters; 1

*This item also available on Libby and Hoopla (audiobook). Eight-year-old Drake is snatched up by the King's soldiers and taken to the castle where he is told by the wizard Griffith that he has been chosen to be a Dragon Master like Ana, Rori, and Bo--and his first task will be to discover whether his dragon, Worm, has any special powers. Recommended for ages 6-9.

Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom

Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams
(Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Holub)
Series: Heroes in Training; 1

*This item also available on LibbyWhen ten-year-old Zeus is kidnapped, he discovers he can defend himself with a magical thunderbolt. Recommended for ages 6-9.

Older Elementary

The Adventurers Guild

Zack Loran Clark
(Juvenile Fiction - J Clark)
Series: Adventurers Guild; 1

*This item also available on Libby and Hoopla (audiobook). Conscripted into the dangerous Adventurers Guild, best friends Zed and Brock must defend what is left of humanity against terrible monsters in this epic fantasy. Recommended for ages 9-12.

The Amulet of Samarkand

Jonathan Stroud
(Juvenile Fiction – J Stroud)
Series: Bartimaeus trilogy; 1

*This item also available on LibbyNathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace. Recommended for ages 9-12.

Artemis Fowl

Eoin Colfer
(Juvenile Fiction - J Colfer)
Series: Artemis Fowl; 1

*This item also available on Libby and Cloud LibraryWhen a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll. Recommended for ages 9-12.

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

M.T. Anderson, Eugene Yelchin
(Juvenile Fiction - J Anderso)

*This item also available on Hoopla (audiobook). Uptight elfin historian Brangwain Spurge is on a mission: survive being catapulted across the mountains into goblin territory, deliver a priceless peace offering to their mysterious dark lord, and spy on the goblin kingdom — from which no elf has returned alive in more than a hundred years. Recommended for ages 9-12.


Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead
(Juvenile Fiction - J Mass)

*This item also available on LibbyReturning to her grandmother's home in Australia years after visiting as a younger child, Livy slowly remembers a magical, mysterious green being in a chicken suit who she befriended years earlier and who has been eagerly awaiting her return so that she can keep her promise to him. Recommended for ages 9-12.

The Dragonet Prophecy

Tui Sutherland
(Juvenile Fiction - J Sutherl)
Series: Wings of Fire; 1

*This item also available on Libby and Hoopla (audiobook). Determined to end a generations-long war among the seven dragon tribes, a secret movement called the Talons of Peace draws on a prophecy that calls for a great sacrifice, compelling five appointed dragonets to fulfill a painful destiny against their will. Recommended for ages 9-12.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Kelly Regan Barnhill
(Juvenile Fiction - J Barnhil)

*This item also available on Libby, Cloud Library, and HooplaLuna, whose magical abilities are emerging, was raised in the forest by a witch, a swamp monster, and a dragon, but when a young man from the Protectorate is determined to kill the witch, Luna must use her magic to protect her family. Recommended for ages 9-12.

Howl's Moving Castle

Diana Wynne Jones
(Juvenile Fiction - J Jones)
Series: Howl's Moving Castle; 1

*This item also available on LibbySophie is resigned to a dull life - until she becomes a wizard's cleaning lady. Recommended for ages 9-12.

The Iron Trial

Holly Black
(Juvenile Fiction - J Black)
Series: Magisterium; 1

*This item also available on LibbyWarned away from magic all of his life, Callum endeavors to fail the trials that would admit him to the Magisterium only to be drawn into its ranks against his will and forced to confront dark elements from his past. Recommended for ages 9-12.

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

Chris Colfer
(Juvenile Fiction - J Colfer)
Series: Land of Stories; 1

*This item also available on Libby and Cloud LibraryThrough the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they meet the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. Recommended for ages 9-12.

Princeless. 1, Save Yourself

Jeremy Whitley
(Juvenile Graphic Novels – J Whitley)
Series: Princeless

*This item also available on Cloud LibraryPrincess Adrienne is tired of being locked in a tower, waiting around to be rescued by a prince. She escapes from the tower with the help of her guardian dragon, Sparky, and with her plucky sidekick Bedelia, Adrienne sets off on a quest to rescue her sisters who are suffering the same fate. Recommended for ages 9-12.


Ingrid Law
(Juvenile Fiction - J Law)
Series: Savvy; 1

*This item also available on LibbyRecounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her "savvy"--a magical power unique to each member of her family--just as her father is injured in a terrible accident. Recommended for ages 9-12.

The Shadows

Jacqueline West
(Juvenile Fiction - J West)
Series: Books of Elsewhere ; 1

*This item also available on LibbyWhen eleven-year-old Olive and her distracted parents move into an old Victorian mansion, Olive finds herself ensnared in a dark plan involving some mysterious paintings, a trapped and angry nine-year-old boy, and three talking cats. Recommended for ages 9-12.

The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Jessica Townsend
(Juvenile Fiction - J Townsen)
Series: Nevermoor; 1

*This item also available on Libby (audiobook). A cursed child destined to die on her eleventh birthday is rescued and whisked away to a secret realm called Nevermoor and given the chance to compete for a place in a prestigious organization called the Wundrous Society. Recommended for ages 9-12.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Grace Lin
(Juvenile Fiction - J Lin)

*This item also available on Libby and Cloud LibraryMinli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River. Recommended for ages 9-12.