If You Like Harry Potter

You may enjoy some of these other fantasy and magical tales for kids.

Compiled by:
Children's Services Staff
Amari and the Night Brothers

B.B Alston
(Juvenile Fiction - J Alston)
Series: Amari ; 1

13-year-old Amari, a poor Black girl from the projects, gets an invitation from her missing brother to join the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs and join in the fight against an evil magician.

Beetle and the Hollowbones

Aliza Layne
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Layne Beetle And The Hollowbones)

12-year-old goblin and witch-in-training Beetle enlists her former best friend, Kat Hollowbones, to help stop Kat's sorceress aunt from demolishing the mall where Beetle's friend Blob Ghost is trapped.

Curse of the Night Witch

Alex Aster
(Juvenile Fiction - J Aster)

After changing the fate he has known since birth, 12-year-old Tor Luna, accompanied by his friends Engle and Melda, must visit the notorious Night Witch to break the curse he now faces.

Don't Want To Be Your Monster

Deke Moulton
(Juvenile Fiction - J Moulton)

Adam and Victor are brothers who have the usual fights over the remote, which movie to watch, and whether or not it's morally acceptable to eat people. Well, not so much eat...just drink a little blood. They're vampires, hiding in plain sight with their eclectic yet loving family. Everything changes when bodies start to appear all over town, and a vampire hunter is on the lookout for their family. Can Adam and Victor reconcile their differences and work together to stop the killer before it's too late?


Megan Reyes
(Juvenile Fiction - J Reyes)
Series: Heroes of Havensong ; 1.

An ancient prophecy places a boy-turned-dragon, his reluctant dragon rider, a runaway witch, and a young soldier, on a collision course with destiny—and with each other—while on their mission to heal the fractured realm once known as Haven.

Ghost Squad

Claribel A. Ortega
(Juvenile Fiction - J Ortega)

For Lucely Luna, ghosts are more than just the family business. Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc throughout St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd's witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to fight the haunting head-on and reverse the curse to save the town and Lucely's firefly spirits before it's too late.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Kelly Regan Barnhill
(Juvenile Fiction - J Barnhil)

Every year, the townspeople leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna's thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge—with dangerous consequences.

The Golden Compass

Philip Pullman
(Juvenile Fiction - J Pu)
Series: His dark materials; bk. 1

Lyra must prevent her friend and others from becoming the subjects of experiments in the Far North.


Daniel Clarke
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Clarke Kariba)

11-year-old Siku has the power to manipulate water. When her abilities threaten to grow beyond her control, Siku's father goes in search of a solution to his adopted daughter's ongoing transformation, but he disappears in the process, leaving Siku to fend for herself.

The Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan
(Juvenile Fiction - J Riordan)
Series: Percy Jackson & the Olympians; bk. 1

12-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod—the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea. His mother sends him to a summer camp for demigods where he and his new friends set out on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

C. S. Lewis
(Juvenile Classics - J Lewis)
Series: Chronicles of Narnia; 2

Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe and into the magic land of Narnia. There, they assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch.

The Manifestor Prophecy

Angie Thomas
(Juvenile Fiction - J Thomas)

All Nic Blake wants is to be a powerful Manifestor like her dad. But before she has a chance to convince him to teach her the gift, Nic and two friends are launched on a hunt for a powerful magic tool she's never heard of—to save her father from imprisonment for a crime she refuses to believe he committed.

The Nightmare Thief

Nicole Lesperance
(Juvenile Fiction - J Lespera)

When Maren breaks the strict rules of her family's dream shop to help her comatose sister, she is caught and blackmailed by a woman with evil plans for the town of Rockpool Bay.

The Otherwoods

Justine Pucella Winans
(Juvenile Fiction - J Winans)

When 12-year-old River's only friend is kidnapped and dragged to the terrifying spirit world of The Otherwoods, they have no choice but to face the world's monsters and their own fears to become the hero they were destined to be.

Snow & Rose

Emily Winfield Martin
(Juvenile Fiction - J Martin)

Snow and Rose didn’t know they were in a fairy tale; people never do. Once, they lived in a big house with spectacular gardens and an army of servants, had a father and mother who loved them more than the sun and moon. But that was before. This is the story of two sisters and the enchanted woods that have been waiting for them to break a set of terrible spells.

The Spirit Glass

Roshani Chokshi
(Juvenile Fiction - J Chokshi)

Corazon yearns to finally start training as a babaylan, a mystical healer and spirit guide. As soon as her magic awakens, Corazon plans to bring her parents back from the dead and no longer have to rely on a soul key to allow visits with their ghosts. But when a vengeful ghost steals Corazon's precious key, the fragile balance between the human world and the spirit world is thrown out of whack.

The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy

Anne Ursu
(Juvenile Fiction - J Ursu)

Marya's parents have always believed that her older brother Luka is destined to be a sorcerer. But when the day he's tested turns into a disaster, and the Guild declares that he has no magical talent, they find it easier to blame Marya than admit the truth. She has now been sent to the Dragomir Academy, a school for wayward girls.

Unseen Magic

Emily Lloyd-Jones
(Juvenile Fiction - J Lloydjo)

11-year-old Fin has never felt safe until she and her mother move to the magic-infused town of Aldermere in the Pacific Northwest, but when the town is suddenly overrun with disturbances, Fin is the only one who knows why—and she's the only one who can stop the havoc.

Upside-Down Magic

Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
(Juvenile Fiction - J Mlynows)
Series: Upside-down magic ; 1

With their magic being unpredictable, Nory, Elliott, Andres, and Bax are sent to the upside-down magic room at Dunwiddle Magic School.

Wolf for a Spell

Karah Sutton
(Juvenile Fiction - J Sutton)

The witch Baba Yaga and a wolf switch bodies and form an unlikely alliance to save the forest from an evil tsar.

The Worlds We Leave Behind

A.F. Harrold
(Juvenile Fiction - J Harrold)

After an accident in the woods involving a young girl, 11-year-old Hex meets a mysterious woman who offers him a deal to change his world, which sets off a ripple effect that Hex's best friend Tommo must rectify.