6 Essential Fantasy Books Young People Should Read

Most young readers prefer fantasy books over other kinds of genres. In this article, we'll talk about six essential fantasy books.
6 Essential Fantasy Books Young People Should Read

Last update: 11 April, 2021

Fantasy literature is the book genre most pre-teens and teenagers prefer. Therefore, many fantasy books are written for them. In this article, we’ll talk about essential fantasy books that people of all ages should read. Because, there’s no age limit for magic.

Essential fantasy books

Harry Potter

Whenever we talk about this genre, the Harry Potter saga, written by J. K. Rowling, instantly comes to our minds.

This fantastic collection of books combines magic and fantasy. Furthermore, it became a huge literary and cinematographic success.

In fact, everything related to Harry Potter and the world of Hogwarts is a huge success. There’s even a Harry Potter theme park, and people can visit the studio where the movies were shot.

6 Essential Fantasy Books Young People Should Read

These books and their dialogues are very simple. Besides, their characters have quite remarkable personalities. All these characteristics, combined with the stories from the books, are what make this collection so famous, even in the present days.

Percy Jackson

More than 45 million copies sold in 32 different countries is what makes this book a success. The main character of these stories is Percy Jackson. And they’re ideal for children over 11 years old. 

In its stories, the Percy Jackson book collection combines the past and the present. Even though it’s settled in the present-day US, it’s always making references about Ancient Greece and its mythology.

Percy, Athena and Grover experience many adventures, beginning in the camp half-blood, a demigod training camp. As expected, two of these amazing books were taken to the big screen, too.

Ever After High Series

These fantasy books are ideal for children over 9 years old. Traditional stories are present in these books, but in a different way than the one we know. 

During Legacy Day, students from Ever After High must pledge their agreement to continue the tradition of princesses, princes and evil witches.

However, one of the students is hesitant about continuing as an evil character. Therefore, she decides not to sign the Storybook of Legends. So, what happens next? Many books form this collection, and there’s even a show on Netflix

More essential fantasy books that everyone should read

The Wizard of Oz

Lyman Frank Baum wrote The Wizard of Oz in 1900. At that time, he wasn’t aware of the book genre he was creating when writing this story. In fact, we can all appreciate the fantasy present in Dorothy and her friends’ adventures. And, this happened 120 years ago.

6 Essential Fantasy Books Young People Should Read

It’s a classic among popular literature books. And, we all know and remember the amazing characters the book includes, like the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, an essential book for every home

This is another classic children’s book that we must include in this selection of essential fantasy books. When Alicia falls asleep during a sunny day in the countryside, she experiences incredible adventures. We then discover that everything is a product of her imagination.

However, readers get hooked by the amazing characters and all the adventures Alicia experiences until the end of the story.

The Little Vampire

The story of a friendship between a boy and a vampire kid is what helped this fantastic story become a book collection. This fun story combines vampires, adventures and fantasy. Even though it was written several years ago, it’s still a success among the little ones. This is due to the simplicity of its words and dialogues.

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  • Rowling, J.K. (1997). Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal. Salamandra.
  • Riordan, R. (2014). Percy Jackson y los dioses del Olimpo. Salamandra.
  • Lyman, F. (2016). El maravilloso mago de Oz. Losada.
  • Hale, S. (2013). El libro del destino. Alfaguara.
  • Carrol, L. (2016). Alicia en el País de las Maravillas. Edelvives.

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