First Fantasy Chapter Books

Recently, my friend C- was asking for fantasy book recommendations for her five-year-old son, who’s just getting old enough to listen to chapter books. Here are books that my son and I enjoyed (or plan to enjoy soon), beginning when he was four. Most of them we listened to as audio books in the car; I have noted the few titles here that aren’t available
Igraine the Brave
A Bear Called Paddington
by Michael Bond
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
Earwig and the Witch by Diana Wynne Jones (print only)
Half Magic by Edward Eager
Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke
Kenny and the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi
The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett (print only)
Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
The Scarecrow and his Servant by Phillip Pullman
The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George (print only)
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
Young Fredle by Cynthia Voight

What are your favorite introductory fantasy books?

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9 Responses to First Fantasy Chapter Books

  1. Charlotte says:

    One my son loved when he was five was The Last Polar Bears, by Harry Horse (which I’d recommend to just about any age!). I also think the Dragonbreath books, by Ursula Vernon, are a lovely series for kids this age and up.

  2. Julie Grasso says:

    Awesome list, and some great classics there. I have The Spiderwick Chronicles at the ready for when Gigi is old enough, ( shoosh I bought them for myself but now have an excuse lol). Thanks for the great suggestions and for linking them into the Kid Lit Blog hop. I have to say I couldn’t get into Cornelia Funke’s other books but Igraine the Brave looks really good. Cheers

    • Thanks again for visiting! Cornelia Funke has written books of very different styles – I loved Inkheart, but not so much the later books in that series, nor yet Dragon Rider, and then again Igraine the Brave. I’d love to hear what you think if you try it!

  3. snacksformax says:

    The books on tape idea is brilliant. I’ve never looked for children’s books on tape (okay, CD) before. How old is old enough to pay attention to one, do you think? Thanks for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop, btw. I’ve followed your blog 🙂

    • Thanks for visiting and following me, Jaymie! I’m not sure there’s a set age for listening to books on CD. My son started being interested in multi-Cd books when he was four; I didn’t really try younger. My daughter is now three. She only listens to the longer audio books when it’s brother’s turn to pick what’s being played, and doesn’t seem to care for them much. However, she really loves the shorter stories – half an hour long or less. They have some picture book/CD kits at the library that she loves, as well as the Rabbit Ears and some CDs from Children’s Radio Theater.

  4. You’ve literally just made my day! I am scratching my head trying to find books that my 6 year old can read by himself. He’s able to read the Magic Tree House books, but just seems to not like them right now. I’m going to look at some of your other suggestions. I know it’s not “fantasy” exactly but he really enjoys the Geronimo Stilton books. Thanks for linking this into the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Your timing couldn’t be better! 🙂 pinning and sharing…

    • I’m so glad! I hope he finds something to love. Hmm… I think I’ve glanced at Geronimo Stilton, but not read it with my son. I should ask him what he thinks… but talking animals count as fantasy, right? Otherwise Charlotte’s Web wouldn’t be on my list.

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