Adventure Books

If your kids like exciting books they can't put down, then look no further than this list of our favorite adventure stories. These page-turners are sure to thrill young readers no matter their age. From colorful picture books and tales of swashbuckling pirates to novels about demigods, dark magicians, and nailbiting survival tales, these books will whisk kids away on epic journeys through mystical lands or history's most interesting chapters. For other exciting choices, check out our Fantasy Books for Kids and Science Fiction Books.

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The Paper Princess

age 4+

Gorgeously illustrated adventure fosters imagination.

By: Elisa Kleven (1998)
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Quest

age 4+

Visually captivating story is full of adventure, wonder.

By: Aaron Becker (2014)
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Sebastian and the Balloon

age 4+

Gentle adventure about going wherever the wind takes you.

By: Philip C. Stead (2014)
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The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon

age 6+

Tableware goes bad in sumptuously drawn tale.

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The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True

age 6+

Perfect "knightly" read-aloud for younger children.

By: Gerald Morris (2011)
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Secret Agent Jack Stalwart Series

age 6+

Captivating adventures of globe-trotting, crime-solving boy.

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Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight

age 7+

Delightful, funny dad-son space-travel adventure.

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The Adventures of Odysseus

age 8+

Smart picture-book version of the classic tale.

By: Hugh Lupton (2006)
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Broken Pride: Bravelands, Book 1

age 8+

Intense, sometimes violent start to rich, vivid animal saga.

By: Erin Hunter (2017)
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The Door in the Alley: The Explorers, Book 1

age 8+

Fun characters, creepy villains in adventurous quest.

By: Adrienne Kress (2017)
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The Good Thieves

age 8+

Kids fight gangsters in thrilling, heart-filled 1920s tale.

By: Katherine Rundell (2019)
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Guardians of the Taiga: Wild Rescuers, Book 1

age 8+

Minecraft wolf-girl heroine shines in exciting book debut.

By: StacyPlays (2018)
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Harry Potter, Book 1

age 8+

Magical start of the fantastic boy-wizard series.

By: J. K. Rowling (1998)
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The Imaginary

age 8+

Quirky adventure about the power of friendship and fantasy.

By: A.F. Harrold (2015)
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The Magic Misfits, Book 1

age 8+

Fast-paced, fun adventure about kid magician finding home.

By: Neil Patrick Harris (2017)
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Minion

age 8+

Terrific page-turner has it all: action, humor, and heart.

By: John David Anderson (2014)
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Once Upon a Tim

age 8+

Unlikely heroes bust stereotypes in wacky fairy tale romp.

By: Stuart Gibbs (2022)
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Paradise on Fire

age 8+

Girl heals from trauma, beats fears in triumphant novel.

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The Beatryce Prophecy

age 9+

Lively fable celebrates friendship, girl (and goat) power.

By: Kate DiCamillo (2021)
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City Spies, Book 1

age 9+

Diverse young, skilled misfits team up in exciting spy romp.

By: James Ponti (2020)
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