Half Magic: Tales of Magic, Book 1 Book Poster Image

For siblings Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha, summer is fairly dull aside from trips to the library. Then Jane finds an old coin and wishes for something exciting to happen -- and it does. This classic feels fresh and funny for modern readers.

The Wind in the Willows Book Poster Image

Originally written by Kenneth Grahame for his son in 1908, the adventures of Toad, Mole, Water Rat, and Badger have proven timeless. Nature, morality, and mysticism all play a role, but it's the animals' friendship that really drives this story.

The City of Ember Book Poster Image

Part dystopian fantasy, part mystery, part code-breaking treasure hunt, this intriguing sci-fi fantasy is about a city in eternal darkness, kept lit by a failing electric system. A girl and her friend must decode instructions to save the city.

Coraline Book Poster Image

Neil Gaiman's first children's book is a wonderfully creepy, surreal tale of a girl who stumbles into a parallel universe. Coraline is a refreshingly non-heartwarming heroine who triumphs because of her bravery and intelligence.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Book Poster Image

The first book in J.K. Rowling's beloved fantasy series is a thrilling adventure packed with magic, humor, friendship, and plot twists that even grown-ups won't see coming. An excellent read-together pick, but kids won't want to stop once they start!


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Common Sense Tips

  • Sci-fi and fantasy books make the ordinary seem extraordinary. Ask about the differences between the fantasy world and the real world.
  • Show kids how finding a great book can be like a treasure hunt by regularly hitting up the library, secondhand shops, book swaps, and the local bookstore.