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