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. From colorful picture books and tales of swashbuckling pirates to demigods and dark magicians, these books are sure to thrill all ages.

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Gorgeously illustrated adventure fosters imagination.
By Elisa Kleven
(2013)
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Visually captivating story is full of adventure, wonder.
By Aaron Becker
(2014)
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Gentle adventure about going wherever the wind takes you.
By Philip C. Stead
(2014)
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Tableware goes bad in sumptuously drawn tale.
By Mini Grey, Ruth Belov Gross
(2006)
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Perfect "knightly" read-aloud for younger children.
By Gerald Morris
(2012)
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Captivating adventures of globe-trotting, crime-solving boy.
By Elizabeth Singer Hunt
(2016)
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Delightful, funny dad-son space-travel adventure.
By Wendy Mass, Michael Brawer
(2014)
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Smart picture-book version of the classic tale.
By Hugh Lupton
(2007)
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Intense, sometimes violent start to rich, vivid animal saga.
By Erin Hunter
(2017)
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Magical start of the fantastic boy-wizard series.
By J. K. Rowling
(2005)
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Quirky adventure about the power of friendship and fantasy.
By A.F. Harrold
(2015)
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Terrific page-turner has it all: action, humor, and heart.
By John David Anderson
(2014)
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Author's last is a rousing, delightful adventure.
By Lloyd Alexander
(2008)
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Greek myths meet fast-paced adventure in boy-demigod tale.
By Rick Riordan
(2005)
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Mystery, adventure, laughs in imaginative series start.
By Gordon Korman
(2015)
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Hard to put down, and harder to forget.
By Anne Holm
(2005)
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Exciting pirate-treasure search in classic Tintin series.
By Herge
(2011)
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Engrossing fantasy has high-seas adventure, talking cats.
By Lynne Jonell
(2015)
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Fun, tech-savvy start to orphaned spy kids series.
By Peter Jay Black
(2014)
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Myth-based, modernized fantasy is nonstop fun.
By Michael Scott
(2007)
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Amazing adventure about siblings lost in a future Zimbabwe.
By Nancy Farmer
(2013)
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Page-turning adventure of false identity and intrigue.
By Jennifer A. Nielsen
(2012)
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Nail-biting, violent fantasy has elements of mystery.
By Philip Pullman
(2005)
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Humorous and moving story has an edge.
By Louis Sachar
(2004)
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Percy Jackson series spin-off is almost as delightful.
By Rick Riordan
(2010)
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Thrilling epic for experienced fantasy readers.
By Joanne Harris
(2008)
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The granddaddy of kids' adventures -- a classic.
By Robert Louis Stevenson
(2009)
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Magical fantasy has peril, battles, positive messages.
By Lisa McMann
(2011)
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Top-notch, rip-roaring adventure with fantasy violence.
By Joshua Mowll
(2005)
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Likable loser tries to save world in action-packed novel.
By Rick Yancey
(2006)
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