I have always loved a good novel, and you better believe I’m encouraging my kids to love them too. We send them to read every night before bed, but summertime is a particularly great time to suggest they take a break from the midday heat, find a cool nook, and turn some pages.
Right now my daughter is particularly interested in all things fantasy. Her one-sided love affair with Harry Potter goes way back, but she is starting to branch out and find some new mythical inspiration. The more she reads, the more creative she becomes in her own storytelling, and her writing is improving as well.
Finding the right books can be tricky though. I need books that are clean, fascinating, and on her approximate reading level to keep her worming her way through them, so I’ve started compiling a list of the best fantasy books for pre-teen readers. There is a great mix of female and male heroes that explore, fight, use magic, and find their way through life. Some of the books are stand alones, but most of them are part of a series which prolongs the reading even more.
The best part is, these books are good enough, you can borrow them from your kids once they’re done, or you can be like me and steal them when the kids are at swim lessons. No harm, no foul, right?
So here they are. I hope you enjoy our list of 10 Great Fantasy Books for Tweens:
The False Prince
Jennifer A. Nielsen
John A. Flanagan
Howl’s Moving Castle
Diane Wynne Jones
The Blue Sword
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Magic Faraway Tree
The Sister’s Grimm
The Lightning Thief
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