Does your kid love being transported to other worlds? Have they gone through every book in C.S. Lewis’s “The Chronicles of Narnia” or the “Harry Potter” series? Just getting into it? Whether they’re into fantasy stories, science fiction or just starting to explore, we’ve got children’s books for all ages on our platform, from fairy tales for little ones to fantasy novels and chapter books for older kids.
Check out our best fantasy books for kids below!
Best Fantasy Books for Kids on Epic
Written by: Pam Holden
Illustrated by: Kelvin Hawley
Ages: 4 & under
Most of us are familiar with the generations-old tale of Little Red Riding Hood and her famous run-in with the Big Bad Wolf. This picture book for preschoolers is the perfect introduction, not only to the traditional fairy tale, but also the ABCs. As the story unfolds, young children can learn their letters as each character and object is called out by the first letter in each word, like “F is for Forest” and “W is for Wolf.” It gives an extra kid-friendly spin on the tale, as both Grandma and Red stay safe and sound.
Written by: Jeff Dinardo
Illustrated by: Dave Clegg
Ms. Bickelblorb’s class is headed back to their home planet from a field trip when, “jumping Jupiter!” There’s a problem with the Space Bus and the teacher has to make an emergency landing on a mysterious planet: Earth. In this fun first book in the “The Jupiter Twins” series, extraterrestrial siblings Tina and Trudy get separated from the class upon landing and explore Earth, including all the fascinating Earthlings, as they find their way back to the bus.
Though definitely more sci-fi thank fantasy, this cute, brightly illustrated picture book makes out list of best fantasy books for kids for its sheer imagination.
Written by: Melanie Joyce, Stephanie Moss
Illustrated by: Jo Byatt, Nicola Anderson, Emanuela Mannello
Ages: 5 & under
This collection of four children’s fantasy stories transports little ones to magical worlds where they can meet a dragon, a sparkly unicorn and other mythical creatures. These stories are filled with imaginative, dreamy images, and are perfect for snuggling up for a read-aloud for story time or bedtime.
Written by: Susan Cooper
Illustrated by: Steven Kellogg
Susan Cooper, author of the acclaimed “Dark Is Rising” fantasy series, teams up with illustrator Steven Kellogg to create a must-read swashbuckling adventure that celebrates the power of reading.
Pirate Captain Rottingbones and his crew gobble up the world’s greatest stories, and the Word Wizard and band of kids are on the case! As the ravenous pirates go after the Word Wizard’s most delicious words, she has to stop them using a weapon stronger than any sword: her mighty pen.
Written by: Stephen W. Martin
Illustrated by: Cornelia Li
After Max smashes a precious vase—the only treasure her great-great-great-great-great-great-grandma was able to save when her houseboat sank 234 years ago—she knows she’s in big trouble. So she hatches a plan to build a time machine, then travel back in time and smash the vase on the houseboat to prevent herself from breaking it! Along with her dog, Boomer, she gets into one hilarious misadventure after another. With beautiful, often funny illustrations and silly prose, young kids will love this zany time-traveling tale.
Written by: Adam Wallace
Illustrated by: Andy Elkerton
In this fun installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling “How to Catch” book series, the kids are at it again, this time trying to catch a dragon! Set in China during the Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year, they chase the dragon through the streets and leave trap after trap, dodging paper lanterns, red lunar envelopes, fireworks and more along the way. The super fun rhymes make it great for read-alouds, and it even includes bonus material and Mandarin translations to educate kids about Chinese culture and celebrations.
Written by: Joe McGee
Illustrated by: Charles Santoso
The zombies and humans of Quirkville get along fine … until aliens invade! Panic and chaos erupt. The aliens run rampant through the town, demanding something in their strange language that no one understands, so they coat the town in cosmic grape jelly!
Reginald the zombie comes to the rescue, suggesting that the aliens try eating their jelly with his favorite peanut butter. Despite their differences, the humans, zombies and aliens work together to create the best sandwich in the universe.
Filled with humor and heart, this is a hugely entertaining way to teach kids how to reach common ground. And if they’re into this, your kid might also enjoy the first book in this series, “Peanut Butter & Brains,” as well as “Peanut Butter & Santa Claus,” also on our platform.
8. Genie Meanie
Written by: Mahtab Narsimhan
Illustrated by: Michelle Simpson
Third grade is about to start, and 8-year-old Kiara dreads confronting Matt, a bully who seems intent on making her life miserable. But one day she’s glad to discover that her late grandmother left her a genie in a spice bottle. She can be a modern-day Aladdin and use her wishes to solve her bully problem!
Unfortunately, after 10 thousands years of service, the genie has decided he’s done and it’s time for someone to do his bidding. A battle of wills ensues and Kiara realizes that maybe you don’t need a genie to solve your problems after all.
Written by: Alessandro Ferrari
Illustrated by: Massimiliano Narciso
After Princess Anna accidentally curses the world into an eternal winter, she must go on a journey to find her estranged sister Elsa. Older kids who are into the popular Disney film, and even those who aren’t familiar with it, will love experiencing the story in this comic book format.
If your kid is a fan of other Disney adventures, check out our entire Disney Comics collection!
Written by: Lewis Carroll, Lisa Mullarkey
Illustrated by: Ute Simon
This popular children’s book has been charming young readers and adults for generations. Now you can relive the magic of Alice’s otherworldly journey down the rabbit hole in this classic kids’ on Epic.
If your child enjoys classics, we also have other favorites on Epic like “Where the Wild Things Are” (audiobook), “Peter Pan” (chapter book, audiobook, Read-To-Me and a graphic novel version), and so many more!
11. Nightmare Thief
Written by: Nicole Lesperance
Illustrated by: Federica Fenna
This chapter book is perfect for young adults who love a dash of magic and danger.
Meet Maren Partridge, a young girl who loves working in her family’s dream shop where she can create every kind of dream. There’s only one rule: she can’t give a dream to anyone without their consent. But when Maren’s sister Hallie goes into a coma after a bad accident, she’s sure she can cure Hallie with a few dreams, including a flying dream.
But a strange woman seems to know what she did and blackmails Maren into creating nightmares with a dark and terrible purpose.
This is a great read for fans of Rick Riordan and other dark fantasy books like Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials.”
Written by: Sarah Jean Horwitz
As heir to the infamous Dark Lord Elithor, 12-year-old Clementine has been groomed since birth to become the best Evil Overlord she can be. After her father is cursed by a mysterious rival, she has to take on the responsibilities of the Dark Lord while she hunts for a way to break the curse. But when it’s time for her to perform the dastardly deeds expected of her against the townspeople—including her new friends—she begins to question whether she wants to be a Dark Lord after all.
By: Kelly Barnhill
Last but not least on our list of best fantasy books for kids is “The Girl Who Drank the Moon.”
Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to a witch named Xan in the hopes that this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But Xan is not the scary kind we read about in fairy tales. Kindly Xan rescues the babies and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing and feeding them starlight along the way. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead, filling her with magic. So she calls the baby Luna and raises her as her own.
This New York Times bestseller is an epic tale about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the magic buried deep inside her.
“The Girl Who Drank the Moon” has won multiple awards, including a Newbery Award, and has been named a New York Public Library Best Book of 2016 and an Amazon Top 20 Best Book of 2016.
We hope you and your kid enjoy these fantasy books for kids on Epic! Here are a few notable mentions off our platform:
- “A Wrinkle in Time,” by Madeleine L’Engle
- “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” by J.K. Rowling
- “Percy Jackson and the Olympians,” by Rick Riordan
- “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Did you like this list? You can also get your kid into some amazing mystery books on our platform. Check out our post 13 Best Mystery Books for Kids on Epic for more great finds.