Fantasy Flavors

Fantasy is a BROAD genre with many flavors! Use the subtitles to find the magical story just for you.

For more ideas, try the Firsts in a Fantasy Series list!

Animal Magic

Humans with powers to communicate with or transform into animals.

Animas: Legacy of the Claw - C.R. Grey

The Cat at the Wall - Deborah Ellis

The Dog Ray - Linda Coggin

Elementals #1: Ice Wolves - Amie Kaufman

Emmy and the Home for Troubled Girls - Lynne Jonell

Flora & Ulysses - Kate DiCamillo

Gabriel Finley & the Raven’s Riddle - George Hagen

Lionboy - Zizou Corder

The Second Life of Abigail Walker - Frances O’Roark Dowell

Wild Magic [series] - Tamora Pierce


Creature Features

Crazy critters on the loose.

How to Catch a Bogle [series] - Catherine Jinks

Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist [series] - Robin LaFevers


Dragons!!

Need I say more?

The Adventurer’s Guide to Dragons - Wade Albert White

A Creature of Moonlight - Rebecca Hahn

Dragon Rider - Cornelia Funke

Dragon Slippers - Jessica Day George

Dragonsdale - Salamanda Drake

Elementals #1: Ice Wolves - Amie Kaufman

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom [series] - Christopher Healy

The Invisible Tower - Nils Johnson-Shelton

Iron Hearted Violet - Kelly Barnhill

The Last Dragonslayer - Jasper Fforde

Petra K. and the Blackhearts - M. Henderson Ellis

A Tale of Two Castles - Gail Carson Levine


Fairies / The Fae

Tiny creatures from Irish/British folklore, that often aren’t very nice...

Artemis Fowl [series] - Eoin Colfer

Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg - Gail Carson Levine

The Fairy Tale Matchmaker - E.D. Baker

A Nearer Moon - Melanie Crowder

The Peculiar - Stefan Bachmann

Philippa Fisher’s Fairy Godsister - Liz Kessler

13 Treasures - Michelle Harrison


Fantastical Worlds

Magical worlds different from our own.

Balance Keepers: The Fires of Calderon - Lindsay Cummings

Beautiful Blue World - Suzanne LaFleur

The Book of Story Beginnings - Kristin Kladstrup

Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact - A.J. Hartley

Fablehaven [series] - Brandon Mull

Falling In - Frances O’Roark Dowell

Finding Serendipity - Angelica Banks

The Glass Sentence [series] - S.E. Grove

Grey Griffins [series] - Derek Benz

Inkheart [series] - Cornelia Funke

The Islands of Chaldea - Diana Wynne Jones

The Journey to Dragon Island - Claire Fayers

The Mark of the Dragonfly - Jaleigh Johnson

My Diary from the Edge of the World - Jodi Lynn Anderson

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes - Jonathan Auxier

Sea of the Dead - Julia Durango

Stoneheart [series] - Charlie Fletcher

The 13th Reality: The Journal of Curious Letters - James Dashner

Ulysses Moore: The Door to Time - Pierdomenico Baccalario

For more ideas, try the Firsts in a Fantasy Series list!


Fantasy “Lite”

Lighthearted and/or humorous stories featuring just a little bit of magic.

Beanstalker and Other Hilarious Scary Tales - Kiersten White

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

A Clatter of Jars - Lisa Graff

Confessions of an Imaginary Friend - Michelle Cuevas

Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg - Gail Carson Levine

Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble - Anna Meriano

The Magical Misadventures of Prunella Bogthistle - Deva Fagan

Matilda - Roald Dahl

Seriously Hexed - Tina Connolly

Suddenly Supernatural - Elizabeth Kody Kimmel

Tuesdays at the Castle - Jessica Day George


Fractured Fairytales

Retellings of famous fairytales.

Beanstalker and Other Hilarious Scary Tales - Kiersten White

Book of a Thousand Days - Shannon Hale

The Cottage in the Woods - Bruce Coville

Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine

The Frog Princess - E.D. Baker

The Goose Girl + Enna Burning - Shannon Hale

Into the Woods - Lyn Gardner

Jack - Liesl Shurtliff

Just Ella - Margaret Peterson Haddix

The Land of Stories [series] - Chris Colfer

Letters From Rapunzel - Sara Lewis Holmes

The Princess Tales [series] - Gail Carson Levine

Reckless - Cornelia Funke

Rump - Liesl Shurtliff

Storybound - Marissa Burt

A Tale Dark & Grimm [trilogy] - Adam Gidwitz

The Wide-Awake Princess - E.D. Baker


Little People

Thumbelina, is that you?

By the Grace of Todd - Louise Galveston

Lilliput - Sam Gayton


Magical Schools

In case you didn’t get your Hogwarts letter...

The Exceptionals - Erin Cashman

The Magisterium [Series] - Holly Black

Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded - Sage Blackwood

The School for Good and Evil [series] - Soman Chainani

Wandmaker’s Apprentice - Ed Masessa

Mermaids & Underwater Adventures

Underwater creatures, both good and bad.

Fish Girl [graphic novel] - Donna Jo Napoli

Ingo - Helen Dunmore

Keeper - Kathi Appelt

Not as We Know - Tom Avery

The WaterFire Saga [series] - Jennifer Donnelly

The Tail of Emily Windsnap [series] - Liz Kessler


Princes & Princesses With Attitude

This ain’t no happily ever after!

Book of a Thousand Days - Shannon Hale

The Castle Behind Thorns - Merrie Haskell

A Creature of Moonlight - Rebecca Hahn

Ever - Gail Carson Levine

The False Prince [series] - Jennifer A. Nielsen

Icefall - Matthew J. Kirby

Iron Hearted Violet - Kelly Barnhill

The Mad Wolf's Daughter - Diane Magras

Once Upon a Marigold [series] - Jean Ferris

Princess Academy [series] - Shannon Hale

The Princess Curse - Merrie Haskell

The Runaway Princess - Kate Coombs

A Tale of Two Castles - Gail Carson Levine

Tuesdays at the Castle - Jessica Day George

The Two Princesses of Bamarre - Gail Carson Levine

The Wolf Princess - Cathryn Constable


Quests

Protagonist goes on a journey to find something, and become a hero! High adventure!

Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg - Gail Carson Levine

Have Sword, Will Travel - Garth Nix & Sean Williams

Iron Hearted Violet - Kelly Barnhill

The Mad Wolf's Daughter - Diane Magras

Once Upon a Marigold [series] - Jean Ferris

The Stone Girl's Story - Sarah Beth Durst

The Two Princesses of Bamarre - Gail Carson Levine


Supernatural Powers

A human in our world gains otherworldly powers... sometimes with consequences.

All the Answers - Kate Messner

A Clatter of Jars - Lisa Graff

Confessions of an Imaginary Friend - Michelle Cuevas

Matilda - Roald Dahl

The Night Garden - Polly Horvath

Seriously Hexed - Tina Connolly

Suddenly Supernatural - Elizabeth Kody Kimmel

A Tangle of Knots - Lisa Graff

Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt

The Wish - Gail Carson Levine


Witches & Sorcerers

Are you a good witch or a bad witch?

The Book without Words - Avi

Dragon’s Green - Scarlett Thomas

Goldeline - Jimmy Cajoleas

Grayling’s Song - Karen Cushman

The Islands of Chaldea - Diana Wynne Jones

The Jumbies - Tracey Baptiste

The Last Apprentice [series] - Joseph Delaney

Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble - Anna Meriano

The Magical Misadventures of Prunella Bogthistle - Deva Fagan

Monstrous - MarcyKate Connolly

The Problim Children - Natalie Lloyd

Seriously Hexed - Tina Connolly

Seven Sorcerers - Caro King

Unfamiliar Magic - R.C. Alexander

Witchlanders - Lena Coakley

The Witches - Roald Dahl

The Witch’s Boy - Kelly Barnhill


World Folklore, Legends, & Mythology

Stories based on myths and folklore from around the world.


African Legends & Myths

Akata Witch - Nnedi Okorafor


Asian Legends & Myths

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon - Grace Lin


European Folklore

The Dollmaker of Krakow - R.M. Romero

The Door by the Staircase - Katherine Marsh


Greek/Roman Myths + Atlantis

Anatopsis - Chris Abouzeid

Goddess Girls [series] - Joan Holub

Iris, Messenger - Sarah Deming

Mark of the Thief [series] - Jennifer A. Nielsen

Medusa Jones - Ross Collins

Myth-O-Mania [series] - Kate McMullan

Nobody’s Princess - Esther Friesner

Pandora Gets Jealous [series] - Carolyn Hennesy

Percy Jackson & the Olympians [series] - Rick Riordan

Seven Wonders #1: The Colossus Rises - Peter Lerangis


Indian Myths

The Conch Bearer - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Savage Fortress - Sarwat Chadda


Middle Eastern, Egyptian Myths, & Arabian Nights

Children of the Lamp [series] - P.B. Kerr

The Golden Dreams of Carlo Chuchio - Lloyd Alexander

The Red Pyramid [Kane Chronicles series] - Rick Riordan

Shadow Spinner - Susan Fletcher

TUT: The Story of My Immortal Life - P.J. Hoover


Native American Myths & Legends

Coyote Tales - Thomas King

Diamond Willow - Helen Frost


Norse Myths

Keeper of Myths - Jasmine Richards

Magnus Chase [series] - Rick Riordan

Odd and the Frost Giants - Neil Gaiman

Odin’s Raven - K.L. Armstrong

The Sea of Trolls - Nancy Farmer