Reading fantasy children’s books to your kids is a wonderful way to encourage them to imagine enchanted faraway lands, mythical creatures, and bewitching characters. There’s nothing quite like getting swept up in the adventure and excitement of a good magical story. Finding appropriate fantasy books for preschoolers can be a challenge. Sadly, they’re probably still a little too young for Harry Potter! You also want to make sure you’re picking not-so-scary books, so your kids don’t get scared. Check out a few of our favorite fantasy books for kids to introduce your children to the power of their imagination.
Wonderful Fantasy Children’s Books
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“Where Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak
A true classic and a must on your child’s bookshelf! This is one of the most beloved fantasy children’s books of all time! After being naughty all day, Max is sent to his room without his supper. But Max doesn’t let that stop his imagination from taking him on an adventure complete with Wild Things, sailing the high seas and a vast jungle. Your child will be captivated by the beautiful illustrations as well as the simple text – let the “Wild Rumpus” begin! Find it here.
“The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch
This excellent book tells the story of Princess Elizabeth, who is to marry a perfect prince. However, a dragon kidnaps the prince and burns all of Elizabeth’s possessions – and the only thing that she can find to wear is a paper bag! In her quest to rescue Price Ronald from the dragon, she discovers that Ronald is not such a nice boy after all. An excellent book to teach young children to be true to themselves – and to help them recognize that true beauty comes from within. Find it on Amazon.
“Harold And The Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson
Meet little Harold, who has the power to create a whimsical and delightful imaginary world by simply drawing with his giant purple crayon. Jack has many adventures throughout the tale, which culminates by him drawing his way home to go to bed. A beautiful book which shows just how far a child’s imagination can take them! Find it here.
“The Gruffalo” by Julia Donaldson
A beloved story about Mouse taking a stroll through the deep dark woods. On his way, he comes across different hungry animals who are rather interested in enjoying Mouse for lunch! Mouse outsmarts the animals by using his imagination to invent the Gruffalo, a terrible monster. But Mouse has nothing to worry about since the Gruffalo doesn’t really exist… does it? A fabulous tale about the power of imagination. Find it here.
“Jack And The Beanstalk”
Join Jack in this classic tale, as he plants some magic beans that he exchanged for the family cow, much to his mother’s dismay. The beans soon grow into a giant beanstalk, which Jack climbs into the sky. Along the way, he meets a hen that lays golden eggs; a harp which plays by itself; and of course, an ogre. “Fee fie foe fum!”! A must read magical tale for both parents and children alike. Find it here.
Reading fantasy books to young children is a truly excellent way to encourage a child’s imagination. As a parent, there is nothing quite as enchanting as watching your child’s face light up when being read a wonderful and magical story!