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The Ultimate Fantasy Book List for Christian Kids (and those who still think they are)

For those of us who love to read Christian fantasy, we have one problem. We can’t get enough. While we have our favorite series that hold special places in our heart, we hunger for another quest, another adventure, into the unknown.

Perhaps you’ve heard the question, “What can I read now?” a lot recently. Maybe you’re looking for something to capture the imagination of your elementary or middle school kids. (Okay, I’ll admit it. I like reading elementary and middle school fantasy to take my mind of being an adult once in a while!)

If so, this list of fantasy books for Christian kids is for you. I hope it leads you to your next great adventure!

Check out this information first!

  • I’ve included some of my “to read” list. If I haven’t read a book, I put a star after the author’s name.
  • Not all books from all authors are listed yet. If you like an author, check out the rest of his/her books.
  • While the books are organized by age groups, don’t hesitate to read up or down a level.
  • Not all books are written by Christian authors. If there is something objectionable that I know about, I note them at the bottom of the section.
  • There is another list for teens and adults called The Ultimate List for Teens and Adults (and those who wish they were)!
  • There are currently 107 books on this list! But it’s not finished. Make sure to sign up for my newsletter to see the updates.
  • You can print this list! Scroll down to the bottom for the PDF.

But enough talk. We are not ones to linger comfortably by the fire as shadows grow deeper. We were made for grand quests, adventures, and battles. Grab your swords, prepare your faithful steed, and follow me into the unknown!

(In other words, I’m through with the technical stuff. Here are the books.)

Fantasy Books for Grade School (Currently 46 Books)

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Tales of the Kingdom Series by David R. Mains and Karen Burton Mains

  1. Tales of the Kingdom
  2. Tales of the Resistance
  3. Tales of the Restoration

The Princess Series by George MacDonald

  1. The Princess and the Goblin
  2. The Princess and Curdie

The Chronicles of Narnia

  1. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  2. Prince Caspian
  3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  4. The Silver Chair
  5. The Horse and His Boy
  6. Magician’s Nephew
  7. The Last Battle

The Growly Books by Philip Ulrich and Erin Ulrich*

  1. Begin
  2. Widewater
  3. Morning

The Redwall Series by Brian Jacques (a 22 book series)*

  1. Redwall
  2. Mossflower
  3. Mattimeo
  4. Mariel of Redwall
  5. Salamandastron
  6. Martin the Warrior
  7. The Bellmaker
  8. Outcast of Redwall
  9. Pearls of Lutra
  10. The Long Patrol

Archives of Anthropos by John White*

  1. The Sword Bearer
  2. Gaal the Conqueror
  3. The Tower of Geburah
  4. The Iron Sceptre
  5. Quest for the King
  6. The Dark Lord’s Demise

The Green Ember Series by S.D. Smith*

  1. The Green Ember
  2. Ember Falls

The Black Star of Kingston by S.D. Smith*

Hawthorn’s Discovery by Alan W. Harris

Little Pilgrim’s Progress: From John Bunyan’s Classic by Helen L. Taylor*

Tales of Wordishure: A Book of Christian Bedtime Stories by Mick McArt

 

Whatever you do, don’t miss George MacDonald and C.S. Lewis. George MacDonald’s books in this list can be a little scary, so you might want to read them together, but don’t worry. You’ll love them, too! The Redwall Series has 22 books in it. I only listed 10.

Fantasy Books for Tweens (Currently 61 books)

Dragon Keepers Chronicles by Donita K. Paul*

  1. DragonSpell
  2. DragonQuest
  3. DragonKnight
  4. DragonFire
  5. DragonLight

A Wrinkle in Time Quintet by Madeleine L’Engle

  1. A Wrinkle in Time
  2. A Wind in the Door
  3. Swiftly Tilting Planet
  4. Many Waters
  5. An Acceptable Time

Trap Series by Vicki V. Lucas

  1. Toxic
  2. Rancid

Tales of Shalock Stables

  1. Flashes of Ember
  2. Ember’s Choice

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

  1. The Lightning Thief
  2. The Sea of Monsters
  3. The Titan’s Curse
  4. The Battle of the Labyrinth
  5. The Last Olympian

Ranger’s Apprentice by John A. Flanagan

  1. The Ruins of Gorlan
  2. The Burning Bridge
  3. The Icebound Land
  4. The Battle for Skandia
  5. The Sorcerer of the North
  6. The Siege of Macindaw
  7. Erak’s Ransom
  8. Kings of Clonmel
  9. Halt’s Peril
  10. The Emperor of Nihon-Ja
  11. The Lost Stories
  12. The Royal Ranger

Dragons in our Midst by Bryan Davis*

  1. Raising Dragons
  2. The Candlestone
  3. Circles of Seven
  4. Tears of a Dragon

Dragons of Starlight by Bryan Davis*

  1. Starlighter
  2. Warrior
  3. Diviner
  4. Liberator

The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson*

  1. On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness
  2. North! Or Be Eaten
  3. The Monster in the Hollows
  4. The Warden and the Wolf King

The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander*

  1. The Book of Three
  2. The Black Cauldron
  3. The Castle of Llyr
  4. Taran Wanderer
  5. The High King

The Door Within Trilogy by Thomas Wayne Batson*

  1. The Door Within
  2. The Rise of the Wyrm Lord
  3. The Final Storm

Binding of the Blade by L.B. Graham*

  1. Beyond the Summerland
  2. Bringer of Storms
  3. Shadow in the Deep
  4. Father of Dragons
  5. All My Holy Mountain

Wilderking Trilogy by Jonathan Rogers*

  1. The Bark of the Bog Owl
  2. The Secret of the Swamp King
  3. The Way of the Wilderking

The Raneous Chronicles by R.S. McDonald*

  1. Winged Horse of Heaven: Fallen
  2. Winged Horse of Heaven: Quest

The Percy Jackson series is a thrilling and humorous tale, but I often hesitate to recommend it due to the fact that Percy and many of his friends are demi-gods, children of Greek gods and humans. However, you could use it to talk about the only one who is both God and human, Jesus.

Here is the PDF where you can print this list!

The Ultimate Fantasy List for Christian Kids

What books have I missed? Let me know, and I may put them on the list!

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14 Comments

  1. Thank you for this list! My young brother (11) is an avid reader and it can be so tough to find good quality fiction at his reading level these days. He recently picked up a sequel to a book that was okay, but upon looking up the sequel, I found that it was very much pushing an agenda. I talked to him about it and helped him find a couple of these series that he miraculously has not read! (He’s very excited to start the Wingfeather Saga.) Thanks so much!

    1. You’re welcome! I’m so glad this helped! Keep an eye on this list because I want to update it!

  2. John Geyer says:

    I really loved The Forbidden Door growing up which has great Christian themes (and dragons)

  3. Hi, I’m just asking for clarification, is this a list of Christian Fantasy books or fantasy books for Christian kids? This list has one title while the pdf has another. Just making sure because my son read the first book of the Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan, but I’m not crazy about some if the content. I know you didn’t include that series here, but I felt like it would be ok b/c I was familiar with Percy Jackson. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Excellent question! It started as a list of Christian Fantasy book for kids, but it’s (slowly) changing into a list of fantasy books for Christian kids. I haven’t read the Magnus Chase series, but I do know there are some series by Rick Riordan that I don’t think are the best. I’ll have to read that series and get a review out for you!

  4. Linda Dietz says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I “happened” upon this list while trying to find GOOD preferably Christian fantasy for my 10 yr old granddaughter. I understand that not all books listed are Christian, but this will give me a starting point and can research the books further. Scripture admonishes us to guard our hearts. I am convinced that what we choose to read or watch either guards our hearts or opens the floodgates to all kinds of unwholesome things that are FOREVER stored in our minds. So, as much as it is in my power, I will suggest only those books that will in some way help her to challenge her in her walk with God, encourage her, admonish her, show her lessons in courage and kindness and to seek those things above.

  5. Meredith Burton says:

    Books Worth Checking Out:

    1. Fairest Son, by H. S.J. Williams.

    2. Blind Beauty and Other Tales of Redemption, by Meredith Leigh Burton.

    Also, I love David and Karen Mains books.

  6. I don’t mean this in a rude or mean way even the slightest bit, I just wanted to point out that referring to Jesus as a demi-god isn’t accurate because he is fully God and fully man instead of being half of both and he isn’t a created being the way a demi-god is. Those books could still be used to illustrate a Biblical worldview by using them to ask your kids tough questions about whether the characters choices match up with what the Bible says to do similarly to how a parent would use The Lord of the Rings though. Thank you so much for taking the time to write out this list, it is very helpful!

    1. Great catch, Sam! I was so eager to bring in Jesus that I forgot about that detail! I have edited it. Thanks for letting me know.

  7. I would also recommend The Raneous Chronicles series, by R.S. McDonald. It’s a Christian Fantasy series for ages 11-18, and tells the story about a young, heavenly Winged Horse name Raneous, and a human boy name Brian. These books are a definite favorite of mine (though I am a young adult (25)). You can find out more about R.S. McDonald and her books on her website and Facebook!
    (http://robinsmcdonald.com/wp/)

    Here first books are Fallen, Quest, and Taken (each with the subtitle Winged Horse of Heaven). She had just released Book 3 “Taken” a couple days ago, and is now available on Kindle! Hope this helps

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