If your child enjoys the Harry Potter novels, then chances are that they enjoy the fantasy genre of children’s literature. Most children do. There are many, many great books for children in this genre, both old and new.
If you are trying to find a book for your child that will pique their interest the way Harry Potter did, then first you must consider their reading capabilities. If they have read the first two Harry Potter novels and are struggling with the newer ones then your choices for further reading should reflect this. However, if they have finished all of the novels without confusion then you have many more options.
First, here are some suggestions for children who loved the Harry Potter books, but struggled with the newer ones.
The Magic Treehouse Series by Mary Pope Osborne, is a group of books that are geared toward children with a grade 2-4 reading level. They are a bit simpler and shorter than the Harry Potter novels, but the stories are exciting. All of the stories are about a brother and sister who go on adventures to different times using a magic treehouse that they have discovered. These books take children on adventures back in time to the dinosaurs, ancient Egypt, the time of the pirates and much more.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis are some of the most popular children’s books of all time. They are appropriate for children ages 8-12, but if your child is younger and understanding Harry Potter then they will be likely to understand The Chronicles of Narnia. The books are based in an imaginary land called Narnia. There are seven of these books in total.
Now for some books for older children that enjoyed the Harry Potter series.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle is geared toward children between grades four and seven. It is a science fiction/fantasy tale about a young girl and her even younger brother, who go off to find their father who has disappeared. They must seek him in outer space and on alien planets. It is a story about adventure, bravery and love.The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the best children’s adventure stories ever written. This book is recommended for children with an eighth grade reading level. It is the story of a fictional creature called a Hobbit that goes on an adventure in a fictional place called Middle Earth. The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins is living a comfortable life in the Shire when he is whisked away to face dragons, outsmart Trolls and steal a ring that will change his life forever.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien is the sequel to The Hobbit. It is also geared toward children with about an eighth grade reading level. It is the story of the ring that Bilbo stole in the Hobbit. The ring gets passed on to Bilbo’s nephew Frodo, when Bilbo decides to leave the Shire. Frodo, in turn, goes off on a quest that will decide the fate of Middle Earth.
These are some of the best books of the genre, but there are many more out there. If you are able, you should allow your child to peruse the fantasy section in the library and see what they come up with. You never know what hidden gems they may find.