Tuesday, July 29, 2014

12 Fantasy Series for Kids Who Aren't Ready for Harry Potter

It can be hard for a child to wait until he or she is old enough to read the Harry Potter series (or even just to read the later books.) Still, the stories are best enjoyed when a child is old enough to appreciate the subject matter. Luckily, there are plenty of wonderful fantasy series out there which focus on many of the same themes as the Harry Potter books, but which appeal to a slightly younger audience. Twelve of them are listed below and sorted into four main categories: Witches & Wizards, Supernatural Schools, Fantastical Creatures, and Magical Adventures.

Witches & Wizards

  • The Familiars
    by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson

    (Book 1: The Familiars)
    A supposedly ordinary alley cat is mistaken for a magical creature when a young wizard-in-training chooses him as his familiar.
  • The Worst Witch
    by Jill Murphy

    (Book 1: The Worst Witch)
    Mildred Hubble does her best to get by in witch school despite her constant mistakes and disasters.
  • Heidi Heckelbeck
    by Wanda Coven

    (Book 1: Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret)
    Heidi Heckelbeck is a lot like other kids her age - except that she is secretly a witch!


Supernatural Schools

  • Dragon Slayers' Academy
    by Kate McMullan

    (Book 1: The New Kid at School)
    Eleven-year-old medieval peasant Wiglaf of Pinwick enters school at the Dragonslayers Academy to become a hero, as foretold by a traveling minstrel.
  • Scary School
    by Derek the Ghost

    (Book 1: Scary School)
    Though Derek becomes a ghost after he is killed in a science experiment at Scary School, he continues to keep notes on everything strange or spooky that happens there, including events surrounding the arrival of Charles Nukid.
  • Vampire School
    by Peter Bently

    (Book 1: Casketball Capers)
    At St. Orlok's kids like Lee learn all the skills required to become successful vampires.

Fantastical Creatures

Magical Adventures

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