Reading fantasies with children

Do you want your child to experience another world filled with exotic delights, wishing chairs, and naughty pixies to develop their imagination? Introduce them to the fantasy world of evil witches, committed friends and talking animals.

The beauty of most fantasy stories is that they use ordinary situations to enter an evocative world of magic. Who knows what would’ve happened if Alice hadn’t jumped down the rabbit hole? Or would Narnia have been discovered if Lucy hadn’t hidden in the wardrobe from her brothers and sisters? An excellent fantasy book is one which leaves you wondering, “What would I have done if I was pitchforked into a fantasy faraway land?” So, if your child has been bitten by boredom lately, pay a visit to your local library and choose a magical land for her to visit!

Reading List

• The Chronicles of Narnia. This series of seven books by C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) are timeless classics of enduring charm. The stories are set in the fictional realm of Narnia, a fantasy world of magic, mythical beasts, and talking animals. It narrates the adventures of several children who play central roles in the unfolding history and mysteries of the Narnian world.
• The Magic Faraway Tree Series. English author Enid Blyton (1897-1967) penned these stories about an enchanted forest with a gigantic magical tree. At the top of the tree, are exciting lands. Animations like Silky and the Saucepan Man live in the tree.
• The Spiderwick Chronicles. This series follows the adventures of three children who move into the Spideriwick Estate and enter a world of fairies. This popular collection was written by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi between 2003-09.
• Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This enduring classic by Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) is about little Alice who discovers a fantastical world.
• Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Roald Dahl’s classic is about a poor boy named Charlie Bucket who wins a Golden Ticket and goes on an unusual tour of a chocolate factory with a bunch of children.

He ultimately wins a reward that is way beyond his dreams and aspirations.

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