Books to Spur Your Child’s Imagination

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Books to Spur Your Child’s Imagination

School has begun, but the summer spirit of adventure doesn’t have to end. Now is as great a time as any for a good book. This list of classic fantasies, both new and old, will keep your child dreaming even as they get settled into a new school year.


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
(Recommended for Fourth Graders)
A Wrinkle in Time starts with the famously mocked phrase "It was a dark and stormy night". The phrase exists in other books and was first used by novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton. A Wrinkle in Time easily overcomes this rough start. It is a science fiction fantasy classic and a definite must read for any child interested in space, cross-dimensional travel, or the universe in general. The book follows Meg Murray as she makes her way across the universe to rescue her father.

Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaimon
(Recommended for Third Graders)
Fortunately the Milk is a hilarious and fanciful novel about a trip to the corner store gone wrong. Imagine picking up milk but then encountering aliens and pirates. It sounds absurd, but this book makes it all seem oddly plausible. With its imaginative plot twists, this book transports the reader to another place and sparks their imagination. This book was published in 2011 but it is sure to become a children’s classic.

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
(Recommended for Fourth Graders)
The Hobbit was first published in 1937, but fans have been enjoying it ever since for good reason. This book is big, but don’t let that intimidate you! The Hobbit is an excellent book to read nightly with your child, or a great book for an ambitious reader. The book is a  true classic and details the adventures of Bilbo Baggins prior to The Lord of the Rings. With dwarves, elves, goblins, and wizards, this book has everything an imaginative child could want.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
(Recommended for Fifth Graders)
This book was published to great fanfare in 1997. Even if you’ve already read it, it could be worth reading again or introducing it to your child. With plenty of sequels, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a great book to hook your child on reading. The book follows the now well-known story of a young unappreciated boy discovering that he is, in fact, a wizard. The thrills are endless, and it’s a crowd pleaser for children and adults alike.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
(Recommended for Third Graders)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a classic children’s fantasy novel. The book follows the adventures of four young siblings as they take refuge in the British countryside to escape Nazi bombings. While there, they discover a passageway into another world. They find both adventure and hardship before returning to the British countryside to find no time has elapsed. Like other books in this list, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is part of a series that is sure to keep your child entertained.