(Select at least one from the list of books to read independently for this fantasy genre.)
The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper
On his 11th birthday, Will Stanton finds out that he has a special destiny - to protect the world from the evil forces of the Dark.
The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
This first book about the mythical land of Prydain follows Taran and his dreams of discovering who he is and what lies in his future.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by D. K. Rowling (or sequels)
This is the first of a series about Harry who discovers on his 11th birthday that he is a powerful wizard who is destined for greatness and he must fight an evil wizard responsible for his parents' death.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
Four English school children find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
By falling down a rabbit hole and stepping through a mirror, Alice experiences unusual adventures with a variety of nonsensical characters.
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
A family of miniature people who live in an old country house cleverly "borrow" the things which they need.
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing any older.
Peter Pan by Sir James Barrie
Peter Pan teaches Wendy and her brothers to fly to Neverland, where they share some exciting adventures with Indians and pirates.
The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum
Young Dorothy is whisked away from a Kansas farm by a tornado and lands in the magical land of Oz.
Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
New folks are coming to live in the Big House. The animals of Rabbit Hill wonder if they will plant a garden and thus be good providers.
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O'Brien
Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
When Chester, a very musical cricket, visits New York, he brings business to Mario's newsstand.
Abel's Island by William Steig
Castaway on an uninhabited island, Abel, a very civilized mouse, finds his resourcefulness and endurance tested to the limit as he struggles to survive and return to his home.
The School Mouse by Dick King-Smith
Flora, the world's most educated mouse, saves her family during a crisis.
The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Lorenzini
Pinocchio, a wooden puppet full of tricks and mischief, with a talent for getting into and out of trouble, wants more than anything else to become a real boy.
Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
The adventures of Christopher Robin and his friends in which Pooh Bear uses a balloon to get honey, Piglet meets a Heffalump, and Eeyore has a birthday.
Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin, changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
My Robot Buddy and other books by Alfred Slote
For his tenth birthday, Jack wants a robot so he'll have someone to play with.
Charlie and the Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
Taking up where Charlie and the Chocolate Factory leaves off, Charlie, his family, and Mr. Wonka find themselves launched into space in the grass glass elevator.
The Witches by Roald Dahl
A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who is an expert on witches, together foil a witch's plot to destroy the world's children by turning them into mice.
Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville
Having jumped into the fantasy land of Luster, Cara joins Lightfoot the unicorn in the search for Queen Arabella Skydancer.
My Teacher Is an Alien by Bruce Coville
Uneasy about her new substitute teacher, Susan Simmons' suspicions about Mr. Smith are confirmed when she discovers he is an alien determined to bring some sixth-grade specimens back to his planet.
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks
Omri discovers a magic cupboard that will make toy figures come alive. So he tries it out with his miniature Indian and cowboy toys.
Chocolate Fever by Stephen Manes
A chocolate-loving boy gets an illness - big brown blisters start popping out all over his body. He needs to escape from the hospital to find a cure.
Bunnicula by James Howe
Harold the dog finds that the new pet rabbit called Bunnicula is no ordinary bunny. For one thing, he seemed to have fangs.
Forest by Janet Taylor Lisle
Twelve-year-old Amber's invasion of an organized forest community of squirrels starts a war between humans and beasts, despite the protests of an unconventional and imaginative squirrel named Woodbine.
The Moorchild by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Feeling that she is neither fully human nor "Folk," a changeling learns her true identity and attempts to find the human child whose place she had been given.
The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witch woman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The adventures are told of the well-to-do hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, who lived happily in his comfortable home until a wandering wizard granted his wish.
Wizard's Hall by Jane Yolen
A young apprentice wizard saves the wizard's training hall by trusting and believing in himself.
Animorphs: the Hork-Bajir Chronicles by K.A. Applegate
Aldrea, a young member of the outpost the Andalite race has placed on the planet of the Hork-Bajir, must help her native friend Dak when the ruthless, parasitic Yeerks try to enslave his people.
Norby and the Lost Princess by Janel Asimov
Norby the robot and his friend Jeff travel to the distant planet of Izz and help to rescue a lost princess.
This Place Has No Atmosphere by Paula Danziger
Aurora loves her life on Earth in the twenty-first century, until she learns that her family is moving to the colony on the moon.
The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm: a Novel by Nancy Farmer
In 2194 in Zimbabwe, General Matsika's three children are kidnapped and put to work in a plastic mine while three mutant detectives use their special powers to search for them.
The Iron Giant by Ted Hughes
The fearsome iron giant becomes a hero when he challenges a huge space monster.
The Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts
A 10-year-old girl, who has always looked different from other children, discovers that she not only has unusual powers but that there are others like her.
Stinker's Return by Pamela F. Service
Alien agent Tsynq Yr, still inhabiting the body of a skunk, returns to Earth and enlists Jonathan and Karen's help in finding a souvenir from Washington, D.C., for a threatening space despot.
Cyberstorm by Gloria Skurznyski
In 2015, when Darcy Kane moves to another part of town, she discovers that the Animal Control Division is trying to take her dog away and that the most obvious escape is into her neighbor's Virtual Reality Rent-a-Memory machine.