Fantasy and Adventure Children's Books
Adventure and fantasy books
are just great for young children because they
help expand a child's imagination beyond the reality around them. Not only
can books of this kind help develop a child's imagination, but in doing so,
they can help develop useful reading habits and increase a child's
Naturally for very young children, it is wise to refrain from introducing
books that promote violence or negative imagery. Common sense must be used
in this regard. However, there are wonderful books full of mythical
creatures and daring heroes that can leave a child spellbound.
Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak is a classic in this genre and has sold more than 20
million copies since it's publication in 1963, also winning the coveted
Caldecott Medal from the children's librarians in 1964. The story has a
young boy who, after dressing in his wolf costume, finds his bedroom
transformed into a jungle environment in which strange creatures, "wild
things," roam. He, of course, becomes the hero after intimidating these
beasts. Kids and adults alike love the book.
Among the softer, gentler fare is Corduroy
, written and
illustrated by Don Freeman and published in 1968. This book is definitely a
classic with adorable drawings that can warm any heart. It is the story of
a department store bear that searches, during the night, to find a button
to fix his overalls. A little adventure takes him back to his place and
eventually to the little girl who so wants him for her own.
The Magic Hat by Mem Fox
finds room in the sky to make a magic hat bounce through it. It tumbles and
bounces around, creating magic wherever it lands.
Practically every Seuss book falls into this fantasy/adventure
the list is long and those who appreciate his books are even longer.
If you are looking for creative books to inspire and enchant your child,
this category of books is perfect. The above are just a couple of samples,
but the category is full of wonderful books that will surely delight the