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Recommended Fantasy Fiction

Whenever a book or author has won an important award, an abbreviation of the award title is included in parenthesis. For a keyed list of these awards, click here.

Alexander, Lloyd The Book of Three (1964) (& 4 more Chronicles of Prydain)
Auxier, Jonathan The Night Gardener (2014)
Babbitt, Natalie  Tuck Everlasting (1975)
Barnhill, Kelly Regan 
The Girl Who Drank from the Moon (2016)
Barrie, J. M.             Peter and Wendy (1911)
Baum, L Frank The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) (& 13 more Oz books)
Beatty, Robert Serafina and the Black Cloak (2015) (& 2 sequels)
Carroll, Lewis Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865)
Through the Looking-Glass (1872)
Chabon, Michael Summerland (2002)
Dahl, Roald                         James and the Giant Peach (1961)
                                             Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)
                                             Charlie and the Glass Elevator (1972)
The BFG (1982)
The Witches (1983)
Matilda (1988)
DiCamillo, Kate The Magician’s Elephant (2009)
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (2013) (New)
Dickinson, Peter The Ropemaker (2001)
Ende, Michael The Neverending Story (1979)
Foxlee, Karen A Most Magical Girl (2016)
Funke, Cornelia                  Dragon Rider (1997)
The Thief Lord (2000) 
Inkheart (2003) (& 2 sequels)
Gaiman, Neil                        Coraline (2002)
                                             The Graveyard Book (2008) (New)
Goudge, Elizabeth              The Little White Horse (1946) (New)
Jansson, Tove (HCA) Comet in Moominland (1946) (& 7 more Moomin books)
Jones, Diana Wynne Charmed Life (1977) (Guar) (& 6 more Chrestomanci books)
Homeward Bounders (1981)
Howl's Moving Castle (1986) (& 2 more Ingary books)
Juster, Norton                     The Phantom Tollbooth (1961)
Hale, Shannon The Goose Girl (2003)
The Princess Academy (2005) (NewH) (& 2 sequels)
Le Guin, Ursula K.  A Wizard of Earthsea (1968) (BG-HB) (& 5 sequels)
Levine, Gail Carson            Ella Enchanted (1997)
The Two Princesses of Bamarre (2001)
Fairest (2006)
Ever (2008)
Lewis, C. S. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1950) (& 6 more Chronicles of Narnia)
Lin, Grace Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (2009)
Starry River of the Sky (2012)
When the Sea Turned to Silver (2016)
MacDonald, George           The Light Princess (1864)                                            
                                             The Princess and the Goblin (1872)
Marchetta, Melina Finnikin of the Rock (2008) (& 2 more Lumatere Chronicles)
Masefield, John                   The Midnight Folk (1927)
McKinley, Robin                 The Blue Sword (1982) (NewH)
                                             The Hero and the Crown (1984) (New)
Spindle’s End (2000)
Nesbit, Edith                       Five Children and It (1902)
                                             The Enchanted Castle (1907)
The House of Arden (1908)
Nix, Garth Sabriel (1995) (& 4 more Old Kingdom books)
Norton, Mary                      The Borrowers (1952) (Carn) (& 4 sequels)
Bedknob and Broomstick (1957)
Oppel, Kenneth Airborn (2004) (& 2 sequels)
Pearce Philippa                  Tom’s Midnight Garden (1958) (Carn)
Pratchett, Terry Truckers (1989) (& 2 more Nome books)
Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (2001) (Carn) (& 5 more Discworld novels)
Pullman, Philip Count Karlstein (1982)                 
The Golden Compass (1995) (Carn; Guar) (& 2 more His Dark Materials novels)
Clockwork (1996)
Richler, Mordecai Jacob Two-Two and the Hooded Fang (1975) (CLA)
Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (1997) (& 6 sequels)
Sage, Angie Magyk (2005) (& 6 more Septimus Heap novels)
Saint-Exupery, Antoine de The Little Prince (1943)
Schlitz, Laura Amy The Night Fairy (2010)
Splendors and Glooms (2012) (NewH)
Stroud, Jonathan The Amulet of Samarkand (2003) (& 3 more Bartimaeus novels)
Thurber, James                  The White Deer (1945)
                                             The 13 Clocks (1950)
                                             The Wonderful O (1957)
Tolkien, J. R. R.                    The Hobbit (1937)
Travers, P. L.                       Mary Poppins (1934) (& 5 more Mary Poppins novels)
Ahlberg, Janet  Each Peach Pear Plum (1978) (KG)
Ahlberg, Allan The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters (1986)  (illus. Janet Ahlberg)
The Jolly Christmas Postman (1991) (KG)
Awdry, Rev. W. Thomas the Tank Engine Series (1945-72) (26 books)
Barnett, Mac Extra Yarn (illus. Jon Klassen) (2012) (CaldH; BG-HB)
Becker, Aaron Journey (2013) (Cald)
Quest (2014)
Return (2016
Bunting, Eve Night of the Gargoyles (1994) (illus. David Wiesner)
Cole, Babette The Trouble with Mom (1983)
Emberley, Ed Go Away Big Green Monster (1992)
Fox, Mem The Magic Hat (2002) (illus. Tricia Tusa)
Gravett, Emily Spells (2008)
Jeffers, Oliver The Incredible Book-Eating Boy (2006)
Lehman, Barbara The Red Book (2004) (CaldH)
Rainstorm (2007)
Trainstop (2008)
Pinfold, Levi Black Dog (2012) (KG; BG-HB)
Sendak, Maurice (HCA) Where the Wild Things Are (1963) (Cald)
In the Night Kitchen (1970)  (CaldH)
Outside over There (1981) (CaldH; BG-HB)
Steig, William The Amazing Bone (1976)
Shrek! (1990)
Thurber, James Many Moons (1943)
Ungerer, Tomi Fog Island (2013)
Van Allsburg, Chris The Garden of Abdul Gasazi (1979) (CaldH; BG-HB)
Jumanji (1981) (Cald; BG-HB)
The Polar Express (1986) (Cald)
Wiesner, David Tuesday (1991)  (Cald)
June 29, 1999 (1992)
Sector 7 (1999)
Yee, Paul Ghost Train (1996) (illus. Harvey Chan) (GGA)
Yolen, Jane How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? (2000)