With the Gentleman Bastard Sequence, Lynch reminds us that fantasy is an absolute joy to read. Harry Potter by J. But forget the movies, the theme parks, the college Quidditch teams and the ubiquitous halloween costumes. It earned its place alongside the giants of the fantasy genre with gripping tales about the boy who lived.
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. But as Lyra attempts to liberate the multiverse from theological rule, His Dark Materials pulls off a monumental accomplishment: enchantment and provocation in equal turn.
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The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss. And along with the strange and lyrical novella, The Slow Regard of Silent Things , there are no other books I would recommend more to someone wanting to dip their toe into fantasy waters. The Lord of the Rings by J. Every location the Fellowship encountered possessed a rich history and language, showcasing songs and poetry and mythology that always spoke of more beyond the page. But it was the four simple hobbits, bravely facing a world far larger and darker than their home in the Shire, that made every strange encounter relatable.
Fighting orcs and spiders and worse, there was a nobility inverse to their size and a struggle between good and evil that resonates 62 years later.
The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman. Harry Potter was already for grown-ups. Despite its magical school setting, the series owed more to the wonder of C. Each book cares a little more deeply about its characters, who face the same struggles for meaning and purpose that the rest of us do. Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson. The action spans continents, dimensions and, oh yeah, millennia.
Robust, intriguing systems of magic? Two or three. Add to this a fresh takes on elves, the undead, shapeshifters and dragons as well as the introduction of some new entries for the fantasy menagerie , along with a number of jaw-dropping battles over the course of the series, and you have an epic story that will leave even the most jaded fantasy reader awestruck. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. The second series takes place years later, focusing on best friends living during an Industrial Revolution-like era. Sanderson plans to write two more series one in a modern, urban setting, the other in a futuristic, sci-fi setting , ensuring that Mistborn will appeal to readers of multiple genres.
With a rich history and an original magic system that flourishes alongside the characters, Mistborn proves to be a landmark addition to the fantasy realm. Kylar exists within a gritty world where greed and elemental magic exist in equal measure. Thrust into a conflict of world-shattering significance, he must choose between tranquility or violence to protect the life he knows. Weeks weaves realistic characters and a creative magic system into a narrative of epic scope, delivering a compelling trilogy that deserves its place among the best stories in fantasy.
The Pendragon Cycle by Stephen R. First Book in the Series: Taliesin Description: While you might be tempted to pass on yet another take on the legend of King Arthur, this one is arguably the best. With extensive research to back him up, Stephen R.
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Lawhead takes on the infamous legend and transforms it into a fascinating story that could have happened. Arthur does not show up until book three, but the journey to get there is what makes this six-book series so engaging. In a genre overcrowded with Arthurian books and movies, this one is worth the read. The Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb. A perfect read-aloud for the whole family, this can easily be read by a newer reader.
Parents who grew up on Judy Blume will enjoy it, as I did. Munsinger - Houghton Mifflin, 32 pages. Tacky is back, getting himself into predicaments that can only result in delighted, yet understanding, young readers. This time, Tacky is surfing while his more subdued penguin pals are napping on their iceberg. What can Tacky do to escape? Tacky will certainly find new fans with this book, while old fans will be reminded to reread the other Tacky books!
Find Tacky in Trouble at your local library. Hilarious cartoon illustrations scamper across the pages of this three-chapter book. Started when the men were fighting in World War II, talented females fed the love of the national pastime for loyal fans. The story of one such athlete is told by her daughter who takes fielding practice with her mama while they wait patiently for her daddy to come home safely. Illustrations in oil paints add movement and life to the story of a devoted little girl who captures women? Find Mama Played Baseball at your local library. This early reader is full of fun facts about emperor penguins — their lifecycle, habitat, predators and even what they like to do for fun.
With easy-to-understand explanations and plenty of illustrations, Emperor Penguins is a great choice for young animal lovers. Find Emperor Penguins at your local library. Parents need to know that this book is both too delicate, and possibly too scary on one page the jaws of a T-rex come out at the reader for young kids.
Also, though thoroughly researched, some of the information presented, both verbally and pictorially, is controversial, though the author is usually careful to indicate this. Families who read this book could discuss the science behind it, the sleuthing and inferences made by paleontologists. How did they figure out what the dinosaurs looked like and ate?
What has caused their ideas to change? Families can also do further research together on the types of dinosaurs presented, or find out about other species. Find Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs at your local library. This book proves that a tail can be more than just a tail. The appearance and function of tails as different as the prehensile tail of an opossum to the deadly tail of a scorpion to the beautiful tail of the Central American quetzal are discussed. Simple vocabulary and close-up color photographs enhance the appeal for young readers.
This book follows the daily routine of five diverse animals at a water hole on the African savannah from dawn until midnight. The pages, which include a clock indicating the time of day, are packed with facts about the eating, playing, resting and sleeping behaviors of the animals found in this particular habitat. The visually appealing photographs and the conversational style may just hook those reluctant readers.
Find Water Hole at your local library. This brief chapter book featuring short simple sentences and basic vocabulary introduces the story of Wilbur and Orville Wright, inventors of the airplane. The brothers, who ran a bicycle shop, read about the flight research of German flier Otto Lilienthal.
When Lilienthal dies in a crash, the brothers decide to continue his research and begin to build gliders. Technical terms are explained in words and pictures. An afterword provides an introduction to their scientific method, and a glossary is included. This would be the perfect read for inquiring young scientists and those kids fascinated by aircraft and flight. This beautifully illustrated book chronicles the career of Latino baseball star Roberto Clemente, from his childhood in Puerto Rico, through his major league career, and finally to his tragic death in a plane crash on his way to aid earthquake victims in Central America.
This inspirational story follows Clemente from humble beginnings his first baseball glove was made from a coffee-bean sack to World Series fame in the major leagues to his legacy as a role model for aspiring baseball players and as a hero to the people of Puerto Rico for his humanitarian work. This is the moving and inspirational story of Sammy Lee, an Olympian diver.
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In , Dr. Sammy Lee became the first Asian American to win a gold medal in the Olympics. Accompanied by sensitive, thoughtful illustrations. In this installation of the Smart About? He also pioneered the commercial use of peanuts, including the invention of peanut butter! A humorous yet informative look at the U. Presidents in chronological order.
Piven uses found objects to comprise the facial features of the presidents with hilarious results. Fun tidbits that actually stick with you! With a passion for cooking and against the odds, he landed a job as a chef at a fine restaurant frequented by an upscale clientele.
He prided himself on his culinary talent and reputation, and the popularity of his cuisine grew. One day a diner complains that her French-fried potatoes, a fashionable new dish at the time, are cut too thick. In a fit of aggravation and to teach the customer a lesson, George accidentally creates the all-American snack food, potato chips. The lively and comical acrylic illustrations add to the fun of this quirky true-life story.
Find George Crum and the Saratoga Chip at your local library. This book is filled with outrageous stories, facts, and fascinating tidbits about food from around the world.
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If your child has an interest in unique historical facts, this is the book for him. What would it be like to have traveled to America on board the Mayflower? Why did people leave their homeland and come to the New World? What was it like on this long treacherous voyage?