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Friday, July 24, 2015

30+ Books for Christian {Tween & Teen} Narnia Fans


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Since her very first introduction to fantasy adventures through the award-winning trilogy My Father's Dragon, my daughter has been enamored with all-things-fantastical. She was only in kindergarten at the time. But even then, she knew that this imaginative genre could instantly transport a reader to another world and another time all from the safe comfort of the couch. 

A few years later, she dove headlong into one of THE GREATS...the benchmark fantasy series for which all others are measured. The Chronicles of Narnia. 


She read and re-read them over and over again, each time chipping off a small piece of Narnia and fixing it to her very self. Because books are like that. They shape you and mold you and challenge you to become a better version of yourself.

After turning the final page of Narnia one last time, she wanted more. More fantasy. More imagination. More adventure.

While I was ALL IN for all of those things, I knew that the fantasy genre often came with a mixed bag of witchcraft, darkness, and evil. I knew I couldn't just thrust her towards the 398 shelf in the library and walk away.

In my quest to help her hold on to the life-giving inspiration of Narnia, I went searching for some Christian-themed fantasy books.

And here's what I found!
These are books she has read, books we have read together, or ones she has added to her ever-growing "someday" pile.

Single Volume Works


The Green Ember by S.D. Smith
Little Pilgrim's Progress by Helen Taylor

The Wilderking Trilogy  

These are allegorical fantasies based on the life of David.

The Bark of the Bog Owl
The Way of the Wilderking
The Secret of the Swamp King


The Kingdom Series


The Wingfeather Saga

Don't let the dark sounding titles fool you. These books are quirky, humorous fantasy adventures written by Christian Contemporary singer/song writer and father of three, Andrew Peterson.


Find more information, visit the Wingfeather Saga.com

The Tales of the Kingdom Trilogy


The Binding of the Blade Series 

This is a fantasy series loosely based on the book of Isaiah and probably best saved for the teen years.


For more information, visit The Binding of the Blade.com



For more great book suggestions, be sure to head to iHomeschool Network and check out the Massive Guide to Homeschool Reading Lists!


15 comments:

  1. THANK YOU!!!!!! My kids love fantasy, and we've talked about and practiced maintaining standards in what we read, but I still worry. It will be so fun to hand my kids this list and let them go crazy with it. :)

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    1. Happy reading! Glad I could pass these along.

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  2. I have a daughter who sounds just exactly like your own. Same age and reading levels and she is enamoured with this genre as well.

    N.D.Wilson has a few books out that are good...100 Cupboards is a good start to him but some of his later books can be a bit scary in spots for younger people. Still good, but maybe for later years?

    And my daughter loved all the books from the Terrestria Chronicles.

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    1. I almost put the N.D. Wilson books on the list, but thought they might be a bit too graphic for some.

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  3. The neverending story is one that I loved as a kid. Thanks for the list.

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  4. Thanks so much for your list! My son is an avid reader. He loved the Hobbit series a lot and Chronicles of Narnia. He LOVED Nephilim the Remnants, its a Christian Fiction Fantasy also. I am sure your tween/teen would love that as well.

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    1. Oooo...thanks for the suggestion. I'll have to look into those!

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  5. So grateful for this list--our now 1st grader will be so excited to have so many books in her repertoire now and as she gets older! Also, so glad to see Chuck Black's books in the list! We got to chat with him a little bit at our state's homeschool convention this last year and he will be the keynote at this years so I'm excited to hear more from his heart....and then begin delving into his books in the years to come with our kiddos. GREAT LIST! Keep 'em coming!

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    1. He was at our convention too! You'll have lots of wonderful years of literary adventures ahead with your daughter!

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  6. Thanks Jamie, I appreciate the list. My 10-yr old daughter also enjoys a bit of fantasy so this will be a useful resource.

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  7. Thank you for sharing this list! My children and I loveThe Little Pilgrims Progress! I came across a Christian series at a local christian bookstore not too long ago. It's called "Epic Order of the Seven" you can find info at epicorderoftheseven.net. we have not read any of these but we plan on reading though some of these this school year. The books seem to be good literature and are "meaty" with more than 400 pages per book. Another great book series is "the imagination station" series. These are fantasy type books with a bit of history and adventure. They are easy chapter books geared more for younger children. My children are going into grades 5th and 6th and still enjoy reading them for pleasure! They are stories based from the radio show "Adventures in Odyssey" for children of all ages, more info at whitsend.org. these are great especially for children who enjoy listening to audible stories, while also teaching moral values. My daughter who is now 11 years old loves listening and has been listening to them since she was just 3 years old. They also have another book series called "Passages" by Paul McCusker, who is one of the writers for the radio broadcast. I think this series may be geared towards tweens/ teens. We have not read through these but may be reading through these soon! Thanks again, look forward to more of your recommendations! :)

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    1. Yes, my kids like the imagination station series too. They are nice, quick reads. Thank you for the other suggestions. I'll have to look into all of those!

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  8. Yay! As a tween momma, homeschooler, and tween author, I love this list! Check out my series, The Books of the Gardener (Boone: The Ordinary, Boone:The Forgotten, and Boone: The Sanctified)! I think your Narnia readers will really enjoy them! www.TheBooksOfTheGardener.com

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  9. One of my all time favourite fantasy series is the Chronicles of Prydain, by Lloyd Alexander. They are about a boy, Taran, who is an assistant pig keeper but wants to be a hero. He has many adventures, and learns the true nature of heroism. His friends and companions are funny and endearing, and they are great coming of age stories. There is some discussion of evil, and some battle scenes, so you might want to preread if you have sensitive kids, but good overcomes evil and the evil is never celebrated or exalted.

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  10. Thank you so much for this list! My daughter also loves this genre, and I love having ideas for her! One series that we have loved is The Archives of Anthropos series. http://www.christianbook.com/archives-of-anthropos-series-volumes-1/john-white/pd/55459X?event=ESRCN

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