A Litany of Stories
Juvenile Fantasy and Science Fiction is an ever evolving litany of stories. Beginning with fairy tales, through the Wizard of Oz and its ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ and continuing up to now and uniting more and more additional aspects of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
Many juvenile fantasy books were read to me by my parents in the evening on dark moonlit winter evenings as in the summer no-one stayed inside.
I commenced my list of juvenile fantasy with books (not all) that I have read or had read to me from my early childhood. It is amazing how many of the earlier ones are still very popular today.
On the other hand, some that were fantastic, have disappeared.
As or if I remember other good books I will add them as time progresses. I did my sums and figured out I have read at least one juvenile fantasy for each month of my life. This plus the average of one per week of every other type of fantasy or science fiction book. Not bad statistics if you are a reader!
And the reading of the stories go on during the year in fine weather and on dark moonlit evenings.
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And the List Goes On
A list of other recommended (by friends and acquaintances from far and near) will be added to the list of juvenile fantasy and science fiction . I have already added a few more books to this list and will continue to do so once I read more of them or remember the ones I have read many years ago.
Books marked with one asterisk (*) have other fantasy types within them and those that have fallen out of favour and publication are marked with two asterisks (**). Any that were published under different titles are marked with three asterisks (***). Titles noted are British publications.
I am sure there are many other juvenile fantasy and science fiction tales and I would love to hear your suggestions. I am always looking for new writers, tales and movies so I can plunge into their imaginations.
|Book Title||Author||Year Published|
|The Little Mermaid*||Hans Christian Andersen||1837|
|The The Emperors New Clothes*||Hans Christian Andersen||1837|
|The Ugly Duckling||Hans Christian Andersen||1843|
|The Snow Queen*||Hans Christian Andersen||1844|
|The Water Babies*||Charles Kingsley||1863|
|Alice in Wonderland*||Lewis Carroll||1865|
|Through the Looking-Glass*||Lewis Carroll||1871|
|The Jungle Book*||Rudyard Kipling||1894|
|The Wonderful Wizard of Oz*||L Frank Baum||1900|
|The Wind in the Willows||Kenneth Grahame||1908|
|Peter Pan and Wendy||JM Barrie||1911|
|The Story of Doctor Doolittle||Hugh Lofting||1920|
|The Voyages of Doctor Doolittle||Hugh Lofting||1922|
|Doctor Doolittle’s Post Office||Hugh Lofting||1923|
|Doctor Doolittle’s Circus||Hugh Lofting||1924|
|Doctor Doolittle’s Zoo||Hugh Lofting||1925|
|Doctor Doolittle’s Caravan||Hugh Lofting||1926|
|Winnie the Pooh||AA Milne||1926|
|Doctor Doolittle’s Garden||Hugh Lofting||1927|
|Doctor Doolittle in the Moon||Hugh Lofting||1928|
|The House at Pooh Corner||AA Milne||1928|
|Doctor Doolittle’s Return||Hugh Lofting||1933|
|Mary Poppins*||PL Travers||1934|
|The Hobbit*||JRR Tolkien||1937|
|The Sword in the Stone*||TH White||1938|
|The Queen of Air and Darkness* ***||TH White||1939|
|The Ill-Made Knight*||TH White||1940|
|Doctor Doolittle and the Secret Lake||Hugh Lofting||1948|
|Doctor Doolittle and the Green Canary||Hugh Lofting||1950|
|The Golden Pinecone* **||Catherine Anthony Clark||1950|
|The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe*||CS Lewis||1950|
|Prince Caspian*||CS Lewis||1951|
|Doctor Doolittle’s Puddleby Adventures||Hugh Lofting||1952|
|The Voyage of the Dawn Treader*||CS Lewis||1952|
|The Horse and His Boy*||CS Lewis||1953|
|The Silver Chair*||CS Lewis||1954|
|The Fellowship of the Ring*||JRR Tolkien||1954|
|The Two Towers*||JRR Tolkien||1954|
|The Return of the King*||JRR Tolkien||1955|
|The Magician’s Nephew*||CS Lewis||1955|
|The Candle in the Wind*||TH White||1958|
|The Last Battle*||CS Lewis||1956|
|The Weirdstone of Brisingamen*||Alan Garner||1960|
|The Moon of Gomrath*||Alan Garner||1963|
|The Book of Three*||Lloyd Alexander||1964|
|The Black Cauldron*||Lloyd Alexander||1965|
|Over Sea, Under Stone*||Susan Cooper||1965|
|The Castle of Llyr*||Lloyd Alexander||1966|
|Taran Wanderer*||Lloyd Alexander||1967|
|The High King*||Lloyd Alexander||1968|
|Red Moon and Black Mountain* **||Joy Chant||1970|
|Watership Down*||Robert Adams||1972|
|The Dark is Rising*||Susan Cooper||1973|
|The Grey King*||Susan Cooper||1975|
|Silver on the Tree*||Susan Cooper||1977|
|The Book of Merlyn*||TH White||1977|
|The Neverending Story*||Michael Ende||1979|
|The Thief Of Always*||Clive Barker||1992|
|Only You Can Save Mankind*||Terry Pratchett||1992|
|Johnny and the Dead*||Terry Pratchett||1993|
|Johnny and the Bomb*||Terry Pratchett||1996|
|Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone* ***||J. K. Rowling||1997|
|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets*||J. K. Rowling||1998|
|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban*||J. K. Rowling||1999|
|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire*||J. K. Rowling||2000|
|The Magicians’ Guild- Black Magician Trilogy*||Trudi Canavan||2001|
|The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents*||Terry Pratchett||2001|
|The Novice- Black Magician Trilogy*||Trudi Canavan||2002|
|The High Lord- Black Magician Trilogy*||Trudi Canavan||2003|
|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix*||J. K. Rowling||2003|
|The Wee Free Men*||Terry Pratchett||2003|
|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince*||J. K. Rowling||2005|
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows*||J. K. Rowling||2007|
|The Dragons of Ordinary Farm*||Tad Williams & Deborah Beale||2009|
|The Secrets of Ordinary Farm*||Tad Williams & Deborah Beale||2012|
First off, I love your site and there is a lot of things to explore here. Honestly, I have never been a big fan of reading fiction, not because I don’t like them but due to the fact that I find it very hard to read.
Yeah, I am one of those people who prefer to watch the movie based on the plot of famous books. Maybe my mind is accustomed to visuals or I am just too lazy.
However, when it comes to personal development books and spiritual ones, I love to read them..I finish them even if it takes more than a month.
Funny that I love writing and I am also working on a fictional book, so I think I must get into reading now in order to some good ideas about fictional writing skills and I will choose some books from your list to read soon.
Hari, thanks for commenting. I too read a lot of non-fiction but I use fantasy and science fiction as a break from reality. After all, in a few years it might become reality. The science fiction at least.
Because I do read so much I tend to not watch the movies as they do change the plot, sometimes quite a lot. (Oh look I am now a poet!) However as you don’t read you don’t need to compare.
What is the book you are working on. I would love to know.
Why do you find it hard to read. You just don’t like to or something else. Maybe I can help.
Again thanks and
It’s funny (and very telling of the impact these books have) that simply reading the titles can bring a smile to my face.
Craig, it doesn’t just bring a smile to my face. I have to dig them out and reread them!
Sorry for the length of time responding but my right hand is on strike at the moment. But I am slowly soldiering on.