Abbott, Tony   The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet (Book One of The Secrets of Droon Series)

After entering the tiny room underneath the stairs, three friends find themselves in a magic world of shiny red men and flying lizards, and they are soon forced to face great challenges in order to survive and make their way back home.

Alexander, Lloyd  The Book of Three

Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper sets out on a hazardous mission to save Prydain from the forces of evil.

Baum, L. Frank  The Wonderful Wizard of OZ

After a cyclone transports her to the Land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas.

Carroll, Lewis  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

A little girl falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a world of nonsensical and amusing characters.

Coville, Jeremy  Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher

Small for his age but artistically talented, twelve-year-old Jeremy Thatcher unknowingly buys a dragon’s egg.

Dahl, Roald  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.

DiTerlizzi, Tony and Black, Holly  The Field Guide (Spiderwick Chornicles)

When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda’s worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences.

Eager, Edward  Knight’s Castle

Four cousins, Roger, Ann, Eliza, and Jack, have an extraordinary summer when, after an old toy soldier comes to life, they find themselves transported back to the days of Robin Hood and Ivanhoe.

Juster, Norton  The Phantom Tollbooth

A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.


Lewis, C. S.  The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

McGraw, Eloise   The Moorchild

Feeling that she is neither fully human nor “Folk,” a changeling learns her true identity and attempts to find the human child whose place she had been given.

Osborne, Mary Pope  Dinosaurs before Dark (Book One of the Magic Tree House Series)

Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister Annie find a magic treehouse, which whisks them back to an ancient time zone where they see live dinosaurs.

Rau, Zachary  Nightmare on Joe’s Street (Volume One of the Time Warp Trio Series)

During a sleepover, Joe and Sam come face to face with Frankenstein’s monster. They take him back to the nineteenth century to drop him off with his creator, Mary Shelley, but their helpfulness may end up changing the history of horror fiction completely.

Sinykin, Sheri Cooper   Heather, Belle of the Ball (Part of the Magic Attic Club Series)

A visit to the magic attic transports Heather to another time and place where she learns to value her loyal friends who like her for who she is.

Travers, P.L.  Mary Poppins

The wind brings two English children a new nanny who slides up the banister and introduces them to some delightful people and experiences.

White, E. B.  Charlotte’s Web

Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer’s Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.

Yolen, Jane  Wizard’s Hall

A young apprentice wizard saves the wizard’s training hall by trusting and believing in himself.


Almond, David  Skellig

Unhappy about his baby sister’s illness and the chaos of moving into a dilapidated old house, Michael retreats to the garage and finds a mysterious stranger who is something like a bird and something like an angel.

Colfer, Eoin  Artemis Fowl

12 year old Artemis Fowl is a criminal mastermind who devises a plan to steal the Fairyfolk’s pot of gold.

Cooper, Susan  Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark is Rising Series)

Three children on a holiday in Cornwall find an ancient manuscript which sends them on a dangerous quest for a grail that would reveal the true story of King Arthur.

Funke, Cornielia  The Thief Lord

Prosper and Bo have run away from their uncle and have joined a thieves den that is run by the mysterious Thief Lord who helps them by stealing things so they can stay warm.  The Thief Lord is hired to steal a wooden wing that is the key to a strange magical merry-go-round and starts them off on a great adventure.

Hesse, Karen  The Music of Dolphins

After rescuing an adolescent girl from the sea, researchers learn she has been raised by dolphins and attempt to rehabilitate her to the human world.

Levine, Gail Carson  Ella Enchanted

In this version of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.

Rogers, Jonathan  The Bark of the Bog Owl (Wilderking Trilogy)

Rowling, J. K.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.