Fantasy

Picture Books

Broach, Elise.  When Dinosaurs Came with Everything.  Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2007. E BRO
Although his mother is a little worried, a young boy is delighted to discover that every shop in town is giving away real dinosaurs to their customers.

Cole, Babette.  Prince Cinders.  Putnam, 1987.  E COL
A fairy grants a small, skinny prince a change in appearance and the chance to go to the Palace Disco.

Graham, Bob.  April and Esme, Tooth Fairies.  Candlewick Press, 2010.  E GRA
On their first assignment, two young tooth fairy sisters journey by night into the huge world of humans to collect Daniel Dangerfield's tooth and fly it safely home.

Krause, Ute.  Oscar and the Very Hungry Dragon.  NorthSouth, 2010.  E KRA
When it is time to feed the village's dragon, the townspeople--being fresh out of princesses--send Oscar, a little boy with lots of culinary skills, who shows the dragon that a good meal does not need to include princesses or little boys.

Palatini, Margie.  Gone with the Wand: A Fairy’s Tale.  Orchard Books, 2009.  E PAL
When tooth fairy Edith B. Cuspid finds her friend Bernice Sparklestein, a fairy godmother whose work is legendary, having a very bad wand day, she tries to cheer her up by suggesting Bernice try other fairy jobs.

Rubin, Adam.  Dragons Love Tacos.  Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012.  E RUB
Explores the love dragons have for tacos, and the dangers of feeding them anything with spicy salsa!

Sendak, Maurice.  Where the Wild Things Are.  Harper & Row, 1963.  E SEN
A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king in this Caldecott winning title.

Slangerup, Erik.  Dirt Boy.  Albert Whitman, 2000.  E SLA
To avoid taking a bath, Fister Farnello runs away from home and is befriended by Dirt Man, a filthy giant who lives in the woods.

Stanley, Mandy.  The Fairy Ball.  Tiger Tales, 2006.  E STA
Bella Rabbit is thrilled to be a guest at the Fairy Ball in Fairyland.  And just when it seems the day couldn't be more magical, the Fairy Queen arrives with something extraordinary just for Bella!

Yorinks, Arthur.  Hey, Al.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1986.  E YOR
In this Caldecott winning title a city janitor and his treasured canine companion are transported by a large colorful bird to an island in the sky, where their comfortable paradise existence threatens to turn them into birds as well.

Beginning Readers

Bottner, Barbara.  Pish and Posh.  Katherine Tegen Books, 2004.  E BOT
When Pish and Posh discover fairy magic, they face a series of wacky surprises.

Fox, Jennifer.  Tea with Mr. Tumnus.  HarperCollins, 2005.  E FOX
Lucy befriends Mr. Tumnus in the magic land of Narnia.

Impey, Rose.  Wanda Witch and the Stray Dragon.  Scholastic, 2003.  E IMP
Wanda Witch uses a special spell when her dragon gets to big to live in her house.

Loehr, Mallory.  Dragon Egg.  Random House Children’s Books, 2007.  E LOE
A dragon's egg rolls out of its nest in a cave, continuing along a road, past a castle, and through a town, where it bumps against a rock and cracks.

O’Connor, Jane.  Sir Small and the Sea Monster.  Random House, 2005.  E OCO
When the prince of Itty Bitty City is stolen by a sea monster, Sir Small sets off to rescue him.

Peterson, John.  The Littles Make a Friend.  Scholastic, 2000.  E PET
While the Biggs are on vacation a replacement family lives in their house, but the Newcombs are so messy that mice also start to move in which means trouble for the Littles.

Seuss, Dr.  The Cat in the Hat.  Random House, 1985.  E SEU
Two children sitting at home on a rainy day are visited by the Cat in the Hat who shows them some tricks and games.

Smith, Janice Lee.  Wizard and Wart in Trouble.  HarperCollins, 1998.  E SMI
Although they misunderstand when Zounds says that trouble is coming, Wizard and his dog Wart manage to handle the spark ants, flood, and cold weather that ensue.

Thomas, Shelley Moore.  Happy Birthday, Good Knight.  Dutton Children’s Books, 2006.  E THO
The Good Knight tries to help three little dragons make a birthday present for a very special friend.

Yolen, Jane.  Sleeping Ugly.  Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1981.  E YOL
When beautiful Princess Miserella, Plain Jane, and a fairy fall under a sleeping spell, a prince undoes the spell in a surprising way.

Fiction

Banks, Lynne Reid.  The Indian in the Cupboard.  HarperTrophy, 2002.  J BAN
A nine-year-old boy received a plastic Indian, a cupboard, and a little key for his birthday and finds himself involved in adventure when the Indian comes to life in the cupboard and befriends him.

Brown, Jeff.  Flat Stanley.  Harper & Row, 1964.  J BRO
After a bulletin board falls on Stanley while he is sleeping, he finds that being flat has its advantages.

Catling, Patrick Skene.  The Chocolate Touch.  Morrow, 1952.  J CAT
A boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate.

Colfer, Eoin.  Artemis Fowl.  Hyperion Books for Children, 2001.  J COL
When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.

Dahl, Roald.  The BFG.  Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1982.  J DAH
Kidsnatched from her orphange by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants.

DiTerlizzi, Tony and Holly Black.  The Field Guide.  The Spiderwick Chronicles 1.  Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2003.  J DIT
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.

Nimmo, Jenny.  Midnight for Charlie Bone.  Orchard Books, 2003.  J NIM
Charlie Bone's life with his widowed mother and two grandmothers undergoes a dramatic change when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking.

Riordan, Rick.  The Lightning Thief.  Percy Jackson and the Olympians 1.  Miramax, 2005.  J RIO
After learning that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea, Percy Jackson is transferred from boarding school to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods, and becomes involved in a quest to prevent a war between the gods.

Rowling, J.K.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  Arthur A. Levine Books, 1997.  J ROW
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.

Sonnenblick, Jordan.  Dodger and Me.  Feiwel and Friends, 2008.  J SON
Miserable because his only friend moved away and he has once again caused his baseball team to lose a game, fifth-grader Willy Ryan's life suddenly becomes a lot more interesting when he finds Dodger, a furry, blue chimpanzee that only he can see, and he has to decide what he really wishes for in life.