With its captivating depictions of magical powers, mythical worlds, complex characters, and epic quests, fantasy fiction is a popular genre that engages readers young and old.

While the genre explores imaginary realms, fantasy fiction provides an excellent entry point to a variety of serious subjects and literary devices like morality, mortality, metaphors, and archetypes.

The rich language that brings fantasy fiction to life can also pose a challenge to students, so it's helpful to prep them for their reading by explicitly teaching the specific words they'll encounter in the text. When students understand the words, it boosts their comprehension and their enjoyment.

Vocabulary.com offers curated lists for myriad fantasy titles that will appeal to the range of readers in your classroom.

Implementation Ideas

Prep students for closer reading with paired practice activities.

  1. Before students tackle their reading assignment, search for the book in our list library. Using our curated lists, you can pair the title you're teaching with text-based vocabulary instruction.
  2. Assign a Practice activity based on the list you selected. Our tools make it easy to assign work to multiple classes, create a series of assignments for an entire book, and adjust due dates.
  3. Have students independently complete the Practice assignment. As they work, they'll learn the key vocabulary words from the book, presented in usage examples from the source text.

Give students a choice of books within the genre.

Genre study is a perfect match for student-selected reading, but it can be a challenge to provide instruction to multiple students reading different titles within one class. You can support individual choice by having students select their books from our list library, and then complete the Practice activity on their own.

The following recommendations are a great place to start. Bear in mind that the titles below are just a sample of our fantasy titles. Search our List library for thousands of other curated lists and collections.

Recommended Reading

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
The Hazel Wood  by Melissa Albert
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
The Reader by Traci Chee
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
Ash by Malinda Lo
Huntress  by Malinda Lo
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
The Lord of the Rings Collection by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Once and Future King by T.H. White

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