With its vivid and inventive depictions of magical powers, mythical worlds, complex characters, and epic quests, fantasy fiction is a popular genre that captivates 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

This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews
Endling: The Last by Katherine Applegate
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo
Mirror, Mirror by Jen Calonita
The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
The BFG by Roald Dahl
The Serpent's Secret by Sayantani DasGupta
Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
Warriors by Erin Hunter
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
Wild Born by Brandon Mull
Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José Older
Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson & The Olympians by Rick Riordan
Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland

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