Time Magazine 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time

Time Magazine recently selected 100 of the Best Fantasy Books of All Time and Children's Book World is proud to carry most of them on our shelves all year round.

With a panel of leading fantasy authors—N.K. Jemisin, Neil Gaiman, Sabaa Tahir, Tomi Adeyemi, Diana Gabaldon, George R.R. Martin, Cassandra Clare and Marlon James—TIME presented the most engaging, inventive and influential works of fantasy fiction, in chronological order beginning in the 9th century. Here are many of the titles we carry and a great place to start in reading all 100.

The Arabian Nights: Tales of Wonder and Magnificence Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534445581
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Published: Aladdin - September 24th, 2019

Genies, wishes, thieves, and treasure abound in these classic stories of magic and adventure from master storyteller Padraic Colum.

Every night for a thousand and one nights, Shahrazad begins to tell her husband the king a new tale but each night she stops before finishing. Why? Because the king has promised to kill her when the last one is over.


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
By Lewis Carroll, Chris Riddell (Introduction by)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780141321073
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Published: Puffin Books - June 19th, 2008

They're Puffin Classics for a reason, it's because they're the best.

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in this topsy turvy adventure!


Alice Through the Looking-Glass Cover Image
By Lewis Carroll, Robert Ingpen (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9780957148390
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Published: Palazzo Editions - November 1st, 2015

More than 70 original illustrations by Robert Ingpen complement the complete and unabridged text in this edition published to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's first Alice book in November 1865

When Alice steps through the looking-glass in the drawing room one drowsy winter afternoon, she finds herself in a peculiar, topsy-turvy world where chess pieces


Five Children and It (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780141321615
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Published: Puffin Books - September 11th, 2008

When Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and their baby brother go digging in the gravel pit, the last thing they expect to find is a Psammead – an ancient Sand-fairy! Having a Sand-fairy for a pet means having one wish granted each day. But the children don't realize all the trouble wishes can cause . . .


Mary Poppins Cover Image
By Dr. P. L. Travers, Mary Shepard (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780152058104
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - June 1st, 2006

By P.L. Travers, the author featured in the major motion picture, Saving Mr. Banks.
 
From the moment Mary Poppins arrives at Number Seventeen Cherry-Tree Lane, everyday life at the Banks house is forever changed.

It all starts when Mary Poppins is blown by the east wind onto the doorstep of the Banks house.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Full Color Edition (Chronicles of Narnia #2) Cover Image
By C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780064409421
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Published: HarperCollins - August 22nd, 2000

Don’t miss one of America’s top 100 most-loved novels, selected by PBS’s The Great American Read.


The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: Full Color Edition (Chronicles of Narnia #5) Cover Image
By C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780064409469
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Published: HarperCollins - August 22nd, 2000

A full-color paperback edition of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, book five in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. This edition is complete with full-color cover and interior art by the original illustrator of Narnia, Pauline Baynes.


The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780547928210
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Published: Mariner Books - September 18th, 2012

The first volume in J.R.R.


The Two Towers: Being the Second Part of The Lord of the Rings Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780547928203
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Published: Mariner Books - September 18th, 2012

The second volume in J.R.R.


The Return of the King: Being the Third Part of the Lord of the Rings Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780547928197
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Published: Mariner Books - September 18th, 2012

The third volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure THE LORD OF THE RINGS

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

As the Shadow of Mordor grows across the land, the Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures.


The Once and Future King Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780441627400
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Published: Ace - July 15th, 1987

T. H. White’s masterful retelling of the saga of King Arthur is a fantasy classic as legendary as Excalibur and Camelot, and a poignant story of adventure, romance, and magic that has enchanted readers for generations.
 


James and the Giant Peach Cover Image
By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142410363
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Published: Puffin Books - August 16th, 2007

From the World's No. 1 Storyteller, James and the Giant Peach is a children's classic that has captured young reader's imaginations for generations.

One of TIME MAGAZINE’s 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time


The Phantom Tollbooth Cover Image
By Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780394815008
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers -

With almost 4 million copies sold over 50 years after its original publication, generations of readers have now journeyed with Milo to the Lands Beyond in this beloved classic that Philip Pullman says “comes up bright and new every time I read it . . . it will continue to charm and delight for a very long time yet.


A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet #1) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780312367541
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Published: Square Fish - May 1st, 2007

Madeleine L'Engle's ground-breaking science fiction and fantasy classic, now a major motion picture.

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.


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The Last Unicorn Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780451450524
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Published: Ace - January 1st, 1991

The Last Unicorn is the best book I have ever read. You need to read it. If you’ve already read it, you need to read it again.”—Patrick Rothfuss, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Name of the Wind


A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle #1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780547722023
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 11th, 2012

Originally published in 1968, Ursula K. Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea marks the first of the six now beloved Earthsea titles. Ged was the greatest sorcerer in Earthsea, but in his youth he was the reckless Sparrowhawk. In his hunger for power and knowledge, he tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world.


The Tombs of Atuan (Earthsea Cycle #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442459915
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 11th, 2012

One of the Time 100 Best Fantasy Books Of All Time

The Newbery Honor–winning second novel in the renowned Earthsea series from Ursula K.


Dark Is Rising (The Dark Is Rising Sequence #2) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780689829833
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - October 1st, 1999

On the Midwinter Day that is his eleventh birthday, Will Stanton discovers a special gift -- that he is the last of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated to keeping the world from domination by the forces of evil, the Dark. At once, he is plunged into a quest for the six magical Signs that will one day aid the Old Ones in the final battle between the Dark and the Light.


The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780156035217
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Published: Mariner Books - October 8th, 2007

William Goldman's modern fantasy classic is a simple, exceptional story about quests—for riches, revenge, power, and, of course, true love—that's thrilling and timeless.

 

Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible—inconceivable, even—to equate The Princess Bride with anything other than the sweet, celluloid romance of Westle


Tuck Everlasting Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780312369811
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Published: Square Fish - August 21st, 2007

The classic novel about a young girl who stumbles upon a family's stunning secret

What if you could live forever?


A Swiftly Tilting Planet (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet #4) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780312368562
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Published: Square Fish - May 1st, 2007

Book four in Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time Quintet. The Murry and O'Keefe Families enlist the help of the unicorn, Gaudior, to save the world from imminent nuclear war.

“An intricately woven fantasy.” —Booklist, starred review


The BFG Cover Image
By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142410387
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Published: Puffin Books - August 16th, 2007

From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda

One of TIME MAGAZINE’s 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time


Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781442426412
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - December 7th, 2010

From Tamora Pierce, the first book in the Song of the Lioness Quartet, honored with the Margaret A. Edwards Award.

“From now on I’m Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I’ll be a knight.”

In a time when girls are forbidden to be warriors, Alanna of Trebond wants nothing more than to be a knight of the realm of Tortall.


Howl's Moving Castle (World of Howl #1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780061478789
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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 22nd, 2008

Diana Wynne Jones's entrancing, classic fantasy novel is filled with surprises at every turn. 


Redwall: A Tale from Redwall Cover Image
By Brian Jacques, Gary Chalk (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780142302378
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Published: Firebird - September 30th, 2002

Perfect for fans of C. Alexander London's The Wild Ones, and Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.


Haroun and the Sea of Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140157376
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Published: Penguin Books - November 1st, 1991

A captivating fantasy novel for readers of all ages, by the author of Midnight’s Children and The Satanic Verses
 
“This is, simply put, a book for anyone who loves a good story. It’s also a work of literary genius.” —Stephen King


His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (Book 1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780440418320
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Published: Yearling - May 22nd, 2001

HIS DARK MATERIALS IS NOW AN HBO ORIGINAL SERIES STARRING DAFNE KEEN, RUTH WILSON, ANDREW SCOTT, AND LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA!


Ella Enchanted Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780064407052
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Published: HarperCollins - May 2nd, 2017

Ella is back! This beloved Newbery Honor-winning story celebrates its twentieth anniversary with additional bonus material, and is sure to enchant readers both old and new. This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling.


His Dark Materials: The Subtle Knife (Book 2) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780440418337
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Published: Yearling - May 22nd, 2001

HIS DARK MATERIALS IS NOW AN HBO ORIGINAL SERIES STARRING DAFNE KEEN, RUTH WILSON, ANDREW SCOTT, AND LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA!


Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban Cover Image
By J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780439136365
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - October 1st, 2001

For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort.
 
Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter's defeat of You-Know-Who was Black's downfall as well.


Spindle's End Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780698119505
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Published: Firebird - May 13th, 2002

The evil fairy Pernicia has set a curse on Princess Briar-Rose: she is fated to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into an endless, poisoned sleep. Katriona, a young fairy, kidnaps the princess in order to save her; she and her aunt raise the child in their small village, where no one knows her true identity.


Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince Cover Image
By J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780439785969
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - September 1st, 2006

As the Harry Potter series draws to a close, Harry's greatest adventure yet is just beginning . . . and it arrives in paperback July 25, 2006.

The war against Voldemort is not going well; even the Muggles have been affected. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.
And yet . . .


The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780756404741
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Published: DAW - April 1st, 2008

Discover #1 New York Times-bestselling Patrick Rothfuss’ epic fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicle.
 
“I just love the world of Patrick Rothfuss.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda • “He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.” —George R. R. Martin • “Rothfuss has real talent.” —Terry Brooks


City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781481455985
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 1st, 2015

Love is a mortal sin, and the secrets of the past are deadly. Plunge into the third installment novel in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly)—now with a gorgeous new cover, a map, a new foreword, and exclusive bonus content!


Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780316038638
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 2011

This stunning fantasy inspired by Chinese folklore is a companion novel to Starry River of the Sky and the New York Times bestselling and National Book Award finalist When the Sea Turned to Silver


Akata Witch Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142420911
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Published: Speak - July 11th, 2017

 "Nnedi Okorafor writes glorious futures and fabulous fantasies. Her characters take your heart and squeeze it; her worlds open your mind to new things." -- Neil Gaiman, author of The Graveyard Book and American Gods 


The Song of Achilles: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062060624
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Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2012

“At once a scholar’s homage to The Iliad and startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist….A book I could not put down.”
—Ann Patchett


The Buried Giant (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307455796
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Published: Vintage - January 5th, 2016

From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning novel The Remains of the Day comes a luminous meditation on the act of forgetting and the power of memory.
 


An Ember in the Ashes Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781595148049
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Published: Razorbill - February 9th, 2016

BOOK ONE IN THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES


Shadowshaper (The Shadowshaper Cypher, Book 1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781338032475
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - August 30th, 2016

"Magnificent." -- Holly Black, New York Times Book Review

Come to the crossroads, to the crossroads come


Six of Crows Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781250076960
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Published: Square Fish - February 6th, 2018

The Grishaverse will be coming to Netflix soon with Shadow and Bone, an original series!

Enter the Grishaverse with the #1 New York Times–bestselling Six of Crows, Book One of the Six of Crows Duology.


The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780147513854
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Published: Penguin Books - April 5th, 2016

A #1 New York Times Bestseller!

“A riveting Game of Thrones meets Arabian Nights love story.” - US Weekly


A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781101998885
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Published: Razorbill - August 29th, 2017

THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

One of Time Magazine’s 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time
Book two in the New York Times bestselling series
A
USA Today bestseller
A Wall Street Journal bestseller


Aru Shah and the End of Time (A Pandava Novel Book 1) (Pandava Series #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781368023566
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - March 19th, 2019

Best-selling author Rick Riordan introduces this fantasy adventure by New York Times best-selling author, Roshani Chokshi, inspired by the great epics she grew up on.

Named one of 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time by Time magazine!


Blanca & Roja Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250211637
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Published: Square Fish - January 14th, 2020

Award-winning author Anna-Marie McLemore retells Swan Lake in this spellbinding YA story of sisters who are each other's best friends—and worst enemies.

The biggest lie of all is the story you think you already know.


Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250170972
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 6th, 2018

Instant New York Times Bestseller
TIME Top 100 Fantasy Books of All Time
TIME 100: Most Influential People of 2020
New York Times Notable Children's Books of 2018
TIME Top 10 Best YA and Children's Books of 2018
NPR's Book Concierge 2018 Great Reads List
Buzzfeed's 24 Best YA Books of 2018
Bustle's Top 25 Best Young Adults Books of 2018


Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735220188
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 4th, 2020

One of TIME’s 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time

Winner of the L.A. Times Ray Bradbury Prize 

Finalist for the 2019 National Book Award

The New York Times Bestseller

Named a Best Book of 2019 by The Wall Street Journal, TIME, NPR, GQ, Vogue, and The Washington Post


Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha #2) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250170996
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - December 3rd, 2019

A GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK

“Meet Tomi Adeyemi—the new J.K. Rowling. (Yep, she’s that good).” —Entertainment Weekly


Pet Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525647072
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Published: Make Me a World - September 10th, 2019

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
STONEWALL BOOK AWARD WINNER

"[A] beautiful, genre-expanding debut. . . . Pet is a nesting doll of creative possibilities." -The New York Times


Elatsoe Cover Image
By Darcie Little Badger, Rovina Cai (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646140053
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Published: Levine Querido - August 25th, 2020

Imagine an America very similar to our own. It''s got homework, best friends, and pistachio ice cream.


Woven in Moonlight Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781624148019
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Published: Page Street Kids - January 7th, 2020

One of Time magazine's 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time!

A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revolución, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history.


“A vibrant feast of a book.” – Margaret Rogerson, NYT bestselling author of An Enchantment of Ravens


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