The last few months have been a time of great transition for most of us. Families were unexpectedly guided back to their homes to continue school and work, and even as restrictions have eased, there is much change to process. When the world is in flux, it can be comforting to hide out in a good book. Fantasy novels can help generate a certain type of escapism that can be a great balm for change.  

Here are titles full of new worlds for your kids to explore alone, or read together as a family.

You may find yourself enjoying them as much as your kids do!  (Note: All Beaufort County buildings are closed to the public until further notice because of the novel coronavirus. For more information, visit beaufortcountylibrary.org)

The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 1: The Field Guide by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi

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. Ages 6+

The Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell

After finding a mysterious key, 11-year-old Lin Rosenquist finds herself in the wintery world of Sylver where all the inhabitants were once either beloved pets or tamed wild animals, and must find the missing Winter Prince before she can return home. Ages 10+

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

When Kendra and Seth stay at their grandparents’ estate, they discover it is a sanctuary for magical creatures and that a battle between good and evil is looming. Ages 8+

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

Shy, awkward Bastian is amazed to discover that he has become a character in the mysterious book he is reading and that he has an important mission to fulfill. Ages 10+

Edison: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure by Torben Kuhlmann

When two unlikely friends build a vessel capable of taking them to the bottom of the ocean find a missing treasure, the truth turns out to be far more amazing. Ages 7+

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

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. Ages 8+

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her. Ages 10+

Peter Nimble And His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier

Raised to be a thief, blind orphan Peter Nimble, age ten, steals from a mysterious stranger three pairs of magical eyes, that lead him to a hidden island where he must decide to become a hero or resume his life of crime. Ages 10+

Halley Repasc is Youth Services Programmer at the Bluffton branch of the Beaufort County Library System.