8 Books for Kids Who Like Harry Potter and Need to Keep Reading
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Books For Kids Who Love Harry Potter
There are many books and series like Harry Potter out there your children will love once they make it through Rowling's seven-book series. The books we choose for this article all fall somewhere on the mystical, magical, or supernatural scale, giving your kids a fun book that will engage their imagination. Who knows, maybe it will even inspire your child to start writing their own fantasy book?
The best part of these books similar to Harry Potter is that they're full of heart, filled with stories about friendship and familial love.
1. Jumbies series by Tracey Batiste
Tracey Baptiste's Jumbies series draws on Caribbean mythology in a series that follows Corinne La Mer, a young girl who isn't afraid of anything, especially not jumbies. After all, jumbies are make up by parents, tricksters created to scare their kids. But then Corinne actually meets a jumbie, and her entire life changes forever in ways she could never have even imagined.
2. Lumberjanes series by Noelle Stevenson
Noelle Stevenson's Lumberjanes series is a darling comic with a diverse cast, featuring five best friends spending their summer together at camp. Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley end up having more adventures, stranger adventures at camp than they ever bargained for. Three-eyed wolves, giant falcons, yetis, oh my! They won't let anything get in the way of their summer together and will do whatever it takes to protect their camp.
3. Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
Twelve-year-old Aru Shah, the protagonist of Roshani Chokshi's Aru Shah and the End of Time, has a little problem with telling little white lies in order to fit in at school. Not believing Aru's claims that the Lamp of Bharata at the museum her mom works at is cursed, three of her class mates dare Aru to prove she's telling the truth. But when she lights the lamp, she frees the Sleeper, a demon whose sole job is to wake the God of Destruction. Oh, and the lamp froze her mom and all her friends in time. What's Aru to do?
4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
Between the ten books in Rick Riordan's the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus series, your kids will have plenty of adventures. Percy Jackson and his many friends at Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter are demigods and children of Greek and Roman gods, granting them powers. Riordan's books are a fun modern take on Greek and Roman mythology while incorporating the original gods.
5. Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O'Neill
Katie O'Neill's award-winning graphic novel, Princess Princess Ever After is the story of about two very different princesses. After Amira saves Sadie from the tower she's been trapped in, they become fast friends, their differences complimenting each other. They discover a jealous sorceress wants to get rid of Sadie forever, so their two princesses join together to take on their foe. By the end, they discover their happily ever after is each other.
6. Three Books by Ronald L. Smith
Originally, I was only going to choose one Ronald L. Smith book, but when I tried to, I found I couldn't. Besides, kids who like Harry Potter will love each of these books! In The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away, Simon can't stop thinking about aliens to the point they take over his thoughts. Then he goes on a camping trip and suspects he may have been abducted himself. The Mesmerist is about Jessamine, whose mother is a fake spiritualist. When they find Jess can actually speak to the dead, she's thrust into a world of monsters, ghouls, and spirit summoners. Hoodoo is about a boy named Hoodoo who comes from a long line of hoodoo practitioners though he can't cast spells himself. A man named Stranger comes to town and begins raising the dead, looking for Hoodoo.
7. Love Sugar Magic series by Anna Meriano
Anna Meriano's sweet Love Sugar Magic series is about Leonora Logroño and her family bakery in Rose Hill, Texas. Their bakery is the most beloved in the area with Dia de los Muertos their busiest and most special occasion of the year. Leo again gets told she's too young to help with the preparations, so she decides to sneak out of school and to the bakery. That's when she discovers her mother, aunt, and sisters are all brujas. Leo just knows she has magic too, so when her friend Caroline has a problem, Leo decides to try out a spell. Can't be too hard, right?
Get the Love Sugar Magic series here. The third book in the series, A Mixture of Mischief, will be released February 4, 2020.
8. Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood
Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood actually takes place at a magical school just like Harry Potter! In the book, Chantel winds up in trouble a lot because she doesn't find learning to curtsy that important. She'd much rather focus on her magic! Then Miss Ellicott and all the other sorceresses around go missing, leaving it up to Chantel and her friends to protect the kingdom. In a tale that includes dragons, a crossbow-wielding boy, and a ton of magic, will Chantel find the strength to do save everyone?
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