Reading is an activity that boosts an individual’s memory and creativity (1). Kids love reading about fairy tales, unicorns, dwarfs and other things magical. Other than fantasy, ‘adventure and action’ is a genre that attracts both young adults and children. If your kids love action and adventure, love watching films and reading books that give them an adrenalin rush, MomJunction has just the list for you.
We have chosen the best adventure short story books that your child can enjoy reading anytime, anywhere!
15 Best Adventure Stories For Kids
Does your child often make up stories that have dragons, flying dogs, and superheroes in them? Then fuel her imagination and creativity with these remarkable adventure books penned especially for children.
1. The Trials of Apollo, Book 1: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
There are many books about humans attaining superpowers and becoming immortal. But The Trials of Apollo is about an immortal turned into a powerless human as punishment! The first of the two-part series, The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle is about sun god Apollo, who is Zeus’ son. This book is a spin-off of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, as it begins where the latter ends.
After his father Zeus turns him into a mortal, Apollo lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. The story is about how the weak and disoriented teen finds a way back to becoming the powerful god he once was. Can Apollo fight his many enemies and make it into Zeus’ good books? Well, you’ll have to read the book to know.
2. Percy Jackson And The Olympians (Series) by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a collection of five books written by Rick Riordan. The book is based on Greek Mythology and is about heroes trying to fight off demons and bad guys to save the mortals. The narrator of the story, Percy Jackson, is the half-blood protagonist, who travels across the US to help the Olympians and prevent a war between the gods, saving the world in the process.
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians set consists these five titles:
- The Lightening Thief
- The Sea of Monsters
- The Titan’s Curse
- The Battle of The Labyrinth
- The Last Olympians
3. Magnus Chase And The Gods Of Asgard: The Sword Of Summer by Rick Riordan
Another action-packed series by Rick Riordan, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer, is the first of the two books. It introduces you to the world of Magnus Chase, a troubled kid who lives alone. The story is about Magnus, who finds out the secret of his life that he is the son of a Norse God and talks about how he travels worlds to find one weapon that can defeat Ragnarok, the super-villain who thinks he is a god.
If your kid enjoys reading Riordan’s books, he will enjoy this one too.
4. Tarzan Of The Apes Series by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Tarzan of the Apes is a series of stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs based on the popular character Tarzan A.K.A. John Clayton, the little boy lost in the jungles and brought up by apes. The plot of the story is thrilling and one that your child will want to read until the very end. The story takes place in the early 19th century and may have a few stereotypes about women and their roles. The book also has a bit of violence with animals and humans getting killed, and the romance between Tarzan and Jane.
Recommended Age: 11 and up
5. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter has become a household name, ever since J.K. Rowling introduced him in 1997. The series is about a young wizard by the same name and his adventures with his friends. The series has seven books, with each book taking the reader through a phase in Harry’s life and his growth as a wizard. The books feature mysterious places, magic wands and chants, broomsticks that can fly and evil half-blood villains who Harry and his friends Hermione and Ron have to stand up to.
The books are all about magic, but there is some amount of violence and romance too, although nothing inappropriate for kids. Your children will surely enjoy these books, but if you aren’t sure about, get the first book in the series and take it from there.
6. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Peter Pan is the lovable little boy who can fly and does not age. He lives in a place called Neverland, where fairies and angry pirates live. The story begins when Pan visits three siblings Wendy, John, and Michael with his loyal companion and fairy, Tinkerbell. The story is about the kids’ journey to the magical island of Neverland and their experience with the lost boys, fighting Captain Hook, the evil pirate, who wants to take over the island.
7. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
One of Sendak’s best works, Where The Wild Things Are, is a cute story about a little boy named Max. His mother reprimands Max for creating havoc in his wolf’s costume. Grounded and alone in his room, Max uses his active imagination and finds his room turning into a place for “wild things”, a name his mother calls him just before sending him to his room. The writing is straightforward and appealing to kids. Where The Wild Things Are is an excellent story that can be read over and over again.
8. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
The Island of the Blue Dolphins is about a young girl called Karana and her fight for survival in the wild. The story is set on a magnificent island in the Pacific, surrounded by beautiful blue dolphins, otters, and other sea animals. The island was also home to the Indians once. But when they leave the island to go east, Karana is left behind alone, to fend for herself. She waits years to find a passing ship and go back to civilization, during which she learns to hunt, find food, make weapons, and make her life on the island comfortable.
9. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
An all-time children’s literary classic, The Phantom Tollbooth is a captivating and hilarious story of adventure. The story revolves around a little boy named Milo, who feels that everything is boring and ordinary. One day, Milo finds a mysterious tollbooth in his room. Milo embarks on a different adventure every day through the tollbooth and meets interesting characters like the ticking watchdog, the Whether Man, the Lethargarians and office Short Shrift. With every adventure, Milo finds even the most mundane things interesting.
10. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Pippi Longstocking is one interesting character that your child will fall in love with. The book is about a little girl with long red pigtails and long stockings that don’t always match! Pippi is an unconventional, assertive, and a free soul with no one to tell her what to do. She has a horse living on her porch and has superhuman powers too. All in all, Pippi Longstocking is a book your child will enjoy reading on any day.
11. The Green Ember by S.D. Smith
Talking rabbits are usually cute. But not the ones in The Green Ember by S.D. Smith. The fantasy world in this book is about heroic rabbits that go on adventurous journeys to reclaim the land that is theirs. The plot of The Green Ember revolves around Heather and Picket, the two rabbits living a simple life. Their life is changed owing to a series of catastrophic events which they face bravely, along with their brave and loyal knights who pledge to fight by their leader’s side.
The Green Ember may have references to a few things Biblical, but it is not a Christian fantasy novel.
12. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Wilderness and technology are poles apart. But when you combine them, you get The Wild Robot. Written by Peter Brown, the book is about a robot named Roz who opens her eyes for the first time and finds herself in a forest, alone and abandoned. The book takes you through the robot’s adventures – how she survives severe weather conditions, animal attacks and adapts to the lifestyle of the wild by befriending the animals and observing them. The plot gets an interesting twist when Roz’s past comes back to disrupt her happy, comfortable life in the woods.
13. The Snail And The Whale by Julia Donaldson
The Snail and the Whale is a tale of an unusual friendship between two animals. The book tells you about the adventures of a snail and the whale, which become friends by chance. They travel the world together, fulfilling the snail’s dream. During their journey, they encounter penguins, dolphins, sharks, volcanoes, and icebergs. The snail is happy until the whale comes too close to the shore to drop off the snail. The remaining story is about the snail doing all it can to save the whale.
Read the book to know if the whale survives.
14. The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer revolves around a twin brother and sister who are transported to the land of magic. There, they meet fairytale characters like Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Cinderella, and Goldilocks, who help the kids, get back home. A well-written story that is warm and comforting, The Wishing Spell also has some violence when the heroes fight the bad guys like the evil queen, wolves, and giants, but nothing graphic or inappropriate for the kids.
15. Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne
Mary Pope Osbourne has written a collection of over 50 adventure stories, The Magic Tree House series being one of them. Osbourne has done an excellent job of blending entertainment and education in her books, which feature two siblings Jack and Annie as the protagonists. The kids find a magical tree house in the woods near their home. The tree house transports them back in time to different historical events that take place during different time periods. During each such journey, the children go on a quest to rescue or retrieve a historical artifact that is necessary for the event to take place.
The Magic Tree House stories are as educational as they are entertaining.
Recommended Age: 7 to 10 years
Books are a man’s best friend, and they can help you in more ways than you can imagine. They help nurture and feed creativity and also aid cognitive process. Get your kids into a reading habit with the above books as they would love to fall into a habit with something so fun.
What’s your kid’s favorite adventure story? Tell us about it here!
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