Books are an excellent way for children to experience a life outside that of their own.
This is why adventures books are often the best ways to introduce kids to reading and making sure that they stay hooked!
Of course, when selecting from this genre, you have to be certain that you are picking books that will stand the test of time.
Also check out our favorite fiction books for kids.
Below, you will find the titles – along with a short description – of books that really define this genre as a whole.
Here are the novels that your little ones will not be able to put down:
1. Stuart Little by E. B. White
Stuart Little is the innovative story of a mouse living in a human world.
One of the reasons that it is such an excellent adventure story for kids is because they surely know what it feels like to live in a world that can seem much larger than them. The book follows the titular character as he goes to look for a lost friend. Of course, his journey is far from safe and he is often thrown from one exciting situation to another.
One of the great things about this book is that Stuart is unfailingly polite and kind, a great role model for kids. Also, his quick thinking helps to get him out of all of the situations that he encounters. This is definitely a story that isn’t going to get old any time soon.
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling
The Sorcerer’s Stone is the first book of the popular Harry Potter series.
While the other books may be a bit darker for some of the younger readers, the first book is a good fit for a wide variety of audiences. The Sorcerer’s Stone tells the story of an orphan boy who discovers that he is a wizard – and a famous one at that!
Readers get to journey with him to the magical world and as he schools at the great Hogwarts. Here, Harry meets his best friends Ron and Hermione and goes on quite a few magical escapades. It is also where he faces one of the most feared wizards of all time…
3. The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe is one of the ultimate adventure stories for children. It takes place during World War II and sees the Pevensie siblings – Lucy, Edmund, Susan, and Peter – moving to the country with a Professor Kirke. The youngest of the clan, Lucy, discovers a wardrobe that allows her to travel to the magical land of Narnia.
However, she discovers that all is not well in this kingdom where animals can talk and it is forever winter. Eventually she, along with her siblings and Aslan the lion work to set things right and to free the creatures of Narnia.
4. The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Some of the themes in The Lightning Thief may be suited for those eleven or older. Nonetheless, there is quite a lot for kids to enjoy in this book, especially as far as adventure is concerned. The series is based on Percy Jackson who realizes that he is a demigod and is soon sent to Camp Half-Blood where he finds other kids just like him.
Soon, though, Percy is accused of stealing Zeus’ thunderbolts and he has to go on a voyage to find them and bring them back. One of the things that kids will love about the book, and the series, is the quick pace, ensuring that their attention will always be firmly on the book. There is also quite a bit of fun information about Greek mythology.
5. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
There is no denying that this book does date itself a bit when it comes to language. However, if your child is willing to withstand a few odd words and some nonsensical poems, they are sure to be delighted by all the fun and adventure that awaits them. The book follows Alice as she falls down a rabbit hole and has increasingly bizarre interactions with all of the inhabitants.
What’s excellent about this book is that there will never be a boring moment. From talking animals and mad queens, there is something for everyone in this story. Everything is so odd and new that readers young and old are sure to remain captivated.
6. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Particularly in the digital age, My Side of the Mountain will prove to be a refreshing read. It follows a boy, Sam, who is tired of living in an apartment in New York. So, he decides to head out to a farm in the Catskills and try something new. Arriving there, Sam realizes that it is much more of a wilderness than he anticipated. So, he has to learn new skills and rely on his natural abilities if he is to survive.
This book is a breath of fresh air as it will show children a very different way of living. Sam’s life is stripped of all of the creature comforts of home and he has to come up with interesting ways to make do. This book isn’t just adventurous, however, and contains quite a bit of humor as well. All in all, it is sure to be hit with the kids.
These are the top adventure books that all kids must certainly read. It will thrill them every step of the way and keep them turning the page until the very end.