EVERYBODY loves Harry Potter, young and old. And well they should. The books are well-written, and uphold a fine tradition of children’s fantasy. But the series has ended, and now it’s time to discover these other great fantasies. Some of them, like Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, have long had their own cult followings, and after you read them, you will understand why. Fantasy is the ultimate escape from everyday life, and these books will sweep you away to lands so rich and varied they’ll become a part of your world.

The Once and Future King
This is my favorite book of all time, and possibly the greatest King Arthur story ever told, by a master storyteller at the top of his art.

Tolkein, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Nobody who has not read The Lord of the Rings can consider themselves to have read epic fantasy. Read it before the movie comes out in December 2001.

Lewis, C.S. The Chronicles of Narnia
Journey to the magical land of Narnia through the wardrobe..

L’Engle, Madeleine: A Wrinkle in Time
This is the book that got me hooked on fantasy, back in the 1960’s. It ages well, and I’m still hooked. Does that tell you anything?

Cooper, Susan: The Dark is Rising Series
This series will captivate young and old readers, with its complex blend of dark and light, which will seem familiar to Harry’s fans.

Lackey, Mercedes: Arrows of the Queen
Mercedes Lackey is my favorite writer of scifi/fantasy, and this story, with its thirteen year old heroine, is the beginning of the wonderful Heralds of Valdamar series, which will keep you enthralled for quite a while.

Siegel, Jan: Prospero’s Children<pr
A Young British girl and a Magical Key…the British seem to be better than Americans in general at fantasy, probably because they have a tradition of folklore that stretches back long before there was an America to draw upon.

Enjoy your magical voyage, and when the next Harry Potter comes out, you’ll have a whole collection of great books to add it to!