Don’t you just love how children are adventurous? They love to read and listen to stories of incredible adventures, with heroes and villains and extraordinary circumstances. These kinds of stories awaken our imagination and keep alive our sense of wonder. I love reading adventure books with my children because, no matter how young or old they are, there are always good adventures to be had and to be read.
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Here is a really fun list of early elementary books that are full of adventures and fascinating stories. If your children aren’t yet reading at this level, you can most definitely read it aloud to them. Change up the voices for the characters, use some dramatic effects and watch their little eyes get full of interest and see how you can keep their attention to find out what happens next.
Adventure Books for Ages 5 to 8
A Dark, Dark Cave ages 4-6
In this story, a brother and sister explore a dark cave. They hear sounds and see bats, yellow eyes, and other creatures. Then their dad comes to break up their game and instead do a quieter one. So then they were off to a new imaginary adventure.
Both my kids liked this book because it takes you on their adventure and you see what they see. They had a giggle at the ending which of course means they liked it!
The Magical Fantastical Fridge 4 – 8 years
It’s family dinner night, and Walden would like to be anywhere other than the kitchen in the middle of chores. Suddenly his wish is granted: He is magically swooped into one of his own drawings on the fridge, and finds himself on a one-of-a-kind adventure. After battling a crayon monster, he catches a plane ride into an old photo, escapes a troop of monkeys by cannonballing into an aquarium ticket, survives an ice-maker earthquake, and more.
Kids will love studying the dynamic, comic-book-inspired illustrations in this zany, surprise-filled journey that culminates in a heartfelt appreciation of family. – Penguin Young Readers
This fun adventure book takes you on a magical journey through drawings, photos, and items on your refrigerator. Kids are sure to laugh along with the story and be encouraged to use their imaginations for anything and everything. The illustrations are big, colorful, fun and do a great job of portraying what the reader might imagine.
Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks Ages 5-8
These ninja chicks are anything but chicken!
When Hensel and Gretel’s dad gets snatched by a fox, the sisters put their ninja skills to work to track him down before he can be stir-fried.
But are these two little chicks ready to take on a dark tangled forest, a tricky house made of corn bread, and an even trickier fox?
This plucky pair isn’t giving up without a fight! Kiya! – Penguin Young Readers
Are you familiar with the Three Ninja Pigs? This is another book from the series and is just as cute! The illustrations are fun and full of action. The two chicks practiced the art of ninjutsu. When their dad was taken, they were able to try out their ninja skills and prove they’re not ‘chicken.’
I would definitely recommend this book – especially to those who are fans of fractured fairytales.
Emily Winfield Martin shows readers that letting their imaginations run free will lead them into fantastical day dreams. Whether cloud-gazing or wandering through a museum, reading a book or playing in a tide-pool, the children in this picture book find themselves in places inhabited by magical creatures such as dragons, unicorns, griffins, and jackalopes. A whimsical rhyme accompanies the dream-worthy illustrations. – Penguin Young Readers
This beautifully illustrated book is available in hardcover and as a board book. It shows you how imagination can take you away from the ordinary and into the dream world where all things are possible – even dragons and mixed up animals that can fly. This book is definitely a must have!
Illustrated Adventure Stories Ages 7-9
This collection contains five rip-roaring classics of daring, revenge and chivalry, all brilliantly retold for easier reading. The thrilling adventures included are: The Count of Monte Cristo, The Prisoner of Zenda, Don Quixote, The Three Musketeers and The 39 Steps. – Usborne Books
Time Traveler Ages 7-9
Discover what life was really like in this action-packed adventure through history. Visit a castle during the Crusades, meet a ferocious band of Viking raiders, explore Rome when the Roman empire was at its height and take a trip down the Nile at a time when pharaohs ruled Egypt. Informative and amusing, this fully illustrated book contains four updated Usborne classics: Knights & Castles, Viking Raiders, Rome & Romans, Pharaohs & Pyramids. – Usborne Books
Hey Jack! The Big Adventure Ages 5-7
This early reader series featuring Billie B. Brown’s best friend, Jack, is full of down-to-earth, real-life, fun and funny stories that boys can enjoy and relate to. With word art or illustrations on every second page, and no huge blocks of text or intimidating words, they’re perfect for newly independent readers. – Usborne Books
I always keep a list of books that would be great to own, in case family members ask. This is definitely a must-have list of adventure books! If you are looking for even more books to add to your collection, THESE are exactly what you need!
Which adventure books caught your eye the most? Which ones make you certain that your kids will love? Whichever books you get for your kids, they will definitely enjoy them on their own, with their friend and with you.