17 Children's Fantasy Series You May Have Missed As A Kid — But Should Read Now

I've spent a lifetime reading fantasy novels, but there are so many novels and series that I didn't have the chance to read when I was younger and could have enjoyed them more. If you're burned out on today's magical book offerings, I've got 17 great fantasy series you might have missed out on reading as a kid, because there's no time like the present to revisit the best stories of yesteryear.

Depending on how deeply and widely you read fantasy in the 1990s and 2000s, you may recognize many of the books on this list, and you might have even read them all.

You'll notice, as you scroll through the 17 fantasy series I've recommended below, that children's genre fiction was not a particularly diverse field 10 or 20 years ago. There are hardly any writers or characters of color on this list, not because people of color were not trying to publish books in the 1990s and 2000s, but because publishers were not accepting them in the way that they accepted books by and about white people. That problem continues today, but things have improved in recent years.

Check out the 17 great fantasy series I've picked out for you below, and sprinkle a little reading magic over your life.