I missed last week’s Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish. But it was such a fun topic, that I thought, hey let’s do that post anyway!
YA Fantasy is one of my favorite genres. And as a teacher, I feel like YA fantasy would be a fun class for students. So here are the top ten books that would be on my YA Fantasy 101 Syllabus for both high school and college students.
Let’s get to it!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
2. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
I don’t think we could delve into fantasy and leave Tolkien out completely. While I struggled through The Fellowship of the Ring, I think the fact that The Hobbit is shorter and a prequel to LOTR gives a nice glimpse into the Hero’s Journey archetype. Students might appreciate reading this one more.
3. The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
I think that throwing a couple more “classic” works into the mix is helpful. It will show how fantasy has grown and changed as a genre. Plus, The Golden Compass is amazing and introduces alternate universes.
4. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
5. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan
This whole series would be great for this course! I think that introducing Percy and showing how he is a part of this epic fantasy world (that he didn’t even know existed) would be really fun for students. It’s also fun to see how mythology and fantasy creatures come into play here.
6. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Simply because the world building and character development in this novel are astonishing. Not to mention the mythical creatures and blending of two very different worlds will be fun to examine with a class.