Recommended fantasy-themed titles from the Columbus Metropolitan Library

WHAT IF… by Samantha Berger, illustrated by Mike Curato

This beautifully illustrated picture book delves into the magic of imagination and how unstoppable it can be. Follow along with the story of a young girl who creates art through whatever medium she can: writing, coloring, dancing, singing and even gardening. Her energy is relentless, with inspiration coming from literally anywhere: “As long as I live, I will always create.” Paired with bright, gorgeous illustrations, this mantra is sure to leave your young ones inspired as well. FOR AGES 4-8

THE MAGIC OF UNICORNS by Gina L. Grandi, illustrated by Ximena Jeria

Do you have a young child who is obsessed with all things unicorn? Then this is the book for them. Written like a field guide to exploring the unicorn universe, this nonfiction title examines the history, legends and types of unicorns from around the world. Simple text is accompanied on each page with charming illustrations that bring these magical creatures to life. This title is a great way to supplement your child’s love of mythical unicorns with actual historical legends. FOR AGES 5-9

UNICORN OF MANY HATS: ANOTHER PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN ADVENTURE by Dana Simpson

The latest in a series, this is the continuing journey of elementary school student Phoebe and her magical unicorn friend, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils. Together, the two friends delve into the meaning of being “cool,” the best possible Halloween costume for a unicorn, and how to deal with a dad who loses his composure every time the power goes off. Written with clever, hyperbolic humor, this comic does not disappoint. FOR AGES 8-12

ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME by Roshani Chokshi

Aru Shah grew up listening to stories about ancient Hindu gods and heroes, but she didn’t really believe any of it was true. However, all that changes when on a dare from her classmates, Aru lights an ancient lamp in the museum where she and her mother live. The lighting of this lamp awakens an ancient evil that is intent on ending the world … and even time itself. Aru finds herself whisked away on an epic, Mahabharata-level journey, meeting an assortment of Hindu gods, goddesses and demons along the way. This fast-paced adventure story will appeal to any child who loved the Percy Jackson series and is looking for more to enjoy. FOR AGES 9-14

PART OF YOUR WORLD: A TWISTED TALE by Liz Braswell

Imagine a version of “The Little Mermaid” where Ariel does not defeat Ursula. King Triton is gone, leaving Ariel to rule Atlantica. Prince Eric and all of his subjects are still held under Ursula’s spell; he has no real memory of Ariel and how they fell in love. But when Ariel discovers that her father might be alive, she and Eric will have to somehow work together to rescue him—and maybe, just maybe, the spark of romance will be rekindled in the process. FOR TEENS

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DEMON STREET by Aliza Layne

www.demonstreet.co

Demon Street is an adventure story that takes place in a typical suburban neighborhood, when suddenly, a bunch of magical monsters takes over a random street. This webcomic chronicles the adventures of Septimus, a young boy on a quest to discover where the demons came from and what happened to the people who used to live on the street. Despite the eerie title, this webcomic has a teen-friendly, cartoon style and storyline that are sure to provoke your child’s taste for magic and adventure. FOR AGES 11-17

Erin L. Merold is an information services specialist at the Hilltop Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.