A question for all teachers out there. What are some alternate and/or substitute books for the book "The lion, the witch and the wardrobe"?

Im looking for alternate books a child could read if Narnia is offensive due to religious, personal or other reasons.

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago
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    The "A Wrinkle in Time" series (adventure);

    The "Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians" series (humor);

    The "Dr. Dolittle" series (adventures for the younger ones);

    "The Neverending Story" (darker as it is an existential novel for children, but without the darkness of Pullman's oeuvre);

    "Tom's Midnight Garden;"

    "A Once and Future King;"

    "The Little White Horse;"

    "The Lord of the Rings;"

    "Mary Poppins;"

    "Favorite Poems of Childhood" (Dover Thrift Editions);

    "The Prince and the Pilgrim" by Mary Stewart;

    "Striker Jones and the Midnight Archer" by Maggie M. Larche;

    "A Traveller in Time" by Alison Uttley;

    the "Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims" series (accurate history with a funny, time-traveling horse);

    "Sword at Sunset" by Rosemary Sutcliff;

    "The Merlin Trilogy" by Mary Stewart;

    "The Little Humpbacked Horse" by Pyotr Yershov'

    "A Dweller on Two Planets" by Frederick Oliver.

    Some good non-fiction books which catch the reader's interest:

    "Math Potatoes: Mind-Stretching Brain Food;"

    "Only Opal: The Diary of a Young Girl" by Opal Whiteley;

    "Long Journey Home: A Young Girl's Memoir of Surviving the Holocaust" by Lucy Lipiner;

    "The Strange Ways of Providence in My Life (An Amazing WW2 Survival Story" by Krystyna Carmi;

    "The Civil War: An Interactive History Adventure" by Matt Doeden;

    "The Revolutionary War: An Interactive History Adventure" by Elizabeth Raum;

    "Greek Mythology's Twelve Labors of Hercules: A Choose Your Path Book (Can You Survive?)" by Brandon Terrell;

    "Bedtime Math: This Time It's Personal" by Laura Overdeck;

    "Math and Magic in Wonderland" by Lilac Mohr;

    "Math and Magic in Camelot" by Mohr;

    "Children on the Oregon Trail" by van der Loeff;

    "Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci" by Joseph D'Agnese.

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    • Tina
      Lv 7
      3 years agoReport

      A good half of the novels suggested here are for adult readers, and some of the others are for much younger ones.

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    His Dark Materials trilogy- Philip Pullman

    Alan Garner - Elidor, also Weirdstone of Brisinghamen, Moon of Gomrath.

    Harry Potter is read by many children

    Rather depends what age you are catering for - we were read the Narnia books at about 8 years old

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  • 3 years ago

    I didn't even realise Aslan was an allegory for Jesus until the end of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. If your religion can be offended or threatened by a children's book, it's not a religion that's worth believing in.

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  • 3 years ago

    Ursula Le Guin's Wizard of Earthsea

    It is a far better book and roughly the same reading level, but without all the heavy-handed Christian stuff. Ugh, the way he cuts and pastes his world together.

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  • Andrew
    Lv 7
    3 years ago

    Perhaps Pullman's "Northern Lights."

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  • 3 years ago

    The religious aspects of it are very small, most kids wouldn't even connect it to religion unless told about it.

    • Nisha3 years agoReport

      People may find it offensive based on religious beliefs, personal reasons, or any other thing they can come up with
      But as a teacher if they are asking for an alternate or substitute reading you must be able to provide it
      I was simply asking for peoples opinions as I didnt find any relatable books.

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