The Best Paranormal Books for Young Readers

By Ashley Rands, Marketing

Children have an innate fascination with the mysterious and the unknown. Paranormal books for young readers tap into this natural curiosity, allowing young readers to explore the realms of ghosts, monsters, magic, and more. These books not only offer thrilling adventures but also encourage imagination and critical thinking. Whether your child is an avid reader or just starting their literary journey, here’s a list of some of the best paranormal books for young readers that are sure to captivate their imagination.

Paranormal Reading Recommendations

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Paranormal Books for Young Readers

Neil Gaiman’s Coraline is a modern classic in the world of children’s literature. This eerie tale follows Coraline, a young girl who discovers a passage in her new home that leads to an alternate version of her life. In this parallel world, everything seems perfect at first, but soon, Coraline realizes that things are not as they seem. With its eerie atmosphere and a strong-willed heroine, this book is perfect for middle-grade readers looking for a spine-tingling adventure.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book

Another gem from Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book, tells the story of a boy named Nobody Owens, who is raised by ghosts in a graveyard after his family is murdered. As Bod grows up, he must confront the dangers of the living world while uncovering the mystery of his family’s death. This book combines elements of fantasy, adventure, and the supernatural to create a heartwarming and thrilling story.

“Goosebumps” series by R.L. Stine

R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series has been a staple in children’s literature for years. These books offer a variety of spooky and supernatural stories, from haunted ventriloquist dummies to cursed masks. Each book is a self-contained adventure, making it easy for kids to jump into the series without committing to a lengthy story arc. With their suspenseful plots and relatable young protagonists, these books are perfect for budding horror enthusiasts.

The Spiderwick Chronicles

by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

The Spiderwick Chronicles

The Spiderwick Chronicles is a delightful series that combines the magical world of elves, goblins, dwarves, trolls, and a fantastical menagerie of other creatures with the paranormal. It tells the story of the Grace children, who move into a mysterious old house and discover a hidden field guide to the magical creatures living in their world. With captivating illustrations and an engaging narrative, this series is a perfect introduction to the paranormal for young readers.

“Lockwood & Co.” series by Jonathan Stroud

“Lockwood & Co” series

For older middle-grade readers, the “Lockwood & Co.” series by Jonathan Stroud offers a thrilling blend of ghost-hunting, mystery, and humor. Set in a world plagued by a ghostly epidemic, the series follows Lucy Carlyle and her eccentric colleagues at the ghost-hunting agency, Lockwood & Co. Together, they investigate paranormal mysteries and face terrifying apparitions. This series has now been adapted for TV on Netflix.

“The Peculiar Children” series by Ransom Riggs

Ransom Riggs’ “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” series is a unique blend of paranormal fiction and vintage photography. The story revolves around Jacob Portman, who discovers a hidden home for children with peculiar abilities and uncovers a world of time loops, monsters, and secrets. The inclusion of real vintage photographs adds a haunting and immersive element to the narrative.

Paranormal books for kids open the door to a world of mystery, magic, and adventure. These stories not only entertain but also encourage young readers to think outside the box and embrace their curiosity about the unknown. Whether it’s facing ghosts, exploring magical realms, or encountering peculiar children, these books offer a wide range of paranormal experiences for children of all ages. So, pick up one of these spine-tingling reads and embark on a supernatural journey with your child today!

The Best Paranormal Books for Young Readers
The Best Paranormal Books for Young Readers