Fantasies explore the beguiling idea that the everyday world of dreary responsibilities and tedious routines is not all there is. What if–these alluring stories propose–a hidden, parallel world exists nearby, if only the right door or hole in the ground or magic mirror can be found to get us there? Building Stories suggests that using our imaginations can provide more than just an escape from reality, but rather a method for understanding our world a little better. This month, stretch your imagination with us through our featured book and activity.


Read about an imaginary place or a character who travels through a magical portal and draw a scene from the story. What is possible in the imaginary land that isn’t possible or doesn’t exist in the real world? Would you rather live in the imaginary land you read about or in your real home?
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
A girl named Alice falls through a rabbit hole into a magical world of talking animals and strange creatures. She eats food that makes her shrink to a tiny size and grow to a huge size. She plays croquet with a flamingo as a mallet and hedgehogs as balls. Finally, she must defend herself against the Queen of Hearts who is guarded by living playing cards. Suddenly, she wakes up and is back with her sister. What really happened?
Be sure to check out this month’s featured book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, in the “Scale Play” gallery in Building Stories.

Suggested Books:

Grades K-2

  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Seuss
  • The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
  • Little Mermaid by Rhiannon Fielding

Grades 3-8

  • Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  • Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle


  • Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Dune by Frank Herbert; Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Building Readers Club is supported by the DC Public Library Foundation and The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.