Best Time Travel Children’s Books 

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Just because a book is aimed at children doesn’t mean that it can’t delve into science fiction concepts. Authors have always been willing to play with interesting ideas, like time travel. If this sounds like something that your children will be interested in, here are some of the books that you might want to check out.  

A Wrinkle in Time

Let’s start with one of the most beloved literary takes on time travel. Ever since it was first published in 1963, it has captured the imaginations of children around the world. It’s been frequently adapted for the stage, especially for school plays. It’s also been turned into a movie.  

The story focuses on Meg, whose father has been experimenting with time travel. When he goes missing, she needs to team up with her friend and brother to go on a journey through space and time to rescue him.  

Fortunately, the Milk

If you have younger children, you might want to try this whimsical adventure from acclaimed author Neil Gaiman. He also wrote Stardust, which is a great adventure fantasy novel for older teenage readers.  Fortunately, the Milk has become so popular because of the funny, inventive creatures and adventures that the main character encounters.  

The story centers on a father who is left to take care of his children for the weekend. Before their mother leaves, she gives him a list of things he needs. He forgets to buy milk from the local store. The story is of the wonderful adventures he has on the way to get the milk.  

The Midnight Hour

This is part of a series, which is aimed at middle-school readers. It has a darker side, which might lead to some scares. But it also has plenty of heart and comedy, which is sure to make it a delight for readers.  

The story centers on Emily, who finds her parents missing. She travels back to Victorian London to find them, looking through a city that is frozen in time. On her journey, she is accompanied by a hedgehog. To save her parents she needs to uncover a family secret, and stay out of the way of the vicious creatures that patrol the streets.  

The Johnny Maxwell Trilogy

If you are looking for a series that combines history and morals with a lot of fun, you might want to consider the Johnny Maxwell books. These are written by Terry Pratchet, known for his hilarious Discworld novels.  

This trilogy takes protagonist Johnny Maxwell to a series of strange events. For example, he is transported to an alien world from a video game. There the aliens request him to negotiate a peace treaty on their behalf. As usual with Terry Pratchet books, there will be plenty of funny twists and turns along the way.  


Encouraging a love of reading in children is important. The good news is that there are plenty of innovative time travel novels to choose from. Each of these is a good introduction into the genre, blending science fiction with plenty of heart and humor. So, pop into your local bookstore, pick up a copy of these novels, and get reading today.  

Written by Adam Scott

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