Some of the best-loved children's literature is about questing — Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, C. S. Lewis's seven-volume The Chronicles of Narnia, and J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Ringstrilogy. A recent addition to this genre is Crow and Weasel by Barry Lopez. Two adventurers travel far from their village, encountering places and people they never previously imagined, including Eskimos in the far north. They gain important knowledge from animal allies — Mouse, Badger, and Grizzly Bear. On the journey, they learn about friendship, respect for others, and the sacredness of relationships. They also realize one of the most important aspects of questing — the need to share the story of their experience with the larger community.

Enjoy these further quests:

  • God in Between: Sandy Eisenberg Sasso tells a multicultural story about a quest that brings new vision and an enhanced sense of God's presence.
  • For Heaven's Sake: Sandy Eisenberg Sasso portrays six-year-old Isaiah’s quest which reveals that heaven is not only surprisingly accessible but most endearing as well.
  • The Hermit and the Well: Thich Nhat Hanh describes a young boys' quest for happiness, based on an actual event in his own life.
  • Mama, Will It Snow Tonight?: Nancy White Carlstrom celebrates the joys of questing, the connections between animals and humans, and the wisdom of mothers.
  • Which Way?: Marthe Jocelyn offers a handy guidebook on the signs that can help children in their quest to find their way to their destination.
  • Getting There: Marla Stewart Konrad depicts a variety of ways kids around the world go on a quest to get from one place to another.
  • Who Made Me?: Shirley Tulloch presents the story of a little African girl on a quest in the animal world to find out who created her.
  • Questions, Questions: Marcus Pfister encourages children to ask questions and to spur them on a quest for wonder and imagination.
  • Little Snow Bear: Hazel Lincoln tells of Little Snow Bear’s quest for the sun in the midst of the cold and dark winter at the top of the world.
  • A Place to Call Home: Alexis Deacon presents the story of seven little critters on a quest for a place to call home.

More Children's Books about Questing