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Exploring Narnia

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It has been 60 years since The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe was published—the first of an eventual seven-book series released between 1950 and 1956. Enormously popular, the books have been translated into 47 languages and over 100 million copies have been sold. Countless readers have been captivated by the stories (including us; we named our first daughter Lucy) and they have spawned many dramatizations, comic books, films, biographies of the author. . . The Chronicles of Narnia are so well-known they hardly need introduction.

Lewis believed that the best stories for children do not talk down to them. As a result the books may be enjoyed by anyone of any age, though they are geared toward children about 8-12 years of age. Plenty of folks have delighted in reading them to their preschool children, and it's obvious that many adults still love the books as well. If you are reading them for the first time, we humbly offer the following suggestion: read them in the order they were originally published (they were renumbered in 1994). This order offers a better continuity of character development and more surprises as well. Lewis offered different advice later in life, but he didn't seem to think it that important. We recommend the following order:

  1. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1950)
  2. Prince Caspian (1951)
  3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)
  4. The Silver Chair (1953)
  5. The Horse and His Boy (1954)
  6. The Magician's Nephew (1955)
  7. The Last Battle (1956)

Narnia is not without critics. JRR Tolkien (one of Lewis' close friends) didn't care for the books, and it's easy to understand why secularists complain: the Christian themes of sacrifice, resurrection and redemption are nothing less than overt. What is perhaps more intriguing are evangelical complaints that Lewis promotes the occult in his writing. For the most part, we believe these well-meaning Christians miss the point of Narnia entirely. Recently, pastor Douglas Wilson has written a book called What I Learned in Narnia, in which he argues that Lewis clearly teaches such character attributes as respect for authority, nobility, and love of story. Beyond that, he shows how Lewis teaches true confession of sin, the importance of spiritual disciplines, an understanding of grace and (through a love of Aslan) a love of God. We think he gets it right.

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Book of Narnians
by C. S. Lewis
from Scholastic Inc.
for 3rd-6th grade
in Exploring Narnia (Location: A06-00D)
C. S. Lewis
Christian Heroes: Then & Now
by Geoff & Janet Benge
from YWAM Publishing
Biography for 4th-7th grade
in Christian Heroes: Then and Now (Location: A12-06E)
C. S. Lewis Ultimate Collection
by C. S. Lewis
for 3rd-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: CLT-20C)
C. S. Lewis: Images of His World
by Douglas Gilbert & Clyde S. Kilby
from Eerdmans
Biography for 9th-Adult
in Exploring Narnia (Location: A06-00D)
C. S. Lewis: The Man Behind Narnia
by Beatrice Gormley
from Eerdmans
Biography for 9th-Adult
in Biographies (Location: A12-01A)
C.S. Lewis Encyclopedia
by Colin Duriez
from Crossway Books
for 10th-Adult
in Exploring Narnia (Location: A06-00D)
Chronicles of Narnia - Comprehension Guide
by Ned Bustard
from Veritas Press
for 3rd-6th grade
in Veritas Press Literature Guides (Location: B18-00A)
Chronicles of Narnia - Deluxe Hardcover Set
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Chronicles of Narnia - Quality Softcover Set
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Companion to Narnia
by Paul F. Ford
from HarperCollins
for 5th-10th grade
in Exploring Narnia (Location: A06-00D)
Following Narnia 1 - Set
by Laura Bettis
3rd edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 6th-8th grade
in IEW Theme-Based Writing Lessons (Location: B16-03C)
Following Narnia 1 - Student Workbook
by Laura Bettis
3rd edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 6th-8th grade
in IEW Theme-Based Writing Lessons (Location: B16-03C)
Following Narnia 2 - Set
by Laura Bettis
1st edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 8th-12th grade
in IEW Theme-Based Writing Lessons (Location: B16-03C)
Following Narnia 2 - Student Workbook
1st edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 5th-8th grade
in IEW Theme-Based Writing Lessons (Location: B16-03C)
Further Up and Further In
by Diane Pendergraft
from Cadron Creek Christian Curriculum
for 4th-8th grade
in Cadron Creek Literature Guides (Location: B18-08A)
Further Up and Further In
by Diane Pendergraft
from Cadron Creek Christian Curriculum
for 4th-8th grade
in Cadron Creek Literature Guides (Location: B18-08A)
Horse and His Boy
Chronicles of Narnia Book 3
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Horse and His Boy
Chronicles of Narnia Book 3
by Lewis, C. S.
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Jack: A Life of C.S.Lewis
by George Sayer
1st edition from Crossway Books
for 10th-Adult
in Clearance: Biographies (Location: A12-05)
Journey into Narnia
by Kathryn Lindskoog
from Hope Publishing House
for 9th-Adult
in Exploring Narnia (Location: A06-00D)
Last Battle
Chronicles of Narnia Book 7
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Last Battle
Chronicles of Narnia Book 7
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Last Battle
Chronicles of Narnia Book 7
by C. S. Lewis
from Scholastic Inc.
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Letters to Children
by C. S. Lewis
from Charles Scribner's Sons
Autobiographical Letters for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Lewis Agonistes
by Louis Markos
from Broadman & Holman
for Adult
in Exploring Narnia (Location: A06-00D)
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Chronicles of Narnia Book 2
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Chronicles of Narnia Book 2
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - Progeny Press Study Guide
Progeny Press Literature Guides
by Andrew Clausen
from Progeny Press
Literature Guide for 4th-7th grade
in Progeny Press Literature Guides (Location: B18-00T)
Lord of the Elves and Eldils
by Richard L. Purtill
2nd edition from Ignatius Press
for 9th grade-Adult
in Lord of the Rings (Location: A06-00E)
Magician's Nephew
Chronicles of Narnia Book 1
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Magician's Nephew
Chronicles of Narnia Book 1
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Magician's Nephew
Chronicles of Narnia
by C.S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Magician's Nephew - Guide
Progeny Press Literature Guides
by Andrew Clausen
from Progeny Press
Literature Guide for 5th-7th grade
in Progeny Press Literature Guides (Location: B18-00T)
Narnia and Beyond
by Thomas Howard
from Ignatius Press
Biography for 9th grade-Adult
in Exploring Narnia (Location: A06-00D)
Narnia Code
by Michael Ward
from Tyndale House
for 11th-Adult
in Exploring Narnia (Location: A06-00D)
Not a Tame Lion
Leaders in Action Series
by Terry Glaspey
from Cumberland House
Biography for 9th-Adult
in Biographies (Location: A12-01A)
Of Other Worlds
by C. S. Lewis
Reissue from HarperOne
for 8th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: CLT-20C)
Planet Narnia
by Michael Ward
1st edition from Oxford University
for 11th-Adult
in Exploring Narnia (Location: A06-00D)
Prince Caspian
Chronicles of Narnia Book 4
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Prince Caspian
Chronicles of Narnia Book 4
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Prince Caspian
Chronicles of Narnia Book 4
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperTrophy
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Prince Caspian
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
for 3rd-8th grade
in Clearance: Fiction (Location: ACL-FIC)
Prince Caspian - Guide
Progeny Press Literature Guides
by Andrew Clausen
from Progeny Press
Literature Guide for 5th-7th grade
in Progeny Press Literature Guides (Location: B18-00T)
Roar! A Christian Family Guide to the Chronicles of Narnia
by Heather & David Kopp
from Multnomah Books
for 4th-8th grade
in Exploring Narnia (Location: A06-00D)
Silver Chair
Chronicles of Narnia Book 6
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Silver Chair
Chronicles of Narnia Book 6
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Silver Chair
Chronicles of Narnia Book 4
by C. S. Lewis
First Scholastic Printing from Scholastic Inc.
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
The Narnian
by Alan Jacobs
from HarperOne
for 10th-Adult
in Biographies (Location: A12-01A)
Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Chronicles of Narnia Book 5
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Chronicles of Narnia Book 5
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
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