Resources for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

In this week's Read Aloud Wednesdays post I'm sharing some resources for one of my favorite books of all time- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. This book is actually the second in C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia series. I first read it as a young child and have since read it- and all of the Chronicles- again and again. Instead of a regular book talk this month, I'm going to share some resources I've found on the web for reading and discussing this book with your kids.

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About the Chronicles of Narnia and C.S. Lewis:

The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy books that were written by Clive Staples Lewis between 1949 and 1954. There are seven books in the series, and, although The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was the first published, it is the second in the chronological order of the books. In chronological order the books are:

  • The Magician's Nephew
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • The Horse and His Boy
  • Prince Caspian
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • The Silver Chair
  • The Last Battle
Although not direct allegories, the books are allegories of the Christian life and express the faith and worldview that Lewis held.

About The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

In this book- which was the first published- we meet four children- Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy- who have been sent away from London during the air raids in World War 2. They are sent to stay with an old bachelor in a house in the English countryside. The older children are trying to make the best of things for their younger sister, but Edmund is bitter and sullen.

The children begin exploring the country house which is huge and rambling. Lucy comes upon an almost empty room that contains a wardrobe. She steps into the wardrobe and pushes toward the back, only to discover that she isn't in the wardrobe at all but in a magical land- Narnia. In this land she learns of an evil witch and a curse that holds Narnia under the spell of constant winter. When she leaves and heads back to her siblings, she finds that no time at all has passed, and her siblings don't believe her fascinating tail. Of course, they can't find Narnia at all when they investigate the wardrobe.

A few days later, Edmund stumbles into the wardrobe and Narnia during a game of hide and seek. While there he meets a very harsh and powerful woman who calls herself the Queen of Narnia. She gives Edmund sweets that are enchanted and convince him that if he brings his brother and sisters back to her in Narnia that he will be made King of Narnia. Edmund, who isn't very nice at this point, promises and heads back through the wardrobe, meeting up with Lucy who has been in a second time for herself. Once back with the older siblings, however, he denies that he was there and claims to have made it all up to "play along" with Lucy. Of course Lucy is devastated that no one will believe her stories about Narnia.

Eventually all of the siblings end up in Narnia when they duck into the wardrobe to hide from a tour group that is walking around the old, rambling house. Once there, they find themselves involved in a magical story. Edmund betrays them all to try to better himself with the power hungry witch/queen but finds that she doesn't care about him at all, and he's now a traitor deserving of death. The amazing lion Aslan (a Christlike symbol) comes on to the scene then, breaking the witch's power and  taking Edmund's place when he must be punished.

I love, love, love all of The Chronicles of Narnia. Every time I read them out loud to the kids- and we've read through them quite a few times- I get something new out of them.There are so many amazing moments and well-worded passages that make me ponder my relationship with Christ and my Christian worldview. As well, they are just excellent, well-written stories to read for pure enjoyment.

Resources for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

A free educator's guide from Walden Media that goes along with the movie (I do not think the movie is nearly as good, and I think it loses much in the way of depicting the Christian worldview. However, we've watched the movie and compared it to the book. And some of the activities in this guide are fun ones that could be done in conjunction with the book without watching the movie.)

Scholastic has some resources that include writing prompts, discussion questions, and extension activities for the book.

Spark Notes has some great information, including a detailed analysis of each chapter, suggested essay questions, a quiz for the book, and a great collection of quotations.

Reading to Kids has some good discussion questions and a few craft ideas that go along with the book. has several language arts lesson plans that use the book as a starting point.

Focus on the Family has an amazing radio theater production of all of The Chronicles of Narnia. We love listening to them. This isn't just an audio book. It's actors that act out the whole book on audio. (This isn't an affiliate link. The set is pricey, but it's definitely worth it.)

I hope that these resources motivate you to read this amazing book with your kids if you haven't already. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe gives you a chance to discuss some great things with your kids. And the story itself is beautiful and enjoyable.

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