We’ve written in the past about the Narnia Reading Order, and you can read it at that link. However, glumPuddle has just completed a video series about the reading order that also goes in depth on the topic, and asked us to share it with you.
In these videos he has a ton of evidence for why the original publication order is the ideal way to read the books on your first time through them.
However, with that evidence means there are a ton of spoilers for the material.
Here’s the description from the first video:
Which of the CHRONICLES OF NARNIA should be read first? Is ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ #1 or #2? Why are there two different orders? Which order works better? What did the author have to say? All these questions and more will be answered in this series.
This first video is just a basic overview of why two orders exist. Two more videos will follow.
1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950)
2. Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia (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)
#1 The Magician’s Nephew
#2 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe*
#3 The Horse and His Boy*
#4 Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
#5 The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
#6 The Silver Chair
#7 The Last Battle
*HHB actually takes place during LWW, not after.
C.S. Lewis (“Jack”) died on November 22, 1963, just over thirteen years after publishing the first Narnia book.