Myths, Fairy Tales & Folklore for Children

Not that these are "soft" versions of the fairy tales we know and love—they're just not quite as jarring as the original material. Whereas the Brothers Grimm didn't hesitate to include excessive violence, genuine terror and even (on occasion) sexual references, authors like Andrew Lang opted to gentle the stories a bit so as not to spook the youngsters too much. While we certainly encourage you to read the originals and introduce them to your kids at some point, the books you'll find in this section are a great place to start small children on traditional tales and folklore.

It's not so much that fairy tales offer kids a new way of seeing the world, it's more that they are already in line with the way kids do see the world. For a child, monsters really do lurk in the shadows, pumpkins can turn into vehicles, and animals really do have rational thoughts and can even (at times, if you listen closely enough) talk. To force children into an adult world where only the unavoidable and routine can take place is to rob them of not only their youth, but their ability to imagine.

More than any other kind of story, fairy tales are only a segue to genuine creativity. Kids read about Princes Charming, Princesses in Distress, Dragons, Dragon-Fighters, dwarfs, elves and pixies—and then become each of these things in turn in the backyard. Not that most children need inspiration, but it certainly can't hurt, nor can it hurt for them to realize they aren't the first ones to imagine fairies in the trees and gnomes in the garden. We've chosen the books you'll find here for the quality of artwork, faithfulness of adaptation, and overall appeal both to kids and their parents (who may have missed out on good fairy tales themselves).

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

 

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Adelita
by Tomie DePaola
Reprint from Puffin Books
for Nursery-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$6.79
Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave
by K. Y. Craft
First Edition from HarperCollins
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$15.29
Beauty
by Robin McKinley
from HarperCollins
Fantasy/Retold Fairy Tale for 5th-8th grade
$5.94
Beauty
by Robin McKinley
First Paperback Edition, 2018 from Greenwillow Books
Fantasy/Retold Fairy Tale for 5th-8th grade
$6.79
Beauty and the Beast
by Jan Brett
from Sandpiper Books
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$5.91 $3.20 (1 in stock)
Beauty and the Beast
by M. Charlotte Craft, K. Y. Craft
from HarperCollins
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$15.29
Black as Night
by Regina Doman
2nd edition from Chesterton Press
Modern Fairy Tale for
Cinderella
by Marcia Brown (translator)
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for Kindergarten-3rd grade
1955 Caldecott Medal winner
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$6.79
Cinderella
Everyman's Library Children's Classics
by C. S. Evans
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 1st-4th grade
$13.56
Cinderella
by K. Y. Craft
from Chronicle Books
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$14.44
Cinderella
by Paul Galdone
Reprint from HMH Books for Young Readers
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$7.64
Ella Enchanted
by Gail Carson Levine
from HarperCollins
for 3rd-7th grade
$6.79
Fairest
by Gail Carson Levine
Reprint from HarperCollins
for 4th-7th grade
$5.94
Fairy Tale Set #1
by K. Y. Craft, Illustrator
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Fairy's Return and Other Princess Tales
by Gail Carson Levine
from HarperCollins
for 1st-6th grade
$6.79
Golden
Once Upon a Time Series
by Cameron Dokey
from Simon Pulse
for 6th-9th grade
$6.79
Grain of Rice
by Helena Clare Pittman
from Yearling
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 2nd-4th grade
$5.09 $3.00 (1 in stock)
Grimms' Fairy Tales
by Don Daily
from Applesauce Press
for 1st-5th grade
$16.11
King Midas and the Golden Touch
by Charlotte Craft
from HarperCollins
for Nursery-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$6.79
King's Equal
by Katherine Paterson
from HarperCollins
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 1st-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$6.79
King's Equal
by Katherine Paterson
from HarperCollins
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 1st-3rd grade
$4.24 $2.50 (1 in stock)
Korean Cinderella
by Shirley Climo & Ruth Heller
from HarperCollins
for 3rd-5th grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$5.94
Light Princess
by George MacDonald & Maurice Sendak
from Sunburst Book
Fantasy for 2nd-5th grade
$8.49
Many Moons
by James Thurber
2nd edition from Harcourt
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 1st-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$6.80
Ordinary Princess
by M. M. Kaye
from Puffin Books
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 2nd-6th grade
$5.94
Ordinary Princess
by M. M. Kaye
from Sonlight Curriculum, Ltd.
for 2nd-6th grade
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Perrault's Fairy Tales
by Charles Perrault, Gustave Dore
from Dover Publications
for 5th-10th grade
$11.01
Persian Cinderella
by Shirley Climo & Robert Florczak
Reprint from HarperCollins
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$5.94
Princess and Curdie
Puffin Classics
by George MacDonald
from Puffin Books
Fantasy for 6th-10th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$5.94
Princess and the Goblin
Puffin Classics
by George MacDonald
from Puffin Books
Fantasy for 5th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$5.94
Princess and the Goblin
Everyman Library
by George MacDonald
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Fantasy for 5th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$15.30 $10.00 (1 in stock)
Princess and the Kiss
by Jennie Bishop
from Warner Press
Allegories and Moral Stories for 2nd-5th grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$11.04
Princess and the Pea
by Hans Christian Andersen & Dorothee Duntze
from North-South Books
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$6.76
Princess Stories
A Classic Illustrated Ed, from Chronicle Books
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
Rapunzel
by Paul Zelinsky
from Puffin Books
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 1st-4th grade
1998 Caldecott Medal winner
$6.79
Rapunzel
by Alix Berenzy
from Henry Holt and Company
for 1st-4th grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$1.60 (1 in stock)
Shadow of the Bear
by Regina Doman
4th edition from Chesterton Press
Modern Fairy Tale for
Shadow Spinner
by Susan Fletcher
from Aladdin Paperbacks
for 5th-8th grade
$6.79
Sleeping Beauty
by K. Y. Craft
from Chronicle Books
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$14.44
Snow Princess
by Ruth Sanderson
from Crocodile Books
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$15.26
Snow White
by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm
from Sterling Publishing Co.
for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$14.41
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
by Wanda Gag
from University of Minnesota
for Preschool-2nd grade
1939 Caldecott Honor Book
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$12.71
Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm
by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm K. Grimm, Randall Jarrell
Sunburst Edition, 1987 from Square Fish Publishing
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
Caldecott Honor Book
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$6.79
Thirteen Clocks
by James Thurber
from New York Review of Books
for 4th-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Thirteen Clocks
by James Thurber
from Penguin Press
for 4th-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$15.00
Twelve Dancing Princesses
by Marianna Mayer
from William Morrow & Company
for 1st-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$6.79
Twelve Dancing Princesses
by Ruth Sanderson
Reprint from Crocodile Books
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$7.61
Two Princesses of Bamarre
by Gail Carson Levine
from HarperCollins
for 4th-7th grade
$5.94
Waking Rose
by Regina Doman
from Chesterton Press
Modern Fairy Tale for 7th-10th Grade
Yeh-Shen
by Ai-Ling Louie
from Puffin Books
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$6.79