Best Kids Books About Fairies

19 Kids Books About Fairies

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
The Mud Fairy book
#1
The Mud Fairy
Written and illustrated by Amy Young
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Wearing pink and tiptoing through the dewdrops is for wimps! Emmelina would rather play with her friends, the frogs. But can a fairy with an independent streak earn her wings if she goes against the fairy code? Warm, humorous, and with just the right amount of pink (and mud), here's a book that will capture the hearts of girly-girls and tomboys alike.

The Night Before the Tooth Fairy book
#2
The Night Before the Tooth Fairy
Written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Barbara Johansen Newman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It wiggles, and waggles, and wiggles some more, but this little boy’s stubborn tooth just won’t come out! He hopes it will fall out soon, because he can’t wait to meet the Tooth Fairy! This humorous tale based on Clement C. Moore’s classic poem is a perfect addition to the best-selling series.

Flower Fairies of the Summer book
#3
Flower Fairies of the Summer
Written and illustrated by Cicely Mary Barker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

This beautiful reissue of the well-loved classic Flower Fairies title is complete with Barker’s original poems and exquisite artwork. Each page features her recreation of nature’s beauty and the enchanting world of the fairies. Essential background readings to the bestselling Fairyopolis, this book provides a glimpse into the enchanting world of the Flower Fairies.

Flower Fairies of the Autumn book
#4
Flower Fairies of the Autumn
Written and illustrated by Cicely Mary Barker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Experience the beauty and the magic of Cicely Mary Barker’s famous Flower Fairies, with a new edition of Flower Fairies of the Autumn. The magic and loveliness of Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairies, newly rejacketed and updated with a contemporary look, is a perfect gift for Flower Fairies fans and a new generation of readers. First published in the 1920s, Cicely Mary Barker’s original Flower Fairies books have been loved for generations. The book features poems and full-color illustrations of over 20 flowers and their guardian fairies.

Backyard Fairies book
#5
Backyard Fairies
Written and illustrated by Phoebe Wahl
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A girl searches for fairies in her backyard and the woods beyond, following little clues and traces of magic. Fairies and other magical creatures can be found on every page, hidden among the flowers, trees and pebbles. But although readers can see them, the girl keeps searching, just one step behind… In the end, it is clear (both to the girl and readers) that there is magic all around, even when it’s hidden in plain sight. Phoebe Wahl takes us deep into the world of fairies, and her vibrant, multi-textured woodland scenes are every bit as enchanting as the creatures therein. A gorgeously illustrated paean to imagination and the natural world.

Fairy's First Day of School book
#6
Fairy's First Day of School
Written by Bridget Heos and illustrated by Sara Not
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

In this humorous and reassuring picture book from the author of Mustache Baby, a sweet fairy has a fun-filled first day at school. Her experience is remarkably similar to the first day of preschool for human children. From circle time (sitting crisscross berry sauce) to center time (art, spells, tooth), all the activities one might encounter at school are explored, with sweet fairy-like touches. Best of all is the kind, warm teacher and plenty of new friends. The perfect story to ease fears and build anticipation for any child—human or fairy—starting school for the first time.

Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat book
#7
Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat
Written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Claudia Rueda
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

When Cat loses a tooth, the Tooth Fairy delivers a wholly unwanted sidekick: a mouse. Together, Cat and Mouse are tasked with running a few Tooth Fairy-related errands—a challenge, since Mouse is just as competitive and mischievous and hilariously self-involved as Cat. The stakes rise and so does the deadpan humor, culminating in a satisfying surprise that will leave readers eager for yet another delightfully devious Cat adventure.

Fairy Spell book
#8
Fairy Spell
Written by Marc Tyler Nobleman and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

In 1917, in Cottingley, England, a girl named Elsie took a picture of her younger cousin, Frances. Also in the photo was a group of fairies, fairies that the girls insisted were real. Through a remarkable set of circumstances, that photograph and the ones that followed came to be widely believed as evidence of real fairies. It was not until 1983 that the girls, then late in life, confessed that the Cottingley Fairies were a hoax. Their take is an extraordinary slice of history, from a time when anything in a photograph was assumed to be fact and it was possible to trick an eager public into believing something magical. Exquisitely illustrated with art and the original fairy photographs.

King Alice book
#9
King Alice
Written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A young girl wakes her father by informing him that she is Queen Alice, then draws him and other family members into her imaginative activities, from writing a book to a sleepover with fairies.

Firefly Forest book
#10
Firefly Forest
Written and illustrated by Robyn Frampton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

There's more to this forest than some choose to see, this magical place can set your heart free. Follow the glow of the fireflies to an enchanted space inhabited by unseen creatures. Who do you think lives there? Fairies or gnomes or pixies? A perfect gift, Firefly Forest captures the spirit of imagination, and spreading joy to others. Author Robyn Frampton created a sensation when she anonymously installed handcrafted magical "gnome homes" and "fairy houses" in a local park. Her work encouraged an entire community to come together and inspired the documentary The Gnomist. Vibrant digital illustrations throughout recreate Robyn's installations. These images, paired with a simple, inspirational poem, create an uplifting journey for dreamers of all ages.

How to Trick the Tooth Fairy book
#11
How to Trick the Tooth Fairy
Written by Erin Danielle Russell and illustrated by Jennifer Hansen Rolli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Kaylee loves pulling pranks: from dropping water balloons on passers-by to even tricking Santa Claus, she’s a prize-winning prankster! But is she the Princess of Pranks? No! That title is held by none other than the Tooth Fairy. But when Kaylee loses a tooth and the Tooth Fairy goes about her usual tooth-taking business, Kaylee pranks her with a fake frog. As Kaylee and the Tooth Fairy try to out-prank one another, things get way out of hand, until the two finally see eye and eye and decide to share the crown!

How to Catch the Tooth Fairy book
#12
How to Catch the Tooth Fairy
Written by Adam Wallace and illustrated by Andy Elkerton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

How to catch the Tooth Fairy?It's not an easy task!You can try to catch her,But she is just too fast!Can you catch the Tooth Fairy in action? Or will she get away? Parents and children will love sharing the surprises delivered in this fun and lively book!

The Tale of the Tooth Fairy book
#13
The Tale of the Tooth Fairy
Written and illustrated by Emma Randall
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Have you ever wondered what the tooth fairy does with your teeth? Join Daisy and Elliot on an enchanting adventure to Fairyland, as they meet magical fairies, visit the fairy queen and discover the tooth fairy's special secret. With beautiful illustrations by Emma Randall, this charming tale will make a perfect gift for children everywhere.

Thumbelina book
#14
Thumbelina
Written by Kathleen Olmstead and illustrated by Linda Olafsdottir
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Silver Penny Stories: For generations, these classic tales have captured the hearts and minds of children and adults alike. Beautifully illustrated, these volumes are sure to find a cherished place on your family's bookshelf.

The Great Sock Secret book
#15
The Great Sock Secret
Written by Susan Whelan and illustrated by Gwynneth Jones
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Sarah’s mother is tired of finding odd socks in the laundry basket. Where do all the missing socks go? Sarah’s mother is pretty sure the puppy is responsible but Sarah knows better. And her mother simply mustn’t find out the truth! The Great Sock Secret is a wonderfully fun adventure into an imaginative world that’s home to some very cool fairies. You’ll never look at your socks in the same way again!

Twinkle book
#16
Twinkle
Written by Katharine Holabird and illustrated by Sarah Warburton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

From the acclaimed author of the beloved Angelina Ballerina series comes a delightful picture book about a feisty fairy named Twinkle! Twinkle is just starting to learn her spells in fairy school, and she can’t seem to understand that what comes naturally for all the other fairies-in-training is a bit of a struggle for her. With spells going sideways and frustration running high, this sweet, triumphant story about persistence is perfect for parents to share with their little ones who are learning new skills.

A Visit to Fairyland book
#17
A Visit to Fairyland
Written and illustrated by Shirley Barber
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

Are there fairies at the bottom of the garden? Laura thinks so--she has seen a little green door at the base of the willow tree, and thinks fairies might live on the other side. So she and her brother Daniel wait by the door, and sure enough, some fairies come out to greet them. Then they take them through to the other side, and so being Laura and Daniel's adventures in Fairyland. Exquisitely detailed illustrations and an engaging story will delight children for hours on end.

Tooth Fairy book
#18
Tooth Fairy
Written and illustrated by Audrey Wood
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When Matthew loses a tooth, his sister Jessica tries to take advantage of the Tooth Fairy's visit.

Fairy Book book
#19
Fairy Book
Written and illustrated by Shirley Barber
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

Fairies, elves, mermaids, and waterbabies inhabit the magical world created by Shirley Barber in her enchanting fairy book. Most of these charming verses were penned by Shirley herself, while some classic poems are also included. All are accompanied by the beautiful, playful, and animated illustrations that are a hallmark of Shirley’s inimitable style. Shirley Barber’s Fairy Book is a visual delight that introduces children to the charm and beauty of poetry.

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