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Fairy Tale And Folklore Adaptations: Books For Kids

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Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to fairy tale and folklore adaptations. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about fairy tale and folklore adaptations.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid, and you can also use our table of contents to jump to particular topics you think your kid will enjoy.

When it comes to children’s stories about fairy tale and folklore adaptations, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Little Red Riding Hood to popular sellers like Classic Fairy Tales of H. C. Andersen to some of our favorite hidden gems like Half Upon a Time.

We hope this list of kids books about fairy tale and folklore adaptations can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

Top 10 Books About Fairy Tale And Folklore Adaptations

Interstellar Cinderella book
#1
Interstellar Cinderella
Written by Deborah Underwood & illustrated by Meg Hunt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Once upon a planetoid, amid her tools and sprockets, a girl named Cinderella dreamed of fixing fancy rockets. With a little help from her fairy godrobot, Cinderella is going to the ball. But when the prince’s ship has mechanical trouble, someone will have to zoom to the rescue! Readers will thank their lucky stars for this irrepressible fairy tale retelling, its independent heroine, and its stellar happy ending.

Wolf Won't Bite book
#2
Wolf Won't Bite
Written by Emily Gravett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

can stand him on a stool! I can dress him in a bow… I can ride him like a horse but WOLF WON’T BITE!

Come along on a wild circus adventure about three little pigs who have captured a wild wolf. They can make him do all sorts of tricks, but don’t worry—he would NEVER bite.

From award-winning and beloved creator Emily Gravett, Wolf Won’t Bite! contains charming text that begs to be read aloud, and quirky humor fills every page of this playful take on “The Three Little Pigs.”

Half Upon a Time book
#3
Half Upon a Time
Written by James Riley
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

In the village of Giant’s Hand Jack’s grandfather has been pushing him to find a princess and get married, so when a young lady falls out of the sky wearing a shirt that says “Punk Princess,” and she tells Jack that her grandmother, who looks suspiciously like the long-missing Snow White, has been kidnapped, Jack decides to help her.

Santa Calls book
#4
Santa Calls
Written & illustrated by William Joyce
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Three kids venture to the North Pole to help Santa defeat an army of evil elves in this holiday classic from the brilliant mind that brought you The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Art Atchinson Aimesworth—inventor, crime fighters, and all-around whiz kid—journeys north with his sister, Esther, and his pal Spaulding, by special invitation from Santa himself. Why did Santa call them to the North Pole? Art wants to know. But when Esther is taken by the Queen of the Dark Elves, Art must put his questions aside and save his sister. This reissue of William Joyce’s epic Christmas adventure now comes complete with lift-the-flap letters from Santa himself!

Cinderella book
#5
Cinderella
Written by Chloe Perkins & illustrated by Sandra Equihua
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

The classic story of Cinderella gets a fresh twist in this vibrant Mexican spin on the beloved fairy tale! Once upon a time, there was a girl who lived in a little cottage with her stepmother and two stepsisters… The classic tale of Cinderella gets a fresh twist in this debut title of a brand-new board book series, Once Upon a World. With Mexico as the backdrop, and vibrant artwork from Mexican illustrator Sandra Equihua, Cinderella is still the same girl with a fairy godmother and a glass slipper—but she’s totally reimagined. Once Upon a World offers a multicultural take on the fairy tales we all know and love. Because these tales are for everyone, everywhere.

Ninja Red Riding Hood book
#6
Ninja Red Riding Hood
Written by Corey Rosen Schwartz & illustrated by Dan Santat
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Companion to the hit The Three Ninja Pigs, this fractured fairy tale is a sure-fire storytime hit.

Wolf just can’t catch a break! Ever since the three little pigs started teaching everyone Ninja skills, huffing and puffing just hasn’t been enough to scare up a good meal.

His craving for meat sends Wolf to classes at the dojo, and soon he’s ready to try out his new moves. A little girl and her tiny granny should be easy targets—right?

Not if Little Red has anything to say about it! Kiya!

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas book
#7
Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas
Written by Natasha Yim & illustrated by Grace Zong
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this Chinese American retelling of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” a careless Goldy Luck wreaks havoc on the home of a family of panda bears. She eats up the littlest panda’s rice porridge, breaks his rocking chair, and rumples all the blankets on his futon. When Goldy takes responsibility for her actions, she makes a new friend (and a whole plate of turnip cakes!) just in time for Chinese New Year.

The Sleeping Beauty book
#8
The Sleeping Beauty
Written by New York City Ballet & illustrated by Valeria Docampo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this stunning follow-up to the bestselling holiday classic The Nutcracker, The New York City Ballet presents another timeless tale for a modern ballet lover with The Sleeping Beauty. The New York City Ballet presents classic stories of the ballet with their trademark stylish, modern sensibility. This lavishly illustrated book follows the storyline, choreography, costumes, and sets of the New York City Ballet’s production of The Sleeping Beauty. With beautiful art illustrated by Valeria Docampo, this magnificent retelling is a perfect gift for an aspiring ballerina or any family who wants to add this enchanting fairy tale classic to their library.

Fox and the Jumping Contest book
#9
Fox and the Jumping Contest
Written & illustrated by Corey R. Tabor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Fox and the Jumping Contest is a funny, surprising picture book starring Fox—a lovable modern-day trickster character—and his animal friends, from debut author-illustrator Corey R. Tabor. Fox really, really wants to win the jumping contest. He knows just where he’ll put that first-place trophy. The only problem? Fox is not a very good jumper. But he is a very good schemer. . . . Fox and the Jumping Contest is a perfect pick for readers who enjoy humorous picture books like The Day the Crayons Quit and Dragons Love Tacos.

Elly and the Smelly Sneaker book
#10
Elly and the Smelly Sneaker
Written by Leslie Gorin & illustrated by Lesley Vamos
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

In this twist on “Cinderella,” Lefty Lou, designated fairy godfather pinch-hitting for the fairy godmother, fulfills a proper young lady’s greatest wish—to play on a baseball team.

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Books About Fairy Tale And Folklore Adaptations and Adventure And Adventurers

Half Upon a Time
Written by James Riley
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

In the village of Giant’s Hand Jack’s grandfather has been pushing him to find a princess and get married, so when a young lady falls out of the sky wearing a shirt that says “Punk Princess,” and she tells Jack that her grandmother, who looks suspiciously like the long-missing Snow White, has been kidnapped, Jack decides to help her.

Santa Calls
Written & illustrated by William Joyce
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Three kids venture to the North Pole to help Santa defeat an army of evil elves in this holiday classic from the brilliant mind that brought you The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Art Atchinson Aimesworth—inventor, crime fighters, and all-around whiz kid—journeys north with his sister, Esther, and his pal Spaulding, by special invitation from Santa himself. Why did Santa call them to the North Pole? Art wants to know. But when Esther is taken by the Queen of the Dark Elves, Art must put his questions aside and save his sister. This reissue of William Joyce’s epic Christmas adventure now comes complete with lift-the-flap letters from Santa himself!

Harriet the Invincible
Written & illustrated by Ursula Vernon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Harriet Hamsterbone is not your average princess. For one thing, she’s a hamster. For another, she prefers sword-fighting and fractions to sighing and fainting. So when Harriet finds out that she was cursed at birth to fall into a deep sleep at the age of twelve, she doesn’t exactly react the way her parents were expecting. After all, no good curse goes to waste, and so until the age of twelve, Harriet realizes she’s . . . invincible! Of courses, there is still that whole curse thing, but she’ll worry about that later.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible - Never a conventional princess, Harriet becomes an adventurer after learning she’s cursed to fall into a deep sleep on her twelfth birthday, but after two years of slaying ogres, cliff-diving, and more with her riding quail Mumfrey, things go awry at home and she must seek a prince to set things right.

  2. Whiskerella - Princess Harriet Hamsterbone is not the kind of princess who enjoys fancy dresses or extravagant parties. Cliff-diving, fractions, and whacking people with swords are more her thing. So when she’s forced to attend a boring ball in honor of a visiting ambassador, Harriet is less than thrilled–until a bewitchingly beautiful stranger arrives. Who is she? And where did she come from? The mystery leads to a not-so-wicked stepsister, an incontinent lizard, and a fairy’s spell that’s really more of a curse. Luckily, Harriet knows a thing or two about curses…

  3. Arthur and the Golden Rope: Brownstone's Mythical Collection - Imagine a vault so cavernous that it could contain all the world’s greatest treasures and relics, from mummified remains of ancient monarchs to glistening swords brandished by legendary warriors. Who could be in charge of such a vault and how did he come into possession of such a unique collection? Who is…Professor Brownstone?

  4. Jack Frost - The Guardians’ powers are put to the ultimate test in their final battle in this conclusion to the epic chapter book series from William Joyce. When we last saw the Guardians, they were celebrating their victory during Bright Night, the final great Battle of the Moon, where they defeated Pitch once and for all. Or so they thought. Now, many years later, the Guardians have settled into their final selves, embracing their public images and the Earth Holidays. But the world has not been without evil since Pitch’s imprisonment. First there was the World War, then The Crash which has led to what the humans call a Great Depression. All the Guardians feel the weight of these events, but Jack Frost—now half human, half of his former self Nightlight—feels it the most. Jack’s transition from Nightlight to Guardian was not an easy one. Always inclined to keep to himself, Jack has become especially isolated from the other Guardians since his transformation. Yet it is Jack who Ombric Shalazar (once a great wizard, now known as Father Time) trusts with a tremendous secret. But for Jack to fully understand this secret, he must revisit his past—and finally tell his story. Jack’s story, however, isn’t the only one to be reopened; an old enemy whose chapter we thought closed will reappear and with him bring a darkness and destruction that will test the Guardians like never before. It’s a battle of superlatives—the worse fighting the greatest, but where, oh where, is Jack?

Books About Fairy Tale And Folklore Adaptations and Sports And Recreation

Ninja Red Riding Hood
Written by Corey Rosen Schwartz & illustrated by Dan Santat
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Companion to the hit The Three Ninja Pigs, this fractured fairy tale is a sure-fire storytime hit.

Wolf just can’t catch a break! Ever since the three little pigs started teaching everyone Ninja skills, huffing and puffing just hasn’t been enough to scare up a good meal.

His craving for meat sends Wolf to classes at the dojo, and soon he’s ready to try out his new moves. A little girl and her tiny granny should be easy targets—right?

Not if Little Red has anything to say about it! Kiya!

Fox and the Jumping Contest
Written & illustrated by Corey R. Tabor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Fox and the Jumping Contest is a funny, surprising picture book starring Fox—a lovable modern-day trickster character—and his animal friends, from debut author-illustrator Corey R. Tabor. Fox really, really wants to win the jumping contest. He knows just where he’ll put that first-place trophy. The only problem? Fox is not a very good jumper. But he is a very good schemer. . . . Fox and the Jumping Contest is a perfect pick for readers who enjoy humorous picture books like The Day the Crayons Quit and Dragons Love Tacos.

Elly and the Smelly Sneaker
Written by Leslie Gorin & illustrated by Lesley Vamos
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

In this twist on “Cinderella,” Lefty Lou, designated fairy godfather pinch-hitting for the fairy godmother, fulfills a proper young lady’s greatest wish—to play on a baseball team.

Honorable Mentions
  1. The Three Ninja Pigs - Practice makes perfect in this kick-butt fractured fairy tale. Why does this wolf think he can come to town and blow all the houses down? These three little pigs just aren’t going to take it from that bully anymore! The first starts aikido lessons—he’ll make mincemeat out of that wolf! His brother learns a little jujitsu–he’ll chop that guy to pieces! But when the wolf actually appears, it turs out these two pigs aren’t quite ready after all. Good thing their sister has been training every day to master some serious karate moves that save the day. KIYA! Corey Rosen Schwartz serves up a fun combination of smart-aleck dialogue and tongue-in-cheek rhymes that’ll have kids howling, and rising star Dan Santat’s spunky illustrations are sure to pack a punch!

  2. Hensel and Gretel, Ninja Chicks - New from the team behind The Three Ninja Pigs and Ninja Red Riding Hood These ninja chicks are anything but chicken! When Hensel and Gretel’s dad gets snatched by a fox, the sisters put their ninja skills to work to track him down before he can be stir-fried. But are these two little chicks ready to take on a dark tangled forest, a tricky house made of corn bread, and an even trickier fox? This plucky pair isn’t giving up without a fight! Kiya!

  3. Kick! Jump! Chop! - In a tale reminiscent of The Gingerbread Man, Sensei bakes a Ninjabread Man to spice up the sparring in his dojo, and the new cookie is undefeated until a fox appears.

  4. The Princess and the Pit Stop - When a Princess learns from her Fairy Godmother that she is in last place in a car race against such fairy tale notables as Humpty Dumpty, the Three Bears, and Rumpelstiltskin, she boldly rebuffs defeat and steps on the gas.

Books About Fairy Tale And Folklore Adaptations and Inspired By Classic Literature

Cinderella
Written by Chloe Perkins & illustrated by Sandra Equihua
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

The classic story of Cinderella gets a fresh twist in this vibrant Mexican spin on the beloved fairy tale! Once upon a time, there was a girl who lived in a little cottage with her stepmother and two stepsisters… The classic tale of Cinderella gets a fresh twist in this debut title of a brand-new board book series, Once Upon a World. With Mexico as the backdrop, and vibrant artwork from Mexican illustrator Sandra Equihua, Cinderella is still the same girl with a fairy godmother and a glass slipper—but she’s totally reimagined. Once Upon a World offers a multicultural take on the fairy tales we all know and love. Because these tales are for everyone, everywhere.

First Stories: The Jungle Book
Written & illustrated by Miriam Bos
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

Push, pull, and slide the scenes to bring the classic story of The Jungle Book to life.

Meet Mowgli the man-cub, he’s wild as wild can be! First Stories: The Jungle Book is a perfect introduction to this classic tale. Push, pull, and turn mechanisms bring the story to life and introduce all the main characters: Mowgli, Baloo, Shere Khan, and Father Wolf. This well-loved fairytale is beautifully imagined for a new generation by illustrator Miriam Bos.

Lit for Little Hands: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Written by Brooke Jordan and Lewis Carroll & illustrated by David Miles
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

“Curiouser and curiouser!”

Filled with interactive wheels and pull-tabs and lavishly illustrated, Lit for Little Hands: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is an unprecedented kid’s introduction to Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic novel. Unlike many board books that tackle the classics, Lit for Little Hands tells the actual story in simple, engaging prose. Gorgeous and whimsical illustrations transport the reader to Wonderland, while tons of interactive elements invite kids to grow and shrink with Alice, pour the tea at a mad tea party, and more! Fans of the novel will be delighted by the book’s attention to detail and clever use of original text and dialogue. And the book’s super-sturdy board means everyone can enjoy this wonderful tale over . . . and over . . . and over again!

Honorable Mentions
  1. Rapunzel - The classic story of Rapunzel gets a fresh twist in this vibrant Indian spin on the beloved fairy tale! Once upon a time, there was a girl with long, long hair, who lived in a tall, tall tower… The classic tale of Rapunzel gets a fresh twist in this third book of a brand-new board book series, Once Upon a World. With India as the backdrop, and vibrant artwork from illustrator Archana Sreenivasan, Rapunzel is still the same girl who lets down her beautiful hair—but she’s totally reimagined. Once Upon a World offers a multicultural take on the fairy tales we all know and love. Because these tales are for everyone, everywhere.

  2. First Stories: Peter Pan - Push, pull, and slide the scenes to bring the classic story of Peter Pan to life. “Second star to the right and straight on till morning!” First Stories: Peter Pan is a perfect introduction to this classic tale. Push, pull, and turn mechanisms bring the story to life and introduce all the main characters: Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, The Lost Boys, and Captain Hook. This well-loved fairy tale is beautifully imagined for a new generation by illustrator Miriam Bos.

Books About Fairy Tale And Folklore Adaptations and Wolves, Coyotes, And Wild Dogs

Wolf Won't Bite
Written by Emily Gravett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

can stand him on a stool! I can dress him in a bow… I can ride him like a horse but WOLF WON’T BITE!

Come along on a wild circus adventure about three little pigs who have captured a wild wolf. They can make him do all sorts of tricks, but don’t worry—he would NEVER bite.

From award-winning and beloved creator Emily Gravett, Wolf Won’t Bite! contains charming text that begs to be read aloud, and quirky humor fills every page of this playful take on “The Three Little Pigs.”

The Three Little Yogis and the Wolf Who Lost His Breath: A Fairy Tale to Help You Feel Better
Written by Susan Verde & illustrated by Jay Fleck
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A calming spin on a classic fairy tale from #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Verde

Once upon a time there lived a wolf who lost his huff and his puff. It was a BIG, BAD problem! One morning, the wolf came upon a peaceful little yogi doing sun salutations. The wolf wanted to huff and puff and blooow her hut down into a big pile of straw. But instead the yogi suggested, “Let’s meditate on that!”

Soon the wolf met a second yogi, and then a third. He may have lost his huff and puff—but with the help of three new yogi friends, can the wolf find his breath?

Little Red Hot
Written by Eric A. Kimmel & illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Little Red Hot loves red hot chilli peppers. She eats them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. When her grandmother catches a cold, Little Red makes her a hot pepper pie that will “knock those cold germs right out of her”. But before Little Red shares her pie with Grandma, she meets Señor Lobo. The pie comes in very handy when the wily wolf tries to trick her into thinking he’s her grandmother.

Honorable Mentions
  1. The Wolf Who Fell Out of a Book - Finding where you belong isn’t easy . . . especially when you’re a storybook wolf. In this illustrated fractured fairy tale for kids, a book falls to the floor and a wolf tumbles out. The wolf needs to get back to his story, but a hungry cat has other ideas. Jumping from book to book, this wolf is on a journey to find a new home (and to avoid becoming dinner). His sharp, pointy teeth don’t help him fit in with the dinosaurs, and his shiny black fur doesn’t get him into the ball. But a little girl in a red hood is waiting for someone just like him to arrive. For children and adults who enjoy playful twists on a classic story, The Wolf Who Fell Out of a Book’s colorful illustrations and a “story-starter” ending are sure to keep your imagination turning even after the book is returned to its shelf. Thierry Robberecht is a children’s author, graphic novel scriptwriter, and songwriter. He lives in Brussels, where he devotes himself to a passion for literature. Gregoire Mabire studied illustration at the Saint Luc Institute in Brussels. He illustrates children’s picture books and contributes to children’s magazines.

  2. 4 Little Pigs - You already know about the Three Little Pigs—now see what happens when Baby Pig tags along! With fun dialogue and a simple story line, this chunky little board book supports early literacy skills.

  3. Super Red Riding Hood - Ruby loves to play superhero, so when her mother gives her a ñmissionî that takes her into the deep, dark woods, Ruby throws on her red cloak to become ƒ Super Red Riding Hood! Nothing can scare her „ except maybe coming face-to-face with a big bad wolf. What would a superhero do? A story of guts and girl power, this is a fun update on a familiar tale.

  4. Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf - Little Wolf doesn’t want to be a Big Bad Wolf. But when she is sent to gather ingredients for dinner and she meets Red Riding Hood, she doesn’t know what to do. Together the unlikely duo finds a surprising solution to Little Wolf’s big problem! Packed with humor and rich, colorful illustrations, this twisted fairy tale is a story time winner.

Books About Fairy Tale And Folklore Adaptations and Princesses

Interstellar Cinderella
Written by Deborah Underwood & illustrated by Meg Hunt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Once upon a planetoid, amid her tools and sprockets, a girl named Cinderella dreamed of fixing fancy rockets. With a little help from her fairy godrobot, Cinderella is going to the ball. But when the prince’s ship has mechanical trouble, someone will have to zoom to the rescue! Readers will thank their lucky stars for this irrepressible fairy tale retelling, its independent heroine, and its stellar happy ending.

The Princess and the Petri Dish
Written by Sue Fliess & illustrated by Petros Bouloubasis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Pippa isn’t your usual princess. She prefers petrie dishes to perfecting her curtseying. And when she realizes that she doesn’t like peas, she gets a bright idea that consumes her and almost the whole kingdom.

First Stories: Snow White
Written by & illustrated by Dan Taylor
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Push, pull, and slide the scenes to bring the classic story of Snow White to life. “Magic mirror in my hand, who is the fairest in the land?” First Stories: Snow White is the perfect introduction for young children to this classic fairytale. Push, pull, and turn mechanisms bring the story to life and introduce all the main characters: Snow White, the friendly dwarfs, and of course the evil queen! This well-loved fairytale is beautifully imagined for a new generation by children’s illustrator Dan Taylor.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Rapunzel - Beautiful Rapunzel is locked away in a tall, tall tower, visited only by the little creatures of the forest and the witch who has imprisoned her. Until one day a handsome prince, passing by on his horse, is transfixed by the magical sound of Rapunzel singing to her animals friends and knows he must reach her… Can true love transform Rapunzel’s life forever?

  2. Maiden & Princess - In this modern fairy tale, a strong, brave maiden is invited to attend the prince’s royal ball, but at the dance, she ends up finding true love in a most surprising place. “The prince is smart and strong,” she confided in her mother. “But if I’m being honest, I see him as a brother.” Her mother said, “Just go! And have a bit of fun. The prince might not be right, but you could meet the one.” Once in a faraway kingdom, a strong, brave maiden is invited to attend the prince’s royal ball, but she’s not as excited to go as everyone else. After her mother convinces her to make an appearance, she makes a huge impression on everyone present, from the villagers to the king and queen, but she ends up finding true love in a most surprising place. This book is published in partnership with GLAAD to accelerate LGBTQ inclusivity and acceptance.

  3. The Princess and the Frogs - A delightfully funny reinvention of the classic fairy tale “The Frog Prince,” from author Veronica Bartles and illustrator Sara Palacios. Once upon a time there was a princess named Cassandra who had everything she could ever wish for…except a pet frog to be her best friend. So when the Royal Pet Handler finds her the perfect little green frog with bumpy brown spots, Cassandra couldn’t be happier. Until she gives her friend a good-night kiss and—WHOOSH!—he turns into a prince! But princes aren’t pets. Cassandra wants a frog! Soon her castle is overflowing with princes, and if Cassandra doesn’t find a way to fix the situation, her overcrowded castle might burst at the seams—and she may never have a frog of her own.

  4. Sleep Tight, Snow White - Everyone has a hard time nodding off sometimes—from Prince Charming, who snores so loud it’s alarming, to Hansel and Gretel, who have Sleepytime tea in the kettle. With a good night’s sleep, even the Wicked Queen can have a new day, fresh and clean!

Books About Fairy Tale And Folklore Adaptations and Little Red Riding Hood Stories

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion
Written & illustrated by Alex T. Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Little Red sets off to visit her auntie who is poorly. She walks under the giraffes, over the sleepy crocodiles, past the enormous elephants and the chattering monkeys. Then a Very Hungry Lion approaches Little Red, wanting to gobble her up. But despite all the cunning plans by Lion, Little Red outsmarts him and soon has him saying sorry and eating doughnuts instead.

Little Red Riding Hood
Written & illustrated by Andrea Wisnewski
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

A version of the classic story about a little girl, her grandmother, and a not-so-clever wolf, set in nineteenth-century rural New England.

Little Red Riding Hood
Written by Bernette Ford & illustrated by Tom Knight
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Grandma, what big TEETH you have! When Little Red Riding Hood sets off through the woods with a basket of goodies for Grandma, who should she run into but a big, bad wicked wolf? The dilly-dallying girl says goodbye thinking that’s the last she’ll see of him—but she’s in for a big surprise. This charming retelling of a timeless favorite is especially designed for reading to young children, with simple language and appealing, amusing illustrations.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Little Red Writing - Acclaimed writer Joan Holub and Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet team up in this hilarious and exuberant retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, in which a brave little red pencil finds her way through the many perils of writing a story.

  2. The Great Gran Plan - From the author of The Giant of Jum comes a rollicking new rhyming fairytale retelling in which one of the Three Little Pigs must save Little Red Riding Hood’s granny. In this riff on “Little Red Riding Hood,” the pig from “The Three Little Pigs” gets mixed up in the Big Bad Wolf’s plot to eat Granny. Fortunately, Granny is a tough old bird who can take care of herself—and everyone else, too. A funny, rhyming read-aloud!

  3. Petite Rouge - When her grand-mère comes down wit’ de flu, this Cajun Little Red knows what she has to do. With her witty cat, TeJean, she sets off in a pirogue to bring Grand-mère some gumbo. Who should she meet upon the way, but that big ol’ swamp gator, Claude! Mean ol’ Claude may want to gobble up Petite Rouge, but she and TeJean have a better idea. Before long, they have Claude running back to the bayou where he belongs!

  4. Isabel and the Hungry Coyote - A little girl on her way to Grandma’s house. A basket of goodies. A lurking scoundrel. Sound familiar? Yes, but this time, the Chihuahua Desert of the American southwest is the setting for a spiced-up retelling of the classic Little Red Riding Hood story. Spunky Isabel outwits the cunning coyote with self-reliance and daring. Fiery tamales and chili sauce are the villain’s downfall. Also available in bilingual editions.

Books About Fairy Tale And Folklore Adaptations and Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty
Written by New York City Ballet & illustrated by Valeria Docampo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this stunning follow-up to the bestselling holiday classic The Nutcracker, The New York City Ballet presents another timeless tale for a modern ballet lover with The Sleeping Beauty. The New York City Ballet presents classic stories of the ballet with their trademark stylish, modern sensibility. This lavishly illustrated book follows the storyline, choreography, costumes, and sets of the New York City Ballet’s production of The Sleeping Beauty. With beautiful art illustrated by Valeria Docampo, this magnificent retelling is a perfect gift for an aspiring ballerina or any family who wants to add this enchanting fairy tale classic to their library.

The Story Orchestra, The Sleeping Beauty
Written by Katy Flint & illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

In this retelling of the classic ballet story, bring Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty to life by pressing the musical notes on each page. Join the King and Queen as they throw a party for their new baby, Princess Aurora. But when a terrible guest arrives and places a curse on princess, the kingdom must find the one special person who can defeat it…

Read the story and then turn to the back of the book to read about the music clips. The third title in the Story Orchestra series, following on from The Four Seasons, and The Nutcracker, is for readers 4 and up.

Sleeping Beauty
Written by Lynn Roberts-Maloney & illustrated by David Roberts
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Young Annabel lives in the 1950s and dreams of a future with jetpacks, flying cars and robots. However, little does she know that she is living under an evil spell that could mean she has no future at all… When the curse is fulfilled on her 16th birthday and she falls asleep for 1000 years, her house is overgrown by a magnificent rose tree. A young explorer called Zoe discovers the story of Sleeping Beauty, but can she find Annabel in time to lift the curse and show her what the future actually looks like?

Honorable Mentions
  1. The Bravest Princess: A Tale of the Wide-Awake Princess - Sleeping Beauty’s younger, non-magical sister, Annie, still can’t rest while trouble in the kingdom threatens her good friend, Snow White. Snow White’s evil stepmother has disappeared, and her father wants her married off right away—but who should she choose? How can she tell which prince is best? It’s Annie and her good friend Liam to the rescue! A hilarious and and fantastical romp through a fairy tale landscape from beloved author E D Baker.

  2. The Sleeping Beauty - The story of The Sleeping Beauty spills over with fairies and princes, passion and despair, magnificence and splendour, and the ballet version of this classic tale is the most romantic and spectacular of all. Australian Ballet Creative Director David McAllister’s impressive 2015 production of The Sleeping Beauty, ornamented by internationally celebrated designer Gabriela Tylesova’s lavish costumes and sets, cast a spell of delight on its audiences, and was a sellout success. Now David McAllister and Gabriela Tylesova weave their magic again, transporting the enchantment of their 2015 production of The Sleeping Beauty to the pages of this book. David’s text and Gabriela’s illustrations recreate the world of this favourite ballet for readers to enjoy again and again. Based on the spectacular Australian Ballet production of The Sleeping Beauty.

  3. Briar and Rose and Jack - Sumptuous storytelling combines Sleeping Beauty with Jack and the Beanstalk in a magical exploration of prejudice, justice, and the meaning of true love. “I finished reading this novel with my jaw hanging open. A whole country is captive to one tyrant or another, but kids make alliances with kids, and rebellions are born. Everyone has to read this!” —Tamora Pierce, best-selling author of Mastiff Lady Briar is scorned for her appearance. Princess Rose is adored for her looks. Unbeknownst to them, one or both may bear a curse that only true love can break. But the girls have little time for curses anyway—along with their friend Jack, they are busy plotting the downfall of the evil giant who plagues their kingdom. But how can children succeed when the adults are afraid to even try? And what if the curse manifests? Whose love could be true enough to save the day?

  4. Reading Beauty - The exciting follow-up to INTERSTELLAR CINDERELLA, this irrepressible retelling of Sleeping Beauty offers an African-American space-heroine whose love of reading breaks a curse, redeems the evil fairy, and creates her OWN happily-ever-after.

Books About Fairy Tale And Folklore Adaptations and Princes

The Prince and the Porker
Written by Peter Bently & illustrated by David Roberts
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Pignatius was passing the palace one day, when he saw ten fresh buns left to cool on a tray . . . When Pignatius sees fresh pastries cooling on the windowsill of the palace kitchen, he’s tempted to try them. Surely, the cook won’t miss just one. But Pignatius’s greed gets the better of him, and he eats all the buns before sneaking into the palace in search of more treats. Before long, he finds himself in the prince’s room trying on a wig and some clothes, and the servants mistake him for the real prince! When the actual prince returns, Pignatius fears the worst, but the prince saves Pignatius’s bacon instead. It turns out that the prince has always wanted a double to deal with a particularly frightening problem—his aunt Alice! This hilarious reimagining of Mark Twain’s classic The Prince and the Pauper is sure to make kids laugh with its clever rhyming text and delicious, dessert-filled illustrations by New York Times bestselling illustrator David Roberts.

The Little Mermaid
Written by Hannah Eliot & illustrated by Nivea Ortiz
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

A classic fairy tale gets a fresh twist in this vibrant Caribbean spin on the Little Mermaid! The Little Mermaid longs to know about the world above the ocean. When she’s finally old enough to visit, she falls in love with a prince! A sea witch agrees to give the mermaid a potion that will make her human—but the spell will be broken if the prince doesn’t love her too! Set in the Caribbean, with beautiful illustrations by Puerto Rican illustrator Nivea Ortiz, this fifth book in the Once Upon a World series is the same beloved fairy tale but it’s totally reimagined. Once Upon a World offers a multicultural take on the fairy tales we all know and love. Because these tales are for everyone, everywhere.

Twice Cursed (Dr. Critchlore s School for Minions #4)
Written by Sheila Grau & illustrated by Joe Sutphin
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Runt is kidnapped by rebels he suspects are working with Dr. Pravus, but when he tries to escape and tell Dr. Critchlore, his curse is activated, giving him days to live.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Prince & Knight - Once upon a time, in a kingdom far from here, there was a prince in line to take the throne, so his parents set out to find him a kind and worthy bride. The three of them traveled the land far and wide, but the prince didn’t quite find what he was looking for in the princesses they met. While they were away, a terrible dragon threatened their land, and all the soldiers fled. The prince rushed back to save his kingdom from the perilous beast and was met by a brave knight in a suit of brightly shining armor. Together they fought the dragon and discovered that special something the prince was looking for all along. This book is published in partnership with GLAAD to accelerate LGBTQ inclusivity and acceptance.

  2. Prince Not-So Charming: The Dork Knight - The third chapter book in the Prince Not-So Charming series features Prince Carlos figuring out how to be charming even when locked in mortal combat. Prince Carlos Charles Charming has a secret: He’d much rather tell jokes than be a prince. But when you’re the heir to Faraway Kingdom, you don’t always get what you want. Which is why Carlos has to learn how to joust. Carlos is surprisingly great at jousting, from spearing haystacks to smashing watermelons. But when a tournament rolls around, suddenly Carlos realizes he has to actually point his lance at other people—and they’ll point theirs back! Perfect for middle school readers and filled with adorable illustrations, Prince Not-So Charming: The Dork Knight shows it’s hard to live up to the fairy tale—and that the best way to win a contest can be embracing your own dorkiness. An Imprint Book

  3. Prince Not-So Charming: Toad You So! - The fifth chapter book in the Prince Not-So Charming series features Prince Carlos being turned into a toad. Prince Carlos Charles Charming is finally figuring out how to be both a prince and a court jester. But then a mixed-up wizard transforms Carlos into a toad who eats bugs and croaks instead of speaks. Unfortunately, the wizard doesn’t have a spell for reversing it. Even more unfortunately, “Toad Surprise” is on the menu for today’s lunch at Fancy Castle! Can Carlos escape the kitchen and leap back into his normal life—warts and all? Perfect for middle school readers and filled with adorable illustrations, Prince Not-So Charming: Toad You So shows it’s hard to live up to the fairy tale—but the first step is letting your true self show through.

  4. Prince Not-So Charming: Happily Ever Laughter - In the fourth chapter book in the Prince Not-So Charming series, Prince Charming faces his greatest challenge yet: a fancy party. Prince Carlos Charles Charming isn’t the princeliest of princes. But he might be the funniest. Unfortunately, being hilarious won’t help much at a birthday party thrown by an evil queen with no sense of humor. And if Carlos, his pet dragon, and his friend Pinky don’t bring the right presents and fail to dance perfectly, the evil queen might declare war. Can Carlos and his friends keep the party from turning into a disaster? Who are we kidding? The real question is: After starting a food fight, can they save their kingdom? Perfect for middle school readers and filled with adorable illustrations, Prince Not-So Charming: Happily Ever Laughter is for every kid who worries about how to survive their next party. An Imprint Book

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Books About Fairy Tale And Folklore Adaptations and Culture

The Fisherman and His Wife
Written & illustrated by Rachel Isadora
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Caldecott Honor winning artist Rachel Isadora brings another fabulous fairy tale to brilliant life with her stunning collages. The Brothers Grimm story of the kind fisherman who catches an enchanted fish, and his greedy wife who always wants more, is perfect for these give-me times. Rachel Isadora’s captivating collage-style artwork, featuring the African landscape and the increasingly turbulent ocean, provides a wonderful new backdrop for this classic story.

The Twelve Dancing Princesses
Written & illustrated by Rachel Isadora
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator gives this classic fairy tale a brand-new setting!

Night after night, the twelve princesses mysteriously wear out their shoes. But how? The king promises a great reward to any man who can solve the mystery. Rachel Isadora has revitalized and reimagined this well-loved Brothers Grimm fairytale by bringing the story of the twelve princesses to Africa. The unique presentation of this classic tale is sure to enchant readers with its vibrant imagery.

The Princess and the Pea
Written & illustrated by Rachel Isadora
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When a prince sets out to find a princess to marry, he soon discovers this is not a simple task. There is no shortage of so-called princesses, but how can he tell whether or not they are what they claim to be?

Then one night a great storm rages, there comes a knock on the palace gate, and the prince’s life is never the same . . .

Honorable Mentions
  1. Rapunzel - Caldecott Honor winner Rachel Isadora’s gorgeous collages breathe new life into this classic tale, capturing Rapunzel’s striking beauty and the lush African setting—a new home for this story—with wonderful details such as Rapunzel’s long dreadlocks and the prince’s noble steed—a zebra. Readers will delight in the vibrant illustrations, thrill at the appearances of the frightening sorceress, and chime in with the familiar line “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair,” as they follow this well-loved tale.

  2. The Rock Maiden - When her fisherman husband fails to come home after a storm at sea, the beautiful maiden Ling Yee is heartbroken. Every morning, she puts her baby on her back and clambers to the top of a cliff looking for any signs of his return. But day after day, she is disappointed. The villagers try to convince her to give up her vigil. “No,” she would say, “He will come home soon.” Tin Hau, the Goddess of the Heavens, takes pity on her grief and turns Ling Yee and her child into stone so that they would mourn no more. The fisherman eventually finds his way home―only to discover that his wife has been transformed into the Rock Maiden. Will the family forever be kept apart? Or will devotion and faithfulness ultimately be rewarded? Find out in this re-envisioning of an old Hong Kong legend by award-winning author Natasha Yim, featuring stunning illustrations by renowned Finnish artist Pirkko Vainio.

  3. Waynetta and the Cornstalk - Times sure are tough on the ranch, and Waynetta and her ma can use all the luck they can get. But when Waynetta trades their last longhorn for a handful of so-called magic corn, Ma is non too pleased. A fast-paced Texas retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk featuring a girl hero.

Books About Fairy Tale And Folklore Adaptations and Places And Regions

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas
Written by Natasha Yim & illustrated by Grace Zong
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this Chinese American retelling of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” a careless Goldy Luck wreaks havoc on the home of a family of panda bears. She eats up the littlest panda’s rice porridge, breaks his rocking chair, and rumples all the blankets on his futon. When Goldy takes responsibility for her actions, she makes a new friend (and a whole plate of turnip cakes!) just in time for Chinese New Year.

Federico and the Wolf
Written by Rebecca J. Gomez & illustrated by Elisa Chavarri
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Clever Federico outsmarts el lobo in this fresh and funny Mexican-American take on Little Red Riding Hood.

With his red hoodie on and his bicycle basket full of food, Federico is ready to visit Abuelo. But on the way, he meets a hungry wolf. And now his grandfather bears a striking resemblance to el lobo. Fortunately, Federico is quick and clever—and just happens to be carrying a spicy surprise! Federico drives the wolf away, and he and Abuelo celebrate with a special salsa. Recipe included.

The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes
Written by Ying Chang Compestine & illustrated by David Roberts
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Ming Da is only nine years old when he becomes the emperor of China, and his three advisors take advantage of him by stealing his stores of rice, gold, and precious stones. But Ming Da has a plan. With the help of his tailors, he comes up with a clever idea to outsmart his devious advisors: He asks his tailors to make “magical” new clothes for him. Anyone who is honest, the young emperor explains, will see the clothes’ true splendor, but anyone who is dishonest will see only burlap sacks. The emperor dons a burlap sack, and the ministers can’t help but fall for his cunning trick.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Mulan's Lunar New Year - It’s the Lunar New Year, and it happens to be Mulan’s favorite festival! There is a lot to do to prepare for this important celebration, and for the first time, Mulan is old enough to help out. But everything Mulan does seems to turn out wrong. . . . Follow along with Mulan in this special Lunar New Year story that captures the unique sense of magic, imagination, and possibility that surrounds the holiday!

  2. Holy Squawkamole! - This tasty takeonthe classic Little Red Hen story has a deliciously spicy twist! Yum, guacamole! That’s what Little Red Hen craves, and she could use some help gathering and mashing the ingredients. So she asks her friends, including an armadillo, snake, and iguana, to lend a hand. Every one just says “no.” But after Little Red Hen works hard to make the scrumptious fresh guac, all the animals want a taste. In a fun departure from the original tale, Little Red Hen cooks up a comeuppance for the slackers that they’ll never forget!

  3. Cinnamon - A talking tiger is the only one who may be able to get a princess to speak in this beautiful picture book set in a mythic India by the Newbery Medal-winning and New York Times bestselling author of American Gods and _Norse Mythology,_ Neil Gaiman, and illustrated in bold colors by Divya Srinivasan. This stunning picture book will transport readers to another time and place and will delight parents and children alike. “Full of Gaiman’s wit and whimsy, this one is great for reading aloud (and looks pretty lovely on the shelf as well). Gorgeous, with lush illustrations by Divya Srinivasan” (Brightly.com). Previously available only as an audio book, Cinnamon has never been published in print before, and Divya Srinivasan’s lush artwork brings Neil Gaiman’s text to life.

Books About Fairy Tale And Folklore Adaptations and Monsters

The Giant of Jum
Written by Elli Woollard & illustrated by Benji Davies
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The Giant of Jum is feeling a bit munchy. “Fee!” he says, and “Fi!” he says, and “Fo!” he says and “Fum!” And off he goes, in search of that sweet snack of a boy named Jack. On his hunt, he’ll meet children of all sorts. But before he can gobble them up, he finds himself waylaid by pleas for help. What’s a hungry giant to do? Bright illustrations and sweet characters bring this fun and funny story to life a wonderful read-aloud with a chorus everyone will want to shout out together!

Dragons Are Real!
Written & illustrated by Holly Hatam
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

This Mythical Creatures board book offers babies and toddlers a glimpse into the colorful, whimsical world of dragons. Discover what makes them so magical! Moonlight and courage and sparks, oh my! That’s what dragons are made of. Did you know that dragons don’t just breathe fire…they sneeze it? Or that they love to barbecue—even their vegetables? Fantasy lovers will be tickled to learn all sorts of “facts” about these Mythical Creatures in Holly Hatam’s (#1 New York Times bestselling illustrator) unique new series. Look for Unicorns are Real, too!

Moldilocks and the Three Scares
Written by Lynne Marie & illustrated by David Rodriguez Lorenzo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A zombie-tastic take on a favorite fairy tale! Papa, Mama, and Baby Scare (a monster, mummy, and vampire) live together in a big haunted house. One night, as their alpha-bat soup cools down, they go out to walk their dog (a bloodhound, of course). While they’re away, in walks the zombie Moldilocks, looking for food, a chair, and a bed that’s just right. Kids will love this funny, surprising story!

Honorable Mentions
  1. Polar Distress - Runt Higgins has a long to-do list. He needs to find out who cursed him, and why; he needs to make up with his best friend, Syke; and he needs to pass the Junior Henchman Training Program. That last one? Not likely. Professor Murphy hates Runt and is actively trying to fail him. The only way for Runt to pass the class and stay at Dr. Critchlore s school is to locate a rare mineral that Dr. Critchlore needs to make an Undefeatable Minion. To find it, Runt must travel to icy Upper Worb and battle gyrfalcons, yetis . . . and the loathsome team from Dr. Pravus s school. Their newest member? Runt s former best friend, Syke. “

  2. Prince Not-So Charming: Wild Wild Quest - The sixth chapter book in the Prince Not-So Charming series features Prince Carlos going on a quest—and disaster is never far away. Prince Carlos Charles Charming tells a lot more jokes than your standard prince is probably supposed to. But he’s been working hard to live up to his princely expectations. That’s good, because the ultimate prince, Gilbert the Gallant, has gone missing! Carlos, his friend Pinky, and his pet dragon Smudge are assigned to go find Gilbert and complete his quest. But how can Carlos do what the oh-so-perfect Gilbert couldn’t? Especially when Smudge sets their boat on fire before they’ve gone very far? And every princely voyage involves a sea monster! Perfect for middle school readers and filled with adorable illustrations, Prince Not-So Charming: Wild Wild Quest shows how even princes struggle sometimes—but the only way to get through it is one step at a time. An Imprint Book

  3. Gorilla Tactics - The second book in this hilarious, illustrated series cracks the imaginative world of minions wide open, and we meet the other schools and Evil Overlords that surround Dr. Critchlore’s.

  4. Goblin Hood - Leap into action with Goblin Hood, the Halloween hero of Scarewood Forest who steals from the witch and gives to the poor! This rhyming story follows a cast of spooky characters perfect for the Halloween season. Goblin Hood and the gremlins of Scarewood Forest are working to prepare the candy for Halloween. One day, a witch decides that she wants all the candy for herself. It’s up to Goblin Hood to steal from the witch and give to the poor little gremlins!

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Books About Fairy Tale And Folklore Adaptations and Mice, Hamster, Guinea Pigs, Etc.

Snoring Beauty
Written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen & illustrated by Jane Manning
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Snoring Beauty is a sweetly hilarious spin on the classic fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty.” Written in bouncy rhymed verse perfect for reading aloud, this whimsical reimagining from Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen is sure to appeal to children and parents alike.

Tucked in his little bed inside the castle walls, Mouse is eager to get a good night’s sleep before his wedding tomorrow. But just as he begins to drift off, he’s awoken by a tremendous roar. SNOOOOGA-SNOOOOOM! KER-SCHUPPP! Sleeping Beauty is snoring . . . again! When the handsome Prince Max arrives, Mouse thinks he’s found the perfect scheme: He’ll convince the prince to kiss Beauty and wake her up! But when Prince Max learns that Beauty is the one making such monstrous noises, will he still want to kiss her . . . or will he run away from the noisy princess, leaving her snoring for another hundred years?

Three Blind Mice Team Up with the Three Little Pigs
Written by Paul Harrison & illustrated by Mariano Epelbaum
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

The Big Bad Wolf keeps trying to eat the three little pigs. The farmer’s wife keeps chasing the three blind mice. If they work together, maybe they can solve each other’s problems.

Giant Trouble
Written & illustrated by Ursula Vernon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Climbing to the top of a towering beanstalk that has grown from a magic bean, Harriet Hamsterbone finds a castle inhabited by a giant who is holding two unusual prisoners.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Hamster Princess: Little Red Rodent Hood - A little girl in a red cape asks for Princess Harriet Hamsterbone’s help with a pack of weasel-wolves who want to eat her grandmother, but after meeting everyone, Harriet is not sure who to trust.

  2. Sootypaws: A Cinderella Story - In this Cinderella retelling, Sootypaws the mouse lives with her stepmother and sisters, who are rats in all senses of the word. But with a little help from her woodland friends, Sootypaws finds her way to the ball to meet her prince—and the two decide to ditch the castle. In the end, Sootypaws and the prince kick off their shoes and run barefoot into the meadow, where all the animals welcome them and they live mousily ever after.

  3. The Lion and the Mouse, Narrated by the Timid But Truthful Mouse - She’s always been the “invisible” twin, but when her sister reneges on a promise to the king of beasts, a timid mouse chews her way into the spotlight. This sweet, fractured twist on a classic Aesop’s fable, told from the mouse’s point of view, celebrates kindness and bravery of all sizes. Includes a condensed version of the original tale.

  4. The Brixen Witch - An enchanted coin. A witch’s curse. And rats, rats everywhere! What’s a boy to do? “Fresh and satisfying for middle grade readers” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). When Rudi Bauer accidentally takes a witch’s coin, he unleashes her curse. Accident or not, he knows he’s got to fix things, so he tries to return the coin, only to lose it on the witch’s magic mountain just as the snows come. Plagued all winter by terrible dreams, Rudi tries to find the coin again in the spring, but it has vanished—and a plague of rats has descended on his village. Then a stranger arrives and promises to rid the village of rats…for the price of the missing coin. Desperate to get rid of the rats, the villagers agree; but when they cannot pay, the stranger exacts a price too terrible for anyone to bear. Now Rudi is going to need all his courage—and some help from his savvy grandmother and a bold young girl—to set things right in this fast and funny adventure.

Books About Fairy Tale And Folklore Adaptations and Animals

The Three Snow Bears
Written & illustrated by Jan Brett
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Jan Brett’s bestselling snowy “Goldilocks” retelling is now available in this popular large, durable format. Painted in her signature style, the familiar story and depiction of playful Arctic animals and birds dressed in colorful Inuit costumes make this classic tale a perfect choice for Jan’s youngest fans.

The Three Little Javelinas
Written by Susan Lowell & illustrated by Jim Harris
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Into English ESL Library Level F/Grade 5 title

How the Finch Got His Colors
Written by Annemarie Guertin & illustrated by Helena Perez Garcia
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Many years ago, before the world bloomed in magnificent colors, the Earth lay stark and gray. The animals that graced its skies and roamed its lands were the colors of dirt, clay, and stone . . . . . . until Rainbow descended to bestow her colors on the creatures of the world. Each bird asked for a bright and beautiful color: green for Parrot, red for Cardinal, and yellow for Canary. But will there be any colors left for little Gouldian Finch? He soon learns the power of patience and the beauty of all creatures. Based on a Belgian folktale, this beautifully told and illustrated tale is a timeless treasure for every collection.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Classic Fairy Tales of H. C. Andersen - Hans Christian Andersen’s tales are among the most famous and loved by children everywhere. This stunningly illustrated collection includes some of his best-known works—“The Little Mermaid,” “Thumbelina,” and “The Princess and the Pea”—as well as other less-familiar but equally magical stories, like “The Snow Queen.” Francesca Rossi’s gorgeous watercolor illustrations enhance the text, making this beautiful volume perfect for Andersen’s many fans.

  2. The Greedy Python - In this classic picture book from Richard Buckley and Eric Carle, a greedy python eats every creature he comes across in the jungle. From a tiny mouse to an enormous elephant, the eaten animals befriend one another in the belly of the snake, where they team up and kick the inside of the python until he spits them out. This humorous tale about manners, respect, and friendship will delight readers!

  3. Elias Martin - Elias Martin lives a scowling, solitary life for a decade until a small, lost child wanders into his path. One in a series of tales that explore the deeper, darker side of our connection with the natural world. Be ready to feel a little bit of magic, and perhaps a few shivers down the spine.

  4. The Tortoise and the Hare, Narrated by the Silly But Truthful Tortoise - In this humorous retelling of the classic fable, the tortoise, Balderdash, describes how his race with Jiffy the Hare (who was actually pretty slow for a hare), launched his career as a comedian.

Books About Fairy Tale And Folklore Adaptations and Mythical Creatures

Twelve Dancing Unicorns
Written by Alissa Heyman & illustrated by Justin Gerard
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

The king’s beloved unicorns are hiding a secret and a little girl is determined to solve the mystery.

The Selkie's Mate
Written by Nicola Davies & illustrated by Claire Jenkins and Nicola Davies
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

In a land where people flow between ocean and land, a seal and a fisherman sing together under a flowing moon.

One in a series of tales that explore the deeper, darker side of our connection with the natural world. Be ready to feel a little bit of magic, and perhaps a few shivers down the spine.

The Crow's Tale
Written & illustrated by Naomi Howarth
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

In the dark depths of winter, snow is falling and the animals are freezing and famished. Brave Crow sets out on a dangerous journey to find the Sun, and beg for warmth. Will Crow succeed, and what will happen to his colourful rainbow feathers? Inspired by a Lenape Native American myth, this beautiful debut picture book shows how courage and kindness are what really matter.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Prince Not-So Charming: Once Upon a Prank - The first title in a hilarious new chapter book series. Prince Carlos Charles Charming would much rather grow up to be a court jester. When a dragon is spotted in the Somewhat Enchanted woods, Carlos must figure out how to be a true Prince Charming and fast!

  2. Unicorns Are Real! - This Mythical Creatures Are Real board book offers babies and toddlers a glimpse into the colorful, whimsical world of unicorns. Discover what makes them so magical! Stardust and glitter and rainbows, oh my! Did you know that unicorns polish their horns with fairy dust and moonbeams, and that they love looking at their reflections? Unicorn lovers will be tickled to learn all sorts of “facts” about these beloved mythical creatures in Holly Hatam’s (#1 New York Times bestselling illustrator) unique Mythical Creatures Are Real board book. Look for Dragons are Real, too!

Books About Fairy Tale And Folklore Adaptations and Social Themes

Goldilocks and the Just Right Potty
Written & illustrated by Leigh Hodgkinson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

“While most potty books strike readers as too old or too young, here’s one that almost everyone can agree is (you guessed it) just right.” - Kirkus Reviews Little Goldilocks wants to wear underwear — big-girl underwear that’s not too silly and not too frilly, but just right. But that means she also needs to find the “just right” potty. Will she know when she needs to go? And will she get to the potty in time? Find out in this lighthearted story that will have parents and their little ones feeling ready to tackle toilet training.

Goldilocks and Just One Bear
Written & illustrated by Leigh Hodgkinson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Many years have passed since Goldilocks caused chaos at the Bears’ house in the woods, but what happens when Little Bear as was wanders out of his fairytale and into the big city where Goldilocks now lives? Awarding-winning artist and animator Leigh Hodgkinson is the creator of this funny and clever fractured fairytale based on the familiar story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Goldilocks is now grown up with a family and a rather smart apartment, so how will she react to coming home and finding that a very lost bear has been scoffing porridge, breaking chairs and sleeping in beds? Will she be cross, or is finally time to make amends?

Chicken Little: The Real and Totally True Tale
Written & illustrated by Sam Wedelich
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Who are you calling little?

Chicken Little is NOT afraid of anything. Well, okay, maybe a mysterious BONK to the head can produce panic. But only momentarily. It’s not as though she meant to send the barnyard into a tailspin, thinking that the sky was falling. How ridiculous! But can she calm her feathered friends with facts and reason?

A timeless favorite becomes a clever cautionary tale in this FUNNY, fresh, and timely picture book debut by cartoonist, Sam Wedelich!

Honorable Mentions
  1. Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends - Releasing for the first time in paperback is Shannon Hale’s The Storybook of Legends. This book started the hugely popular EAH franchise! At Ever After High, the children of fairytale legends prepare to fulfill their destinies as the next Snow Whites, Princes, and Evil Queens. Each year on Legacy Day, students sign the Storybook of Legends to seal their scripted fates. For generations, the Village of Book End has whispered that refusing to sign means The End—both for a story and for a life. As daughter of the Evil Queen, Raven Queen’s destiny is to follow in her mother’s footsteps, but evil is not Raven’s style. She wonders what if she rewrote her own story? Apple White, daughter of Snow White, has a happy ever after planned for herself as long as Raven feeds her a poison apple in their future.

  2. The Boy Who Cried Ninja - A young boy named Tim is accused of lying when he tells his parents that a ninja ate the last piece of cake and a sunburned crocodile landed on the roof, so he figures out a way to prove that he is telling the truth.

  3. The Glassmaker's Daughter - Daniela the glassmaker’s daughter is grumpy and never smiles. Her father promises a beautiful glass palace to anyone who can make her laugh. People come from far and wide to try their luck in amusing Daniela. But mask makers, lion tamers and magicians cannot raise a smile from the princess. It is only when a young apprentice makes the first looking glass that Daniela learns to smile – at her own grumpy reflection! This beautiful fable set in sixteenth-century Venice features stunning illustrations from award-winning artist Jane Ray alongside a poetic text.

  4. Urgency Emergency! Big Bad Wolf - A choking wolf is rushed to City Hospital. What on earth did the wolf eat? This zany hospital adventure based on the classic Little Red Riding Hood tale will have young readers devouring the pages and howling for more!

Books About Fairy Tale And Folklore Adaptations and Siblings

The Little Red Fort
Written by Brenda Maier & illustrated by Sonia Sanchez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Ruby’s mind is always full of ideas. One day, she finds some old boards and decides to build something. She invites her brothers to help, but they just laugh and tell her she doesn’t know how to build. “Then I’ll learn,” she says. And she does! When she creates a dazzling fort that they all want to play in, it is Ruby who has the last laugh. With sprightly text and winsome pictures, this modern spin on the timeless favorite The Little Red Hen celebrates the pluck and ingenuity of young creators everywhere!

The Everafter War (the Sisters Grimm #7)
Written by Michael Buckley & illustrated by Peter Ferguson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

After their parents awake from a sleeping spell, Daphne and Sabrina become caught in the middle of a war between the Scarlet Hand and Prince Charming’s Everafter army and learn a shocking secret about a deadly enemy.

The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot
Written by Margaret McNamara & illustrated by Mark Fearing
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Ejected from their new homes by a Big Bad Robot who pursues them into space, three little aliens engage in a noisy interplanetary chase that introduces youngsters to the solar system. By the award-winning author of The Pumpkin Patch.

Honorable Mentions
  1. The Magic Looking Glass - Meet Jack and his talking chicken Betsy, Red, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, and a host of other Little Legendsas they have fantastic new adventures!Get to know your favorite fairytale characters like never before in this magical new book series. A cutting has been stolen from the magical Story Tree, and it’s up to twins Hansel and Gretel to get it back. With the help of their new friend Wolfie, they find a secret fortress in the forest and a Magic Looking Glass that promises to help them. But things are not always what they seem! Can Wolfie and the twins save the day, or will the Magic Look Glass have the last laugh?

  2. The Restless Girls - For her twelve daughters, the Queen’s death is a loss beyond their mother: the King decides his daughters must be kept safe at all costs, which includes their lessons, possessions, and even their freedom. While locked away most hours of the day and night, they stumble upon a hidden, magical world, and it seems a perfect temporary escape. Their outings do not go unnoticed, however, and the King announces a contest: the man who discovers where the princesses go each night can marry the girl of his choice and become ruler of the kingdom. But the sisters will not bend to this fate, so they determine to save themselves in a brilliant twist. The Restless Girls is a sparkling whirl of a fairytale that doesn’t need a prince to save the day, and instead is full of brave, resourceful, clever young women.

  3. The Witch's Curse - The much-anticipated sequel to the hilarious Witch’s Guide to Cooking Children from the UNITED STATES OF GRIMM series. This time Sol and Connie face off against the hunter king from the Grimm folktale, Brother and Sister. The hunter doesn’t want to ride them down but, because of his curse, he has to. Too bad for Sol and Connie. Funny and scary at the same time, the American Library Association’s Booklist calls it “another edgy, absorbing read” and the Bank Street College of Education named it a Best Book of 2014.

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Books About Fairy Tale And Folklore Adaptations and Fairy Tales

Twinderella, a Fractioned Fairy Tale
Written & illustrated by Corey Rosen Schwartz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Have you heard the story of Cinderella? Well, you don’t know the half of it.

Cinderella had a twin sister, Tinderella. They each did half the housework, half the mending, and half the mean step-sister tending. But when they meet only one prince, what will they do?

The whole story has twice the magic and double the fun!

From the author The Three Ninja Pigs comes the fractioned fairy tale of Cinderella and her less-famous sister.

Once Upon A Time... Online
Written by David Bedford & illustrated by Rosie Reeve
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Once upon a time, a laptop arrived in Fairy-tale land… A happily ever after is only a click away! Find out what happens when our favorite fairy-tale characters receive a laptop and learn a lesson in online safety. Once Upon a Time… Online is illustrated by Rose Reeve and written by David Bedford.

Ever After High: 5-Minute Fairytale Stories
Written by Ellie Rose and Robert Rudman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The first 5-minute stories collections based on the fairytale world of Ever After High! ©2017 Mattel. All Rights Reserved.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Cinders - Jan Brett sets her Cinderella story in a snowy Russian winter where one magical night, Cinders, the most picked upon hen in the flock, becomes the most loved by Prince Cockerel when she arrives at his ball looking so beautiful that even her bossy sisters don’t recognize her. Jan travelled to Russia and readers will be in awe of the Ice Palace aglow under a deep blue moonlit sky, exquisite ball gowns on the comely pullets, uniforms with gold braids and buttons on the cockerels, striking Russian architecture transformed into ice in the borders, and a very funny flock of chickens who provide an appealing, original look at this snowy Cinderella. Readers will find these dressed up chickens comical as they pour over the extravagant setting, including a “WOW”-inducing double gatefold of chicken couples whirling around the ballroom. A feast for the eyes sure to become a perennial favorite.

  2. Hansel and Gretel Standard Edition: A TOON Graphic - Best-selling author Neil Gaiman and fine artist Lorenzo Mattotti join forces to create Hansel & Gretel, a stunning book that’s at once as familiar as a dream and as evocative as a nightmare. Mattotti’s sweeping ink illustrations capture the terror and longing found in the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Gaiman crafts an original text filled with his signature wit and pathos that is sure to become a favorite of readers everywhere, young and old. Neil Gaiman is the best-selling author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio, theater, and films for children and adults alike. His work has received many international awards, including the Newbery and Carnegie Medals, as well as Hugos, two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, four Bram Stoker Awards, six Locus Awards, and countless other honors. He is a pillar of modern fantasy writing. He has said that the story of Hansel and Gretel is what made him want to be a writer. Lorenzo Mattotti is an Italian comics and graphic artist living in Paris. A frequent contributor of covers for the New Yorker, he’s recognized as one of the most outstanding international exponents of comics art. Mattotti won an Eisner Award for his graphic novel Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. He collaborated with Lou Reed in re-imaging Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven.

  3. Cozy Classics: The Nutcracker - Cuddle up with a classic! In twelve needle-felted scenes and twelve child-friendly words, each book in this ingenious series captures the essence of a literary masterpiece. Simple words, sturdy pages, and a beloved story make these books the perfect vehicle for early learning with an erudite twist. Budding bookworms will delight in this clever retelling of the classics made just for them! In E. T. A. Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker, marvel at Maria’s favorite gift, cheer as she defeats the Mouse King, and journey to the magical Land of Sweets. It’s a festive first words primer for your literary little one! The Cozy Classics series is the brainchild of two brothers, both dads, who were thinking of ways to teach words to their very young children. They hit upon the classics as the basis for their infant primers, and the rest, as they say, is history. From Moby Dick to Pride and Prejudice, here are The Great Books of Western Literature for toddlers and their parents in board book form—a little bit serious, a little bit ironic, entirely funny and clever, and always a welcome gift.

  4. Straw Into Gold - Award-winning author Hilary McKay reimagines your favorite fairy tales with humorous and heartfelt twists in this beautifully illustrated collection of short stories. Imagine Hansel and Gretel’s story from their teacher’s point of view, when Gretel submits her report of, “What I Did in the Holidays, and Why Hansel’s Jacket Is So Tight.” Learn the story of how Rumpelstiltskin was used by a greedy girl who wanted to marry a prince in “Straw into Gold.” Find out what was really underneath all those mattresses the unlucky princess had to sleep on in “The Prince and the Problem.” Award-winning author Hilary McKay brings a modern sensibility and inventive quirkiness to this beautiful collection of ten classic fairy tales, reimagining them with emotional depth and lighthearted humor. Each story is also accompanied by black and white illustrations and includes fresh perspectives with hilarious new twists. Using details never revealed before, this sure-to-be treasured collection includes: Rapunzel Cinderella The Princess and the Pea Rumpelstiltskin The Pied Piper The Swan Brothers Snow White Red Riding Hood The Twelve Dancing Princesses Hansel and Gretel

Books About Fairy Tale And Folklore Adaptations and Friendship

The Selfish Giant
Written by Oscar Wilde & illustrated by Jeanne Bowman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A beloved tale that has lasted for generations, The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde, one of the world’s greatest writers, tells the tale of a very selfish giant, his wonderful garden, the curious and playful village children, and, of course, the little child who changes the giant’s heart. A beloved classic in English literature, The Selfish Giant may be Oscar Wilde’s greatest story of redemption and forgiveness.

Newly illustrated by renowned artist Jeanne Bowman, this fantastic edition of this famous tale showcases Wilde’s story in a pallet and composition that will delight and inspire both young and old and will become a family treasure to be read again and again.

The Spell Thief
Written & illustrated by Tom Percival
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Meet Jack and his talking chicken Betsy, Red, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, and a host of other Little Legendsas they have fantastic new adventures!Get to know your favorite fairytale characters like never before in this magical new book series.

Life for Jack is great — he’s got a magical talking hen named Betsy, he lives in a town where stories literally grow on trees, and all his best friends live there with him. That is, until Anansi, the new kid in town, arrives…

When Jack sees Anansi having a secret meeting with a troll — everything changes. Trolls mean trouble and Jack will stop at nothing to prove that Tale Town is in danger. Even if that means using stolen magic

Angel and Bavar
Written by Amy Wilson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Taking inspiration from “Beauty and the Beast,” Amy Wilson’s second middle grade novel is a stunning modern fairy tale of magic, friendship, and finding the courage to fight for what matters most. After the death of her parents, Angel has a lot to get used to: a new home, a new family, a new school. The last thing she’s interested in is making new friends. Until she meets Bavar, a strange boy who slips through the shadows, a boy who might understand her nightmares. But Bavar doesn’t want to let anyone in. Everyone—and everything—in his enchanted house is already urging him to step up and protect the world from a magical rift and the fearsome monsters traveling through it, a responsibility he wishes he could ignore. Then Bavar discovers that the monsters are the same ones that killed Angel’s parents. Determined to stop the creatures for good, he reluctantly accepts Angel’s help. Together, Angel and Bavar must find the courage to stand up for each other and themselves to repair the rift between worlds…before it’s too late.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Wizard of Oz (10 Minute Classics) - You just never know when a twister is going to whisk you off to a magical land of witches, munchkins, and great adventures with new friends. One minute Dorothy and her dog Toto were home in Kansas, and the next they were teaming up with the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, and Scarecrow to save the magical land of Oz from the Wicked Witch. Best of all, they realized how brave, loving, and kind each of their friends are and that no matter how wonderful an adventure may be, there just isn’t any place as wonderful as home. This adapted and condensed fully illustrated version of the tale by L. Frank Baum will introduce young readers to the beloved characters from the original and give them a taste of the adventure-filled classic. About the 10 Minute Classics series: The 10 Minute Classics series is a great introduction to classic literature, designed to spark a love for great stories and an openness to the classics as reading skills progress. These short, fully illustrated dust-jacketed picture books introduce key characters, storylines, and settings to engage young readers. A broad range of titles is now available, including: Moby Dick, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Little Women , and more.

  2. Gingerbread Christmas - Jan Brett’s beloved character the Gingerbread Baby returns in a fun-filled Christmas caper! Gingerbread Baby and his friend, Matti, take his gingerbread band to the Christmas Festival where they are a hit until the aroma of gingerbread reaches the children, signaling that it is time to run away. Clever Matti uses snow to disguise the gingerbread instruments while Gingerbread Baby leads the audience on a merry chase to the smartest hiding place ever–a giant Christmas tree.

  3. Little Red Rhyming Hood - Because Little Red only speaks in verse, it’s tough for her to make friends. The schoolyard bully, Big Brad Wolf, is always picking on her. One day, her grandma shows her a flyer for a poetry contest, and Little Red thinks it could be her big chance to make a friend. But on the day of the contest, Big Brad Wolf sneaks up on Little Red and scares the rhyme right out of her—and into him! How will they rhyme their way out of this dilemma?

Books About Fairy Tale And Folklore Adaptations and Rescues And Rescuing

The Secret Mountain
Written & illustrated by Tom Percival
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Everyone in Tale Town knows that trolls mean trouble, and now Mayor Fitch and his guards have captured a terrifying troll spy—who turns out to be a very un-terrifying troll child! Knowing that the mayor is planning more than capturing spies, Jack, Red and Anansi set out to rescue the troll child and return him to his home in the secret mountain. But as the friends continue their journey they discover that everything they know about Tale Town is about to change…

The Story Tree
Written & illustrated by Tom Percival
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Tale Town is on lockdown as Mayor Fitch prepares for a troll attack, gambling the town’s safety in his quest to steal the troll’s magical power. Jack, Red, and the children of Tale Town are in a race against time to stop Fitch’s evil plan. But none of their ideas seems to work, and their only help is from a grumpy wolf and a sick dragon. All seems lost until a leaf from the Story Tree changes everything…

Prince Not-So Charming: Her Royal Slyness
Written by Roy L Hinuss
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Prince Carlos is on a terrifying mission: to rescue a princess trapped in a tower. Carlos soon discovers that rescuing a damsel in distress requires a damsel who’s actually “in” distress. This princess doesn’t need to be rescued—and she definitely doesn’t need a prince charming.

Honorable Mentions
  1. The Stolen Crown - Ellie Dray and her League of Archers are keeping Robin Hood’s legacy alive by stealing from the rich to help the poor, but when they discover someone is trying to steal the crown, they learn that some things may be out of their league. Ellie and her League of Archers are still on the run—living in Sherwood Forest, trying to protect the good parts of Robin Hood’s legacy by helping the poor in the neighboring villages and eluding the Baron’s men. But then King John dies unexpectedly and Ellie learns of a plot to kidnap the new king—who’s just a boy—and steal the throne. Can the League stop this scheme before it’s too late? Kirkus Reviews described League of Archers as a book that “doesn’t shy away from deep moral dilemmas often unexplored in middle grade novels and important to acknowledge in a story with life-or-death stakes.” And Booklist said that it was a “highly enjoyable adventure story that should appeal to a wide range of readers.”

  2. Reign of Outlaws - Robyn Hoodlum’s acclaimed story comes to a rousing conclusion in this high-adventure retelling of the classic Robin Hood tale that Rick Riordan hailed as “compelling.” When twelve-year-old Robyn Loxley set out to save her parents, she never could’ve predicted that she would become Robyn Hoodlum, leader of the rebellion against the harsh government led by Ignomus Crown. But Robyn’s attempt to free her parents has failed, and on top of that, her friends have been captured. And now Crown has given her 72 hours to turn herself in—or else. Now Robyn must decide between sacrificing herself, saving her parents and friends, or advancing the rebellion. With the stakes higher than ever, will Robyn be able to succeed? With an unforgettable heroine and a diverse band of characters, readers will be on the edge of their seats in this action-packed, much-anticipated series conclusion.

Books About Fairy Tale And Folklore Adaptations and Witches

A Fiery Friendship
Written & illustrated by Lisa Fiedler
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Lions, and tigers, and bears, not quite! Travel down the red brick road with the world’s most iconic Good Witch, Glinda, as she embarks on a brave adventure in Oz in this start to a brand-new series from Gabriel Gale and Lisa Fiedler.

On her Declaration Day, a day meant for celebration and happiness, Glinda’s peaceful life in Oz is shattered when her mother is imprisoned for practicing forbidden Magic. As she is ripped from her home by a fearsome bounty hunter sent by Aphidina, the Witch of the South, Glinda soon uncovers a startling truth: the Oz she’s always know is not good and right—it’s a world governed by the wickedest of the wicked, overrun with tyranny, corruption, and dark power. And Glinda’s mother? She is actually a high-ranking member of a secret society whose mission is to overthrow the four Wicked Witches and set the stage for the return of the rightful ruler of Oz.

With the help of a feisty, purple-haired girl named Locasta, Glinda sets across the unforgiving landscape to rescue her mother. They are soon joined by Ben, a revolutionary New Yorker, and a mysterious girl called Shade. Armed with their individual gifts, these unlikely heroes mount an epic attack on Aphidina to free Glinda’s mother…and save the future of Oz from the Wickeds before it’s too late.

Hansel and Gretel: A Fairy Tale with a Down Syndrome Twist (Fairy Ability Tales)
Written by Jewel Kats & illustrated by Claudia Marie Lenart
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Hansel & Gretel: A Fairy Tale with a Down Syndrome Twist is an enchanting tale about how kindness overcomes callousness and leads to a wondrous reward. This adaptation of the classic Grimms’ tale includes the wicked witch and the poor siblings in search of food, but in this case, five-year-old Hansel is a mischievous, yet courageous, boy with Down syndrome.

Young readers will learn that: -Children with Down syndrome are capable and can achieve extraordinary success with determination. -An act of kindness can transform people and the world. -Treating people like family can create a miracle. -People cannot be judged by appearance; a princess or a hero can be hidden within. -Facing a challenge can lead to unimagined rewards.

The Great Troll Rescue
Written & illustrated by Tom Percival
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Meet Jack and his talking chicken Betsy, Red, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, and a host of other Little Legendsas they have fantastic new adventures!Get to know your favorite fairytale characters like never before in this magical new book series.

What starts as an adventure ends in disaster when Jack and all his friends are captured by a wicked witch with a devious plan.

It’s up to Red, the woodcutter’s daughter, to save the day. Along the way Red befriends the wicked witch’s servants, Ella and her Fairy Godbrother Cole. Can they rescue Red’s friends and all the other magical creatures the witch has kidnapped — including a fearsome troll?

Honorable Mentions
  1. A Question of Magic - Serafina’s life takes an amazing turn when she is summoned to her great-aunt’s cottage to become the new Baba Yaga! But leaving behind her home, her family, and the boy she loves isn’t easy. As Serafina grows into her magical new role, she discovers that strangers can ask her one question and she must answer truthfully. It’s like a glimpse into a crystal ball . . . but telling the future doesn’t always mean knowing the right answers. E.D. Baker’s talent for re-imagining classic fairy tales shines brighter than ever in this adventure about watching what you wish for!

  2. Hansel and Gretel - Bernadette Watt’s classic illustrations in a newly repackaged edition. In this beloved Brothers Grimm tale, an evil stepmother sends Hansel and Gretel into the woods. Hungry and lost, they stumble upon a house made of gingerbread . . . but should they trust the old woman inside?

  3. Bone Soup - One Halloween morning three witches are looking for a tasty treat and they find only a small bone in their cupboard. So they decide to go from door to door in their village to find just the right ingredients for their Bone Soup. No one in the village is convinced that soup can be made from a bone, until the littlest monster reveals just what the special ingredient should be.

  4. One Witch at a Time - When his family’s cow is sold for some magic beans, Rudi must find a way to return the beans to their rightful owner, a witch who lives in a neighboring village.

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Books About Fairy Tale And Folklore Adaptations and Magic

The Frog Princess Returns
Written & illustrated by E.D. Baker
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Fans of E. D. Baker’s The Frog Princess, rejoice! Fifteen years after the original, Princess Emma, Prince Eadric, and all the beloved characters are back for another magical adventure from popular author E. D. Baker.

Two weeks after Emma’s birthday, Prince Eadric — having been turned from a frog into a human again — is still in Greater Greensward. One day, a beautiful princess named Adara arrives at the castle in Greater Greensward for a visit, claiming to be Emma’s distant cousin. But Adara has other motives that threaten Emma and Eadric’s blossoming romance.

Meanwhile, something is very wrong in Greater Greensward. Crops are dying, streams are drying up, and large sections of trees in the enchanted forest are withering — all because the Fairy Queen has disappeared. Without her, there is no peace in the magical kingdom, and dangerous foes threaten to take advantage of her absence. Only brave, tenacious Emma with her knowledge of the land can restore order . . . but first she must set out on a journey unlike any before.

Brimming with lovable characters and page-turning magic, The Frog Princess Returns will bring a whole new batch of readers to E. D. Baker’s highly acclaimed, wonderfully popular world of Frog Princess series.

Rump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Rumpelstiltskin
Written & illustrated by Liesl Shurtliff
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

This funny fractured fairy tale goes behind the scenes of Rumpelstiltskin. New York Times Bestselling author Liesl Shurtliff “spins words into gold [Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor winner].” In a magic kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone’s joke. But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. Rump discovers he has a gift for spinning straw into gold. His best friend, Red Riding Hood, warns him that magic is dangerous, and she’s right. With each thread he spins, he weaves himself deeper into a curse. To break the spell, Rump must go on a perilous quest, fighting off pixies, trolls, poison apples, and a wickedly foolish queen. The odds are against him, but with courage and friendship—and a cheeky sense of humor—he just might triumph in the end. A Texas Bluebonnet finalist and winner of the ILA award for middle grade fiction, Rump is perfect for fans of Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted or Adam Gidwitz’s A Tale Dark and Grimm. And don’t miss Liesl Shurtliff’s other fairy tale retellings: Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk and Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood.

Shine Mountain
Written by Julie Hunt
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

On his deathbed, Ellie’s pop reveals a secret—a magical button-box. It’s a musical instrument from the Gleam country—a land far from Spit Farm and the mountains, with talking goats, sweet grass, and corn that grows so high you have to fell it with an axe. But the button-box’s magic is sinister. When Ellie plays it, flowers bloom and crops spring up overnight—but soon the farm is cursed by drought and her beloved oma is gravely ill. To save her oma and discover the truth about her own identity, Ellie must embark on a dangerous journey to the Gleam country—the only place where the evil button-box can be destroyed.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Beauty and the Dreaded Sea Beast - When Beauty’s father is swept overboard from their ship, The Rose, just as they are being attacked by a sorcerer-pirate and his crew of living skeletons, Beauty jumps in to save him, and is immediately scooped up by a surprisingly friendly Kraken; she offers to remain with him if he finds and saves her father, but as she explores the pirate’s island she finds a treasure and a book of spells—which may hold the key to turning the Kraken back into a prince (or at least a human).

  2. The Mermaid - A striking under-the-sea version of Goldilocks with bonus storytelling in the borders, as only Jan Brett could create. When Kiniro, a young mermaid, comes upon a gorgeous house made of seashells and coral, she is so curious that she goes inside. She’s thrilled to find a just-right breakfast, pretty little chair, and, best of all, a comfy bed that rocks in the current. But when the Octopus family returns home, they are not happy to find that someone has been eating their food and breaking their things. Baby has the biggest shock when she finds the mermaid asleep in her bed! Luckily, shock turns to happiness when Kiniro gives her a thoughtful gift before escaping from the twenty-four arms coming her way. Vibrant, intricate scenes of an underwater paradise transport this classic fairy tale to a magical setting inspired by the seas off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. Along with fun details that enrich the storytelling in Jan Brett’s trademark borders, this visual treat will enchant readers of all ages.

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