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Fairy Tales: Books For Kids

This list of the best kids books about fairy tales is sure to include a new favorite for the voracious young reader in your life! From The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales to Luna and the Moon Rabbit there's something here for everyone's tastes. Do you have a favorite book about fairy tales? Let us know!

Top 10 Books About Fairy Tales

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales book
#1
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
Written by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Madcap revisions of familiar fairy tales.

The Princess Who Had No Kingdom book
#2
The Princess Who Had No Kingdom
Written by Ursula Jones and illustrated by Sarah Gibb
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

There once was a princess without a kingdom. All she had was a pony and cart and a red umbrella to keep her dry from the rain. Though she lacked worldly possessions, she made up for it in kindness, cleverness, and beauty—qualities that made all the rich princes with kingdoms want to marry her. A wise and witty modern-day fairy tale brought magically to life through Sarah Gibb's exquisite art.

Wolf Won't Bite book
#3
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.”

Cinder Edna book
#4
Cinder Edna
Written by Ellen Jackson and illustrated by Kevin O'Malley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Cinderella and Cinder Edna, who live with cruel stepmothers and stepsisters, have different approaches to life; and, although each ends up with the prince of her dreams, one is a great deal happier than the others.

Fanny's Dream book
#5
Fanny's Dream
Written by Caralyn Buehner and illustrated by Mark Buehner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Fanny Agnes is a sturdy farm girl who dreams of marrying a prince, but when her fairy godmother doesn't show up, she decides on a local farmer instead. Reprint.

The Jolly Postman book
#6
The Jolly Postman
Written by Allan Ahlberg and illustrated by Janet Ahlberg, Allan Ahlberg
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

This gorgeously illustrated, full-color classic celebrates a time before email by depicting amusing correspondence between fairy tale and Mother Goose characters. What could possibly be in a letter from Goldilocks to the Three Bears? Who would write to the Wicked Witch? Open this book, take out the letters, and discover what favorite characters would write to each other--and reimagine best-loved tales together.

Cinderella Liberator book
#7
Cinderella Liberator
Written by Rebecca Solnit and illustrated by Arthur Rackham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

In her debut children’s book, Rebecca Solnit reimagines a classic fairytale with a fresh, feminist Cinderella and new plot twists that will inspire young readers to change the world, featuring gorgeous silhouettes from Arthur Rackham on each page. In this modern twist on the classic story, Cinderella, who would rather just be Ella, meets her fairy godmother, goes to a ball, and makes friends with a prince. But that is where the familiar story ends. Instead of waiting to be rescued, Cinderella learns that she can save herself and those around her by being true to herself and standing up for what she believes.

Arabian Nights Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp book
#8
Arabian Nights Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

With this sounds primer, hear the whoosh of a jinni, the rustle of a magician's robes, the tinkle of jewels in a cave of treasures, and much more.

Cinderella book
#9
Cinderella
Written by Chloe Perkins and 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.

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs book
#10
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
Written by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

You thought you knew the story of the “The Three Little Pigs”… You thought wrong. In this hysterical and clever fracture fairy tale picture book that twists point of view and perspective, young readers will finally hear the other side of the story of “The Three Little Pigs.” “In this humorous story, Alexander T. Wolf tells his own outlandish version of what really happens during his encounter with the three pigs…. Smith's simplistic and wacky illustrations add to the effectiveness of this fractured fairy tale.” —Children’s Literature “Older kids (and adults) will find very funny.” —School Library Journal

Books About Fairy Tales and Fractured Fairy Tales

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales book
#1
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
Written by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Madcap revisions of familiar fairy tales.

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.”

Cinder Edna book
#3
Cinder Edna
Written by Ellen Jackson and illustrated by Kevin O'Malley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Cinderella and Cinder Edna, who live with cruel stepmothers and stepsisters, have different approaches to life; and, although each ends up with the prince of her dreams, one is a great deal happier than the others.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Fanny's Dream - Fanny Agnes is a sturdy farm girl who dreams of marrying a prince, but when her fairy godmother doesn't show up, she decides on a local farmer instead. Reprint.

  2. The Jolly Postman - This gorgeously illustrated, full-color classic celebrates a time before email by depicting amusing correspondence between fairy tale and Mother Goose characters. What could possibly be in a letter from Goldilocks to the Three Bears? Who would write to the Wicked Witch? Open this book, take out the letters, and discover what favorite characters would write to each other--and reimagine best-loved tales together.

  3. Cinderella Liberator - In her debut children’s book, Rebecca Solnit reimagines a classic fairytale with a fresh, feminist Cinderella and new plot twists that will inspire young readers to change the world, featuring gorgeous silhouettes from Arthur Rackham on each page. In this modern twist on the classic story, Cinderella, who would rather just be Ella, meets her fairy godmother, goes to a ball, and makes friends with a prince. But that is where the familiar story ends. Instead of waiting to be rescued, Cinderella learns that she can save herself and those around her by being true to herself and standing up for what she believes.

  4. The Worst Princess - Bored of your run-of-the-mill princesses? Tired of traditional princess-finds-her-prince tale? Looking for a princess with a bit more bite? Then this is the book for you. Forget about pretty dresses, fairytale wedding and grand balls, Princess Sue is all about adventure, mischief and making unusual friends. She really is the worst princess!

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Books About Fairy Tales and Inspired By Classic Literature

Cinderella book
#1
Cinderella
Written by Chloe Perkins and 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 book
#2
First Stories: The Jungle Book
Written and 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.

The Sleeping Beauty book
#3
The Sleeping Beauty
Written by New York City Ballet and 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.

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.

  3. Cinderella - With a single word and an accompanying illustration on each spread, the youngest readers can enjoy these classic fairy tales.

  4. First Stories: Rapunzel - "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your golden hair!" First Stories: Rapunzel 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: Rapunzel, the handsome prince, and of course the wicked witch! This well-loved fairytale is beautifully imagined for a new generation by children's illustrator Dan Taylor.

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Books About Fairy Tales and Wolves

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs book
#1
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
Written by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

You thought you knew the story of the “The Three Little Pigs”… You thought wrong. In this hysterical and clever fracture fairy tale picture book that twists point of view and perspective, young readers will finally hear the other side of the story of “The Three Little Pigs.” “In this humorous story, Alexander T. Wolf tells his own outlandish version of what really happens during his encounter with the three pigs…. Smith's simplistic and wacky illustrations add to the effectiveness of this fractured fairy tale.” —Children’s Literature “Older kids (and adults) will find very funny.” —School Library Journal

Lon Po Po book
#2
Lon Po Po
Written and illustrated by Ed Young
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother in this Chinese retelling.

Little Red Riding Hood book
#3
Little Red Riding Hood
Written by Bernette Ford and 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. 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. Little Red Riding Hood-Rossi - A little girl meets a hungry wolf in the forest while on her way to visit her grandmother.

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Books About Fairy Tales and Princesses

The Princess Who Had No Kingdom book
#1
The Princess Who Had No Kingdom
Written by Ursula Jones and illustrated by Sarah Gibb
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

There once was a princess without a kingdom. All she had was a pony and cart and a red umbrella to keep her dry from the rain. Though she lacked worldly possessions, she made up for it in kindness, cleverness, and beauty—qualities that made all the rich princes with kingdoms want to marry her. A wise and witty modern-day fairy tale brought magically to life through Sarah Gibb's exquisite art.

Snow White book
#2
Snow White
Written by Melissa Caruso-Scott, Trixie Belle and illustrated by Oliver Lake
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

With a single word and an accompanying illustration on each spread, the youngest readers can enjoy these classic fairy tales.

Snow White book
#3
Snow White
Written by Brothers Grimm and illustrated by Bernadette Watts
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Snow White in a newly illustrated edition. Bernadette Watts’ beautiful pastel illustrations bring both a softness and new life to this beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tale about the princess with skin as white as snow.

Honorable Mentions
  1. First Stories: Snow White - 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.

  2. 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?

  3. Fearless Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters - Retells more than a hundred folktales form Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East that feature active heroines of all types.

  4. Rapunzel - A beautiful girl with extraordinarily long golden hair is imprisoned in a lonely tower by a witch.

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Books About Fairy Tales and Animals

Beauty and the Beast book
#1
Beauty and the Beast
Written and illustrated by Jan Brett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Originally published in 1989, this luminous reissue of an all-time favorite fairy tale will attract an even wider audience with its romantic new jacket and a shortened text. Exquisite illustrations of Beauty and her mysterious suitor, the Beast, are set in a magical castle where animals dressed in period costumes serve them. Woven into glorious tapestries throughout are hidden clues hinting at the Beast’s secrets, setting Brett’s version apart from others.

The Eel Question book
#2
The Eel Question
Written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Beth Holland
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

Bound to serve a cruel master, Nant's curiosity never fails to get her into trouble. Some questions she had learned it was best not to ask, but every autumn the silver eels return, and so do her questions. Where do they come from? And where do they go? Be ready to feel a little bit of magic, and perhaps a few shivers down the spine.

Shadwos and Light book
#3
Shadwos and Light
Written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Anastasia Izlesou
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

A girl who changes into a hare to evade a cruel lover. One in a series of short stories that explore the deeper, darker side of our connection with the natural world. Inspired by ancient folk tales and a love of nature. Be ready to feel a little bit of magic, and perhaps a few shivers down the spine.

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 Singing Rock and Other Brand-New Fairy Tales - A genie just wants a chance to grant a wish to the frog who accidentally let him out of his lamp—meanwhile, the frog just wants to be left alone. A witch is tormented by the cheerful (and awful) singing of a persistent bard, but when she finally snaps and turns him into a rock, he just keeps on singing —somehow the power of terrible music overcomes all magic. A wizard wants a pet. An ogre just wants to make beautiful art. Four original, wry, and utterly charming fairy tales comprise this new collection for young readers. With deft, lively text from Nathaniel Lachenmeyer and eye-popping, painterly art by Simini Blocker, The Singing Rock is the perfect read for kids who love a good yarn—and good comics!

  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 House That Jack Built - This classic children's rhyme gathers pace and complexity as it tumbles across the pages. Children will delight in repeating the rhymes and following antics of animals and characters of every size and shape.

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Books About Fairy Tales and Adventure

Fairy Chase book
#1
Fairy Chase
Written by Debbie Dadey and illustrated by Tatevik Avakyan
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

With the help of her fintastic friends, Echo investigates whether or not fairies really DO exist in this sparkling Mermaid Tales adventure. Echo is excited when her Aunt Crabella and Uncle Leopold visit, especially since Aunt Crabella always has amazing stories about all of her many ocean travels. But when Aunt Crabella tells Echo about the Hairy Fairy—a fairy that visits mermaids while they sleep and purposely tangles their hair—Echo is all set to catch the fairy in the act. Shelly and Kiki tell Echo that fairies aren’t real, but Aunt Crabella says she believes they are. And what’s the harm in believing? When Echo can’t seem to catch the Hairy Fairy, she becomes determined to figure out if fairies really do exist! She teams up with Shelly and Kiki and makes “Fairy Juice” (via a recipe from Rocky Ridge) in order to go on a fairy hunt on Trident City’s majestic Sperm Whale Mountain. But what will they find on their fairy hunt? Will all of Echo’s magical fairy dreams come true?

The Restless Girls book
#2
The Restless Girls
Written by Jessie Burton and illustrated by Angela Barrett
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

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.

Hansel and Gretel book
#3
Hansel and Gretel
Written by Brothers Grimm and illustrated by Bernadette Watts
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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?

Honorable Mentions
  1. The Atlas of Classic Tales - In every fairy tale, the main characters embark on a journey. Now, stunningly designed and detailed maps invite readers to join their adventures in an exciting new way. Thanks to the imaginative pen of Claudia Bordin, eight enchanting kingdoms come brilliantly to life so you can see the castles, villages, forests, and oceans where such beloved figures as Sinbad, Puss in Boots, and Little Red Riding Hood wander.

  2. The Atlas of Fairy Tales - Whether it's Little Red Riding Hood wandering through the woods or Alice falling down the rabbit hole, almost every children's classic tells the tale of a protagonist's journey. This atlas depicts those incredible adventures as never before, in stunningly illustrated maps. Enjoy a breathtaking aerial view of Dorothy and her friends following the Yellow Brick Road, or of Pinocchio's travels as he tries to become real.

  3. Angel and Bavar - 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.

  4. The Snow Queen - The story that was the inspiration for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis and more recently, Frozen by Disney is re-designed in celebration of 50 years of working with Bernadette Watts—one of Europe’s most recognized and beloved fairy-tale artists, known in Europe simply as Bernadette. When a young boy is cursed and unable to detect goodness, a young girl goes on a courageous journey to restore his heart and free him from the palace of the Snow Queen. Stunning illustrations bring new life to this lasting piece of literature that has thrilled young readers for over a century.

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