Best Children's Books About Fairy tales

85+ Children's Books About Fairy tales

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
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.

Arabian Nights Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp book
#2
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.

The Princess Who Had No Kingdom book
#3
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.

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas book
#4
Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas
Written by Natasha Yim and 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.

Beauty and the Beast book
#5
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.

Follow Follow book
#6
Follow Follow
Written by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Josee Masse
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Once upon a time, Mirror Mirror, a brilliant book of fairy tale themed reversos–a poetic form in which the poem is presented forward and then backward–became a smashing success. Now a second book is here with more witty double takes on well-loved fairy tales such as Thumbelina and The Little Mermaid. Read these clever poems from top to bottom and they mean one thing. Then reverse the lines and read from bottom to top and they mean something else–it is almost like magic! A celebration of sight, sound, and story, this book is a marvel to read again and again.

First Stories: The Jungle Book book
#7
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.

Cat Wishes book
#8
Cat Wishes
Written by Calista Brill and illustrated by Kenard Pak
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

There's no such thing as a wish. Or is there? In this playful fairy tale, ever-skeptical Cat learns that wishes can come true—and not always in the ways we expect. After all, true magic lies in our connections with others, not just in the wishes we make.

First Stories: Peter Pan book
#9
First Stories: Peter Pan
Written and illustrated by Miriam Bos
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

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.

The Wolf Who Fell Out of a Book book
#10
The Wolf Who Fell Out of a Book
Written by Thierry Robberecht and illustrated by Gregoire Mabire
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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.

An Illustrated Treasury of Grimm's Fairy Tales book
#11
An Illustrated Treasury of Grimm's Fairy Tales
Written by Brothers Grimm and illustrated by Daniela Drescher
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Two hundred years ago, the Brothers Grimm published their famous collection of folk tales, including these thirty much-loved stories of helpful elves; giants who can see into the next land; foolish but good-hearted lads; princesses with golden hair; faithful servants and wicked queens. This sumptuously illustrated collection of essential Grimm classics includes stories every childhood needs: The Princess and the Frog, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin and dozens more. Each tale is brought to life with radiant, faithful pictures from Daniela Drescher, one of Germany's best-loved illustrators, which are sure to fire any child's imagination.

Fairy Tales for Little Folks book
#12
Fairy Tales for Little Folks
Written and illustrated by Will Moses
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Five best-loved fairy tales by a renowned folk artist Any parent or grandparent longing to share these timeless, well-loved tales with a favorite child will welcome this enchanting collection from acclaimed folk artist Will Moses. Five tales are included: Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Rumpelstiltskin, and Puss in Boots. Each one is profusely illustrated with vignettes as well as a lavish double spread that incorporates all the key events of the story. This handsome volume, full of fascinating detail and plentiful charm, is destined to become a family treasure.

Mirror Mirror book
#13
Mirror Mirror
Written by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Josee Masse
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

What’s brewing when two favorites—poetry and fairy tales—are turned (literally) on their heads? It’s a revolutionary recipe: an infectious new genre of poetry and a lovably modern take on classic stories. First, read the poems forward (how old-fashioned!), then reverse the lines and read again to give familiar tales, from Sleeping Beauty to that Charming Prince, a delicious new spin. Witty, irreverent, and warm, this gorgeously illustrated and utterly unique offering holds a mirror up to language and fairy tales, and renews the fun and magic of both.

Thumbelina book
#14
Thumbelina
Written by Hans Christian Andersen and illustrated by Elsa Beskow
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Elsa Beskow's charming illustrations bring to life this classic Hans Christian Andersen tale of a thumb-sized girl who has big adventures. Thumbelina is so small she sleeps in a walnut shell bed with a rose petal sheet. One day, a toad steals her away from her home and keeps her captive on a lilypad, until some fish set her free to find her way through the countryside. Will Thumbelina ever find a new home among friends? Available in English for the first time in thirty years, this beautiful book will be a wonderful addition to the shelves of Elsa Beskow admirers everywhere.

Ever After High: 5-Minute Fairytale Stories book
#15
Ever After High: 5-Minute Fairytale Stories
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.

The Sleeping Beauty book
#16
The Sleeping Beauty
Written by David McAllister and illustrated by Gabriela Tylesova
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

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.

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs book
#17
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.”

My First Fairy Tales: The Three Little Pigs book
#18
My First Fairy Tales: The Three Little Pigs
Written and illustrated by Gwe
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Help the three li le pigs stay safe from the big bad wolf! Children are invited to li aps, pull tabs, and roll objects aside as they help the li le pigs build their houses of straw, wood, and brick.

The Wolf Who Visited Fairy Tales book
#19
The Wolf Who Visited Fairy Tales
Written by Orianne Lallemand and illustrated by Eleonore Thuillier
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Don t miss the new adventure of the Wolf who visits the fairy tales!"

The Mermaid book
#20
The Mermaid
Written and illustrated by Jan Brett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Muppets Meet the Classics: Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm book
#21
Muppets Meet the Classics: Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm
Written by Brothers Grimm and illustrated by Erik Forrest Jackson, Brothers Grimm
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Some fairy tales are too silly. Others are too serious. But when the Muppets meet the classics? The stories are just right! Join Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the other Muppets as they bring favorite fairy tales to life in their own hilarious way. Once upon a time, there was a pretty young chicken named Camillarella, who had very heavy shoes and an enchanting Chicken Dance. Or maybe you'd prefer to hear the story of Janice, the flower child with braided tresses as yellow as SpongeBob. With all the favorite characters--Kermit, Miss Piggy, and others--these fairy tales give a whole new meaning to the word "classic."

Snow White-Rossi book
#22
Snow White-Rossi
Written and illustrated by Francesca Rossi
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-12

A young girl finds a safe haven with seven dwarves while escaping her wicked stepmother.

Classic Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm book
#23
Classic Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
Written and illustrated by Brothers Grimm
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-18

The Brothers Grimm collected some of Europe s most popular folk tales, immortalizing stories whose origin goes way back in time. This book, with beautiful watercolors by the imaginative illustrator Francesca Rossi, gathers ten of their most famous and magical works."" Children will love meeting such favorite characters as Cinderella, the Brementown musicians, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, and Snow White. "

Lon Po Po book
#24
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.

My First Fairy Tales: Goldilocks and the Three Bears book
#25
My First Fairy Tales: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Written by and illustrated by Marion Cocklico
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

What is Goldilocks doing in the bears’ house? Li the flaps, pull tabs, and roll objects aside to discover Goldilocks as she eats the bears’ porridge, accidentally breaks a chair, and falls asleep in Baby Bear’s bed!

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