Best Kids Books About Fairy tales

48 Kids Books About Fairy tales

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Follow Follow book
#1
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.

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas book
#2
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
#3
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 Wolf Who Fell Out of a Book book
#4
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
#5
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.

An Illustrated Treasury of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales book
#6
An Illustrated Treasury of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales
Written by Hans Christian Andersen and illustrated by Anastasiya Archipova
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Featured in e Wall Street Journal’s “Best Nine Books to Give for the Holidays,” this beautiful small format hardcover gift edition features a cloth spine and ribbon markers. Stories such as e Little Mermaid, The Snow Queen, and The Princess and the Pea are accompanied by so and charming artwork by much-loved Russian illustrator Anastasiya Archipova. Thumbelina -- The princess and the pea -- The snow queen -- The brave tin soldier -- The Emperor's new suit -- The little match girl -- The little mermaid -- The Christmas tree

The Sleeping Beauty book
#7
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.

Mirror Mirror book
#8
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.

Fairy Tales for Little Folks book
#9
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.

Cinders book
#10
Cinders
Written and illustrated by Jan Brett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

The Jolly Postman book
#11
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.

Lon Po Po book
#12
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.

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs book
#13
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.”

The Mermaid book
#14
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.

Little Red Riding Hood-Grimm book
#15
Little Red Riding Hood-Grimm
Written by Brothers Grimm and illustrated by Francesca Cosanti, Brothers Grimm
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

The path through the woods to Grandma's house has never looked as beautiful as in this retelling of the classic story. Francesca Cosanti's atmospheric, wonderfully detailed art captures the looming trees, the texture of the wolf's fur, and the hominess of Grandma's cottage. Children will be fascinated by every remarkable illustration, from the evocative landscapes to the image of Riding Hood reflected in the Wolf's glittering eyes.

The Atlas of Fairy Tales book
#16
The Atlas of Fairy Tales
Written and illustrated by Claudia Bordin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-10

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.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears book
#17
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Written by Margot Channing and illustrated by Ellie Jenkins, Margot Channing
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

The Scribblers Look and Say series encourages eagle-eyed young readers to find creatures and objects hidden inside enchanting, charmingly-illustrated retellings of familiar fairy tales, like Goldilocks and the three bears. Every page features a sidebar containing items for children to spot and say aloud, practising their reading and speaking skills. A treasure hunt at the back invites readers to explore further.

The Princess Who Had No Kingdom book
#18
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.

Little Red Riding Hood book
#19
Little Red Riding Hood
Written by Brothers Grimm and illustrated by Bernadette Watts
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This beautiful edition of the classic tale 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 girl sets out to bring friendship and a treat to her ailing grandmother a wolf tricks her. This cautionary tale with a happy ending is retold with simple charm and illustrated with glowing paintings by one of the world’s great interpreters of folk- and fairy tales. This edition of the cherished story is sure to be a favorite.

Hansel and Gretel book
#20
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?

Swan Lake book
#21
Swan Lake
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

With flash, the lake was based in a shimmering light, and before him stood the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. “I am the Swan Queen,” she said. “I am the swan that you tried to kill.” A prince's love for a swan queen breaks an evil spell in this fairy tale adaptation of the beloved ballet written by Tchaikovsky Swan Lake is perhaps the best-loved ballet of all time. Hans Christian Andersen Medal-winner Lisbeth Zwerger brings her singular vision to a glorious picture-book adaptation of the haunting story of an enchanted swan princess. She has based her version on Tchaikovsky’s original 1877 ballet, which had a happy ending, unlike the later, better-known, 1893 version. Her illustrations, luminous, lyrical, filled with grace and beauty, evoke the brilliance of the ballet and the universal appeal of this beloved fairy tale.

Pinocchio book
#22
Pinocchio
Written by Carlo Collodi and illustrated by Quentin Greban
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Perhaps the most popular and beloved children’s story of all time, Pinocchio tells the story of a wooden puppet that longs to become a real boy.

The Snow Queen book
#23
The Snow Queen
Written by Hans Christian Andersen and illustrated by Bernadette Watts
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Snow White book
#24
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.

In a Small Kingdom book
#25
In a Small Kingdom
Written by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This enthralling modern fairy tale from Caldecott and Newbery Honor winner Tomie dePaola and debut illustrator Doug Salati celebrates the greatest power of all: love. In a small kingdom along an ancient road, a bell rings out. The beloved king has died, leaving his magnificent and powerful Imperial Robe to his heir, the young prince. But when the prince’s jealous older half-brother steals the Imperial Robe, slashing it to bits, the prince can no longer rule—and the small kingdom is in great danger. Now the young prince must find another source of power and of strength—and he finds it in a surprising place.

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