Fairy Tale Books

Suspense. Adventure. Magic. Fairy tales have it all! These classics have been some of the most enduring stories throughout history. Most of them have a really, really long history. But kids today are still intrigued by fairy tales! This book list includes a few traditional retellings and several stories that offer interesting plot twists. Watch and see which fairy tales capture your children’s attention!

Five Minute Stories: Over 50 Tales and Fables Cottage Door Press

This collection of fairy tales and stories includes all of the classics like Cinderella, Rapunzel, The Three Little Pigs, and many others. Each story is a brief retelling, perfect for a preschooler’s attention span. The book features bright illustrations on each spread and a padded binding that makes it feel like an extra-special collection.

Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf Rachael Mortimer

Putting a clever twist on the classic fairy tale, this story of Little Red Riding Hood features a kind wolf who isn't scary at all. In fact, she loves all things pretty and pink. Trouble comes along when the wolf family goes out to get dinner—a few vegetables and one little girl! The wolf learns an important lesson about being true to herself and becomes friends with Little Red along the way. It’s a fun book for preschoolers and early elementary kids, especially those who are scared of the traditional telling of the story.

Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood Mike Artell

You don’t have to be from Louisiana to appreciate this unique version of Little Red Riding Hood. Cajun Little Red, grand-mere, TeJean the cat, and the mean ol’ swamp gator, Claude, come together for an entertaining story that will soon become one of your children’s favorites. It’s written with a Cajun dialect, but don’t worry if you struggle with the right accent—the rhyming flow of the book makes it easy to read. Enjoy this one with preschoolers and early elementary children.

The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker Katy Flint

This book provides the perfect introduction to the story of The Nutcracker and Tchaikovsky’s music. The story of Clara and her magical dreams is told alongside vibrant illustrations with rich details. Each page includes a button that plays excerpts from the ballet’s music. In the final pages of the book, you’ll find extra information about Tchaikovsky, plus a discussion of musical terms and instruments. This one will capture the attention of children ages 4-8.

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs Jon Scieszka

Switching the point of view of a story can really turn things around and that’s exactly what this book does! This version is told from the point of view of the Big Bad Wolf (Alexander T. Wolf, in this version). He swears it wasn’t his fault—his huffing and puffing were from a head cold. When the pigs were crushed, he couldn’t let food go to waste. And the pigs were rude to him! He’s clearly been framed for this crime. Which side will you believe? It’s a great twist on the story, perfect for older preschoolers.

Jack and the Beanstalk Phidal Publishing

This small book, the perfect size for little hands, tells the classic story of Jack and the Beanstalk in simple language. Each page features bright, colorful images. It’s the ideal book for introducing one of the most-loved fairy tales to your preschooler.

The Once Upon a Time Map Book B.G. Hennessy

Take your children’s wonder and imagination to the next level with this book of fairy tale maps. You’ll visit Wonderland, Neverland, Aladdin’s Kingdom, and more. Each spread has a map, a key, a compass, and details about several points of interest. Kids will pore over the details of each map, studying paths and plotting their journeys. It’s a great book to explore together with your preschooler or kindergartner.

When My Baby Dreams of Fairy Tales Adele Enersen

This book is the perfect choice for babies who love babies! In a style that reminds us a bit of Anne Geddes, the book is filled with photographs of the author’s sleeping baby. In each, the baby is dressed up and surrounded by a scene from a famous fairy tale. The text is very simple, almost dreamy. Read it with your little ones before bedtime.

Fairy Tale Pets Tracey Corderoy

When Bob puts out ads offering to be a pet sitter, he never imagines the chaos that would come from it! Goldilocks drops off a bear, Jack brings a golden goose, and the three billy goats are there, too. The house gets so crazy that Bob finds himself saying, “No more pets!” But then, the Big Bad Wolf shows up. This story features silly characters, entertaining antics, and a clever ending. Read it with your preschool and early elementary kids.

The Gingerbread Man Gail Yerrill

Who can stop The Gingerbread Man? He has run away from the old woman, the old man, the pig, the cow, and the horse. Read this classic Christmas tale to find out how the story ends. Sweet illustrations full of soft colors are included on each page. Plus, the book features a padded binding. Read this one to kids ages 3-7.

Once Upon a Slime Andy Maxwell

This one is a fairy tale mystery that intertwines lots of our favorite characters: The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel. It all begins when Goldilocks gets slimed. Then, the characters are off and running to figure out who did it. There’s a ton of humor in this book and the pictures are just as comical. It’s a great read aloud for elementary kids.

Lift-the-Flap Fairy Tales Roger Priddy

Introduce little ones to a few popular fairy tales with this board book. Each spread gives a rhyme as the start of the story. From there, children can lift the flaps to reveal the rest of the fairy tale. Big, beautiful art fills each page. The text is quite simple and doesn’t provide the full stories, but that makes it perfect for young preschoolers with short attention spans.

Red Jed Alexander

This wordless picture book is full of detailed illustrations that make use of only two colors: black and red. Children will watch closely as Little Red walks into the woods and meets the wolf. But then Little Red sees something unexpected. The other woodland creatures are carrying balloons and presents. Children will be delighted by the surprise ending the first time they read this book. Then, they’ll want to read it over and over again while providing their own narration. Preschoolers and early elementary children will love it!

Beauty and the Beast Teddy Slater

Done in the traditional Little Golden Book style, this story comes from the Disney adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. It has illustrations of all the animated favorites: the enchanted castle, dancing tea cups, talking candle sticks, and more. The text does get a bit lengthy, so this one is best for elementary children.

The Little Red Fort Brenda Maier

When a little girl gets the idea to build a fort, she asks her brothers for help. They refuse and even make fun of her. But that doesn’t stop her. She completes the fort all on her own. Then, of course, her brothers want to play in it. “Not so fast!” she says. It’s a modern retelling of “The Little Hen” that’s sure to be a hit with elementary kids.

Once Upon a Magic Book Lily Murray

Sophie and Jack have jumped into a magic book! There are enchanted forests and pirate islands, 13 fairy tale lands to explore in all. But how will they ever get out of the book? You’ll follow them on their journey, stopping at each page for an exciting search-and-find. The final pages offer an answer key and also provide some discussion questions to extend the story. This one is a good pick for preschoolers.

The Sleeping Beauty The New York City Ballet

The New York City Ballet’s production of The Sleeping Beauty has been translated into a beautiful read-aloud book. The illustrations in this book use soft pinks and purples, along with dark blues, to bring the emotion of the story to life. It’s the perfect fairy tale for aspiring ballerinas in elementary school.

The Chinese Emperor’s New Clothes Ying Chang Compestine

The young Emperor comes up with a clever trick in this book. After a few of his advisors steal from him, the Emperor asks his tailors to dress him in burlap sacks. Then, he tells the advisors that these “magic” clothes look like sacks to those who are dishonest, but they look like the finest silks to those who are honest. The story is filled with watercolor illustrations and a bit of humor, too. Read it with elementary kids.

Good Night, Baddies Deborah Underwood

This book tells the sweet story of fairy tale “bad guys” getting ready for bed. There are witches, trolls, dragons, and monsters—all of the creatures who wreak havoc in our favorite stories. But, when it comes to bedtime, they’re just like us. They take a bath, put on pajamas, and climb into bed for “sour dreams.” This one is a lighthearted choice for preschool and early elementary children.

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