Fairy Tales to Enjoy With Children
The Elves and the Shoemaker (My First Fairy Tales) adapted by Mara Alperin, illustrated by Erica-Jane Waters
Pastel colors and cheerful illustrations make this fairy tale come alive for young readers. Stan and Jan’s can’t understand why their shoe business is fading. Nor can they figure out who is making such beautiful shoes that help them get more customers. When they see who is helping them, Stan and Jan repay the elves with elf-sized clothing.
Sleeping Beauty by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Erin McGuire
“Many see Time as a friend, and many see Time as a foe. But for sleeping beauty, Time was a promise.” Rylant’s version of Sleeping Beauty includes the bigger concept of time, which I really love since fairy tales are meant to explore big concepts. This is a gentle retelling with serene illustrations.
Little Red Riding Hood illustrated by Ed Bryan
I think you’ll applaud this updated version of Little Red. Because Red is the one who saves herself, not a woodsman, and makes the wolf run far, far away. Go, Red! The illustrations feel fresh and modern making this picture book an excellent choice for younger readers.
Jack and the Beanstalk illustrated by Ed Bryan
I’m just not a big fan of this fairy tale in general, how about you? But, I will say that I really like the inviting illustrations from Ed Bryan in this classic story.
The Untold Story of the Tooth Fairy by Jose Carlos Andres, illustrated by Betania Zacarias
Myths often explain the why (a Pourquoi tale) behind something. In this myth, we learn how the tooth fairy came to be. When the oyster loses her only pearl, the sea animals and a little mouse try to find it, or to find something similar. That’s when the mouse figures out that a tooth looks just like a pearl. The oyster agrees and becomes the Tooth Fairy. It’s a creative imagining of the why behind this childhood tradition.
Arthur and the Golden Rope (Brownstone’s Mythical Collection) by Joe Todd-Stanton
Fairy Tales for Mr. Barker by Jessica Ahlberg (A Peek-Through Story)
Just as Lucy sits down to read fairy tales to her dog, Mr. Barker, he takes off. She follows him through the fairy tales and meets Goldilocks, Sleeping Beauty, Jack, the Giant, and more. This is a delightful romp through many classic fairy tale worlds!
The Secret of the Kelpie retold by Lari Don, illustrated by Philip Longson
In the spirit of a true fairy tale (with sinister elements) we learn about the enticingly dangerous Kelpie who lures you to the water only to drown you. Fortunately, in this story a quick-thinking sister deciphers the rock pictures and saves her siblings. I found this fascinating, would your kids?