Fairy Tales for Kids

Everyone in the family will fall in love with these classic fairy tale stories -- and modern versions of old-fashioned favorites. These kids' books are full of clever characters, solid messages, and enough magic to keep kids spellbound. And it's fun to compare the traditional tellings with the updated ones and talk about why the core story and characters continue to have meaning for generations. To find other engaging reads, check out these Top Picks lists: Fantasy Books for Kids and Funny Books for Kids.

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A Bean, a Stalk and a Boy Named Jack

age 3+

Funny, fractured version of "Jack and the Beanstalk."

By: William Joyce (2014)
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Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems

age 3+

Silly dino twist on Goldilocks tale is roaring good fun.

By: Mo Willems (2012)
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Redlocks and the Three Bears

age 3+

Fun twist on favorite fairy tales for young readers.

By: Claudia Rueda (2021)
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Beauty and the Beast

age 4+

Captivating art shapes West African-set fairy tale classic.

By: H. Chuka Lee (2014)
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The Little Mermaid

age 4+

Fresh fairy tale twist focuses on friendship, not romance.

By: Jerry Pinkney (2020)
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Little Red Riding Hood

age 4+

Captivating artwork makes classic wolf tale howl.

By: Jerry Pinkney (2007)
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The Mermaid

age 4+

Delightful retelling of Goldilocks as undersea mermaid tale.

By: Jan Brett (2017)
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Rapunzel

age 4+

Retelling of classic brims with passion and grace.

By: Paul O. Zelinsky (1997)
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The Three Billy Goats Gruff

age 4+

Great art and fun foodie details add to familiar folktale.

By: Mac Barnett (2022)
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The Three Billy Goats Gruff

age 4+

Classic tale given new, thoughtful ending and exquisite art.

By: Jerry Pinkney (2017)
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The Three Billy Goats Gruff -- The FULL Story

age 4+

Dynamic art, clever text make for fun update of classic.

By: Richard Jackson (2020)
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The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

age 4+

Delightful story is a surefire attention-grabber.

By: Jon Scieszka (1996)
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Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales

age 4+

Fun, lauded read stays true to classics, axed wolf and all.

By: Lucy Cousins (2009)
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Natalie Portman's Fables

age 5+

Familiar tales get a cute new spin in lively picture book.

By: Natalie Portman (2020)
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Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe Series

age 5+

Irreverent twists on fairy tales keep new readers guessing.

By: Noah Z. Jones (2014)
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Sylvia Long's Thumbelina

age 5+

Exquisite watercolors bring magic to this classic story.

By: Sylvia Long (2010)
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The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes

age 6+

Clever twist on classic tale adds dimension and great art.

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Hansel & Gretel

age 7+

Retelling of familiar tale has exquisite art, rich prose.

By: Neil Gaiman (2014)
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Cinderella Liberator

age 8+

Fresh take on classic tale boosts being true, free self.

By: Rebecca Solnit (2019)
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Gris Grimly's Tales from the Brothers Grimm

age 8+

Favorite tales get grim, gothic treatment and stylish art.

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