Fairy Tales and Folktales
Irish Folk and Fairy Stories
Here are recommended children’s books of Irish folktales and fairy tales, children's books for St. Patrick's Day or any day you are looking for children's books of tales from Ireland that are excellent read-alouds, children's books that you and your children can enjoy together, as well as enjoyable reading for independent readers.
Grimm's Fairy Tales and Other Versions
There's a lot of interesting online material available on the different versions of many of the popular tales collected by the brothers Grimm.
The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
In The Lion and the Mouse, artist Jerry Pinkney retells one of Aesop's Fables in this extraordinary wordless picture book for which he won the Caldecott Medal in 2010.
Modern Fairy Tales for Teen Girls
This reading list of modern fairy tales for teen girls includes retellings of a number of traditional fairy tales. These modern fairy tales that appeal to teen girls include Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White retellings.
There are so many versions of Cinderella that it is a good thing there are online and print resources to help us to keep track of them all.
Book Review: "The Tale of Despereaux"
This novel for 8-12 year olds is an odd and engrossing fairy tale. It has a lot in common with Grimm's fairy tales. Author Kate DiCamillo was awarded a Newbery Medal for the book.
Hans Christian Andersen and his Fairy Tales
Find out about Hans Christian Anderson and why have his fairy tales for children have gained worldwide popularity.
L. Frank Baum and "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"
The year 2000 was the centennial year of the publication of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," which has become a much loved classic.
Celtic Fairy Tales
Here are e-texts of more than two dozen Celtic fairy tales, from the About Classic Literature site.
Fairy Tale Collections
Many of these collections of fairy tales recommended by the About.com Classic Literature Guide will appeal to the serious student of the genre.
The Blue Fairy Book
Read the complete the three dozen fairy tales that make up Andrew Lang's "The Blue Fairy Book" online, on the About Classic Literature site.
The Welsh Fairy Book
Read 80+ Welsh fairy tales online on the About Classic Literature site. They are from "The Welsh Fairy Book" by W. Jenkyn Thomas, which was published in 1907.
Book Review: Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked
In this book for adults, Catherine Orenstein explores the history of the fairy tale, from the French court, Charles Perrault, Hans Christian Anderson, the brothers Grimm, Bruno Bettelheim, Italo Calvino, Gwen Strauss, and Anne Sexton.
An excellent resource from Russell Peck, a professor in the English Department at the University of Rochester.
The Cinderella Project
A text and image archives drawn from the deGrummond Children's Literature Research collection at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Internet resources, reference books, articles, and a bibliography of children's books.
Grimm Brothers Home Page
A chronology of the brothers' lives, information on their major publications, and links to articles, electronic texts, and studies of some of their stories.
Household Tales - Grimm's Fairy Tales
An online version of Household Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, translated by Margaret Hunt (1884), on the SurLaLune Fairy Tales site.
Guardians of the Fairy Tale: The Brothers Grimm
An interesting article from National Geographic about Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.
Hans Christian Andersen: FairyTales and Stories
A chronology of Andersen's life and books plus online versions of many of his works.
The Little Red Riding Hood Project
Here are sixteen different versions of the classic tale, from the Project site at the University of Southern Mississippi where the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection is located.
Russian Fairy Tales
More than 20 Russian fairy tales, most with both a short and a long version, from Tradestone Gallery.
A scholarly approach to the story, which includes bibliographies, background information, and links to many different versions of the story, from a Rutgers University professor.
SurLaLune Fairy Tales
This is an excellent site, with the texts of fairy tales, illustrations, annotations and numerous other resources.
Cinderella - Readers Respond with Favorite Versions and Editi…
See readers' responses to the question, "What's your favorite Cinderella picture book and why?" and answer the question yourself about your favorite Cinderella picture book.
Finn McCool and the Great Fish
Irish Folktale - Finn McCool and the Great Fish by Eve Bunting is a picture book retelling of the legend of Finn McCool from Irish folklore. If you are looking for an entertaining folktale from Ireland for kids for St. Patrick's Day or anytime, I recommend Finn McCool and the Great Fish by Eve Bunting.