Books Inspired by Asian Folklore and Mythology
Political intrigue, swoon-worthy romance, fierce heroes, mythical creatures—the books on this list have it all! But most notably, all of these stories were inspired by the legends and folktales that can be heard throughout the Asian continent. An important part of many Asian societies and cultures, stories and myths impart history, wisdom, and tradition as they're told from generation to generation. With immersive story worlds and compelling main characters, folktales are a great way for kids and teens to connect with their own heritage and learn about the histories of cultures other than their own. From imaginative retellings of familiar tales to exciting new adventures set in Asian-inspired worlds, the books below reflect the rich diversity that can be found across Asia. For more great reads, check out Stories Set in Asia and the Pacific Islands.