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. For more engaging reads for kids, check out these Top Picks lists: Picture Books and Funny Books for Kids.

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A Bean, a Stalk and a Boy Named Jack Book Poster Image
Funny, fractured version of "Jack and the Beanstalk."
By William Joyce
(2014)
(2014)
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Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems Book Poster Image
Silly dino twist on Goldilocks tale is roaring good fun.
By Mo Willems
(2012)
(2012)
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The Lion & the Mouse Book Poster Image
Retold fable with out-of-this-world art; a true keepsake.
By Jerry Pinkney
(2010)
(2009)
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Little Red Riding Hood Book Poster Image
Captivating artwork makes classic wolf tale howl.
By Jerry Pinkney
(2007)
(2007)
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The Mermaid Book Poster Image
Delightful retelling of Goldilocks as undersea mermaid tale.
By Jan Brett
(2017)
(2017)
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Rapunzel Book Poster Image
Retelling of classic brims with passion and grace.
By Paul O. Zelinsky
(2003)
(1997)
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The Three Billy Goats Gruff Book Poster Image
Classic tale given new, thoughtful ending and exquisite art.
By Jerry Pinkney
(2017)
(2017)
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The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs Book Poster Image
Delightful story is a surefire attention-grabber.
By Jon Scieszka
(2003)
(1996)
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Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales Book Poster Image
Fun, lauded read stays true to classics, axed wolf and all.
By Lucy Cousins
(2010)
(2009)
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Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe Series Book Poster Image
Irreverent twists on fairy tales keep new readers guessing.
By Noah Z. Jones
(2016)
(2014)
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Sylvia Long's Thumbelina Book Poster Image
Exquisite watercolors bring magic to this classic story.
By Sylvia Long
(2010)
(2010)
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The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes Book Poster Image
Clever twist on classic tale adds dimension and great art.
By Ying Chang Compestine
(2018)
(2017)
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Hansel & Gretel Book Poster Image
Retelling of familiar tale has exquisite art, rich prose.
By Neil Gaiman
(2014)
(2014)
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Gris Grimly's Tales from the Brothers Grimm Book Poster Image
Favorite tales get grim, gothic treatment and stylish art.
By Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm
(2016)
(2016)
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Jack: The True Story of Jack & the Beanstalk Book Poster Image
Exciting, funny, fractured fairy tale of boy vs. giants.
By Liesl Shurtliff
(2015)
(2015)
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Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy Book Poster Image
Timid girl becomes hero in brisk "Snow Queen" update.
By Karen Foxlee
(2014)
(2014)
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The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine Book Poster Image
Found Mark Twain fairy tale made vibrantly new and classic.
By Mark Twain, Philip C. Stead
(2017)
(2017)
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Ratpunzel: Hamster Princess, Book 3 Book Poster Image
Adventurous princess does the rescuing in fun graphic novel.
By Ursula Vernon
(2016)
(2016)
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Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin Book Poster Image
Fractured fairy tale will charm and delight young readers.
By Liesl Shurtliff
(2013)
(2013)
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Whatever After Series Book Poster Image
Plot twists in beloved fairy tales make spirited stories.
By Sarah Mlynowski
(2015)
(2012)
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The Land of Stories: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales Book Poster Image
Retold classics provide origin story for blockbuster series.
By Chris Colfer
(2016)
(2016)
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The Sisters Grimm Series Book Poster Image
Fascinating fractured fairy tales grow darker, tenser.
By Michael Buckley
(2012)
(2005)
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In a Glass Grimmly Book Poster Image
Fractured fairy tale is clever, touching, and violent.
By Adam Gidwitz
(2013)
(2012)
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Red:  The True Story of Red Riding Hood Book Poster Image
Strong heroine leads the adventure in fairy tale revamp.
By Liesl Shurtliff
(2016)
(2016)
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The Sleeper and the Spindle Book Poster Image
Sly combo of two fairy tales makes for literary magic.
By Neil Gaiman
(2015)
(2015)
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A Tale Dark and Grimm Book Poster Image
Exciting, funny, violent, and touching Hansel & Gretel tale.
By Adam Gidwitz
(2011)
(2010)
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Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book Book Poster Image
Belle gets lured into book in dark but enchanting spin-off.
By Jennifer Donnelly
(2017)
(2017)
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Hunted Book Poster Image
Strong hunter-girl Beauty takes on Beast in this retelling.
By Meagan Spooner
(2017)
(2017)
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