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Fairy Tales for Young Children

Fairy tales are essential to any childhood. These timeless tales not only teach morals and story structure, but they also promote emotional development, cultural awareness, and problem solving – all while stimulating your child’s imagination!

Check out this selection of fairy tales for young children! The best news? You can check out 60 books with your Richland Library card. When you’ve finished this list, just call your closest Richland Library location and the staff will recommend more titles for your enchanted reader.


Chicken Little by Rebecca Emberley
Amazon Says: BONK! An award-winning father-daughter team make the sky fall an entirely new way.You may already know the tale of a not-quite-so-bright little chicken whose encounter with an more...
Amazon Says: BONK! An award-winning father-daughter team make the sky fall an entirely new way.You may already know the tale of a not-quite-so-bright little chicken whose encounter with an acorn and gravity convinces him the sky is falling, but youÕve never seen the story told this way. A brilliant collaboration brings us a bold and colorful retelling of the classic tale, as crazy-eyed Chicken and all his panicked friends run away from the sky and right into an eye-catching gatefold surprise. less...
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Cinderella by K. Y. Craft
Amazon Says: This brilliant edition of a timeless story is sure to become the favorite of a generation. Readers young and old will be enchanted by the vision and mastery of Kinuko Y. Craft more...
Amazon Says: This brilliant edition of a timeless story is sure to become the favorite of a generation. Readers young and old will be enchanted by the vision and mastery of Kinuko Y. Craft's luminous paintings, inspired by the lavish artwork of late seventeenth-century France and embellished with extraordinary borders and ornamentation. Rich with radiant color and astonishing detail, here is a dream come true for anyone who has ever believed in living happily ever after. less...
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Amazon Says: Jack receives beans as pay for a job he completes and lo and behold, those beans lead him up a beanstalk and into the company of giants! In her innovative photo-collage style, more...
Amazon Says: Jack receives beans as pay for a job he completes and lo and behold, those beans lead him up a beanstalk and into the company of giants! In her innovative photo-collage style, Nina Crews freshens up a beloved children’s tale for today’s young readers. less...
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Sleeping Beauty by J & W Grimm
Amazon Says: Maja Dusíková’s beautiful illustrations make this retelling of the classic Brother’s Grimm story a magical addition to any bookshelf. The addition of darling animals thr more...
Amazon Says: Maja Dusíková’s beautiful illustrations make this retelling of the classic Brother’s Grimm story a magical addition to any bookshelf. The addition of darling animals throughout the story and cut-away views of the castle will bring children back again and again to look at the pictures. less...
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Hansel and Gretel by Jacob Grimm
Amazon Says: A poor woodcutter's children, lost in the forest, come upon a house made of bread, cakes, and candy, occupied by a wicked witch who likes to have children for dinner. more...
Amazon Says: A poor woodcutter's children, lost in the forest, come upon a house made of bread, cakes, and candy, occupied by a wicked witch who likes to have children for dinner. less...
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The Princess and the Pea by Rachel Isadora
Amazon Says: When a prince sets out to find a princess to marry, he soon discovers this is not a simple task. There is no shortage of so-called princesses, but how can he tell whether or n more...
Amazon Says: When a prince sets out to find a princess to marry, he soon discovers this is not a simple task. There is no shortage of so-called princesses, but how can he tell whether or not they are what they claim to be? Then one night, a great storm rages, there?s a knock on the palace gate, and the prince?s life is never the same. Caldecott Honor?winning artist Rachel Isadora exquisitely illustrates this retelling of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale and takes readers to a beautiful African setting?a first for the ?true story? of a tiny pea that changed everything. less...
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Little Red Riding Hood by Trina Schart Hyman
Amazon Says: On her way to deliver a basket of food to her sick grandmother, Elisabeth encounters a sly wolf. more...
Amazon Says: On her way to deliver a basket of food to her sick grandmother, Elisabeth encounters a sly wolf. less...
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The Three Little Pigs by James Marshall
Amazon Says: Marshall breathes fresh new life into this familiar favorite with funny new dialogue and exuberant cartoonlike illustrations. As Publishers Weekly raved, "There are fairy tale more...
Amazon Says: Marshall breathes fresh new life into this familiar favorite with funny new dialogue and exuberant cartoonlike illustrations. As Publishers Weekly raved, "There are fairy tales, and there are Marshall's tales. Readers can be forgiven for preferring his over all the rest." less...
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Amazon Says: Burkert's tapestrylike paintings, strong yet delicately detailed, radiate a spiritual beauty that enriches the movement of the story in its medieval setting. Jarrell's style, more...
Amazon Says: Burkert's tapestrylike paintings, strong yet delicately detailed, radiate a spiritual beauty that enriches the movement of the story in its medieval setting. Jarrell's style, graceful and dignified, stays close to the original."-Starred/Booklist less...
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The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone
Amazon Says: “The classic tale of the old couple, with no children of their own, who bake a gingerbread boy to keep them company. Just as the little old woman is about to take him from th more...
Amazon Says: “The classic tale of the old couple, with no children of their own, who bake a gingerbread boy to keep them company. Just as the little old woman is about to take him from the oven, he slips away and runs out the door past a cow, a horse, a group of threshers, mowers, etc. All follow in hot pursuit until the gingerbread boy meets up with a wily fox, and ‘at last and at last he went the way of every single gingerbread boy that ever came out of an oven . . . He was all gone!’ A wonderfully frenetic cross-country chase is depicted in Galdone’s broadly humorous color wash drawings. Of the eight editions of this well-known story now in print, this hilarious version is the most delectable.” —School Library Journal, starred “Galdone has already proven many times over that he is perfectly at home with those traditional nursery tales that are still preschoolers’ favorites, and his expressive, unassuming style just right for their very young audience. . . . Children will follow along breathlessly . . . right up to that last snip snap snip when the Gingerbread Boy goes ‘the way of every single gingerbread boy that ever came out of an oven.’”—Kirkus Reviews less...
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Amazon Says: Caldecott Medal winner Jerry Pinkney enlivens the beloved fable with cheerful and classically beautiful illustrations, making this the ideal edition for every child more...
Amazon Says: Caldecott Medal winner Jerry Pinkney enlivens the beloved fable with cheerful and classically beautiful illustrations, making this the ideal edition for every child’s library.   As he did with his Caldecott-winning The Lion and the Mouse, Jerry Pinkney has masterfully adapted this story of the hardworking hen and her lazy neighbors. Its Golden Rule message and sassy finale are just as relevant and satisfying as ever. Read it in tandem with Pinkney’s Puss in Boots and The Tortoise and the Hare or David Wiesner’s The Three Pigs.     "Perfect [for] sharing with one listener, or a crowd." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)   “Cheerful [and] luminous. Kids will gleefully chime in.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)   “A lush light-filled rendition of a folktale staple.”—School Library Journal (starred review) less...
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The Three Bears by Byron Barton
Amazon Says: In a rhythmic text with striking pictures, Byron Barton retells the classic fairytale of the three bears and a little girl named Goldilocks. Barton's simple words, bold images more...
Amazon Says: In a rhythmic text with striking pictures, Byron Barton retells the classic fairytale of the three bears and a little girl named Goldilocks. Barton's simple words, bold images, and imaginative use of color have made his many picture books perennial favorites with very young children. Young readers will love the rhythmic refrain throughout the story.Supports the Common Core State Standards less...
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Amazon Says: The three goat brothers brave the terrible troll in a colorful version of the classic tale. more...
Amazon Says: The three goat brothers brave the terrible troll in a colorful version of the classic tale. less...
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The Frog Prince by Kathy-Jo Wargin
Amazon Says: The youngest daughter of the king lives a very special life, indeed. Her days are spent in lovely gowns, playing happily with her favorite golden ball. When her beloved ball more...
Amazon Says: The youngest daughter of the king lives a very special life, indeed. Her days are spent in lovely gowns, playing happily with her favorite golden ball. When her beloved ball is lost, she strikes a bargain for its return with a thick, green frog—a deal she doesn’t intend to keep! But the ugly frog, refusing to be left behind by the fleeing princess, insists she share her life with him as promised. This Brothers Grimm tale of a spoiled princess finding her handsome prince by breaking a witch’s spell has enchanted readers since it was written in the early 1800s. With enchantingly elegant illustrations, Anne Yvonne Gilbert brings Kathy-jo Wargin’s retelling of the classic to a new generation of readers. less...
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Rapunzel by Brothers Grimm
Amazon Says: Surely among the most original and gifted of children's book illustrators, Paul O. Zelinsky has once again with unmatched emotional authority, control of space, and narrative more...
Amazon Says: Surely among the most original and gifted of children's book illustrators, Paul O. Zelinsky has once again with unmatched emotional authority, control of space, and narrative capability brought forth a unique vision for an age-old tale. Few artists at work today can touch the level at which his paintings tell a story and exert their hold. Zelinsky's retelling of Rapunzel reaches back beyond the Grimms to a late-seventeenth-century French tale by Mlle. la Force, who based hers on the Neapolitan tale Petrosinella in a collection popular at the time. The artist understands the story's fundamentals to be about possessiveness, confinement, and separation, rather than about punishment and deprivation. Thus the tower the sorceress gives Rapunzel here is not a desolate, barren structure of denial but one of esoteric beauty on the outside and physical luxury within. And the world the artist creates through the elements in his paintings the palette, control of light, landscape, characters, architecture, interiors, costumes speaks to us not of an ugly witch who cruelly imprisons a beautiful young girl, but of a mother figure who powerfully resists her child's inevitable growth, and of a young woman and man who must struggle in the wilderness for the self-reliance that is the true beginning of their adulthood. As ever, and yet always somehow in newly arresting fashion, Paul O. Zelinsky's work thrillingly shows us the events of the story while guiding us beyond them to the truths that have made it endure. less...
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Rumpelstiltskin by Paul Galdone
Amazon Says: The classic Grimm tale of the strange little man who helps the miller's daughter spin straw into gold. more...
Amazon Says: The classic Grimm tale of the strange little man who helps the miller's daughter spin straw into gold. less...
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