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Aesop's Fables for Children

Check out these timeless fables from the storyteller Aesop. These stories have entertained children with their familiar animal characters for centuries! Every child should read about the mouse who saved the lion, the tortoise who raced the hare, the boy who cried wolf, and all of Aesop's characters and morals.

These fables are too good to miss! The best news? You can check out 60 books with your Richland Library card and when you've finished this list, just call your closest Richland Library location and the staff will recommend more titles for your fan of timeless tales!


Amazon Says: Filled with timeless wisdom, these ancient fables are brought to life in an interpretation that emphasizes the familiar animals in a dozen tales more...
Amazon Says: Filled with timeless wisdom, these ancient fables are brought to life in an interpretation that emphasizes the familiar animals in a dozen tales less...
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Amazon Says: Selected fables from Aesop include The Night Singer, Honesty Is the Best Policy, and The Milkmaid and Her Pail. more...
Amazon Says: Selected fables from Aesop include The Night Singer, Honesty Is the Best Policy, and The Milkmaid and Her Pail. less...
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Mouse & Lion by Rand Burkert
Amazon Says: From the illustrator of the classic edition of Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs On a ridge above the Kalihari, Lion naps, until Mouse bumbles into him, willy-nilly, startling more...
Amazon Says: From the illustrator of the classic edition of Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs On a ridge above the Kalihari, Lion naps, until Mouse bumbles into him, willy-nilly, startling him awake. After a show of teeth, Lion is softened by Mouse's pledge of loyalty and sets him free. When a cold moon brings a humbling lesson, Lion comes to recognize Mouse's keen skill, and deeper kindness. Mouse and Lion, Aesop's fabled duo, renew their ancient bond in this warm retelling by Rand Burkert, illuminated by the authentic natural detail of Nancy Ekholm Burkert's art. less...
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Amazon Says: A stunning collection of Aesop's fables from bestselling author and illustrator Eric Carle! Eric Carle brings to life Aesop's fables with his gorgeous illustrations and charm more...
Amazon Says: A stunning collection of Aesop's fables from bestselling author and illustrator Eric Carle! Eric Carle brings to life Aesop's fables with his gorgeous illustrations and charming retelling of the classic stories. Designed to engage and delight readers of all ages, this collection contains some of Aesop's most timeless tales. Beautifully reissued, this new book has all the enchantment of Eric Carle's art plus traditional morals of the fables. less...
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The Boy Who Cried Wolf by B. G. Hennessy
Amazon Says: "Nothing ever happens here," the shepherd thinks. But the bored boy knows what would be exciting: He cries that a wolf is after his sheep, and the town's people come running. more...
Amazon Says: "Nothing ever happens here," the shepherd thinks. But the bored boy knows what would be exciting: He cries that a wolf is after his sheep, and the town's people come running. How often can that trick work, though? B.G. Hennessy's retelling of this timeless fable is infused with fanciful whimsy through Boris Kulikov's hilarious and ingenious illustrations. This tale is sure to leave readers grinning sheepishly. less...
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Amazon Says: Four classic fables are artfully woven together to make a single story in this lushly illustrated picture book. "The Fox and the Grapes," "The Fox and the Crow," "The Fox and more...
Amazon Says: Four classic fables are artfully woven together to make a single story in this lushly illustrated picture book. "The Fox and the Grapes," "The Fox and the Crow," "The Fox and the Goat," and "The Fox and the Stork" all come together to make an unusually eventful day for a tricky fox who is not quite as clever as he imagines. less...
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Aesop's Fables by Jerry Pinkney
Amazon Says: In this elegantly designed volume, more than sixty of Aesop's timeless fables have been carefully selected, humorously retold, and brought gloriously to life by four-time Cald more...
Amazon Says: In this elegantly designed volume, more than sixty of Aesop's timeless fables have been carefully selected, humorously retold, and brought gloriously to life by four-time Caldecott Honor-winner Jerry Pinkney. Included are the Shepherd Boy and The Wolf, the Lion and the Mouse, the Tortoise and the Hare, plus many other charactersand moralsthat have inspired countless readers for centuries. With more than fifty magnificent full-color illustrations, this handsome edition is a must for every bookshelf. less...
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Amazon Says: Presents an illustrated collection of Aesop's fables interwoven with Father Fox's own unique interpretations of the stories. more...
Amazon Says: Presents an illustrated collection of Aesop's fables interwoven with Father Fox's own unique interpretations of the stories. less...
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Amazon Says: Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of this classic depiction of Aesop on stage, here, in all their wisdom and humor, are the best of these timeless fables, selected and ada more...
Amazon Says: Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of this classic depiction of Aesop on stage, here, in all their wisdom and humor, are the best of these timeless fables, selected and adapted by Barbara McClintock and illustrated in her inimitable nineteenth-century anthropomorphic style. This collection contains the artist's interpretations of nine fables, including such familiar ones as "The Fox and the Grapes," and a fine selection of lesser-known examples, "The Wolf and the Lamb" and "The Crow and the Peacocks." All are revitalized by McClintock's uncanny ability to capture humanity, with all its strengths and weaknesses, in the expressions of her exquisitely drawn costumed creations. Filled with the delicacy of line and color that has come to be her trademark, these images are bound to please readers of all ages as well as collectors of fables for another generation. less...
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The Ant and the Grasshopper by Amy Lowry Poole
Amazon Says: Stunning paintings and an expressive retelling blend Eastern and Western traditions to bring new meaning to a tale by Aesop, which is set in the Imperial Chinese Emperor's Sum more...
Amazon Says: Stunning paintings and an expressive retelling blend Eastern and Western traditions to bring new meaning to a tale by Aesop, which is set in the Imperial Chinese Emperor's Summer Palace. less...
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But Who Will Bell the Cats? by Cynthia Von Buhler
Amazon Says: Finally, the solution to Aesop’s age-old question: Who will bell the cats? Mouse and his friend, Brown Bat, are determined to get out of the basement and into the ba more...
Amazon Says: Finally, the solution to Aesop’s age-old question: Who will bell the cats? Mouse and his friend, Brown Bat, are determined to get out of the basement and into the banquet hall to join the fun and frolicking there. But escape won’t be easy with the cats blocking their efforts . . .          It will take many attempts and a surprising solution for Mouse and Bat to succeed.              Cynthia von Buhler’s enchanted upstairs/downstairs world shows readers the rewards of determination, bravery, and creativity—and reminds them of the uncomplicated power of kindness. less...
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Amazon Says: In this retelling of a classic fable from Aesop, we learn that being the most forceful does not make you the strongest. Sometimes the greatest strength comes from a place of g more...
Amazon Says: In this retelling of a classic fable from Aesop, we learn that being the most forceful does not make you the strongest. Sometimes the greatest strength comes from a place of gentleness. less...
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The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
Amazon Says: The Caldecott Award-winning fable of compassion and kindness retold by acclaimed artist Jerry Pinkney. In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney's wordless adaptation of o more...
Amazon Says: The Caldecott Award-winning fable of compassion and kindness retold by acclaimed artist Jerry Pinkney. In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney's wordless adaptation of one of Aesop's most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted. After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he'd planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher's trap. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively-drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling, and his stunning pictures speak volumes. less...
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Amazon Says: A tongue-in-cheek collection of unorthodox fables conveys the age-old lessons of Aesop with such wacky combinations as a cockroach and a dog, a pigeon and a salami, and a sill more...
Amazon Says: A tongue-in-cheek collection of unorthodox fables conveys the age-old lessons of Aesop with such wacky combinations as a cockroach and a dog, a pigeon and a salami, and a silly bunch of sheep. less...
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