Illustrated Fairy Tales

Every effort is made to find the best version, based on the quality of the prose, pedagogical value, and illustrations.

  • Beauty and the Beast by Marianna Mayer, illustrated by Mercer Mayer
  • Children of the Forest by Elska Beskow
  • Cinderella by Kinuko Y. Craft
  • Boots & the Glass Mountain by Claire Martin, illustrated by Gennady Spirin
  • The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker (poetry)
  • The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone
  • The Girl in the Golden Bower by Jane Yolen
  • Grandfather Twilight by Barbara Berger
  • Jack and the Beanstalk by E. Nesbit, illustrated by Matt Tavares
    Be aware: some gruesome illustrations.
  • The Kitchen Knight by Margaret Hodges, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
  • King Midas and the Golden Touch by Charlotte Craft, illustrated by Kinuko Y. Craft
  • Little Red Cap by Lisbeth Zwerger
  • Little Red Riding Hood by Trina Schart Hyman
  • Nibble Nibble Mousekin: A Tale of Hansel and Gretel by Joan Walsh Anglund
  • Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, illustrated by Roberto Innocenti (chapter book) 
    Be aware: one image is not suitable for young children.
  • Puss in Boots by Paul Galdone
  • Rapunzel by Barbara Rogasky, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
  • Rose Red and Snow White by Ruth Sanderson
  • Saint George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
  • The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde, illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger
  • The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde, illustrated by Ritva Voutila
  • Sleeping Beauty by Kinuko Y. Craft
  • Snow White by Paul Heins, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
  • Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs by Randall Jerrell, illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert
  • The Tasha Tudor Book of Fairy Tales by Tasha Tudor
  • The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (original text), illustrated by William Nicholson
  • The White Cat by Robert D. San Souci, illustrated by Gennady Spirin

I am searching for an excellent version of the following tales: East of the Sun and West of the Moon, The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Fisherman and His Wife, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, King Thrushbeard, The Little Mermaid, The Nightingale, Rumpelstiltskin, The Snow Queen, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Three Little Pigs, Tom Thumb, The Town Musicians of Bremen, The Wild Swans

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Note: Please use your own discretion. Some fairy tales have dark content and may be best for older children.