Fairy Tales

I recommend acquiring a collection of the Brothers Grimm, of Hans Christian Andersen, and The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang.

Listed below are picture and chapter book recommendations.

Curdie_went_on_after_her,_flashing_his_torch_about.“Fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.”

G.K. Chesterton

Illustrated Fairy Tales

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

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I am searching for an excellent picture book 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

Chapter Books



Batten_-_Europa'sFairyTalesBeauty and the Beast by Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, available at Gutenberg.org

“. . . and their happiness, as it was founded on virtue, was complete.”

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