Ages 4-8; PrK-gr.3.
For years, the king and queen have tried desperately to have a baby. Their wish was granted twice, when an engineer and a witch gave them a little wooden robot and an enchanted log princess. But there's just one catch: every night when the log princess sleeps, she transforms back into an ordinary log, and can only be woken up with magic words.
Ages 4-7; PrK-Gr.3.
Honoring the path of a slave, this dramatic picture-book biography and concise anthology of Aesop's most child-friendly fables tells how a child born into slavery in ancient Greece found a way to speak out against injustice by using the skill and wit of his storytelling--storytelling that has survived for 2,500 years.
Ages 4-8; PrK-Gr.3.
In this captivating reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen's classic, Caldecott medalist and bestselling artist Jerry Pinkney conjures a poignant friendship story and an epic tale of redemption -- the definitive new version for our time.
Ages 4-8; Gr.1-4.
The story of a child confronting a man-eating giant or witch is told the world over. These heroes go by many names and might be normal in size or no bigger than a thumb. Though they're often scorned for being the youngest and smallest, they're well-armed with cleverness and courage. In this companion to Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal, Paul Fleischman and Julie Paschkis combine elements of this story from different traditions--Jack and the Beanstalk, Tom Thumb, Kihuo, Vasilisa--to create one narrative, one complete picture of a small boy's triumph.
Lexile measure AD470L; Ages 5-7; PrK-Gr.2
In this playfully subversive fairytale, the ever-skeptical Cat learns that wishes can come true--just not always in the ways we expect. At turns sly and sweet, this clever story about friendship will leave no doubt that true magic lies in our connections with others, not just the wishes we make.
Ages 4-8; PrK-Gr.2.
Ruby's mind is always full of ideas. One day, she finds some old boards and decides to build something. She invites her brothers to help, but they just laugh and tell her she doesn't know how to build.
Lexile measure AD410L; Ages 4-8; PrK-K.
Bedtime prayers take flight on paper airplanes, traveling all the way to the moon. There, Rabbit gathers the night's haul, grinds wishes into stardust, and fills the sky with their starlight. But one night Rabbit takes a wish and makes it float down to Earth; when it comes true he makes new friends and the star work takes a back seat to some well-earned fun.
Ages 4-8; PrK-Gr.3.
A magnificently illustrated Chinese folklore tale about a tigress, a seer, a King, and the prince, who must leave his family and learn the ways of the tigers so that the war between man and animal can end.
Ming Da is only nine years old when he becomes the emperor of China, and his three advisors take advantage of him by stealing his stores of rice, gold, and precious stones. But Ming Da has a plan. With the help of his tailors, he comes up with a clever idea to outsmart his devious advisors: He asks his tailors to make "magical" new clothes for him.
Lexile measure AD540L; Ages 4-8; Prk-Gr.2.
A striking under-the-sea version of Goldilocks with bonus storytelling in the borders, as only Jan Brett could create. When Kiniro, a young mermaid, comes upon a gorgeous house made of seashells and coral, she is so curious that she goes inside.
Pattan has an amazing pumpkin. It grows bigger than the goats, bigger than the elephants... so BIG that it is as TALL as the mountains. Then one day, the storm clouds burst and the waters rise. Pattan, his family, and all the animals are in danger from the momentous flood. Can Pattan and his giant pumpkin save the day?
Lexile measure AD530L; Ages 4-8; PrK-Gr.2; Pura Belpre Award (Illustrator) Winner, 2018.
The Princess and the Pea gets a fresh twist in this charming bilingual retelling. El principe knows this girl is the one for him, but, as usual, his mother doesn't agree. The queen has a secret test in mind to see if this girl is really a princesa.
Ages 2-4; PrK-Gr.2.
The classic story of Rapunzel gets a fresh twist in this vibrant Indian spin on the beloved fairy tale!Once upon a time, there was a girl with long, long hair, who lived in a tall, tall tower...
A gorgeous gift for imaginative young readers. In this highly illustrated collection meet the cat who walked by himself, discover how the lazy camel got his hump, how the elephant got his long trunk, find out why the rhino has such wrinkly skin and how the whale got his teeny tiny throat.
Where's Halmoni? is a beautifully illustrated, adventure-filled picture book in a graphic novel style, which follows the story of a young Korean girl and boy whose search for their missing grandmother leads them into a world inspired by Korean folklore, filled with mischievous goblins (dokkebi), a greedy tiger, a clever rabbit, and a wily fox.
In this Appalachian version of "The Kind and the Unkind Girls," two sisters--Bess and Tess--are sent by their mother to draw water from the Well-at-the-End-of-the-World. Along the way they meet a bear, a mountain lion, a wild boar, and three little foxes.
Age 4-8; PrK-Gr.2.
Get to know the softer side of your favorite fairy tale baddies as they return home from a full day of scheming to enjoy a yummy dinner together and help one another get ready for bed.
Lexile measure 450; Ages 5-7; K-Gr.2.
The big bad wolf has a plan...but so does Little Red! On her way to Grandma's house, Little Red meets a wolf. Which might scare some little girls, but not this little girl. She knows just what the wolf is up to, and she's not going to let him get away with it.
Flora is playing with her brothers and sisters by the loch when she notices a stunning white horse. While her siblings clamour for a chance to ride the beautiful animal, Flora is worried. Where has this strange horse come from? Why are its hoof prints wet?Too late Flora realises this is no horse! It's a kelpie:a shape-shifting water horse from Scottish folklore known to steal children.
Ages 3-6; PrK-Gr.2.
A playful grasshopper wonders why the busy ants around him won't join in his merrymaking as the seasons pass by. But when winter arrives, he soon sees the value of his friends' hard work--just as the ants learn the value of sharing what they've worked for.
Ages 4-8; Gr.K-3.
In this remarkable retelling of Beauty and the Beast, award-winning illustrator Pat Cummings creates an enchanted fairy-tale world flavored by the art, architecture, and culture of West Africa, while writer H. Chuku Lee stays true to the story of this beloved classic.
Ages 5-9; Gr.k-3. Story told in a mixture of Spanish and English.
A smart, snappy, bilingual retelling of Little Red Riding Hood Winner of a Pura Belpre Honor for Illustration While Roja picks flowers on the way to her grandma's, a mean wolf sneaks away with her cape to surprise Abuelita.
Princess Sue dreams of finding her Prince Charming. But when that Prince proves to be a bit more traditional than what she had hoped for, Princess Sue--along with the help of fiery dragon--becomes determined to find a way to get the fairy-tale ending that she always envisioned for herself.
Lexile measure 620L; K-Gr.2.
Shiraz, a kind-hearted young girl growing up in Tehran, has a miserable life at home with her stepmother and stepsister, who treat her like a servant. When the wind blows Shiraz's ball of wool into the garden next door, she spends the day helping and caring for the old lady who lives there, with miraculous results.
Lexile measure AD730L; Ages 5-9; Gr.K-3.
Once upon a time, in a little village in India, there lived an old woman. Everyone in the village called her Grandma. One day, Grandma received a letter from her daughter, who lived on the other side of the jungle. "Please come and visit me," said the letter. "I haven't seen you in so long. I miss you." And so, Grandma begins a perilous journey to the far side of the jungle. Can she use her keen wit to escape the jungle animals and make it safely home?
Lexile measure AD680L; Ages 5-9; Gr.Prk-3
It's time to go to market, so Nasreddine loads up the donkey and sets off with his father. But when onlookers criticize his father for riding while Nasreddine walks, the boy is ashamed. The following week, Nasreddine persuades his father to walk, and let him ride -- but then people criticize the boy for making his father walk! No matter what Nasreddine tries, it seems that someone always finds something to disapprove of.
Ages 4-8; Gr.k-3.
Once upon a time. . . A princess danced, a princess dreamed, another found a pea. One kissed a frog, one saved a bird, another crossed the sea. One ate an apple, one tamed a beast, one lost a satin shoe. And another spun straw into gold, in ten tales told anew!
Ages 6-9; Gr.1-4.
Eight ancient legends of Ireland, told for younger children by an acclaimed Irish writer and reviewer. The stories are all linked by themes of magic and enchantment, and are perfectly matched by Irish illustrator Olwyn Whelan's brightly coloured and decorative paintings.
Lexile measure 510
As a merchant makes his way to the market, he comes across a beautiful tiger that has fallen down a hole. The merchant is kind enough to help the tiger out of the hole, but once he does, the tiger wants to eat him!
Ages 5-9; Gr.k-4.
For generations, children have been enchanted by the tale of the clever cat in fancy boots who outsmarts a king and a sorcerer to win a castle and a bride for his penniless master. The humor, the magic, and a lush Renaissance setting are all on glorious display, and a well-placed gatefold adds to the drama.
Ages 6-11, gr. K-3.
Disguised in servant's clothes, an Afghani shah slips out of his palace to learn more about his people. When he encounters a poor Jewish shoemaker full of faith that everything will turn out just as it should, the shah grows curious.
Lexile measure 500; Book level 3.2; Ages 5-8.
On his way to Baghdad, Joha discovers a wishing stick. But how does it work? Joha makes some wishes, and the opposites come true. His old sandals disappear when he wishes for a new pair. He carries a donkey on his back after wishing for a donkey to carry him. And when the sultan gets hold of the stick, things really get out of control.
Ages 5-8; Gr.Prk-Gr.2.
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.
Guided Reading Level: J; Lexile measure 650; ages 4-9; book level 4.5
A gorgeous, Caldecott Honor-winning version of the classic story For over one hundred years The Ugly Duckling has been a childhood favorite, and Jerry Pinkney's spectacular adaptation brings it triumphantly to new generations of readers. With keen emotion and fresh vision, the acclaimed artist captures the essence of the tale's timeless appeal: The journey of the awkward little bird--marching bravely through hecklers, hunters, and cruel seasons--is an unforgettable survival story; this blooming into a graceful swan is a reminder of the patience often necessary to discover true happiness.
Lexile measure 830; Ages 4-8; Gr.K-2.
Resets Hans Christian Andersen's tale, The ugly duckling, in the Northern Piney Woods of Alaska, where a baby moose is raised by a family of ducks who try to teach him to waddle, quack, and fly but cannot see his true beauty.
Lexile measure 720; ages 4-8; book level 3.1; gr. K-2.
Martina the beautiful cockroach doesn't know coffee beans about love and marriage. That's where her Cuban family comes in. While some of the Cucarachas offer her gifts to make her more attractive, only Abuela, her grandmother, gives her something really useful: un consejo increíble, some shocking advice.
Lexile measure 420; Book level 1.7; Ages 5-8; Gr.K-2.
There was once a woman who had a little pot for a child. Tunjur! Tunjur! Tunjur!--that was the sound the pot made as it rolled everywhere. Unfortunately the pot wasn't old enough to know the difference between right and wrong. That naughty pot ran off with things that did not belong to her until she learned her lesson...the hard way!
Lexile measure 590; Ages 5-8; PrK-Gr.2.
Maybe you think you know the story of the big race between Rabbit and Turtle. Think again! In this story from the Choctaw People, Tim Tingle shows that it was not being slow and steady that won Turtle the big race, it was those feathers!!!
Guided Reading Level: L; Lexile measure 430; ages 5-10; book level 2.4
One night a boy is woken by a terrible sound. A storm is breaking, lightning flashing across the sky. In the morning Dad is gone and Mum doesn't seem to know when he'll be back. The next day Mum asks her son to take a cake to his sick grandma. "Don't go into the forest, " she warns. "Go the long way round." But, for the first time, the boy chooses to take the path into the forest, where he meets a variety of fairy tale characters.
Guided Reading Level Q; Lexile measure 800; ages 4-9; book level 4.5
Herb never imagined the dangers when he decided to scribble on and cut up his book of fairy tales. But then, he never thought he'd fall into the book one night!
Book level 4; Ages 4-8; Gr.K-3.
Can the legendary trickster be out-tricked? All the young men had gathered in the village courtyard to hear the Chief's pronouncement: Whoever guesses his daughter's name will have her hand in marriage, inherit half his riches, and become the next Chief.
Guided Reading Level: J; Lexile measure 220; Ages 3-8; Grade level 2.1
This vibrant, joyous retelling of a traditional Liberian creation story shows how much can be accomplished with a little cooperation.
Book level 2.3; Ages 4-8; Gr.2-3.
This Caldecott Medal-winning picture book begins placidly (and familiarly) enough, with three pigs collecting materials and going off to build houses of straw, sticks, and bricks. But the wolf's huffing and puffing blows the first pig right out of the story . . . and into the realm of pure imagination.
Long ago in a province in China there lived an emperor whose greatest pleasure in life was to dress in new clothes. So begins Demi's retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale about a proud emperor who does not see what is obvious until he hears the truth from a child.
Lexile measure AD440; Book level 3.6; Ages 5-8; Gr.K-2.
Mary Pope Osborne and Giselle Potter's funny, magical retelling of a favorite fairy tale featuring Kate, a new and inspiring heroine. Readers will cheer on the resourceful, gutsy Kate as she outsmarts the famously greedy giant.
Lexile measure 540; Book level 3.7; Ages 5-8; Gr.K-2; Guided reading O
A Caldecott Honor author/illustrator team brings us a Caribbean Cinderella story, told from the perspective of the magical godmother.
Lexile measure 800;Book level 3.9; Ages 4-8; Gr.k-2.
One of Jan Brett's most popular picture books--now available in a gift set containing a board book edition of "The Mitten" and a pair of stretchy, one-size-fits-all mittens.
Lexile measure 800; Gr.K-3; Guided reading M
When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works in this classic Caldecott Honor book from Tomie dePaola.
Lexile measure AD790; Ages 4-6; Gr.K-2; Guided reading L
Like most rebellious children, the green frogs in this Korean folktale love to disobey their mother. What-ever she asks them to do, they do the opposite . . . until their bad habit lands them in trouble.
Lexile measure 350; Book level 1.9; Ages 4-8; Gr.Prk-3; Guided reading K
"It's a pillar," says one. "It's a fan," says another. One by one, the seven blind mice investigate the strange Something by the pond. And one by one, they come back with a different theory. It's only when the seventh mouse goes out-and explores the whole Something-that the mice see the whole truth.
Lexile measure 930; Book level 5.6; Ages 5-9; Gr.K-3; Guided reading P
A pair of mandarin ducks, separated by a cruel lord who wishes to possess the drake for his colorful beauty, reward a compassionate couple who risk their lives to reunite the ducks.
Lexile measure AD550L; Ages 3-7; PrK-Gr.2; Reading level 3.8.
Baby Rattlesnake wants a rattle like his older siblings have. His crying keeps the rattlesnake elders up all night so his parents give him a new rattle. Sure enough, he misuses his new rattle. When he tries to scare the chief's daughter, she steps on his rattle and crushes it.
Lexile measure 670; Book level 3.5; Ages 5-9; Gr.K-2; Guided reading S
Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother. Caldecott Medal winner for 1990.
Lexile measure 470; Ages 3-9; PrK-Gr.6; Guided reading K
Nine-in-one, Grr Grr sings Tiger happily as she returns from the kingdom of the great god Shao. Shao has told her she will have nine baby tigers every year as long as she remembers his words: "Nine-in-one." Bird is worried about the prospect of a world full of tigers (tigers who would eat birds ) and sets out to trick Tiger into forgetting her all-important song.
Lexile measure 770; Book level 4; Ages 3-9; Gr.k-2; Guided reading N
A Caldecott Honor and Reading Rainbow book, this memorable retelling of Cinderella is perfect for introducing children to the fairy tale as well as the history, culture, and geography of the African nation of Zimbabwe.