Whether they are called fairytales, legends, tall tales, fables, folklore, origin stories, or mythology, each of these stories carries p...

KidLit Picks August Round Up - Fairytales

Monday, September 04, 2017 BookBairn 10 Comments

Whether they are called fairytales, legends, tall tales, fables, folklore, origin stories, or mythology, each of these stories carries pieces of history and cultural connections that draw lines of similarities between those separated by distance and time. They give us insight into the morals, principals, and beliefs of those who came before us, creating history lessons through drama and cultural lessons with plot. These stories provide a testament not only to who we are but how we've grown and what we've achieved throughout the years. They are ways to teach our children patience, perseverance, hope, love, kindness, bravery, and the importance of wit.

So, no matter if your tales are of a Grimm version, told through song, or related by a coyote or a spider, we look forward to hearing them. They are a celebration of heritage and history from around the world, showcasing that which we hold important and dear. Our world is a fast moving place, in which we constantly see shifting changes, especially in literature. But these tales, these have withstood the test of time.

During the month of August the @kidlitpicks book club explored fairytale books, new and old. Thanks to Wendy from Homegrown Reader for the exceptional theme!

A Year Full of Stories, by Angela McAllister and Christopher Corr
The curious mind will be captivated by every fascinating detail and further engrossed in the diverse range of tales.” — Summer from @readingisourthing

The Wolf Who Fell Out of a Book, by ​​Thierry Robberecht and Grégoire Mabire
“It's interesting to see a story where the tables are turned and the Wolf is the one out of his element, threatened and alone." — Mel from @spiky_penelope

Beauty and the Beast, by Francesca Rossi
"These types of stories boost a child's imagination and cultural literacy, help teach us what is right and wrong, develop critical thinking skills, help children develop and work through emotions, model problem solving, and so very much more.."  Leah from @astoryaday

The Happy Prince, by Oscar Wilde and by Maisie Paradise Shearring
This is such a beautiful tale about true worth, pure motivation and having a greater perspective.” — Clarissa from @book.nerd.mommy

Touch and Feel books
“These touch-and-feel fairytales are perfect for reading with the whole family!” —  Kim from @bookbairn

Where's Halmoni?, by Julie Kim
“A wonderful way to introduce children to the folktales of another culture and landscape.” — Miranda from @bookbloom

Rapunzel, by Bethan Woollvin
“In this version of Rapunzel, the fiesty main character outwits the evil witch and escapes her tower, all on her own.” — De from @books_and_babycinos

The Wild Swans, by Hans Christian Andersen and Susan Jeffers
“When I was little, this was one of my favorite stories! I still have the book!”  Arielle from @childrensbooksgalore

Hare and Tortoise, by Alison Murray
“Whether encountering the classic tale for the first time or tracing the racecourse map to relive it, this is a witty and appealing tale for children that imparts the moral that slow but steady wins the race.” — Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion, by Alex T. Smith
“This Little Red is one sassy, afraid-of-nothing girl of colour with spectacular pigtails and lives in an African savanna.” — Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople

Once Upon an ABC, by Sophie Masson and Christopher Nielsen
“For every letter of the alphabet is a character from a folk or fairytale, ranging from the well-known to the obscure.” — Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople

Baba Yaga, by An Leysen
"Just like most fairytales there is a happy ending for Olga. Fiona from @fee_loves_

Young Guinevere, by Robert D San Souci and Jamichael Henterly
"Henterly's use of vibrant colors, that I don't normally associate with Britain, and his depiction of Guinevere is rich and spirited." — Wendy from @homegrownreader

Fairy Tale Pets, by Tracey Corderoy and Jorge Martín
“Playful text and eye-popping illustrations combine for an explosion of silliness in this fun walk down fairytale memory lane.” — Heather from @kidlitbookbits

Deep in the Woods, by Christopher Corr
“This traditional Russian folktale tells of a little wooden house (with nine neat windows and a red front door) that becomes the perfect home for a menagerie of forest animals.” — Anna from @kidlitcrafts

Our theme for September is 'Books About Books', hosted and introduced by Fiona of @fee_loves_

"Books are a uniquely portable magic" - Stephen King.
Introducing children to the magic of books and therein instilling a love of reading and literacy is, I believe, one of the greatest gifts we can impart. The greatest writers are also prolific readers. It's no surprise that many authors consider reading a crucial dimension of living and have taken to their pages to honour all things books.

We here at @kidlitpicks love everything about books too, so what could be more fun than sharing our favourite bookish books with you? Children love to see parts of themselves reflected in what they're reading. Let's find our budding bookworms characters who love to immerse themselves in books and reading, or who celebrate libraries, book clubs, bookstores and anything that explores what we all know - that books rule!

Throughout September, we're shining the spotlight on the best Books About Books. Let's get a conversation going. Do you have a favourite to share? Tag it with #kidlitpicks_books

Happy Reading!
Love Mummy and BookBairn and The Wee Page Turner xxx


  1. Another great collection of books. I particularly like the sound of "Little Red and The Very Hungry Lion".

    1. Sounds great doesn't it! I think BookBairn needs to have a better established knowledge of the original stories before we start reading retellings!

  2. Ok I really want a year full of stories!! What a fantastic selection. Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

    1. Me too! I think I'll put it on my Christmas list (for me!) There's a poetry one soon!

  3. This is such a great post- and what a lovely idea to build a kidlit community on Instagram- thank you for all the links, I have followed these lovely accounts! #readwithme

    1. Thank you for following! It's a great community and please tag your favourites too!

  4. What a lovely selection of fairytales, some I know and some I don't! I love anything that Alex T Smith does, so maybe that will be a present for my niece or nephew and I can have a sneaky read before I give it to them!

    1. Great! He's not one I've discovered yet but I'll get it on my list!

  5. Such a wide variety of fairytales with lots I haven't heard of too. Will have to search for kidlitpicks! #readwithme

    1. You should! And tag along too, I'll bet you've got great recommendations! x