The Best Fairytales and Retellings

The best of fairytale books and retellings. These can be collections of classic or modern fairytales, retellings of fairytales, or fiction with a fairytale setting.

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1,952 books · 7,784 voters · list created June 26th, 2008 by Rora (votes) .
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message 92: by Maren (new)

Maren Fabulous list--I look forward to exploring more of the books on it...


message 91: by Nathalie (new)

Nathalie wonderful list!


message 90: by Tanya (new)

Tanya Great resource! Can't wait to read my way through it! :)


message 89: by Adele (new)

Adele Wow, definitely some must-reads!


message 88: by Marisa (new)

Marisa I am going to check out so many of the books on here now!


message 87: by [deleted user] (new)

I also want to read some of these as I love fairy tales especially ones for adults.


message 86: by Anna (new)

Anna Great list, I've been wanting to read some more fairytale retellings lately and this list is giving me a place to start. I do think there should be one addition though, The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley. Her other books set in the same world are on there and I think that its at least as good as those.


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message 84: by Tracy (new)

Tracy I love this list! There are definitely some that will be added to my to-read bookshelf.


message 83: by Amy (new)

Amy  M. Brobst Is there a way to add all these to a toread shelf?


message 82: by Jamea (new)

Jamea Thanks for the List. Although I've been having trouble finding what retelling tales I want to read.


message 81: by Nan (new)

Nan Great list, but some of these are not fairy tales--especially The Hero & The Crown by McKinley.


message 80: by Emma (new)

Emma My favorite is The Princess Bride, although The Book of Lost Things is excellent, as is Fables: Legends in Exile.


message 79: by Lee Anne (new)

Lee Anne One of my favorites "The Frog Princess" by E. D. Baker is not on the list. So sad!



message 78: by Lee Anne (new)

Lee Anne Or "The Princess and the Peabodys" by Betty G. Birney


message 77: by Pao (new)

Pao Must read everything on that list!


message 76: by Rachel (new)

Rachel So excited to have found this list! Fairy tales are a passion of mine.


message 75: by Beadyjan (new)

Beadyjan Super list - lots to add to my wishlist


message 74: by Kristina B (new)

Kristina B wow, what a long list of books.


message 73: by Meg (new)

Meg I don't know how it's possible that people actually voted for The Looking Glass Wars. That was definitely the worst book I've ever read in my life...


message 72: by Cowgalutah (new)

Cowgalutah I love the looking glass wars. It was a fun new twist. I will be adding a few of these to my to read list.


message 71: by Breanna (new)

Breanna I'm pretty sure that "The Frog Princess" by E.D. Baker was on the list. Once I'm shocked was not on there was "The Goose Girl" by Shannon Hale. I love that book.


message 70: by Artemis (new)

Artemis I completely LOVE The Princess Bride. Such a good book.


message 69: by Breanna (new)

Breanna Oops. The Goose Girl is on there.



message 68: by Breanna (new)

Breanna Lee Anne wrote: "One of my favorites "The Frog Princess" by E. D. Baker is not on the list. So sad!
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I love that book, too. It is on- book 78.
:) which one out of the series is your favorite?



message 67: by Hope (new)

Hope Wow I dont see Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede on here.... or the rest of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles... Please Add them if you can!


Carla *Jen7waters* What?? Daughter Of The Forest isn't number one?? What the...
I don't think McKinley's "Sunshine" is a retelling... and it sure isn't a fairytale. Excelent book though.


message 65: by Enna Isilee (new)

Enna Isilee I LOVE THIS LIST!! Sure, there are some non-fairy tale retellings on here, but I want to read those too!


message 64: by Naomi (new)

Naomi I love this list. I wish there was a way to add it to a "favorites" so I don't forget about it.


message 63: by Priscilla (new)

Priscilla I live and breath fairy tales, this list rocks!


message 62: by [deleted user] (new)

Why is Enna Burning on there? That's not a fairy tale.


message 61: by Mikel (new)

Mikel Hope wrote: "Wow I dont see Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede on here.... or the rest of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles... Please Add them if you can!"

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles have since been added to the list. Great books, they are some of the wittiest retellings I've ever read.


message 60: by Hope (new)

Hope Mikel wrote: "Hope wrote: "Wow I dont see Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede on here.... or the rest of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles... Please Add them if you can!"

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles h..."


Sweeeet! Love those books. :D


message 59: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell ....who added....Hemingway?


message 58: by Ken (new)

Ken reading farytales is my life. its so amazing reading how they change them. wait why isnt Dealing with dragons written by patricia c. wrede on here.


message 57: by Delaney (new)

Delaney what a wonderful list! i have a hard time browsing books and this gave me a lot of possiblities!


message 56: by Chocholic21 (new)

Chocholic21 omg i've got like... 10 books to read !!!

i love fairy tales with a twist, or an adult version of a classic fairy tale XXX

i could recommend loads of books on that list !!!


message 55: by Lauren (new)

Lauren I had to go down ten places before I found a book I hadn't read and adored. Ella Enchaned is my all-time favorite book.
How is Percy Jackson a fairy tale??? It is clearly mythology. great book, but seriously take it off!!
I <3 Prince Char, and I am devoted to Finn.


message 54: by Aug (new)

Aug Dinash I LOVE The books of Bayern, but I haven't had time to read all of them yet. I also LOVE Ella Enchanted and For Biddles Sake.


message 53: by Comicfairy (new)

Comicfairy (Leanne) ...how are the Brothers Grimm not even listed in the Top 100?! If you can have Percy Jackson, then you can damn well have the Bros Grimm. lol


message 52: by Jess (new)

Jess I didn't even know some of these were retellings (of the books I've heard of)

Can someone tell me what fairy tale Posion Study by Maria V. Snyder is retelling? Along with The Princess Bride and Daughter of the Forest? Thanks!


message 51: by Enna Isilee (new)

Enna Isilee Poison Study is not a retelling. Neither is The Princess Bride. However, the Princess Bride has kind of become a fairy tale.

At least, that's my understanding. Someone may correct me if I'm wrong.


message 50: by Jess (new)

Jess Carla wrote: "What?? Daughter Of The Forest isn't number one?? What the...
I don't think McKinley's "Sunshine" is a retelling... and it sure isn't a fairytale. Excelent book though."


Is Daughter of the Forest a retelling? Or are you referring to it as a fairy tale?


message 49: by Jess (new)

Jess Enna Isilee (Squeaky Books) wrote: "Poison Study is not a retelling. Neither is The Princess Bride. However, the Princess Bride has kind of become a fairy tale.

At least, that's my understanding. Someone may correct me if I'm wrong."


Oh, I kind of thought that fairy tales were from wayyyyyyyy back when and didn't realize new ones could be made.


message 48: by Enna Isilee (new)

Enna Isilee Merriam-Wester defines a fairy tale as:

a : a story (as for children) involving fantastic forces and beings (as fairies, wizards, and goblins) —called also fairy story

b : a story in which improbable events lead to a happy ending

So almost anything can be a fairy tale, really. And note that this list is best fairytales AND retellings.


message 47: by Carla *Jen7waters* (last edited Mar 08, 2011 04:07PM) (new)

Carla *Jen7waters* Jessica Ellen wrote: "Carla wrote: "What?? Daughter Of The Forest isn't number one?? What the...
I don't think McKinley's "Sunshine" is a retelling... and it sure isn't a fairytale. Excelent book though."

Is Daughter o..."


Hello! Well Daughter of the Forest is not a fairy tale, but historical fantasy inspired in one, more precisely in The Six Swans by the Brothers Grimm. ;)


message 46: by Carma (new)

Carma oh my god, what a great list of books. so many books to read and so little time i have!!!! I want them all!!!


message 45: by Nicole (new)

Nicole The best parts of my childhood all in one place!


message 44: by Lynette (new)

Lynette ~ Escaping Reality – One Book at a Time ~ I have a question for y'all:
I once read a REALLY good princess book, but I can't remember the title, can anyone help me?


So, it was about this girl who lived in an out-of-the-way town, but she knew she was the REAL princess, she knew that the Queen had given her to a Knight to keep safe until she could return to the throne. The current princess, was a fake. One day, this girl realizes she is in danger, so she convinces her guy friend to travel to the castle with her, to claim her rightful spot as Princess.
I can't say anymore because it might give away the story, but, does anyone know what book it is????
Thanks


message 43: by Nan (new)

Nan Hi Lynette--It's called Palace of Mirrors and it's by Margaret Peterson Haddix.


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