Folk Tales

"Folktales" is a general term for different varieties of traditional narrative.

When You Trap a Tiger
When the Sea Turned to Silver
Tamamo the Fox Maiden and Other Asian Stories (Cautionary Fables and Fairy-Tales)
The Daughters of Ys
La Princesa and the Pea
Jack and the Beanstalk and the French Fries
Noodlehead Nightmares
Rapunzel
Between Worlds: Folktales of Britain & Ireland
A Big Bed for Little Snow
Hiawatha and the Peacemaker
Chicken in the Kitchen
Noodleheads See the Future
The Tale of the Tiger Slippers
Fairy Tales for Mr. Barker: A Peek-Through Story
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Italian Folktales
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti
Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
The Lion and the Mouse
Aesop's Fables
The Complete Fairy Tales
Starry River of the Sky
Stone Soup
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale
Sleep Well, Siba and Saba by Nansubuga Nagadya IsdahlMama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. JoosseDragon Dancer by Joyce ChngHush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong HoSing to the Moon by Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl
Multicultural Children's Books
190 books — 50 voters
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears by Verna AardemaSleep Well, Siba and Saba by Nansubuga Nagadya IsdahlMufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John SteptoeAnansi the Spider by Gerald McDermottBringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema
Picture Books On Africa
275 books — 36 voters

The Odyssey by HomerBeowulf by UnknownThe Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer BradleyThe Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales by Jacob GrimmAesop's Fables by Aesop
Mythology/Folklore
503 books — 179 voters
The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales by Jacob GrimmThe Arabian Nights by testing testing testingBeauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Be...Goblin Market by Christina RossettiThe Complete Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
Classic Fairytale Books
138 books — 12 voters


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Gyula Illyés
These tales, without exception, express the truth that justice triumphs in the end. They all contain the idea that it is worth while to fight for the truth, in any situation. In this fight man is assisted by more powerful beings than ordinary mortals. And the triumph of justice is the only sense and consolation in this world. Indeed, the world itself started out with this hope. The human race received it long, long ago as a cradle-song.
Gyula Illyes, Once Upon a Time: Forty Hungarian Folk-Tales

In the colored fairy books of Andrew Lang (The Red Fairy Book, The Blue Fairy Book, etc.), there is a figure who has always intrigued me: the Hen Wife, related to the witch, the seer, and the herbalist, but different from them too: a distinct and potent archetype of her own, an enchanted figure beneath a humble white apron. We find her dispensing wisdom and magic in the folk tales of the British Isles and far beyond (all the way to Russia and China): a woman who is part of the community, not sep ...more
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