These top 10 fairy best children’s fairy tale books allow your little ones to step into a dream-like world populated by princes and princesses, talking animals and gingerbread men, hulking beasts and wicked queens, elves and goblins, mermaids, and other fantastical creatures. Seemingly-endless fairy tales are out there, including classics written by the Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Anderson among other authors. These tales often come with a message to help children understand the importance of kindness, compassion, and respect for others.
Here you will find fantastic collections to read with your children, including An Illustrated Treasury of Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tales, A First Book of Fairy Tales by Mary Hoffman, and You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman. Whether you read these stories before bedtime, give them to your kids prior to long car rides, or any other time, you are providing your little ‘uns with the opportunity to escape into beautiful worlds of imagination.
What’s here: This fantastic compilation of the 10 best fairy tale books was created by real moms and educators who enjoyed these books themselves or taught them in class. Numerous types and themes of books are included in the list to keep your youngin’ stimulated
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The First Book of Fairy Tales is exactly what the title suggests. There are 14 classics, collected into a detailed, beautifully illustrated volume. It combines well-known stories, like The Little Mermaid and Rapunzel, with lesser-known tales, like The Selfish Giant.
One of the best from The Brothers Grimm, this classic is about a lovely woman who wants nothing more than to marry the prince and have a beautiful family. She meets an elfin man who grants her wish for the promise of her firstborn child. Can you remember his name?
Also making the ranks of the ten best fairy tale books for children in 2017 – The Gingerbread Man by Karen Schmidt.
The Gingerbread Man is another classic, but this one has been written in an easier-to-read format for beginner readers. In this story, the fresh-baked gingerbread man runs and runs as fast as he can…until he meets a clever, hungry fox.
I looove the illustrations in this classic, beautiful Treasury of Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales. Everyone knows the tales of The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, and The Snow Queen, but few know the non-Disney versions. These are must-reads for imaginative bookworms.
When my son was 5-months-old, I read and reread this story to him. He loved the colorful pictures, and would reach for the fairytale creatures, cooing the whole time. I took that as a sign that he would indeed be a bookworm. I love the back-and-forth reading in this book.
Fables are life lessons in the forms of classic stories. These famous tales have been passed down through generations to warn, encourage, inspire, and excite children and adults alike. My favorites from this illustrated collection are The Goose Who Laid the Golden Eggs and The Frogs Who Desired a King.
Learning nursery tales was a major accomplishment when I was a kid. I remember reciting rhymes to my Kindergarten teacher. She would reward me with a sticker if I memorized it correctly. One of the best childhood memories, for sure. This collection includes traditional favorites, like The Little Red Hen.
The illustrations in this book of Classic Fairy Tales are wow-worthy. The stories are brilliant, of course, but the illustrator spent over four years painting 75 special, specific masterpieces for the 10 fairy tales. Now that is dedication and passion!