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Age Level: 3-6 years old

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Alone in the Forest

By: Bhajju Shyam , Gita Wolf

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Musa ventures out alone for the first time to collect firewood, where a loud noise and the dark...

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Anansi The Spider: A Tale From the Ashanti

By: Gerald McDermott

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Have you ever wondered how the moon got where it is? According to this Ashanti tale, Nyame, the...

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Borreguita and the Coyote

By: Verna Aardema

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Left alone to graze, Borreguita outsmarts the fierce coyote who thinks the small lamb would be a...

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Busy-Busy Little Chick

By: Janice Harrington Janice Harrington

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Little Chick is not distracted like his mother, Mama Nsoso. He only chases tasty treats after their...

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Flossie and the Fox

By: Patricia McKissack

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Flossie and the Fox is an African American variant of the tale, "Little Red Riding Hood....

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Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale

By: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Age Level: 3-6 years old

An old woman left her small village to visit her daughter and granddaughter, telling three hungry...

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How Chipmunk Got His Stripes

By: James Bruchac, Joseph Bruchac

Age Level: 3-6 years old

When Bear brags and Chipmunk teases, the results are an angry bear and a striped chipmunk....

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John Henry

By: Julius Lester

Age Level: 3-6 years old

John Henry's talent was evident at an early age when he helped his daddy, but was cemented...

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Master Man: A Tall Tale of Nigeria

By: Aaron Shephard

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Even the strongest man of all can be outmatched, as Shadusa learns. This retelling of a Nigerian...

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Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

By: John Steptoe

Age Level: 3-6 years old

While both are beautiful, only one of Mufaro's daughters can marry the prince. The impact...

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Paul Bunyan

By: Steven Kellogg

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Paul Bunyan and his ox named Babe are larger than life tall tale heroes — who quite literally...

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Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale

By: Steven Kellogg

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Pecos Bill could tame 'most anything in the Wild West — at least until he came up against a...

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Pirate vs. Pirate

By: Mary Quattlebaum

Age Level: 3-6 years old

When Bad Bart who was the "biggest, burliest pirate this side of the Atlantic" meets...

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Prairie Chicken Little

By: Jackie Mims Hopkins

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A prairie chicken named Mary McBlinken, "heard a rumbling and a grumbling and a tumbling" fearing...

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Sungura and Leopard: A Swahili Trickster Tale

By: Barbara Knutson

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Sungura, a resourceful hare, and grouchy Leopard decide to build their homes in the same spot....

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Tasty Baby Belly Buttons

By: Judy Sierra

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Uriko is small but brave, determined, and smart. In fact, she saves the town’s children when...

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The Crocodile and the Scorpion

By: Rebecca Emberley

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Two friendless creatures with "brains no bigger than a pebble" vow not to hurt the other. But when...

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The Tale of Rabbit and Coyote

By: Tony Johnston

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Coyote howls at the moon because of a small, smart, and very tricky rabbit. This lively...

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The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf

By: Mark Teague

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Two of three pigs, paid for their work by the Florida-bound farmer, enjoy chips and "sody-pop" more...

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The Tortoise and the Hare

By: Jerry Pinkney

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The familiar fable of competition between a speedy, arrogant hare and a plodding, persevering...

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What's the Hurry Fox? And Other Animal Tales

By: Zora Neale Hurston

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Folktales collected in the 1930s have been adapted, retold, and freshly illustrated for...

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Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China

By: Ai-Ling Louie

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Based on an ancient Chinese story (which pre-dates European versions), a girl overcomes her wicked...

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Age Level: 6-9 years old

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American Tall Tales

By: Mary Pope Osborne

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Meet heroes (and heroines) in these well-told tales of fictitious and actual characters from...

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An Illustrated Treasury of Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales

By: Hans Christian Andersen

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Tales translated into English from Danish author Hans Christian Andersen have become part of the...

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Children of the Dragon: Selected Tales from Vietnam

By: Sherry Garland

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Learn why the tiger has stripes, what happens to those who behave badly, and much more in this...

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Cut from the Same Cloth: American Women of Myth, Legend and Tall Tale

By: Robert San Souci

Age Level: 6-9 years old

From the Northeast to the West, the United States is filled with stories of wise, strong, and...

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D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths

By: Ingri Parin d'Aulaire, Edgar Parin d'Aulaire

Age Level: 6-9 years old

This richly illustrated, clearly presented look at Greek mythology begins with the first children...

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Davy Crockett Saves the World

By: Rosalyn Schanzer

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Every word in this book is true; that is, of course, "unless it's false." Outrageous stories about...

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Dinorella: A Prehistoric Fairy Tale

By: Pamela Duncan Edwards

Age Level: 6-9 years old

In this rendition of the classic fairy tale, the Cinderella role is played by — you guessed...

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Encyclopedia Mythologica: Gods and Heroes Pop-Up

By: Matthew Reinhart, Robert Sabuda

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Six beautifully illustrated full-page spreads, each including a dramatic paper-sculpture...

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Fables

By: Arnold Lobel

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fables are short tales of animals with an explicit (though gentle) moral. Lobel has written...

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Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve

By: Mary Pope Osborne

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Annie and Jack go back in time to Camelot to a haunted castle to find the Stone of Destiny. Their...

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Her Seven Brothers

By: Paul Goble

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A retelling of the Cheyenne legend about the creation of the Big Dipper. A young Indian girl who...

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How the Stars Fell into the Sky

By: Jerrie Oughton

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Richly hued illustrations are used to show how First Woman tried to guide humans by providing...

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Issun Boshi: The One-Inch Boy

By: Raphael Icinori

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A farmer and his wife longed for a child and miraculously got one who they named Issum Boshi,...

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It's All Greek to Me

By: Jon Scieszka

Age Level: 6-9 years old

In this installment of friends known as the Time Warp Trio, Joe, Fred, and Sam meet key figures...

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Kissimmee Pete and the Hurricane

By: Jan Day

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Kissimmee Pete, the cracker cow hunter, is back for another wild adventure. After rounding up a...

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Knock on Wood: Poems about Superstitions

By: Janet Wong

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Original poems combine with stunning illustrations reminiscent of folk art, to explore...

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Lies and Other Tall Tales

By: Zora Neale Hurston

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Can a lie be so good that you don't want to know the truth? Well, you may think so as you...

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Mazes Around the World

By: Mary D. Lankford

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Regardless of where they are found, mazes are amazing! Visit mazes that can be found around the...

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Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse

By: Marilyn Singer

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Everyone knows that there are two sides to every story. Read a cleverly illustrated poem one way...

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Ol' Clip-Clop: A Ghost Story

By: Patricia McKissack

Age Level: 6-9 years old

In 1741, mean-hearted John Leep set out to evict a tenant on Friday, October 13th on a cold and...

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Once Upon a Time: Traditional Latin American Tales/Habia una vez: Cuentos tradicionales Latino Americanos

By: Reuben Martinez

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Animals and people wise and foolish are presented in these tales retold. Their origins, from a...

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Pandora

By: Robert Burleigh

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Elegant illustrations decorate this free verse retelling of the young woman whose curiosity...

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Please, Malese! A Trickster Tale from Haiti

By: Amy MacDonald

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Malese, a clever lazybones, sets out to get new shoes and he briefly winds up in jail — that...

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Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters and Other Wily Characters

By: Patricia McKissack

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Inspired by stories she heard as a child, the author presents original tales steeped in oral...

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Princess Tales: Once Upon a Time in Rhyme with Seek-and-Find Pictures

By: Grace Maccarone

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Ten princess tales are retold in verse accompanied by highly detailed illustrations that encourage...

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Roadrunner's Dance

By: Rudolfo Anaya

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Snake terrifies children and their parents. He claims to be the "king of the road."...

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Tales Told in Tents: Stories from Central Asia

By: Sally Pomme

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Where do you find needles? All over the world, of course! Readers will recognize many things in...

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The Beautiful Stories of Life: Six Greeks Myths, Retold

By: Cynthia Rylant

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Why there are seasons, how trouble came into the world, and more stories about nature and human...

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The Bee-Man of Orn

By: Frank Stockton

Age Level: 6-9 years old

An aged Bee-man lives contentedly among his insect friends, surviving on honey and the...

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The Legend of Lightning and Thunder

By: Paula Ikuutaq Rumbolt

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Orphaned siblings could travel no farther without food and so while camp folk were distracted, the...

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The Mighty 12: Superheroes of Greek Myth

By: Charles Smith

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Greek gods and goddesses are the stuff of contemporary superheroes. Dramatic full-color,...

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The Milky Way: A Cherokee Tale

By: Joseph Bruchac, Gayle Ross

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Have you ever wondered how the Milky Way came to be? According to a Cherokee legend, it started...

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The Rough-Face Girl

By: Rafe Martin

Age Level: 6-9 years old

When her older sisters try to convince the Invisible Being's sister that they can see him,...

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The Shipwrecked Sailor: An Egyptian Tale with Hieroglyphics

By: Tamara Bower

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A story based on a real papyrus scroll of hieroglyphics that tells a tale of a voyage on the Red...

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The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

By: Jon Scieszka

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The incomparable author and illustrator team retells traditional tales such as the "...

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The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale

By: Steven Guarnaccia

Age Level: 6-9 years old

In this quirky, retelling of “The Three Little Pigs,” the pigs and their homes are nods to three...

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Treasury of Greek Mythology

By: Donna Jo Napoli

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Vivid retellings and luminous illustrations reinvigorate Greek myths. The tales of gods and...

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Tuko and the Birds: A Tale from the Philippines

By: Shirley Climo

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Birds sing the people of Maynilad on the Philippine island of Luzon to sleep at night — until...

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Whiskers, Tails and Wings: Animal Folktales from Mexico

By: Judy Goldman

Age Level: 6-9 years old

What do a cricket, a turtle, an opossum, a flea and a frog have in common? Each are featured in a...

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Who's In Rabbit's House? A Masai Tale

By: Verna Aardema

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Rabbit cannot go into her own house for fear of the ferocious-sounding animal inside. Told as a...

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Wiley and the Hairy Man

By: Judy Sierra

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Wiley and his mama live near the swamp; together, they trick the scary ol' hairy man three...

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Wings

By: Christopher Myers

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Stunning, bold collage illustrations carry the action in this reworking of the traditional Greek...

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Young Zeus

By: G. Brian Karas

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Young Zeus — the Greek god who grew up to rule on Mount Olympus — is introduced with...

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Age Level: 9-12 years old

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Knights of the Kitchen Table (Time Warp Trio series)

By: Jon Scieszka

Age Level: 9-12 years old

As a gift from his magician uncle, Joe receives The Book setting into motion a series of...

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Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods

By: Rick Riordan

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon and a human woman (and title character in the Olympian series of...

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

By: Grace Lin

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Join Minli as she journeys to save her village and her family from a dreary fate by seeking out the...

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