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Folktales, Fairy Tales and Myths

Many kids are fascinated by fairy tales, folktales, tall tales, myths, ghost stories, and pourquoi stories from around the world. We've gathered up a great collection of books, activities, apps, and websites for learning all about folktales, fairy tales and myths.

You may also want to explore the writing, oral storytelling, poetry, mapmaking, and other creative activities featured in our new resource We Are Storytellers: Exploring Multicultural Folktales, Fairy Tales, and Myths.

Try pairing fiction with nonfiction books and exploring different genres (like poetry and biographies) and formats (like graphic novels and audio books). You'll be creating your own "text sets" — collections of texts focused on a specific topic, such as folktales, fairy tales, and myths. Reading widely in this way helps children build background knowledge, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.


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See if your public library offers OverDrive where you can borrow and read free ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines on your phone or tablet — all you need is your library card to get access. There are also a number of online services that offer high-quality audiobooks and ebooks: Audible for Kids, Tales2Go, and Epic!. Learn more: Finding Audiobooks and Ebooks.


Great Fiction & Nonfiction Books

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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A Pot o' Gold: A Treasury of Irish Stories, Poetry, Folklore and (of course) Blarney

By: Kathleen Krull

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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A wide selection of Irish poems, music, stories and folktales are presented along with delicate...

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All the Way to Lhasa: A Tale from Tibet

By: Barbara Berger

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

There's a saying that "slow but steady wins the race." In this richly illustrated book, the...

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Anansi Goes Fishing

By: Eric Kimmel

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Anansi is a known charlatan, so he gets little sympathy when Turtle eats all of the fish that...

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Andy and the Lion

By: James Daugherty

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Andy helps an escaped circus lion by removing a thorn from his paw. This simple act of kindness...

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A Big Bed for Little Snow

By: Grace Lin

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

In this winter fable about where snow comes from, Little Snow, who wears snowflake pajamas, gets...

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A Big Mooncake for Little Star

By: Grace Lin

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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Little Star loves the delicious Mooncake that she bakes with her mama. But she's not supposed to...

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A Squash and a Squeeze

By: Julia Donaldson

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

A little old lady complains to a wise old man that her house is “a squash and a squeeze.” She...

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A Story, A Story

By: Gail Haley

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

How did the world come to have stories? It's all because Ananse the Spider Man was able to...

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Agua, Agua, Agua

By: Pat Mora

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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Crow knows where to find water amid rocks and how to get it even though it's below the reach of...

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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

Fiction

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

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Ashley Bryan: Poems and Folktales

By: Ashley Bryan

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Have you ever wondered why there is thunder and lightning? Hear this Nigerian folktale and other...

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Ashpet: An Appalachian Tale

By: Joanne Compton

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

This distinctive Appalachian version of Cinderella creates its unique setting in jaunty language...

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Beautiful Blackbird

By: Ashley Bryan

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

In a story of the Ila people of Zambia, the colorful birds of Africa ask Blackbird, whom they...

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Beaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story

By: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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A long time ago, fire belonged only to the animals in the land above, not to those on the earth...

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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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Brush of the Gods

By: Lenore Look

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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Wu Daozi's brush created images that seemed to come alive. Travel to ancient China to meet Daozi...

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Burro's Tortillas

By: Terri Fields

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

In this humorous Southwestern retelling of "The Little Red Hen," Burro finds it difficult to get...

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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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Can You See What I See? Once Upon a Time

By: Walter Wick

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Visit places and meet the characters who lived "once upon a time" during a dramatic moment from...

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Cinderelephant

By: Emma Dodd

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Cinderelephant lives wither cousins, the Warty Sisters, who are real pigs (actually, warthogs)....

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Coyote and the Sky: How the Sun, Moon, and Stars Began

By: Emmett Garcia

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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According to Santa Ana Pueblo legend, the animals' spirit Leader created the sun, moon, and...

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Coyote: A Trickster Tale from the American Southwest

By: Gerald McDermott

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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Coyote wanted to fly like the crows, so they humored him by making him feathers and teaching him...

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Cuckoo/Cucu: A Mexican Folktale/Un cuento folklorico mexicano

By: Lois Ehlert

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Lazy Cuckoo has a beautiful singing voice and brightly colored feathers — until he loses them...

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Doña Flor

By: Pat Mora

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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A charming tall tale set in the American Southwest. Doña Flor, a giant, is a benevolent presence...

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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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Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night

By: Peter Spier

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

In this traditional folk song set to pictures, a fox cheerfully poaches the farmer's geese....

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Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

By: Mo Willems

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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The author turns the familiar tale around in this funny take-off. Here, Goldilocks goes to the...

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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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Hatseller and the Monkeys

By: Baba Diakite

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

BaMusa takes a break from selling his hats — only to have them stolen by mischievous monkeys....

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Head, Body, Legs: A Story from Liberia

By: Won-Ldy Paye, Margaret Lippert

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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A head by itself can’t do much – until he meets arms, body, and legs. Bold colors and broad...

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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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Interrupting Chicken

By: David Ezra Stein

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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Though she promises she won't interrupt, a little red chicken inserts herself into the fairy...

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Jabuti the Tortoise: A Trickster Tale from the Amazon

By: Gerald McDermott

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Vulture is sick and tired of Jabuti’s trickery. He gets his revenge when he flies the tortoise...

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Jack and the Beanstalk

By: Nina Crews

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

The traditional tale of a boy who planted magic beans is reimagined as a city story of a spell...

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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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Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

By: Simms Taback

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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When Joseph's overcoat becomes "old and worn," he snips off the patches and turns it into a jacket...

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Jump! The Adventures of Brer Rabbit

By: Van Dyke Parks, Malcolm Jones

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Brer Rabbit is the quintessential American trickster. Early versions, first collected by Joel...

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Kumak's River: A Tale from the Far North

By: Michael Bania

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Spring comes to a remote Alaskan village, and the ice on the frozen river cracks and breaks and...

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Kumak’s Fish: A Tall Tale from the Far North

By: Michael Bania

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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When Kumak snags a fish — a really big fish — it takes the entire village to bring it in. This...

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La Princesa and the Pea

By: Susan Middleton Elya

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

El príncipe knows this girl is the one for him, but, as usual, his mother doesn’t agree. The...

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Lady Hahn and Her Seven Friends

By: Yumi Heo

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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Long ago, Lady Hahn sewed with the help of her seven friends — needle, thimble, etc. — until...

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Little Red Cowboy Hat

By: Susan Lowell

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Little Red Riding Hood gets a Wild West twist in a funny version of the familiar tale. On her...

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Little Red Hen

By: Jerry Pinkney

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

When an industrious red hen finds seeds, the other animals refuse to help her plant them. But...

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Little Red Riding Hood

By: Jerry Pinkney

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

When the girl in the red cape goes to visit her grandmother who lives on the other side of the...

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Little Red Riding Hood: A Newfangled Prairie Tale

By: Lisa Campbell Ernst

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Red's feisty grandmother enlists the wolf as her assistant muffin maker in this contemporary...

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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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Medio Pollito / Half-Chicken

By: Alma Flor Ada

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Do you know why a weather vane has a little rooster on the top, spinning around to tell us which...

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Monkey: A Trickster from India

By: Gerald McDermott

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Monkey is quick-witted and so ably outsmarts dull crocodile in this simply told, lushly...

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Moon Rope/Un lazo a la luna

By: Lois Ehlert

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Look at the moon and what do you see? Could it be Fox? Fox convinced Mole to accompany him to...

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Moonstruck: The True Story of the Cow Who Jumped Over the Moon

By: Gennifer Choldenko

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Read the back story of why — and how — the cow who jumped over the moon (made famous in the...

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Mousetropolis

By: R. Gregory Christie

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Contemporary language distinguish this retelling of a traditional fable. Two mice visit...

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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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New York's Bravest

By: Mary Pope Osborne

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

When others ran from trouble, eight foot tall Mose Humphreys ran toward it as an extraordinary...

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Paco and the Giant Chile Plant

By: Keith Polette

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

The Southwestern desert is the setting for this humorous variation on the classic fairy tale "...

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Paul Bunyan

By: Steven Kellogg

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

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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Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett

By: Steven Kellogg

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

In this tall tale, you'll meet Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, a heroine generously endowed...

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Shrek!

By: William Steig

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Ugly ogre parents make an even uglier ogre son named Shrek. Of course Shrek seeks (on the back...

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Strega Nona

By: Tomie dePaola

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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Big Anthony is large in size and curiosity but short on self-control. When Strega Nona, "grandma...

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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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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

By: William Steig

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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Sylvester is transformed into a rock by a magic pebble and remains that way until he encounters...

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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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That's What Leprechauns Do

By: Eve Bunting

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Three leprechauns can't help but create a bit of mischief on their way to place their pot of...

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The Banza: A Haitian Story

By: Diane Wolkstein

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Vivid colors depict the Haitian setting for a tale in which a goat uses the banza, a banjo,...

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The Bossy Gallito: A Traditional Cuban Folktale / Bossy Gallito: El gallo de bodas:

By: Lucía González

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Travel with Bossy Rooster to his uncle's wedding. Of course the road is not entirely smooth in...

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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 First Tortilla: A Bilingual Story

By: Rudolfo Anaya

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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Based on an ancient Mexican legend, this story introduces young readers to the importance...

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The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

By: Paul Goble

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

The girl who tended horses loved them so much that she joined them, literally! The carefully...

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The Jack Tales

By: Richard Chase

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Read about Jack and the famous beanstalk, how Jack stopped folk from dying, and more — all with...

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The Jolly Postman or Other People's Letters

By: Allan Ahlberg

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Join a chubby cheeked mail carrier as he delivers letters to well known characters from...

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The Legend of the Poinsettia

By: Tomie dePaola

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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In this retelling of a beloved Mexican folktale, Tomie dePaola presents Lucinda, a young girl...

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The Leprechaun's Gold

By: Pamela Duncan Edwards

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Old Pat is on his way to a contest that will name the finest harpist in all of Ireland. On the...

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The Lion and the Mouse

By: Jerry Pinkney

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The well-known fable about how the smallest creature — a mouse — saves the majestic lion is a...

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The Little Red Hen

By: Paul Galdone

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Ever-popular tellings of familiar folktales have become modern classics and are again available...

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The Mitten: A Ukrainian Folktale

By: Jan Brett

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

The cumulative tale of a child's lost mitten — but found to become home to a host of animals —...

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The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale

By: Lydia Dabcovich

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

An old Inuit woman takes in a polar bear cub and raises him until others in the village become...

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The Runaway Piggy

By: James Luna

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

In the classic tradition of "The Gingerbread Man," these piggy cookie leaps off the baking tray...

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The Seven Chinese Sisters

By: Kathy Tucker

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Sisters each use their special talent while working together to save the sister who was snatched...

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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 Tale of Tricky Fox

By: Jim Aylsworth

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

After making a bet with his brother that he can outsmart a human into giving him one of her pigs...

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The Teeny-Tiny Woman

By: Paul Galdone

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

How could the teeny-tiny bone found by the teeny-tiny woman make such an un-teeny-tiny noise...

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The Three Bears

By: Paul Galdone

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

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The Three Billy Goats Gruff

By: Jerry Pinkney

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Three goat brothers attempt to get to a grassy hillside by crossing a bridge under which lives a...

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The Three Little Javelinas

By: Susan Lowell

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

In this retelling of The Three Little Pigs set in the American Southwest, we meet the three...

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The Three Little Pigs

By: Paul Galdone

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

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The Three Little Pigs

By: James Marshall

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

From huffing and puffing to "chinny-chin-chin" hair, this retelling of the familiar folktale...

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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 Three Pigs

By: Steven Kellogg

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Elements of the traditional story are here (houses of brick, straw and sticks) but made fresh...

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The Tomten

By: Astrid Lindgren

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

From Swedish folklore comes the story of the tomten, a little gnome who watches over us while we...

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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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The Whingdingdilly

By: Bill Peet

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Ole Scamp learns to like himself better once he’s changed by a peculiar witch. This wacky story...

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Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World

By: Selby Beeler

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Nonfiction

Lighthearted illustrations provide just the right tone for brief looks at what happens when...

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Tiger and Turtle

By: James Rumford

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

In this modern fable, Turtle and Tiger became friends only after they argued and fought over who...

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Tikki Tikki Tembo

By: Arlene Mosel

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo is the full name of the firstborn...

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Toad Is the Uncle of Heaven: A Vietnamese Folktale

By: Jeanne Lee

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

The small toad, with the help of other animals, gets the attention of the Emperor of Heaven to...

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Too Much Noise

By: Ann McGovern

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Peter thinks his house is too noisy. The bed creaks, the floors squeak — it's no wonder he's...

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Tunjur! Tunjur! Tunjur!: A Palestinian Tale

By: Margaret Read MacDonald

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

There was once a woman who had a little pot for a child. Unfortunately the pot wasn’t old enough...

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Uncle Remus: The Complete Tales

By: Julius Lester

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

One of the most well known of African American folktales are the Uncle Remus tales, originally...

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We Are Water Protectors

By: Carole Lindstrom

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

An Ojibwe girl confronts a grave situation by channeling age-old wisdom. The “black snake” of an...

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What's the Hurry Fox? And Other Animal Tales

By: Zora Neale Hurston

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Folktales and trickster stories collected in the 1930s have been adapted, retold, and freshly...

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When Turtle Grew Feathers: A Tale from the Choctaw Nation

By: Tim Tingle

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Maybe you think you know the story of the big race between Rabbit and Turtle. Think again! In...

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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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Yours Truly, Goldilocks

By: Alma Flor Ada

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

What happens when the well known three pigs try to plan a party? Readers will find out as they...

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Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa

By: Gerald McDermott

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

To gain wisdom, Zomo, the small black rabbit, successfully accomplishes a series of impossible...

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Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Animal Crackers Fly the Coop

By: Kevin O'Malley

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

Like the familiar Bremen Town musicians, this quartet foils a group of robbers and opens their...

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Clever Jack Takes the Cake

By: Candace Fleming

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

Jack is invited to the princess' birthday party but is too poor to buy a worthy gift so instead...

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A Gift of Gracias: The Legend of Altagracia

By: Julia Alvarez

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

After Papa warns the family that they may have to abandon their failing olive farm, young Maria...

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A Ring of Tricksters: Animal Tales from America, the West Indies, and Africa

By: Virginia Hamilton

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

A collection of trickster stories — from the Brer Rabbit found in the American South to East...

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Abiyoyo

By: Pete Seeger

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

A lttle boy and his magician father lull a hungry giant to sleep with their ukelele and makethe...

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Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story

By: Tomie dePaola

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

Adelita’s stepmother and stepsisters relegate her to kitchen duties after her father dies - and...

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Aesop's Fables

By: Jerry Pinkney

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

Almost 100 fables attributed to Aesop have been selected and illustrated in this oversized...

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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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Ashley Bryan's African Tales, Uh-huh

By: Ashley Bryan

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

Tales drawn from the oral tradition are retold with verve and musical language certain to...

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Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave

By: Marianna Mayer

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

In this Russian fairy tale, kind and beautiful Vasilisa lives with her cruel stepmother and...

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Banjo Granny

By: Sarah Martin Busse, Jacqueline Martin

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

Owen’s singing, banjo-playing Granny goes out “to cross one river, one mountain, and a desert”...

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Between Earth and Sky: Legends of Native American Sacred Places

By: Joseph Bruchac

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

Bruchac frames 11 legends of Native American sacred places with a conversation between Little...

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Boy of the Three Year Nap

By: Dianne Snyder

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

A spritely retelling of a traditional trickster tale. Though Taro is known for his laziness, he...

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Brave Wolf and the Thunderbird

By: Joseph Medicine Crow

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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In this traditional Crow story, a monster climbs out of the lake and up the cliff to steal the...

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Bremen Town Musician

By: Jacob Grimm

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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This is the classic tale of four beleaguered animals—a donkey who can no longer work, a hound...

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Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella

By: Robert D. San Souci

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Adapted from a traditional Creole story, this fresh retelling, told from the perspective 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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Chukfi Rabbit's Big, Bad Bellyache: A Trickster Tale

By: Greg Rodgers

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Deep in Choctaw Country, Chukfi Rabbit is always figuring out some way to avoid work at all...

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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

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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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Dust Devil

By: Anne Isaacs

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Angelica Longrider, the "wildest wildcat in Tennessee" and larger than life (first introduced in...

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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

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

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Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists

By: Chris Duffy

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Aficionados of comic books will appreciate these fresh interpretations of fairy tales. Seventeen...

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Fin M'Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill

By: Tomie dePaola

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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A humorous retelling of the traditional Irish tale of how Ireland’s Fin M’coul – with the help...

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Folktales From Turkey: From Agri to Zelve

By: Serpil Ural, Arin

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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26 folk tales from Turkey cast a keen light on the rich multicultural heritage of Anatolia...

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Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems

By: Marilyn Singer

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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A second book of fairy tale themed reversos – a poetic form in which the poem is presented...

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Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella

By: Paul Fleischman

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Cinderella stories are found around the world; here, they have been fused into one tale with...

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Hansel and Gretel

By: Bethan Woollvin

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Meet Hansel and Gretel in a fresh retelling of the classic fairy tale. Here Willow the witch is...

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Hansel and Gretel

By: Rachel Isadora

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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A richly colorful new interpretation of this classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, setting the...

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Heckedy Peg

By: Audrey Wood

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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A mother warns her seven children not to open the door in her absence, but alas, the children...

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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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Horse Hooves and Chicken Feet: Mexican Folktales

By: Neil Philip

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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This collection of 15 folktales draws on the rich storytelling tradition of Mexico's people and...

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How Rabbit Tricked Otter and Other Cherokee Trickster Stories

By: Gayle Ross

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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This collection of 15 Cherokee tales introduces the trickster-hero Rabbit, the most important...

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How Raven Stole the Sun

By: Maria Williams

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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A retelling of a Tlingit tale — the story of how the Raven transformed himself into a bird "...

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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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I Am Tama, Lucky Cat: A Japanese Legend

By: Wendy Henrichs

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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A cat befriends a monk and brings good fortune to his rundown temple in this handsomely...

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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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Jangles: A Big Fish Story

By: David Shannon

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Jangles is the fish of legendary proportion. He's evaded everything from special lures to...

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Jason and the Argonauts: The First Great Quest in Greek Mythology

By: Robert Byrd

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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There is just no pleasing all of the ancient Greek gods. When Jason gathers 50 men on a quest to...

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Joha Makes a Wish: A Middle Eastern Tale

By: Eric A. Kimmel

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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While traveling to Bagdad, Joha discovers a wishing stick, but it doesn't work the way Joha...

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John Henry: An American Legend

By: Ezra Jack Keats

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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John Henry was born to be a hero – strong, competitive and determined. The legendary steel-...

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Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book

By: Yuyi Morales

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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This original trickster tale, featuring featuring Señor Calavera and Grandma Beetle, ...

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Just in Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book

By: Yuyi Morales

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Señor Calavera is back in this new original trickster tale about a Día de los Muertos skeleton...

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Just So Stories

By: Rudyard Kipling

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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The classic collection of gloriously fanciful tales of how things in the world came to be as...

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Kissimmee Pete and the Hurricane

By: Jan Day

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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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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Legend of Hong Kil Dong: The Robin Hood of Korea

By: Anne O'Brien

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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In this retelling of a Korean legend, the son of a powerful minister and a servant is scorned by...

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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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Little Red

By: Bethan Woollvin

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Little Red is one tough cookie. When a menacing wolf blocks the path to her grandmother's house...

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Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China

By: Ed Young

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Striking illustrations highlight the drama of this Chinese version of Red Riding Hood. Instead...

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Lotus and Feather

By: Ji-li Jiang

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Inspired by the true story of a crane that rescued a Chinese village. One day, when a village...

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Love and Roast Chicken: A Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains

By: Barbara Knutson

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Cuy, a clever, fast-talking guinea pig, outsmarts Tío Antonio, a hungry fox, in this lively...

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Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale

By: Carmen Agra Deedy

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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A sweet retelling of the Cuban folktale, full of puns and a sprinkling of Spanish. When it...

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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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Miz Berlin Walks

By: Jane Yolen

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Miz Berlin tells wonderful stories about how she caught crawdaddies the day the sky rained...

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Monsters: A Magic Lens Hunt for Creatures of Myth, Legend, Fairy Tale, and Fiction

By: Celine Potard

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Monsters are found around the world, in folktales and other stories. With a red cellophane lens...

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Mountain Men: True Grit and Tall Tales

By: Andrew Glass

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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The lives of real people inspire these tales, retold here with humor and colorful language.The...

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Never Kick a Slipper at the Moon

By: Carl Sandburg

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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One of Sandburg's original, quintessentially American tales for children (from Rootabaga Stories...

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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

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

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Once Upon a Timeless Tale Collection

By: Miriam Margolyes

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Familiar tales such as "Little Red Riding Hood" and "The Princess and the Pea" have been...

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Out of the Egg

By: Tina Matthews

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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This reworked version of the traditional tale of the hardworking Little Red Hen continues until...

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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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Pattan's Pumpkin: A Traditional Flood Story from Southern India

By: Chitra Soundar

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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In this retelling of the flood myth, young Pattan's amazing pumpkin grows big enough to save the...

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Peach Boy And Other Japanese Children's Favorite Stories

By: Florence Sakade

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Welcome to a fantastic world populated by magical teakettles, long-nosed goblins, brave warriors...

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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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Previously

By: Allan Ahlberg

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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We all know that Goldilocks met the three bears, but what did she do before? Well, she met a boy...

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Princess and the Peas

By: Rachel Himes

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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John’s mother thought cooking was more important than beauty in this gently humorous riff on a...

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Princess Tales Around the World

By: Grace Maccarone

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Retellings in verse present a host of memorable females in traditional stories from around the...

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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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Pushing up the Sky: Seven Native American Plays for Children

By: Joseph Bruchac

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Adaptations of seven traditional tales into plays for children, representing tribes from...

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Rabbit and the Well

By: Deborah L. Duvall

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Ji-Stu the Rabbit thinks he's very clever but discovers he has outsmarted himself, in this...

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Rabbit Ears Treasury of World Tales: Volume Two

By: Rabbit Ears

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Listen in to these two classic tales — about princes and princesses — read with character and...

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Rain Player

By: David Wisniewski

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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The ancient Mayan belief that the future was divinely decreed and could not be changed is the...

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Rapunzel

By: Bethan Woollvin

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Slyly humorous and boldly illustrated, the girl with the long locks is no match for the witch...

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Rapunzel

By: Brothers Grimm, Barbara Rogasky

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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In this traditional, sophisticated retelling of the Grimm tale, Rapunzel was taken from her...

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Rapunzel

By: Rachel Isadora

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Gorgeous collages breathe new life into this classic tale, capturing Rapunzel's striking beauty...

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Riding a Donkey Backwards: Wise and Foolish Tales of Mulla Nasruddin

By: Sean Taylor Khayaal Theater Company

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Would you like to know how a thief can turn into a donkey? Or why you should spoon yogurt into a...

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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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Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow

By: Robert San Souci

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Realistic illustrations and a straightforward retelling of one episode of the legendary Robin...

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Romulus and Remus

By: Anne Rockwell

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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This retelling of the story of Romulus and Remus tells of their early separation from their...

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Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John "Appleseed" Chapman

By: Esme Raji Codell

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, changed his world "seed by seed, deed by deed"...

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Señor Cat's Romance and Other Favorite Stories from Latin America

By: Lucía González

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Spanish words add flavor to these appealing folktales, cuentos favoritos, carefully illustrated...

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Sister Tricksters: Rollicking Tales of Clever Females

By: Robert San Souci

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Why does Mister Bear think that the pumpkins he’s sitting on will hatch? Because Miz Goose...

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Sitti and the Cats: A Tale of Friendship

By: Sally Bahous Allen

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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A beautiful Palestinian folktale teaches the golden rule.

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Sleeping Beauty

By: Mahlon Craft, K.V. Craft

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Under the spell of a vengeful fairy, Princess Aurora sleeps for a hundred years until she is...

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Snow Leopard

By: Jackie Morris

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Dazzling illustrations combine with lyrical language to emulate a creation myth. Set in the...

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Snow White: A Three-Dimensional Fairytale Theater

By: Jane Ray

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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The traditional tale has been retold and newly presented to create a theater within the covers...

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Stone Soup

By: Jon J Muth

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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A traditional tale has set in China as three Zen monks come to a remote village where residents...

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Stone Soup

By: Marcia Brown

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Based on an old French folktate, the story is about how three hungry soldiers outsmart the...

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Stories from the Billabong

By: James Vance Marshall

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Ten of Australia's ancient aboriginal legends, authentically and elegantly retold. Here you can...

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Sugar Cane: A Caribbean Rapunzel

By: Patricia Storace

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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A lyrical and poignant retelling of the Rapunzel tale in a Caribbean setting matched with lush...

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Sure as Sunrise: Tales of Bruh Rabbit and his Walkin' Talkin' Friends

By: Alice McGill

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Alice McGill retells the tales she heard growing up in North Carolina with the verve and...

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Swamp Angel

By: Anne Isaacs

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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On the day of her birth, nothing about Angelica Longrider suggested that she would one day...

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Tales from the Brothers Grimm

By: Brothers Grimm

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Nine tales from German folklore are presented in a large, vibrantly illustrated format are made...

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Tales Our Abuelitas Told: A Hispanic Folktale Collection

By: Alma Flor Ada

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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"Stories have delighted both children and adults for as long as there have been families and...

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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 Castle on Hester Street

By: Linda Heller

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Julie loves to hear her grandfather's larger-than-life, highly imagined tales of long ago when...

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The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred

By: Samantha Vamos

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Start with a farm maiden and a pot, invite some friends to help her, and before you know it, you...

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The Emperor and the Kite

By: Jane Yolen

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Princess Dejeow Seow spends her days alone, playing with a kite made of paper and sticks. Her...

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The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story

By: Joseph Bruchac

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Seeing that man is sorry after arguing with his wife, Sun sends the first strawberries to the...

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The Flute Player

By: Michael Lacapa

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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An Apache pourquoi folktale explains that the sound of wind echoing through the canyons comes...

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The Giant and the Beanstalk

By: Diane Stanley

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Otto, a gentle giant, is understandably upset when a fellow named Jack steals his pet hen. When...

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The Gift of the Crocodile: A Cinderella Story

By: Judy Sierra

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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A tale from the Spice Islands in Indonesia, offers a colorful and dramatic twist on the...

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The Gift of the Sun: A Tale from South Africa

By: Dianne Stewart

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Thulani enjoys sitting in the sun, and he is tired of milking his cow. When he sells his cow to...

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The Girl Who Wore Too Much: A Folktale from Thailand

By: Margaret MacDonald

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Aree likes fine clothing and jewelr, but she is just a wee bit spoiled and has more dresses and...

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The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus

By: Aliki Aliki

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Retellings of Greek myths and a brief introduction to the gods and goddesses are presented in...

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The Golden Flower: A Taino Myth from Puerto Rico

By: Nina Jaffe

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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This Taino creation story describes how the island of Puerto Rico came into existence when the...

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The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac

By: Dawn Casey

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Thirteen creatures in China have come to the river to join in the Emperor's race. Who will win...

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The Green Frogs: A Korean Folktale

By: Yumi Heo

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Have you wondered why frogs croak on the edge of streams? It all started long ago with two...

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The Korean Cinderella

By: Shirley Climo

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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the story of Pear Blossom, a lovely girl who is sorely mistreated by her nasty stepmother and...

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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 Legend of the Bluebonnet

By: Tomie dePaola

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Bluebonnets are the state flower of Texas. How they came to be is an Indian legend from the...

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The Legend of the Caribou Boy / Ekwò Dǫzhìa Wegond

By: George Blondin

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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When a little boy, traveling with his parents and grandparents, has trouble sleeping at night,...

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The Little Mermaid

By: Jerry Pinkney

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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In this reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen's classic, Caldecott medalist Jerry Pinkney ...

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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 People Could Fly: The Picture Book

By: Virginia Hamilton

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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To escape the horrors of slavery, some people who remembered the old magic flew away from their...

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The Pied Piper of Hamelin

By: Michael Morpurgo

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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In Hamelin town, the rich care only about themselves and so refuse to pay the piper who rids the...

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The Rabbit and the Turtle

By: Eric Carle

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Eric Carle brings to life Aesop's fables with his gorgeous illustrations and charming retelling...

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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 Serpent Slayer and Other Stories of Strong Women

By: Kartrin Tchana

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Here is a collection of eighteen stories about heroines: girls and women with as much courage as...

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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 Singing Rock and Other Brand-New Fairy Tales

By: Nathaniel Lachenmeyer

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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A funny, comics-format collection of four original fairy tales, that reinvent recognizable...

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The Star People: A Lakota Story

By: S. D. Nelson

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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While exploring the land around their village, Sister Girl and Young Wolf stray too far. After...

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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 Golden Oranges

By: Alma Flor Ada

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A poetic retelling of a well-loved traditional story about Blancaflor, a mythical young woman...

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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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The Three Pigs

By: David Wiesner

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Once upon a time three pigs built three houses, out of straw, sticks, and bricks. Along came a...

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The Tiger and the Brahmin

By: Bran Gleeson

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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This classic Indian fairy tale, when a kind Brahmin discovers a tiger in a trap, he convinces...

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The Walrus Who Escaped

By: Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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When Raven becomes jealous of Walrus' useful curved tusks, Raven freezes the sea, trapping...

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The Woman Who Outshone the Sun / La mujer que brillaba aún más que el sol

By: Alejandro Cruz Martinez

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Lucia Zenteno is a mythic character, a woman of great beauty who is perfectly in tune with...

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Thea's Tree

By: Alison Jackson

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Thea observes the growth of the three unusual beans she plants for her science project. A series...

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There's a Wolf at the Door: Five Classic Tales

By: Zoe Alley

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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A hungry but dapper wolf cannot get Alan, Gordon, and Blake (aka the Three Little Pigs) to open...

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Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back

By: Joseph Bruchac

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Poetry

To many Native Americans, the 13 cycles of the moon represent the changing seasons and the...

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Thunder Rose

By: Jerdine Nolan

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

In this tall tale, Thunder Rose vows to grow up to be more than just big...

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Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk

By: Gerald McDermott

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

Tim O’Toole and his wife, Kathleen, are so poor they have not a penny or a potato between them....

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Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters

By: Donna Jo Napoli

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

Vivid retellings and luminous illustrations reinvigorate the Greek myths.

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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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Ugly

By: Donna Jo Napoli

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

This retelling of the classic tale of "the Ugly Duckling" is richly told with details of...

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Unwitting Wisdom: An Anthology of Aesop's Fables

By: Helen Ward

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

The enduring wisdom of Aesop's fables have been retold and newly illustrated. The large,...

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Vietnamese Children's Favorite Stories

By: Phuoc Thi Minh Tran

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

These 15 stories reflect the traditions, myths, and history of Vietnam, with trees and flowers...

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Waiting for the Biblioburro

By: Monica Brown

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

Meet Ana, a young girl who loves to read. There aren't many books in her small Colombian village...

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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 Wants to Be a Princess?

By: Bridget Heos

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The illustration looks like a fairy tale but this book actually dispels the myth of the...

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Who's In Rabbit's House?

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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You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Fables to Read Together

By: Mary Ann Hoberman

Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Humorous illustration and color-coded, rhyming text present retellings of familiar fables that...

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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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Ain't Nothing but a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry

By: Scott Reynolds Nelson, Marc Aronson

Age Level: 9-12 years old

The search for the man who beat a steam engine unfolds in words and pictures. The mystery in...

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Amazing Greek Myths of Wonder and Blunders

By: Michael Townsend

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

Ten familiar myths—the stories of Pandora, Arachne, Midas, Perseus, and others-are embellished...

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American Born Chinese

By: Gene Yang

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

Three storylines — contemporary and mythic — intersect in this tale of a boy who is not...

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Apollo: The Brilliant One (Olympians series)

By: George O'Connor

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

The Greek muse, Polyhmnia, invites readers into a story of the gods of Olympus focusing on the...

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Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of The Iliad

By: Rosemary Sutcliffe

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

The essence of Homer's Iliad is captured by Sutcliff's rich language combined with dramatic...

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Calamity Jack

By: Dean Hale, Nathan Hale

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

With help from Rapunzel (and her trusty braids), a pixie from Jack's past, and a man with...

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Celtic Mythology for Kids: Tales of Selkies, Giants, and the Sea

By: Chris Pinard

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

Imagine a world where fearsome giants, mischievous fairies, charming witches, and ageless queens...

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Dog People: Native Dog Stories

By: Joseph Bruchac

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

The voice of an Abenaki storyteller takes children back 10,000 years to the days when children...

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Fiesta Femenina

By: Mary-Joan Gerson

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

Drawing from Mexico's rich cultural heritage, this olktale collection celebrates the courage and...

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Golden Tales: Myths, Legends, and Folktales from Latin America

By: Lulu Delacre

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

This lush collection of twelve traditional Latin American tales brings the history and culture...

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Greek Myths

By: Ann Turnbull

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

Sixteen of the most celebrated myths in dramatic retelling, from the sadness of Persephone to...

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Grimms' Fairy Tales

By: Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

From the land of fantastical castles, vast lakes and deep forests, the Brothers Grimm collected...

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Hiawatha and the Peacemaker

By: Robbie Robertson

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

The saga of Hiawatha who along with the Peacemaker was instrumental in creating the...

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If the Shoe Fits: Voices from Cinderella

By: Laura Whipple

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Poetry

This book takes a fresh look at an old and favorite story. Thirty-three poems bring to life the...

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Iron Hearted Violet

By: Kelly Barnhill

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

Princess Violet is plain, reckless, and possibly too clever for her own good. Particularly when...

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Knights of the Kitchen Table (Time Warp Trio series)

By: Jon Scieszka

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

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

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Lalani of the Distant Sea

By: Erin Entrada Kelly

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

Lalani and her mother live on Sanlagita, an island under constant threat from the mountain Isa....

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Legends of the Iroquois

By: Tehanetorens (Ray Fadden)

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

This collection of Iroquois stories, told by elder and tribal scholar Tehanetorens, is made...

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Lugalbanda: The Boy Who Got Caught Up in a War

By: Kathy Henderson

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

In ancient times there lived a prince named Lugalbanda, the youngest and weakest of seven sons....

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Magic Moments / Momentos Magicos

By: Olga Loya

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

A bilingual collection of 15 traditional tales from Latin America, including: Scary Stories,...

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Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales

By: Nelson Mandela

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

In his foreword to this rich compilation, Nelson Mandela writes, "This collection offers a...

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Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki

By: Kevin Crossley-Holland

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

Tales from the Norse are not for the fainthearted or youngest, evident in these straightforward...

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

By: Rick Riordan

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

12-year-old Percy Jackson learns the truth about his unique abilities: he is a demigod, half...

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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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Ramayana: Divine Loophole

By: Sabjay Patel

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

One of Hindu mythology's best-loved tales gets a retelling with a lush, whimsical...

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Rapunzel's Revenge

By: Shannon Hale, Dean Hale

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

This re-telling of the familiar fairy tale is set in the Wild West and features a spunky heroine...

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Simeon's Gift

By: Emma Walton Hamilton

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

In this modern fable, Simeon loves a noblewoman from afar and seeks to find the music from deep...

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

By: Michael Morpugo

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

When a huge, rough man threatens King Arthur's court, it is the honorable, brave Sir Gawain who...

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Starry River of the Sky

By: Grace Lin

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

Rendi, a self-centered, unhappy boy runs away from home and winds up in a sad town. Storytelling...

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Tales From the Arabian Nights: Stories of Adventure, Magic, Love, and Betrayal

By: Donna Jo Napoli

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

Classic stories and dazzling illustrations of princesses, ...

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Tenggren's Golden Tales from the Arabian Nights

By: Gustav Tenngren

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

From “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp” and “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” to “Sinbad the Sailor...

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The Adventures of Thor the Thunder God

By: Lis Lunge-Larsen

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

He is the biggest and mightiest of the gods. If he tightens his belt, he doubles his strength....

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The Boggart

By: Susan Cooper

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

When the Volnick family accidentally brings a Boggart home to Toronto from Scotland, the results...

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The Dragon Prince: Stories and Legends from Vietnam

By: Thich Nhat Hanh

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

This collection of 15 stories and legends from Vietnam retold by Zen master poet and peace...

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The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America

By: Jamie Hernandez

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Meet the dragon slayer, a girl and a mouse, and a boy who talks to ants. Three traditional tales...

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The Giant Bear: An Inuit Folktale

By: Jose Angutingunrik

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

One of the most terrifying creatures to be found in traditional Inuit stories is the nanurluk, a...

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon

By: Kelly Barnhill

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

An young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, must unlock the...

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The Jumbies

By: Tracey Baptiste

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

A spine-tingling fairy tale rooted in Haitian folklore about a brave girl and her adventures...

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The Metropolitans

By: Carol Goodman

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

Four young people come together at the Metropolitan in New York City on the very day that Pearl...

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The Moon

By: Hannah Pang

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Nonfiction

In this striking volume, readers will encounter the moon in both fact and fiction. Moon myths...

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The Odyssey

By: Gareth Hinds

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

Award-winning graphic artist Gareth Hinds masterfully reinterprets a story of heroism, adventure...

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The Origin of the Milky Way and Other Living Stories of the Cherokee

By: Barbara Duncan

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

Cherokee people have lived in the Great Smoky Mountains for thousands of years telling stories...

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The Tale of Despereaux

By: Kate DiCamillo

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

Distinct stories which involve a mouse, a human princess, and a rat seamlessly come together to...

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The Trickster and the Troll

By: Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

The friendship and adventures of Iktomi, the trickster figure from Lakota legend, and Troll, the...

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The Wild Swans

By: Hans Christian Andersen

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

A princess has eleven brothers. The twelve siblings live happily and well, until their father...

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Thundercluck!

By: Paul Tillery IV

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

Absolute silliness results when a chicken is caught up in a struggle with a Norse god. The...

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Treasury of Egyptian Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Monsters & Mortals

By: Donna Jo Napoli

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

A rich collection of Egyptian myths, including those of pharaohs, queens, the boisterous Sun God...

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When the Sea Turned to Silver

By: Grace Lin

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

The story of Pinmei and her quest to find her grandmother, the storyteller. Inspired by Chinese...

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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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Why Leopard has Spots: Dan Stories from Liberia

By: Won-Ldy Paye, Margaret Lippert

Age Level: 9-12 years old

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Have you ever wondered why the leopard has spots or why a spider has a big butt? This collection...

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Wild Swans

By: Xanthe Gresham Knight

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Magic has turned Eliza’s 11 brothers into swans and only she can rescue them. Brilliantly...

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Wise Fool: Fables from the Islamic World

By: Shahrukh Husain

Age Level: 9-12 years old

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The riotous adventures and misadventures of Mulla Nasruddin introduce a new generation to one of...

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