Fairy tales are an important genre in children’s literature and have been passed down from generation to generation. These endearing stories come from many different countries and provide a valuable way to develop an awareness and appreciate of other cultures. For example, did you know there are multiple versions of Cinderella? You could travel the world by exploring the 19 different tellings — Africa, Cambodia, Caribbean, China, Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Ireland, Korea, Mexico, Persia and Russia.
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
— Albert Einstein
Fairy tales, with their happily-ever-after endings, make for perfect family read aloud. These favorites for the gentler listeners’ ears will be a great place to start. Little Red Riding Hood, illustrated by Ed Bryan, is a retelling that sticks pretty close to the original story — but Red Riding Hood gathers items along the way to protect herself from the wolf. Have no fear, the wolf doesn’t get hurt at the end of the story. Very Little Red Riding Hood by Teresa Heapy retells the story having the wolf as kind and the Grandma as unsure. Be sure to check out Anthony Browne’s Into the Forest. In this version the main character is a boy who goes through the forest to Grandma’s house. Along the way, he encounters various characters from other fairy tales. The illustrations are an eye spy game — making it even more fun to read together. Keep in mind that there are additional perks to fractured fairy tales and read alouds, such as twists in the plots and changing voices for the characters.
Try the enchanting tales below and visit our online catalog to discover even more. Hop on over to Tumblebooks to uncover a wide range of stories that you and your family can listen to and watch.