Top 10 Fairy Tale Books for Kids 2017


2017 Best Children’s Fairy Tale Books

 
Little boy reading magical bookThe top 10 fairy best children’s fairy tale books allows your little ones to step into a dream-like world populated by princes and princesses, talking animals and gingerbread men, hulking beasts and wicked queens, elves and goblins, mermaids, and other fantastical creatures. Seemingly-endless fairy tales are out there, including classics written by the Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Anderson among other authors. These tales often come with a message to help children understand the importance of kindness, compassion, and respect for others.

Here you will find fantastic collections to read with your children, including An Illustrated Treasury of Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tales, A First Book of Fairy Tales by Mary Hoffman, and You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman. Whether you read these stories before bedtime, give them to your kids prior to long car rides, or any other time, you are providing your little ‘uns with the opportunity to escape into beautiful worlds of imagination.

What’s here: This fantastic compilation of the 10 best fairy tale books for the spring and summer months of 2017 was created by real moms and educators who enjoyed these books themselves or taught them in class. Numerous types and themes of books are included in the list to keep your youngin’ stimulated

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Post Updated: April 9th, 2017


What’s Here:

1. A First Book of Fairy Tales by Mary Hoffman
2. The Fairy Tale Book: Classic Tales from Childhood by Liz Scoggins
3. Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky
4. The Gingerbread Man by Karen Schmidt
5. An Illustrated Treasury of Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales
6. You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman
7. The Classic Treasury of Aesop’s Fables by Don Daily
8. Mary Engelbreit’s Nursery and Fairy Tales Collection
9. Classic Fairy Tales by Scott Gustafson
10. Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales

Top 10 Fairy Tale Books for Kids:

Product name Rating Price
A First Book of Fairy Tales A First Book of Fairy Tales *
$9.47
An  Illustrated Treasury of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales: The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, the Princess and the Pea and Many More Classic Story An Illustrated Treasury of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales: The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, the Princess and the Pea and Many More Classic Story *
$12.37
Classic Fairy Tales Classic Fairy Tales *
$19.30
Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales (Puffin Classics) Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales (Puffin Classics) *
$4.99
Mary Engelbreit's Nursery and Fairy Tales Collection Mary Engelbreit's Nursery and Fairy Tales Collection *
$9.64
Rumpelstiltskin Rumpelstiltskin *
$3.49
The Classic Treasury of Aesop's Fables The Classic Treasury of Aesop's Fables *
$9.95
The Fairy Tale Book: Classic Tales from Childhood (Best at Everything) The Fairy Tale Book: Classic Tales from Childhood (Best at Everything) *
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The Gingerbread Man (Easy-to-Read Folktales) The Gingerbread Man (Easy-to-Read Folktales) *
$3.99
You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together *
$6.99
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Price: $9.47
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1. A First Book of Fairy Tales by Mary Hoffman

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Ages: 8 – 12

First up in 2017 for the top 10 fairly tale books for kids is A First Book of Fairy Tales by Mary Hoffman.

The First Book of Fairy Tales is exactly what the title suggests. There are 14 classics, collected into a detailed, beautifully illustrated volume. It combines well-known stories, like The Little Mermaid and Rapunzel, with lesser-known tales, like The Selfish Giant.

 

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2. The Fairy Tale Book: Classic Tales from Childhood by Liz Scoggins

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Ages: 8 and up

The Fairy Tale Book: Classic Tales from Childhood by Liz Scoggins comes in second among the “best of” on the list this year.

Another timeless collection.

This book brings together 12 classics, like The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Rumpelstiltskin, and Cinderella.

There are also a few lesser-known stories from both Andersen and The Brother Grimm, like The Brave Little Tailor and The Wild Swans.

 

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3. Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky

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Ages: 5 – 8

Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky comes in third on the list.

One of the best from The Brothers Grimm, this classic is about a lovely woman who wants nothing more than to marry the prince and have a beautiful family. She meets an elfin man who grants her wish for the promise of her firstborn child. Can you remember his name?

 

 

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4. The Gingerbread Man by Karen Schmidt

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Ages: 4 – 8

Also making the ranks of the ten best fairy tale books for children in 2017 – The Gingerbread Man by Karen Schmidt.

The Gingerbread Man is another classic, but this one has been written in an easier-to-read format for beginner readers. In this story, the fresh-baked gingerbread man runs and runs as fast as he can…until he meets a clever, hungry fox.

 

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5. An Illustrated Treasury of Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales

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Ages: 6 – 9

Also making it to the list of the best kids’ fairy tale books 2017- An Illustrated Treasury of Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales.

I looove the illustrations in this classic, beautiful Treasury of Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales. Everyone knows the tales of The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, and The Snow Queen, but few know the non-Disney versions. These are must-reads for imaginative bookworms.

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6. You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman

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Ages: 5 – 8

You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman also makes its mark among the top kids’ fairy tale books this year.

When my son was 5-months-old, I read and reread this story to him. He loved the colorful pictures, and would reach for the fairytale creatures, cooing the whole time. I took that as a sign that he would indeed be a bookworm. I love the back-and-forth reading in this book.

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Price: $9.95
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7. The Classic Treasury of Aesop’s Fables by Don Daily

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Ages: 6 and up

Next up on our list for 2017- The Classic Treasury of Aesop’s Fables by Don Daily.

Fables are life lessons in the forms of classic stories. These famous tales have been passed down through generations to warn, encourage, inspire, and excite children and adults alike. My favorites from this illustrated collection are The Goose Who Laid the Golden Eggs and The Frogs Who Desired a King.

 

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8. Mary Engelbreit’s Nursery and Fairy Tales Collection

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Ages: 4 – 8

Mary Engelbreit’s Nursery and Fairy Tales Collection is another promising addition to popular children’s fairy tale books this year.

Learning nursery tales was a major accomplishment when I was a kid. I remember reciting rhymes to my Kindergarten teacher. She would reward me with a sticker if I memorized it correctly. One of the best childhood memories, for sure. This collection includes traditional favorites, like The Little Red Hen.

 

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9. Classic Fairy Tales by Scott Gustafson

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Ages: 7 – 10

Next – at #9 on the list – Classic Fairy Tales by Scott Gustafson.

The illustrations in this book of Classic Fairy Tales are wow-worthy. The stories are brilliant, of course, but the illustrator spent over four years painting 75 special, specific masterpieces for the 10 fairy tales. Now that is dedication and passion!

 

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10. Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales

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Ages: 5 and up

And – 2017’s final among the top ten children’s fairy tale books is Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales.

From Puffin Classics (one of the best publishers), this book collects a dozen favorites from Hans Christian Andersen.

The stories are coupled with gorgeous illustrations, especially The Little Mermaid and Thumbelina.

Plus, the introduction is a beautiful tribute to Andersen.

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Update note: This Top 10 Fairy Tale Books for Kids 2017 page was modified to reflect current
information on April 9th, 2017.