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Many educators are interested in incorporating a wider diversity of fairy tales and folktales from different cultures in their plans for the upcoming year. Below is a selection of titles, which range from bilingual picture books to contemporary retellings of classic stories.
Any of the included titles would be perfect for children's storytimes and are available in a wide variety of print and online formats from the New York Public Library. You can check out many of these books from the convenience of home, through our SimplyE app. Or look to see if your neighborhood library is currently open as one of our Grab and Go locations.
This list was compiled by Amber Certain, Grace Dwyer, Tessa Hamilton, and Tiffany James from the School Outreach Department.
All the Way to Lhasa: A Tale From Tibet by Barbara Helen Berger
Beauty and the Beast: A Retellingby H. Chuku Lee, illustrations by Pat Cummings
Dragon Prince : A Chinese Beauty & the Beast Tale by Laurence Yep, illustrated by Kam Mak
Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Messageby Chief Jake Swamp, illustrated by Erwin Printup, Jr. (e-book) (Bookflix) (digital audiobook)
Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, illustrated by Susy Pilgrim Waters
It Could Always Be Worse: A Yiddish Folktale by Margot Zemach
Jamie O' Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale by Tomie De Paola (print) (Digital Audiobook)
Jue miao de sou zhu yi 绝妙的馊主意 / 玛戈斉斉 by Margot Zemach
La Cucaracha Martina : un cuento folkórico del Caribe recontado e ilustrado por Daniel Moretón ; traducido por Miguel Arisa
Las bellas hijas de Mufaro: cuento popular africano by John Steptoe, traducido por Clarita Kohen (digital audiobook in Spanish)
Let's Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs, and Stories from an African American Childhood by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by Brian Pinkney (e-book)
Liang and the Magic Paintbrush by Demi
Little Red Riding-Hood by Jerry Pinkney
Láng pó pȯ by Ed Young
Mabela the Cleverby Margaret Read MacDonald, illustrated by Tim Coffey
Martina, the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale retold by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by Michael Austin (print) (Spanish)
Moon Rope: A Peruvian Folktale= Un Lazo a la Luna: Una Leyenda Peruanaby Lois Ehlert, translated into Spanish by Amy Prince (bilingual)
Por qué zumban los mosquitos en los oídos de la gente : Un Cuento de Africa Occidental by adaptado por Verna Aardema, ilustraciones de Leo y Diane Dillon, traducción de Osvaldo Blanco (Bookflix in Spanish)
Qiáosèfū y̌ou jiàn jiù wài tàoby Simms Taback
Raccoon's Last Race: A Traditional Abenaki Story as told by Joseph Bruchac & James Bruchac, pictures by Jose Aruego & Ariane Dewey
Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm; retoldby Rachel Isadora
Sugar Cane: A Carribean Rapunzelby Patricia Storace, pictures by Raul Coln̤
Tales of a Lost Kingdom: A Journey into Northwest Pakistan by Erik L'Homme, illustrated by François Place, translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick
Tales Our Abuelitas Told: A Hispanic Folktale Collection by Isabel F. Campoy, illustrated by Felipe Dv̀alos
The Crane Girl: Based on Japanese Folktales by Curtis Manley
The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo, illustrated by Ruth Heller
The Emperor's Nightingale and Other Feathery Tales by Jane Ray, illustrations by Lin Wang
The Fisherman and His Wife by Rachel Isadora
日本最後のカッパ / 文と絵 サニー関 by Sunny Seki = 日本最後のカッパ / 文と絵 サニー関
The Neighborhood Mother Gooseby by Nina Crews
La princesa y el guerrero : Historia de dos Volcanes by Duncan Tonatiuh
The Three Princes: A Tale From the Middle East by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Leonard Everett Fisher
Two of Everything: A Chinese Folktale by Lily Toy Hong
Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky: An African Folktale by Elphinstone Dayrell, illustrated by Blair Lent
Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa by Gerald McDermott, illustrated by Gerald McDermott (print)
Digital Resources from NYPL
BookFlix is a Scholastic resource for young children that pairs a fictional story with a nonfiction text, and includes a variety of topics that will interest little ones.
TumbleBooks Library features animated, talking picture books that are engaging and fun for children.
While OverDrive features a number of kids books, the popular e-Reading platform also contains a number of animated children’s books that engage young readers.