PRINT/BRAILLE: Folklore and Fairy Tales

There is no way to pinpoint the origins of various kinds of folk literature—folktales, fairy tales, legends, and tall tales to name a few. These stories were written and sung before the advent of written language and later set down as literary works, which in turn were taken by troubadours and storytellers and returned to the oral tradition. These tales can take place in an ordinary location or an imaginary world and might feature princes and princesses, regular people, or animals, birds, insects, trolls, or monsters. Every country and ethnic group has a folk tradition.

This minibibliography lists folk stories for children taken from traditions all over the world in the PRINT/BRAILLE format, arranged by age and title. PRINT/BRAILLE titles are print picture books in which a transparent sheet of braille is attached to each page and allows family members to share the book whether they read print or braille.

All titles in this minibibliography can be requested from your local cooperating library. Network libraries without Print/Braille collections can access these titles through Interlibrary Loan from the Multistate Centers. To find your local library, go to or call toll-free 888-NLS-READ (888-657-7323).


Preschool–Grade 2

by Pete Seeger

A noisy boy and his father, a mischievous magician, are banished to the edge of town until they devise a clever scheme to save the townspeople from the dreaded giant Abiyoyo. For preschool –grade 2. 1986.

After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up
by Dan Santat

After falling off the wall, Humpty Dumpty is very afraid of climbing up again, but he is determined not to let fear stop him from being close to the birds. For preschool–grade 2. 2017.

Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock
by Eric A. Kimmel

Anansi the Spider finds a strange moss-covered rock in the forest. He soon discovers its magical powers, and he uses them to trick every animal in the forest, until little Bush Deer decides to teach him a lesson. For preschool–grade 2. 1988.

Beautiful Blackbird
by Ashley Bryan

The beautifully colored birds of Africa think that Blackbird is the prettiest of all and ask him to add touches of black to their feathers as well. Adapted from a Zambian folktale. For preschool–grade 2. Coretta Scott King Award. 2003.

Billy Goat and His Well-Fed Friends
by Nonny Hogrogian

Billy Goat and his well-fed friends decide to flee the farm and settle down in the woods when they hear that the farmer is fattening them for eating. For preschool–grade 2. 1972.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf
by B. G. Hennessy

In this retelling of Aesop's fable, a bored shepherd boy finds excitement by yelling that a wolf is after his sheep. Twice he cries "Wolf!" and the villagers come running to help. The third time, hungry wolves really do arrive. For preschool–grade 2. 2006.

The Cat on the Dovrefell: A Christmas Tale
by George Webbe Dasent

A mirthful Norwegian folktale about a man, a great white bear, a pack of wild trolls, and Christmas Eve. For preschool–grade 2 and older readers. 1979.

Fables from Aesop
by Aesop

A baker's dozen of traditional Aesop tales retold in modern English and ending with a short moral. Includes the familiar favorite "The Tortoise and the Hare" and closes with the admonition, "So remember! Slow and steady wins the race." For preschool–grade 2. 2000.

The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story
by Joseph Bruchac

When the world was new, the Creator made a man and a woman. They were very happy together, until one day the man came home and found his wife picking flowers instead of fixing his dinner. Thus begins the retelling of a tale about why strawberries were created. For preschool–grade 2. 1993.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears
by Jim Aylesworth

In a rendition of the classic fairy tale, Goldilocks is a good girl but sometimes forgets what her mother tells her to do. When she ventures into the woods and wanders into a stranger's house she regrets not obeying the rules. For preschool–grade 2. 2003.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears
by James Marshall

An irreverent retelling of an old, familiar tale. When Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear return to their charming home deep in the forest from a bicycle ride, the place is a mess, and the culprit is asleep in Baby Bear's bed! For preschool–grade 2 to share with older readers. 1988.

The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush
by Tomie DePaola

The Indian paintbrush, the state flower of Wyoming, sets the hills and meadows ablaze each spring with its brilliant colors. How the flower got its name is told in this Native American legend of Little Gopher and his dream vision. For preschool–grade 2 to share with older readers. 1988.

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion
by Alex T. Smith.

In this retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, Little Red is off to visit and bring medicine to her Auntie Rosie, who is covered in spots. Along the way she meets the devious Very Hungry Lion. Little Red decides to teach him a lesson. For preschool–grade 2. 2015.

The Old Woman and Her Pig
by Paul Galdone

The classic folk tale of the old woman whose troubles begin after she buys a pig who won't go over the fence. For preschool–grade 2. 1960.

Red Riding Hood
by James Marshall

An irreverent retelling of the classic tale of a little girl who meets a hungry wolf on her way to visit her grandmother. For preschool–grade 2 to share with older readers. 1987.

by Paul O. Zelinsky

A lively retelling of how the miller's daughter and her faithful servant outwit Rumpelstiltskin. For preschool–grade 2. 1986.

The Story of Wali Dad
by Kristina Rodanas

Wali Dad, a poor, old glasscutter in India, is happy with his simple life. He lives in a small mud hut, his clothes are well-worn, and his meals are bread and onions. Wali Dad's desire to share what little he has with a kind and beautiful woman begins an incredible chain of events. For preschool–grade 2 to share with older readers. 1988.

The Strongest One of All: Based on a Caucasian Folktale
by Mirra Ginsburg

A lamb tries to find out whether ice, sun, cloud, rain, earth, or grass is the strongest force of all. The answer he finally gets surprises and delights him. For preschool–grade 2. 1977.

The Three Little Pigs
by James Marshall

Retells the familiar tale of three brother pigs sent out into the world to live on their own. Unfortunately, only one survives the attacks of a mean, hungry wolf by using his head and planning wisely. For preschool–grade 2. 1989.

Town Mouse, Country Mouse
by Jan Brett

Tired of running from the house cat, the "town mouse" decides to take his wife on a picnic in the country. There they meet a country mouse and her husband, who offer to trade houses with the town mice. For preschool–grade 2. 1994.

Kindergarten–Grade 3

Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti
by Gerald McDermott

Anansi, a spider in Ghana, is saved from big trouble by each of his six sons in different ways. Anansi can't decide which son to reward for his rescue with a ball of light, so it is carried into the sky—and becomes the moon. Caldecott Honor Book. For grades K–3. 1972.

The Bun: A Tale from Russia
by Marcia Brown

A mischievous little bun fools an old man and his wife, a hare, a wolf, and a bear—but not the cunning fox. For grades K–3. 1972.

Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella
by Robert D. San Souci

Based on a French Creole version of Cinderella set on a Caribbean island. Cendrillon's godmother tells how she helps her goddaughter go to a party where she meets her true love. For grades K–3. 1998.

Dear Mili: An Old Tale
by Wilhelm Grimm

A widow sends her daughter into the forest to escape a terrible war, trusting God to bring the girl back in three days. The child comes upon the hut of St. Joseph, shares her cake, does what she is asked, and plays. When she returns home, thirty years have actually passed. Her mother is thrilled to see her, but the next morning they are both found dead. For grades K–3 to share with older readers. Bestseller. 1988.

The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm
by Nonny Hogrogian

A boy born to a poor couple receives the hand of the king's daughter in marriage. To keep his bride, the boy must bring the king three golden hairs from the head of the devil. For grades K–3. 1983.

Dick Whittington and His Cat
by Marcia Brown

A simple retelling of the English legend about poor Dick Whittington, who achieved fame and fortune by selling his beloved cat to an Eastern king plagued by rats. For grades K–3. 1950.

The Emperor and the Kite
by Jane Yolen

When the emperor is imprisoned in a high tower, it is his smallest daughter, whom he had always ignored, who uses her kite to save him. For grades K–3. 1967.

Epossumondas Saves the Day
by Coleen Salley

In this variation on the Louisiana folktale "Sody Sallyraytus," each of Epossumondas's birthday guests disappears until it is finally up to him to rescue them all and bring home the "sody" for his birthday biscuits. For grades K–3. 2006.

Finn MacCoul and His Fearless Wife: A Giant of a Tale from Ireland
by Robert Byrd

Irish giant Finn MacCoul, who is a bit cowardly, finds himself in trouble after building a stone bridge between Ireland and Scotland. Now the mean Scottish giant Cucullin can come across to Ireland and attack Finn. Fortunately Finn's wife, Oonagh, has a plan to save him. For grades K–3. 1999.

by Rachel Isadora

Growing up, Prince Ivan heard of a magical tree in the forest by his castle. Although no one who tries to find the tree ever comes back, the prince decides to look for it himself. Just as he discovers the tree, a dazzling creature appears, "half woman, half bird, with feathers bright as flames. A Firebird!" For grades K–3. 1994.

The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship: A Russian Tale
by Arthur Ransome

A Russian folktale about the simple third son who enters the contest for which the czar offers his daughter's hand to any man who can bring him a flying ship. For grades K–3. Caldecott Medal. 1968.

The Funny Little Woman
by Arlene Mosel

A lively retelling of a Japanese folk tale. A funny little woman who giggles all the time attempts to outsmart a horde of fearsome monsters who capture her and make her cook for them. For grades K–3. Caldecott Medal. 1972.

Gershon's Monster: A Story for the Jewish New Year
by Eric A. Kimmel

Once a year on Rosh Hashanah, Gershon stuffs his thoughtless acts into a sack and throws them into the sea. But when his sins threaten the lives of his beloved twin children, Gershon truly repents of his wicked ways. A retelling of a Hasidic legend. For grades K–3. 2000.

The Gingerbread Man
by Jim Aylesworth

A traditional version of a tale about a gingerbread man who jumps from the oven and runs away from the little old man and woman of the house; he doesn't want to be their snack. He keeps running until he meets a clever fox. For grades K–3. 1998.

The Girl Who Spun Gold
by Virginia Hamilton

When Big King locks Quashiba, his new bride, into a room to spin golden thread and cloth, she is saved by Lit'mahn, who thinks she will never guess his name. A West Indian version of the Rumpelstiltskin tale. For grades K–3. 2000.

The Golden Flower: A Taino Myth from Puerto Rico
by Nina Jaffe

Relates the story of how Puerto Rico became an island. In the beginning the world had no water, no green plants or trees, and no flowers. But all of that changes when a young boy finds some seeds and plants them on top of the mountain. For grades K–3. 1996.

The Great Ball Game: A Muskogee Story
by Joseph Bruchac

Retelling of a Native American folktale. In a game of stickball between the birds and the animals, the bat plays a very special role. For grades K–3. 1994.

The Hunter: A Chinese Folktale
by Mary Casanova

Long ago, in a tiny Chinese village, there lived a good hunter named Hai Li Bu who cared more about the well-being of his fellow villagers than about wealth or even his own life. For grades K–3. 2000.

Jack and the Beanstalk
by Steven Kellogg

Retells the classic fairy tale of a boy named Jack, who trades away a cow named Milky-white—his and his mother's only source of income—for five beans. But the beans are indeed magic, and Jack, through courage and quick wit, outsmarts a giant, gruesome ogre and makes his and his mother's fortune. For grades K–3 and older readers. 1991.

John Henry
by Julius Lester

John Henry was a beautiful, strong African American boy. As a man, John Henry met mean Ferret-Faced Freddy and beat him in a race. Then he tackled a huge boulder that was blocking a road, and a rainbow smiled on his work. Next he tried to beat in a contest a drill cutting into a mountain to let the train pass through. This was his last contest, but you might still hear him singing, "I got a rainbow." For grades K–3. 1994.

Juan Bobo Goes to Work: A Puerto Rican Folktale
by Marisa Montes

Although Juan Bobo tries to do exactly as his mother tells him, this silly but good-hearted boy keeps getting things all wrong. For grades K–3. Pura Belpré Honor Book. 2000.

The Khan's Daughter: A Mongolian Folktale
by Laurence Yep

A poor, young shepherd wants to marry the khan's pretty daughter but must succeed at three tasks to prove his worth. Fortunately, he receives help from an unexpected source. For grades K–3. 1997.

The Legend of the Poinsettia
by Tomie DePaola

Lucida is helping her mother make a new blanket for the baby Jesus for the Christmas procession. Her mother becomes ill, and Lucida tries to finish the blanket but gets the threads all tangled. With no gift for baby Jesus, Lucida does not want to go to church. But an old woman tells Lucida any gift she gives will be loved. A surprise awaits everyone when Lucida brings a bunch of weeds to church. For grades K–3 and older readers. 1994.

Little Gray Neck: A Russian Folktale
by James Riordan

Russian folktale about a poor little duck whose wing, injured by a fox, keeps her from flying south with her family for the winter. For grades K–3. 1975.

The Little Red Hen
by Jerry Pinkney

Classic fable of barnyard animals who refuse to help the little red hen plant or harvest wheat but who want to eat the bread she bakes. For grades K–3. 2006.

The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza
by Philemon Sturges

When the Little Red Hen wakes up from her nap, she scratches through her cupboard, finds a can of tomato sauce, and decides to make a pizza. But she is missing some ingredients, and her friends duck, cat, and dog are too busy to help—until the pizza is done. For grades K–3. 1999.

Little Red Riding Hood
by Trina Schart Hyman

When Little Red Riding Hood is walking through the forest to take a basket of food to her sick grandmother, she meets a hungry wolf. For grades K–3. 1983.

Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China
by Ed Young

Once there was a good mother who lived in the countryside with her three children, Shang, Tao, and Paotze. One day she had to leave them to visit their grandmother. She cautioned, "Remember to close the door tight … and latch it well." Soon, a wolf disguised as an old woman knocked on the door, saying “This is your grandmother, your Po Po." For grades K–3. Caldecott Medal. 1989.

The Lost Horse: A Chinese Folktale
by Ed Young

A Chinese man named Sai, his son, and his horse illustrate that first impressions of events are not always correct. For grades K–3. 1998.

Martina, the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale
by Carmen Agra Deedy

In this retelling of a Cuban folktale, a cockroach interviews possible husbands using her grandmother's advice—spill coffee on their shoes to test their reactions. For grades K–3. Pura Belpré Honor Book. 2007.

Mike Fink: A Tall Tale
by Steven Kellogg

The tall tale of Mike Fink, the most famous of the strong, rough, and rowdy keelboatmen. Born near the Allegheny Mountains, Mike decided at the tender age of two days old that he hated being shut indoors and became a runaway. Mike saw the rugged keelboatmen, heard the tales of their mighty exploits, and decided he wanted to be one. For grades K–3 and older readers. 1992.

The Month-Brothers: A Slavic Tale
by S. Marshak

Slavic folktale in which a young girl outwits her greedy stepmother and lazy stepsister with the help of the twelve Month-Brothers. For grades K–3 to share with older readers. 1983.

Moss Gown
by William H. Hooks

A wealthy plantation owner decides to divide his property among his three daughters according to the degree of their love. The older two shower him with fancy phrases, but the youngest says simply that she loves him more than meat loves salt. For this response, she is cast out. Then she meets a witch who gives her a lovely gown that changes her life. For grades K–3. 1987.

Musicians of the Sun
by Gerald McDermott

The Aztec Lord of the Night sees that his people are sad in the gray darkness. He sends Wind to battle Sun for the musicians held prisoner—Red, Yellow, Blue, and Green—because they can bring color, music, and happiness to the people. For grades K–3. 1997.

Ouch! A Tale from Grimm
by Natalie Babbitt

When a baby boy, Marco, is born to an ordinary family, a fortune-teller predicts he will marry a princess. But the king puts many obstacles in his way, including an errand to the devil. For grades K–3. 1998.

Puss in Boots
by Charles Perrault

A poor miller's son gains a fortune and marries a beautiful princess with the help of his cat, the clever Puss. For grades K–3 and older readers. Caldecott Honor Book. 1990.

by Paul O. Zelinsky

Rapunzel is twelve, with beautiful, long red-gold hair, when a sorceress places her in a high tower in a lonely forest. A handsome prince secretly visits Rapunzel until the sorceress finds out and punishes them, keeping them apart. But their love for each other promises to restore their happiness. For grades K–3. Caldecott Medal. 1997.

The Rough-Face Girl
by Rafe Martin

This Algonquin Indian folktale is a variation on the Cinderella story. The two beautiful, older sisters are mean to the Rough-Face Girl. But her inner beauty gives her an advantage when all three want to marry the Invisible Being. For grades K–3. 1992.

The Samurai's Daughter: A Japanese Legend
by Robert D. San Souci

A Japanese tale about the dauntless Tokoyo, whose beloved father has taught her samurai virtues, plus such "manly" arts as riding. Tokoyo insists on learning to dive for pearls—a traditional skill of some coastal women—despite her noble birth. When her father is unjustly exiled, Tokoyo follows him, braving ghosts, battling a sea monster, and ending the curse that has caused the ruler's madness. For grades K–3. 1992.

The Secret Footprints
by Julia Alvarez

Near a Caribbean island, there lives a shy underwater tribe called the ciguapas, whose feet are attached backward. A young ciguapa girl's curiosity about humans almost gives away their secret when she encounters a human family having a picnic. Based on native Dominican folklore. For grades K–3. 2000.

Seven Blind Mice
by Ed Young

In this version of the familiar Indian folktale, seven blind mice approach Something, ask what it is, and proceed to investigate. On Monday, Red Mouse feels the leg and proclaims it a pillar. On Tuesday, Green Mouse jumps on the trunk and declares it a snake. Each succeeding day brings a different conclusion from a different mouse—until the seventh mouse scampers all over the creature and puts the clues together! For grades K–3. 1992.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm
translated by Randall Jarrell

When Snow White runs away from the jealous queen of the kingdom, she is protected by seven dwarfs until the disguised queen gives her a poisonous apple. A young prince, however, brings Snow White out of her deep sleep with a kiss. For grades K–3 to share with older readers. 1972.

A Story, a Story: An African Tale
by Gail E. Haley

Before the spider man can obtain the Sky God's golden chest of stories, he must outwit and capture three fantasy creatures. For grades K–3. Caldecott Medal 1971.

Strega Nona: An Original Tale
by Tomie DePaola

Long ago in Italy, there lived an old lady called Strega Nona (Grandma Witch) who owned a magic pasta pot. One day when she was away, her helper Big Anthony served pasta to the whole town, but he couldn't make the pot stop. For grades K–3. Caldecott Honor. 1975.

The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South
by Robert D. San Souci

A Louisiana Creole folktale about a widow and her two daughters who "lived on a farm so poor, it looked like the tail end of bad luck." The youngest child, abused by her mother and sister, helps an old woman, who rewards her with magic eggs that produce gold and silver. When the evil sister seeks the same old woman and disobeys her, the eggs give forth snakes, toads, and vermin. For grades K–3. Coretta Scott King Award. 1989.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff
by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen

A Norwegian folk tale about three goats who must pass over a bridge inhabited by a mean troll. For grades K–3. 1957.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff
by Jerry Pinkney.

A retelling of a Norwegian folktale. Three goats must outwit the troll living under the bridge they must cross on their way up the mountain. For grades K–3. 2017.

Three Fools and a Horse
by Betty Baker

Tales drawn from the folklore of the Apache Indians feature the slapstick nonsense of three outrageously foolish people. For grades 1–3. 1975.

The Three Princes: A Tale from the Middle East
by Eric A. Kimmel

A princess, wise and beautiful, has three favorite suitors—Prince Fahad, Prince Muhammed, and Prince Mohsen. While the former two are rich and renowned, Prince Mohsen is neither, but his flashing eyes and handsome face have charmed the princess. In order to choose whom she will marry, she sends the three on a quest to bring her the rarest item that can be found. For grades K–3 and older readers. 1994.

The Three Witches
by Joyce Carol Thomas

Three fierce, tricky witches are determined to eat a brother and sister, who are home alone. But the witches are outsmarted by a good snake, the two children, their brave grandma, and her three hound dogs. Adapted from a folktale collected by Zora Neale Hurston. For grades K–-3. 2006.

by Kimiko Kajikawa

In long-ago Japan, an old rice farmer living on a mountainside feels an earthquake during the rice-harvest celebration. As he watches the sea run away from the land, he takes a desperate action to warn the villagers below of the approaching tsunami. For grades K–3. 2009.

Who's in Rabbit's House?
by Verna Aardema

A humorous African folk tale about poor Rabbit, whose house is invaded by a mysterious creature with a "big, bad voice." For grades K–3. 1977.

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale
by Verna Aardema

An amusing, repetitive tale explains why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears. For grades K–3. Caldecott Medal. 1976.

Why the Sky is Far Away: A Nigerian Folktale
by Mary-Joan Gerson

Long, long ago, people did not have to grow crops in the fields or hunt in the forests for food. The sky was so close and bountiful that one simply reached up and took a piece of the sky to eat. And the sky tasted like delicious fruits, meats, and vegetables. But the people grew wasteful and greedy, and the sky grew angry and sternly warned the Oba that the waste must cease at once. For grades K–3. 1992.

The Woodcutter's Duck
by Krystyna Turska

A young Polish woodcutter saves the life of a magic frog who later rewards the woodcutter with a marvelous magic power. For grades K–3. 1972.

Yoshi's Feast
by Kimiko Kajikawa

When Yoshi's neighbor, Sabu the eel broiler, attempts to charge him for the delicious-smelling aromas he has been enjoying, Yoshi hatches a plan to enrich them both. Adapted from a Japanese folktale. For grades K–3. 2000.

Young Zeus
by G. Brian Karas

Tells how the young god Zeus—with a little help from six monsters, five gods (his brothers and sisters), his mother, and an enchanted she-goat—became god of gods, master of lightning and thunder, and ruler over all. Adaptation of a Greek myth. For grades K–3. 2010.

Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales
by Lucy Cousins

Classic fairy tales retold succinctly for a younger audience while maintaining the spirit of the originals. In one, a hunter chops open a wolf to rescue Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother, who then celebrate their freedom. For grades K–3. 2009.

Grades 2–4

Berry Woman's Children
by Dale DeArmond

In this collection of Eskimo myths, fourteen of Berry Woman's children, the animals and the birds, are presented in fact and fancy. For grades 2–4. 1985.

The Bone Man: A Native American Modoc Tale
by Laura Simms

Nulwee, raised by his grandmother, is destined to confront the monster Bone Man who devoured his people and drank the river dry. But Nulwee's encounter with the Bone Man comes sooner than expected. For grades 2–4. 1997.

by David Wisniewski

A retelling of how a chief rabbi of Prague creates a giant golem of clay in 1580. The golem's task is to seek out those spreading false rumors about Jews and to turn them over to the authorities unharmed. When his job is done, the golem is to return to clay. For grades 2–4. Caldecott Medal. 1996.

The Journey of Tunuri and the Blue Deer: A Huichol Indian Story
by James Endredy

Retelling of a Mexican folktale. Lost in a forest, young Tunuri meets the magical Blue Deer, who introduces him to Father Sun, Brother Wind, Sister Water, Mother Earth, and Grandfather Fire, his special family in the natural world. For grades 2–4 and older readers. Americas Award commendation. 2003.

The Sea King's Daughter: A Russian Legend
by Aaron Shepard

Young Sadko is a poor man who loves his Russian city of Novgorod the Great and his life as a musician. But he longs for a woman's love and companionship. One day the Sea King rises from the river to offer him riches and a beautiful wife if Sadko will give up his beloved home and live under the sea. For grades 2–4. 1997.

Shingebiss: An Ojibwe Legend
by Nancy Van Laan

This Ojibwe (Chippewa) legend tells how Shingebiss, a clever, resourceful duck, meets the challenges of Kabibona'kan, Winter Maker. Shingebiss has four logs in his wigwam to keep him warm all winter, but when he goes outdoors to fish for food, Winter Maker tries to freeze him. Shingebiss outwits Winter Maker in the end. For grades 2–4. 1997.

Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back: A Native American Year of Moons
by Joseph Bruchac

Many Native American people relate the seasons of the year to the thirteen cycles of the moon. Some regard a turtle's back, with its pattern of thirteen large scales, as a sort of calendar. This book includes thirteen moon legends in poetry from thirteen different Native American tribes. For grades 2–4 and older readers. 1992.

Wiley and the Hairy Man: Adapted from an American Folktale
by Molly Bang

With his mother's help, Wiley outwits the hairy monster who rules the swamp near his home by the Tombigbee River. For grades 2–4. 1976.

Grades 3–6

The Legend of the White Buffalo Woman
by Paul Goble

Recounts the legend of the Great Spirit's gift of the Sacred Calf Pipe. The White Buffalo Woman brings the pipe to the Lakota, giving them hope and a new way to pray after a long time of hardship. For grades 3–6. 1998.

Elfwyn's Saga: Story and Pictures
by David Wisniewski.

Because of a curse placed on Anlaf by Gorm the Grim, Anlaf's daughter Elfwyn is born blind. But Elfwyn is able to do many things, even ride a pony. And when Gorm presents a crystal stone to Anlaf and his people, causing them to become discontented with their lives, it is Elfwyn and her pony who break the curse and create the northern lights. For grades 4-7. 1990.

Grades 5–8

Navajo: Visions and Voices across the Mesa
by Shonto Begay.

Begay uses paintings, poetry, and free verse to provide insight into the culture and spirituality of the Navajo people. He explores such topics as creation, prayer, storytelling, healing, springtime, death, the significance of the coyote, the mysteries of the night, and the fear inspired by a solar eclipse. For grades 5–8. 1995.

Theseus and the Minotaur
by Leonard Everett Fisher

Retells the Greek myth of the hero Theseus and his battle with the Minotaur, a vicious monster half man, half bull. For grades 5–8 and older readers. 1988.


Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book
by Yuyi Morales

In this version of a traditional tale, Señor Calavera, a skeleton, arrives at Grandma Beetle's door, ready to take her to the next life. But after helping her count in English and Spanish as she makes her birthday preparations, he changes his mind. For preschool–grade 2. Pura Belpré Award. 2003.

Cuckoo: A Mexican Folktale (Cucú: Un Cuento folklórico Mexicano)
by Lois Ehlert

A beautiful cuckoo bird proves that she is also brave when a fire starts in the farm fields. Based on a Mayan Indian tale. For grades K–3. Bilingual edition in English and Spanish language. 1997.

The First Tortilla: A Bilingual Story
by Rudolfo A. Anaya

When Jade offers food to the Mountain Spirit and asks him for rain, he responds with a gift—the first corn for the Mexican people. Returning home, she plants some corn and after crushing the kernels, cooks the first tortilla. Bilingual book in English and Spanish. For grades K–3. 2007.

Coplas: Folk Poems in Spanish and English.
by Toby Talbot

Short, improvised folk poems about the tragedy and comedy of everyday life. Included are love songs, lullabies, work songs, religious songs, laments, and songs of satire. Text is in Spanish and English. For readers from grade 5 through adult. 1972.

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