The Center for Children's Books

Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Friendy Fairy Tales - April 2005

Selected by Amanda Hungerford

Recently published, extremely non-violent stories for 3-6 year-olds and those reading to them.


Roberts, Lynn, ad. Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story; illus. by David Roberts. Abrams, 2001.

Thomas, Joyce Carol. The Gospel Cinderella; illus. by David Diaz. Amistad/Cotler/HarperCollins, 2004

Clever Beatrice

Willey, Margaret. Clever Beatrice and the Best Little Pony; illus. by Heather M. Solomon. Atheneum, 2004.

Willey, Margaret, ad. Clever Beatrice: An Upper Peninsula Conte; illus. by Heather Solomon. Atheneum, 2001

Enormous Turnip

Tolstoy, Aleksai. The Gigantic Turnip; illus. by Niamh Sharkey. Barefoot Books, 1999.

Zunshine, Tatiana. A Little Story about a Big Turnip; illus. by Evgeny Antonenkov. Pumpkin House, 2004

Goldilocks & the Three Bears

Aylesworth, Jim. Goldilocks and the Three Bears; illus. Barbara McClintock. Scholastic, 2003.

Lester, Helen. Tackylocks and the Three Bears; illus. by Lynn Munsinger. Lorraine/Houghton, 2002.

Stanley, Diane. Goldie and the Three Bears. HarperCollins, 2003

Jack and the Beanstalk

Lorenz, Albert. Jack and the Beanstalk: How a Small Fellow Solved a Big Problem. Abrams, 2002.

Little Red Hen

Downard, Barry. The Little Red Hen. Simon, 2004.


Andersen, Hans Christian. Thumbelina; illus. by Eva Montanari. McGraw-Hill, 2002.

Tortoise and the Hare

McAllister, Angela. The Tortoise and the Hare: An Aesop's Fable; illus. by Jonathon Heale. Lincoln, 2004.

Twelve Dancing Princesses

Grimm, Jakob Ludwig Karl. The Twelve Dancing Princesses; ad. And illus. by Jane Ray. Dutton, 1996.

Ugly Duckling

Andersen, Hans Christian. The Ugly Duckling; ad. By Kevin Crossley-Holland; illus. by Meilo So. Knopf, 2001.

Gordon, David. The Ugly Truckling. Geringer/HarperCollins, 2004.

Other Folk and Fairy Tales

Browne, Anthony. Into the Forest. Candlewick, 2004.

Bruchac, Joseph, and James Bruchac, ad. Turtle's Race with Beaver: A Traditional Seneca Story. illus. by Jose Aruego and Ariadne Dewey. Dial, 2003.

Cecil, Randy. One Dark and Dreadful Night: A Wayward Orphans Production. Holt, 2004.

Chen, Chih-Yuan. Guji Guji. Kane/Miller, 2004.

Cuyler, Margery. Big Friends; illus. by Ezra Tucker. Walker, 2004.

Demi. The Greatest Power. McElderry, 2004.

Grindley, Sally. Who Is It? ; illus. by Rosalind Beardshaw. Peachtree, 2000.

Lupton, Hugh, ad. The Story Tree: Tales to Read Aloud; illus. by Sophie Fatus. Barefoot, 2001.

Martin, Rafe. The Language of the Birds; illus. by Susan Gaber. Philomel, 2000.

Muth, Jon J, ad. Stone Soup. Scholastic, 2003.

Thornhill, Jan, ad. The Rumor: A Jataka Tale from India. Firefly/Maple Tree, 2002.