Fairy Tales

"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 are fantasy stories that occur in an imaginary land and time. They are very popular among young children and parents. The phrase “once upon a time” is the magical gateway that takes readers to a fantasy world, where they encounter fairies, elves, dwarves, trolls, witches, giants, goblins, and mermaids. Each culture has its own traditional stories, but the origins of many are unclear. The oldest fairy tales were passed down orally from generation to generation before they were written down.

Fairy tales have been written in the form of stories, plays, and novels by authors such as Jacob Grimm, Carlo Collodi, Charles Perrault, Hans Christian Andersen, Lewis Carroll, and Alexander Pushkin. Most of them convey a strong message, such as doing good deeds, and morality lessons can be learned, including:

  • Appearances can be deceiving: Beauty and the Beast
  • Make sure to plan for the future: The Three Little Pigs and the Big, Bad Wolf
  • Prepare for the days of necessity: The Ant and the Grasshopper
  • Where there is a will, there is a way: The Crow and the Pitcher
  • Slow and steady wins the race: The Hare and the Tortoise

Children who read fairy tales are exposed to difficult situations and relate to the stories’ characters. They can create a fantasy situation of their own, and apply it to their conflicts and struggles. These stories encourage children to think positively and help others in need and, because they traditionally have a just ending, they enforce the idea in young minds that playing fair results in positive outcomes.

Fairy tales not only help readers adapt more effectively in life, they unleash a child’s imagination. After reading fairy tales, children can use their creativity to explain the story through pictures.

Find them in your Library:
Fairy tales are all shelved in the 398.2 section; Disney fairy tales can be found under E DIS in the picture book section. There are some fairy tales comics found in the 741.5 graphic novel section.


Crafts from your favorite fairy tales by Kathy Ross

Make a mermaid mobile from "The Little Mermaid," a "Thumbalina" glove puppet, and more with this book of easy crafts projects to accompany re-telling and reading of favorite fairy tales.

Michael Hague's Read-to-Me Book of Fairy Tales by Allison Grace MacDonald.
An illustrated treasury of favorite fairy tales, adapted for reading aloud to very young children, including such classics as "Little Red Riding Hood," "The Ugly Duckling," and "The Frog Prince."

The Barefoot Book of Earth Tales by Dawn Casey.
Seven folktales from around the world express the belief that the Earth and all living things are sacred, and that it us up to each of us to care for our part of the planet. Includes an introduction and "eco-activity" for each tale.

Magical Tales from Many Lands by Margaret Mayo.
Presents an international collection of tales, including "The Lemon Princess," "Seven Clever Brothers," and "Baba Yaga Bony-legs."

Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm.
They are the stories we have known since we were children. “Rapunzel.” “Hansel and Gretel.” “Cinderella.” “Sleeping Beauty.” But…the works originally collected by the Brothers Grimm in the early 1800s are not necessarily the versions we heard before bedtime. They are darker and often do not end very happily--but they are often far more interesting. --from publisher description.

Fairy Tale Comics by Chris Duffy.
From favorites like "Puss in Boots" and "Goldilocks" to obscure gems like "The Boy Who Drew Cats," this volume has something to offer every reader. Seventeen fairy tales are wonderfully adapted and illustrated in comic format by such noted artists as Raina Telgemeier, Brett Helquist, Cherise Harper, and others.

Fairy Tales by Berlie Doherty.
Authentic retelling of twelve familiar and well-loved fairy tales, gorgeously illustrated. With a poet's ear and deep respect for the magic at the heart of our most resonant fairy tales, acclaimed author Berlie Doherty casts a sumptuous spell. Her tales are well-matched by Jane Ray's evocative illustrations. Teeming with rich colors, golden trim patterns, silhouettes, and symbols, these pictures--like the timeless stories they interpret--are to be pored over and cherished. Come back to “Cinderella,” “Snow White,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Frog Prince,” and eight other beloved tales. Enter a haunting world of magic and enchantment.

Fairy Tales by Linda Jenning.
The nine fairy tales retold in this collection retain all of their age old magic. They include “Sleeping Beauty,” “Rapunzel,” “Rumpelstiltskin,” and “The Little Match Girl.”

Classic fairy tales. [DVD] / Jacob Grimm,
Take a fresh look at the stories of The Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and others.

Craft: Fairy Tale Wand
Fairy Tale Wand

  • Dowel/ straws/ skewers
  • Cut out a star
  • Ribbons to make streamers
  • Paint/markers
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glitter (optional)


  • Child can paint the dowel/skewers or use straw.
  • Cut out 2 stars and let your child color/paint, decorate with glitter (optional).
  • Cut ribbons same length.
  • Use a hot glue gun to glue dowel/ skewers/straw to the back side of star. Glue ribbons on the same side of the star where we glue dowel/stewards/straw.

Fairy Tale Wand 2

Glue the second star and secure the ribbons and stick.
Fairy Tale Wand 3

Enjoy your magic wand
Fairy Tale Wand 4

All branches offer story-times with themed books and crafts. Check out the MCLS website for dates and times!

Chetna Kukreja


  1. I really enjoyed reading this blog post. It is very well written and everyone can relate to having their own favorite fairy tale. The craft project is the "happily ever after" of the article. After all, who doesn't need their very own fairy tale wand?


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