Fairy Tales

Re-told Fairy Tales and Folklore

THE FAIRY TALE SERIES: fantasy novels retelling classic tales

The Nightingale by Kara Dalkey (the Emperor and the Nightingale)
(please note, this title is not in our collection)
Jack, the Giant-Killer by Charles DeLint (Jack and the Beanstalk)
Tam Lin by Pamela C. Dean (based on a Scottish ballad)
Fitcher’s Brides by Gregory Frost (Bluebeard)
White as Snow by Tanith Lee (Snow White)
Snow White and Rose Red by Patricia C. Wrede
Briar Rose by Jane Yolen (Sleeping Beauty)


The Rose and the Beast by Francesca Lia Block
Black Swan, White Raven
and Black Thorn, White Rose,
Silver Birch, Blood Moon and A Wolf at the Door and other Retold Fairy Tales
edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Winding
Kissing the Witch: old tales in new skins by Emma Donoghue
Truly Grim Tales by Priscilla Galloway
The Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Van Velde


Enchantment by Orson Scott Card (Sleeping Beauty)
Briar Rose by Robert Coover (Sleeping Beauty)
The Seven Wives of Bluebeard by Anatole France
The Flounder by Gunter Grass (the Fisherman and his Wife)
Mira, Mirror by Mette Ivie Harrison (Snow White)
The Wild Swans by Peggy Kerr
The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey (Cinderella)
Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire (Snow White)
Beauty:  a retelling of the story of Beauty and the Beast,
Spindle’s End (Sleeping Beauty) and Deerskin (Donkeyskin)  by Robin Mckinley
Grimm’s Last Fairy Tale by Haydn Middleton (Sleeping Beauty)
The Frog Prince:  a fairy tale for consenting adults by Stephen Mitchell
The Magic Circle by Donna Jo Napoli (Hansel and Gretel)
Darkest Desire:  the wolf’s own tale by Anthony Schmitz (Red Riding Hood)
The Snow Queen
by Joan Vinge


The Sun, the Moon and the Stars by Steven Brust (Hungarian folktale)
Burning Your Boats
by Angela Carter (fables)
Rusalka, Chernevog
and Yvgenie by C.J. Cherryh (Russian folktale)
Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher (Scheherazade)
The Angel with One Hundred Wings:  a tale from the Arabian Nights
by Daniel Horch
Thomas the Rhymer
by Ellen Kushner (Scottish folktale)
The Firebird by Mercedes Lackey (Russian Legend)
Arabian Nights and Days by Najib Mahfuz
Daughter of the Forest
by Juliet Marillier (Celtic legend)


Good Bones and Simple Murders by Margaret Atwood
Legally Correct Fairy Tales
by David Fisher
Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, Once Upon a More Enlightened Time:  more
politically correct bedtime stories,
by James Finn Garner
Feminist Fairy Tales
by Barbara G. Walker


The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle
The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye
by A.S. Byatt
The Purveyor of Enchantment by Marika Cobbold
Little, Big by John Crowley
Moonheart, Greenmantle, The Onion Girl et al by Charles de Lint
Fairy Tale:  a novel
by Alice T. Ellis
by Neil Gaiman
The Godmother (Fairy Godmother series)
by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
The Outspoken Princess and the Gentle Knight:  a treasury of modern
fairy tales
(short story collection)
Something Rich and Strange
by Patricia McKillip (Brian Froud’s
Faerielands series)
Alice at Heart
by Deborah Smith
To the Land of Fair Delight:  three Victorian tales of the imagination
Entertaining Angels
by Marita Van der Vyver

Please note:  This page is not a complete listing of all the adaptations of  fairy tales and folklore but our attempt to compile a usable list for our library patrons.  Where possible, the origin of the story is indicated, unless the title of the book makes that redundant.


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