Name of Collection: Fairy Tales and Folklore

School Name: Louis Armstrong Middle School

Address: 32-02 Junction Blvd. East Elmhurst, New York 11369

Phone: 718-335-7500

Fax: 718-478-3866

Librarian: Stephanie Baker

Librarian's e-mail:

Introduction: A folktale is a story which has been passed down from one person to another for generations. These traditional stories from around the world are symbolic in presenting the different ways humans cope with the world they live in. They are part of an oral tradition that reflect a culture's values. A fairy tale is a type of folktale. Similiar to folktales, they were told over and over again. Folklore and fairy tales deal with a wide spectrum of issues and topics. They are both traditional shared stories which have undergone change with each telling. Our collection includes suitable material for all ages.

Questions for Inquiry:

What are the unique characteristics of folktales? Fairy Tales?
How does a folktale differ from a fairy tale?
What are some common situations that can be used for folktales or fairy tales?


Fairy Tales





Oral traditions

Subject Headings:

Fairy tales, folktales, folklore, fractured fairy tales, legends, ballads, ethnic folklore (for example: German folklore, Irish folklore, Italian folklore, etc.)

Dewey Decimal Classification(s):

398, 398.2, 398.21, 398.22, 398.23, 398.209, 398.22, 398.23, 398.24, 398.25, 398.27, 398.4, 398.6, 398.8, Fic

Key Books

Rosinsky, Natalie. Write Your Own Fable. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books. 2009.
Rosinsky, Natalie. Write Your Own Fairy Tale. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books. 2009.
Rosinsky, Natalies Write Your Own Tall Tale. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books. 2008.

Write Your Own Series teaches students how to craft characters and plots for successful writing. Included are tips to get started, viewpoints, dialogue and other topics.


Haase, Donald (ed.). The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales. Greenwood Press. Westport, 2008
Axelrod, Alan and Harry Oster. The Penguin Dictionary of American Folklore. Penguin Putnam, Inc. New York, 2000.
Brunvand, Jan Harold (ed.). American Folklore An Encyclopedia. Garland Publishing. New York, 1996.
Green, Thomas A. An Encyclopedia of Beliefs Customs, Tales, Music and Art. ABC-CLIO, Inc. New York, 1997.
Pickering, David. Dictionary of Folklore 1000 A to Z. Facts on File. New York, 1999.
Tatar, Maria (ed.). The Annotated Brothers Grimm. W.W. Norton and Co. New York, 2004.

Books: Dewey Decimal Classification 398, 398.2, 398.21, 398.23

Ash, Russell and Bernard Higton (compiled by). Aesop's Fables. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1990.
A classic illustrated edition.

Bierhorst, John (ed.). Latin American Folktales: Stories from Hispanic and Indian Traditions. New York: Pantheon Books, 2002. (398)
Stories from Hispanic and Indian traditions.

Bonnice, Sherry. Children's Folklore. New York: Mason Crest Publishers, 2003. (398)
A comprehensive study of folklore that includes various tales, favorites and lesser known.

DeSpain, Pleasant. Thirty-three Multicultural Tales to Tell. Little Rock: August House, 1993. (398.2)
A collection of multicultural tales.

Forest, Heather. Wondertales from Around the World. Little Rock: August House Publishers, 1995. (398.2)
Twenty-seven folktales from Europe, Asia, Africa, India, Artic and the Americas.

Hall. Peg. Tales of Brothers Grimm: Retold Timeless Classics. Logan, Iowa: Perfection Learning, 2000. (398.2)
A collection of classic fairy tales.

Haviland, Virginia. Favorite Fairy Tales told aound the World. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1985. (398.2)
A collection fairy tales.

Milford, Susan. Tales of the Shimmering Sky: Ten Global Folktales. Charlotte, VT: Williamson Publishers, 1996. (398.23)
Folktales related to people around the world and beliefs about the heavenly bodies.

Mofsie, Louis (illustrator), Dee Brown's Folktales of the Native American, Retold for our Times. New York: H. Holt, 1993. (398.2)
Collection of Native American folklore from numerous tribes.

Peters, Amy. The Everything Fairy Tales Book. Avon: Adams Media Corporation, 2001. (398.2)
A collection of favorite "fun- to- read" stories.

Ragan, Kathleen (ed.). Outfoxing Fear: Folktales from Around the World. New York: Norton, 2006. (398)
A collection of folktales that explore the theme of fear and power.

Sanna, Ellyn. Ethnic Folklore. New York: Mason Crest Publishers, 2003. (398)
A comprehensive study of folklore, useful for teachers doing folklore units.

Sanna, Ellyn. Latino Folklore and Culture: Stories of Family, Traditions of Pride. New York: Mason Crest Publishers, 2006. (398.2)
A study of Latino folklore, music and the arts and it's influence on American culture.

Yolen, Jane and Shulamith Oppenheim. The Fish Prince and other Stories: Mermen Folk Tales. New York: Interlink Books, 2001. (398.21)
Part of the series International Folk Tales.


Levine, Gail Carson. The Fairy's Return and Other Princess Tales. New York: HarperCollins, 2006.
Six tales about princesses.

Scieszka, Jon. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. New York: Viking Press, 1999.
A fractured fairy tale.

Scieszka, Jon. The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales. New York: Viking Press. 2001.
Individual tales that can be read aloud.

Wilde, Oscar. The Happy Prince and Other Tales. New York: Books of Wonder, 2003.
Twelve fairy tales by the nineteenth century Irish author.

Graphic Novels

Peters, Stephanie. Hans Christian Andersen's The Princess and the Pea. San Diego: Stone Arch Books, 2010.

Dahl, Michael. The Graphic Novel Beauty and the Beast. Minnesota: Stone Arch Books, 2009

Hoena, Blake A. The Graphic Novel Jack and the Beanstalk. Minnesota: Stone Arch Books, 2009.

Magazine Articles

• Print:

Alexander, Linda B. and Maria Sanez. "Using Children's Folktales to Explore Multiculturalism." School Library Journal Media Activities Monthly, Nov. 2006, Vol. 23 Issue 3, p22-24.

Krapp, JoAnn Vergona. "Folklore." School Library Journal Media Activities Monthly, May 2005, Vol. 21 Issue 9, p38-42.

Lantz, Kate. "Using Picture Books to Teach Fairy Tales." Art Education, Nov. 2995, Vol. 58 Isse 6, p25-32.

• Online:

"Multicultural Cinderella Stories." Book Links, May 2000, Vol 9, Issue 5.

The following articles can be found on-line at
Search MasterFILE Select.

Florentine, Megan and Robin Smith. "Collaborating on a Fairy Tale Newspaper." Book Links, Mar. 2006, Vol. 24 Issue 3, p19-21.

Read MacDonald, Margaret. "The Aesop Prize." Book Links, Jan. 2006, Vol 15 Issue 3, p54-58.

"Shake up Students' Writing Routine with Fractured Fairy Tales. Reading Today, Dec. 2006/Jan. 2007, Vol. 24 Issue 3, p48.

Web Sites:

Myths, Fairy tales and Folklore

Grimm Brothers @ National Geographic

Grimm's Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales for Young and Old (from Skokie Public Library)

Aaron's Storybook Folktales, Fairy Tales, Tall Tales, Myths, Legends, and More

Fairy Tale Variants Booklists (from Allen County Public Library)

Nelson Mandelas Favorite African Folktales. 2009.
A sound recording of a collection of traditional stories from different parts of Africa.

Faerie Tale Theatre - Tales from the Brothers Grimm. 2008.

Thumbelina and other Fairy Tales. 2005.
Sound recording.

Search: Folktales
Native American Folktales
Four folktales from different Native American groups.

African and African American Folktales
The history of African folktelling.

Search: Fairy Tales
Grimm's Fairy Tales
Six videos based on Eric Cables version.

Community Resources:

Brooklyn Public Library
New York Public Library
Queens Borough Public Library

Curriculum Standards Related to This Topic:

*An asterisk next to material indicates that it is recommended in this subject area but not available in this CCD collection.