If you are interested in learning more about fairy tales for Young Adult readers, there are plenty of places to start! We have compiled a list of online and print resources to help you find out some more information about fairy tales and other great YA fairy tale adaptations.


Online Sources


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Brothers Grimm: Fairy Tales, History, Facts, and More

This site from National Geographic features some of the stories collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in their attempt to preserve the history of Germanic folktales. Readers may access the tales by choosing which type of tale they would like to read. The site prompts users with "Tell me a story about..." and provides 3 different options. Readers can also "take the secret path to the list of stories," which provides readers with 12 unvarnished tales. An added bonus of this site is that audio versions are available for some of the stories!


Fairy Tale Novels for Young Adults

This site comes from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It includes a long list of YA fairy tale novels organized by author. Though there are no summaries or reviews, the list is extensive enough to provide a good jumping off point on your search for a new book.


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Fairy Tales: Reading and Research
If you're still not satisfied with the resources on our site, check out this great Pathfinder from ipl2. This site lists additional online sources and books to satisfy your fairy tale needs.


Favorite Young Adult Fairy Tale Adaptations

This article comes from the blog The Library Privateer. It offers a list of 15 fairy tale adaptations for YA readers, complete with short summaries (no spoilers) and reviews. Definitely stop here to help choose your next book!


Folktexts: A Library of Folktales, Folklore, Fairy Tales, and Mytholgy

Dr. D.L. Ashliman, former professor at the University of Pittsburgh, is the creator of this extensive collection of fairy tales. This online library allows you to browse stories by type, title, and geographic origin. Dr. Ashliman has written a lot of books and articles about fairy tales. You can find more information about his research on his website.


Fractured Fairy Tales
Fractured Fairy Tales

Fractured Fairy Tales
Fractured fairy tales are classic tales with an unexpected, and usually humorous, twist. Readers of all ages can appreciate experiencing their favorite tales in a new light, but they can be especially enjoyable for Young Adults. This site features a list of fractured fairy tale books, from picture books to adult fiction. There is something for everyone!


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Fractured Fairy Tales and Fables with John Scieszka

In this segment of the Scholastic website, two of John Scieszka's books, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and Squids Will Be Squids, are explored in depth, and companion activities to do with students at various grade levels are suggested. A short biography of Scieszka is also included, and from the "Read Student Writing" tab you can access original fairy tales written by students age 5 - 17 from around the world. This would be an excellent resource for teachers or librarians planning fairy tale units, and kids of all ages would enjoy reading the fairy tales written by other students.

Novel-Length Fairy Tale Adaptations

This is another great site that lists modern fairy tale adaptations. This page breaks the adaptations into categories such as Novel Length, Short Fiction Collections, Poetry, Children's and YA Books, Graphic Novels, etc. It also lists print sources for commentary on fairy tales and provides links to some online resources.

Sources for the Analysis and Interpretation of Folk and Fairy Tales
This site is a collection of lists of books on fairy tales. It contains no full text, but it sorts the books into categories to make it easier to locate titles that might be useful for specific projects or focused on particular interests. Most of the books are hyperlinked to Amazon, but Tracey Callison, the compiler of the site also notes that many of these books may be available through your local library. This is a good reference if you are interested in examining fairy tales from a more academic perspective and aren't sure where to start in trying to find books on the topic.


Print Sources

Check your local library, book store, or online retailer for these books. The titles are linked to WorldCat.org, where more information on each book can be found. Authors are linked to their professional websites where available.


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Altmann, Anna E. & De Vos, Gail. (2001). Tales, Then and Now: More Folktales as Literary Fictions for Young Adults. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited. 296 pages.


Dr. Altmann is the Director of the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta, as well as an Associate Editor of the research journal School Libraries Worldwide. De Vos is an adjunct professor, also in University of Alberta's School of Library and Information Studies, and an award winning storyteller. The authors have combined their expertise to present a history of classic folk and fairy tales, focusing on their many variations and reworkings over time. The chapters are organized by the themes of the tales for easy reference.


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Tatar, Maria. (2002). The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales. New York: Norton. 445 pages.

In this annotated text, Maria Tatar presents 26 classic fairy tales. Her annotations offer amazing insight into the histories and cultural implications of these tales. As the chair of the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University and writer of several publications in the field, she is a respected expert in the field. This book is a must for fairy tale lovers and scholars alike!


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Zipes, Jack. (2000). The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 601 pages.

With nearly 70 contributors, this book offers an amazingly comprehensive overview of fairy tales. Entries include histories, geographical contexts, author information, and interpretations into other art forms such as film and dance. Dr. Zipes is an author, editor, and retired professor who has worked in several university programs. He specializes in fairy tales, the Brothers Grimm, and German literature.