Fairy tales are only for small kids and not for tweens, or so would one think! These books with empowered heroines, science experiments about fairy tales, funny plays – retold for
the current generation are perfect for 9-12 year-olds.
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30 Must-Read Fairy Tale Chapter Books For Kids
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Classic Fairy Tale Chapter Books
Grimms’ Fairy Tales is a delightful collection of stories written by brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. The grammar is in old English. It is a beautiful edition, perfect for gifting.
Perrault’s Fairy Tales Read the eight famous fairy tales of Charles Perrault. The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods, Little Thumb, The Little Glass Slipper, Puss in Boots, Riquet with the Tuft – all the favorite classics are included. The writing is old-fashioned, yet quite enjoyable. Each page with magnificent illustrations by Gustave Doré, it is worth collecting just for the pictures alone.
Hans Christian Andersen’s Stories on Stage is a collection of plays adapted from Hans Christian Andersen stories. Have fun enacting The Ugly Duckling, The Money Pig, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Little Mermaid, The Brave Tin Soldier etc. – a total of 12 plays. Children can even use this book as a fun read-aloud.
Brothers Grimm: The Most Beloved Fairy Tales This one is a stunning collection of eight popular stories – The Frog Prince, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Briar Rose, Snow White, and The Six Swans. What makes this book truly unique is the beautifully dramatic artwork by renowned illustrator Manuela Adreani.
Fairy Tales for Fearless Girls Read about female protagonists who smash stereotypes and are not reduced to common fairytale roles of wives, helpless princesses, or witches. The stories are a collection of tales from around the world. The heroines in these tales are strong, independent, brave, and defines their path – role models for young girls. This are fairy tales for new generation.
Multicultural Fairy Tale Chapter Books
Treasury of Magical Tales From Around the World is a collection of magical tales from 29 places around the world. Emerald-winged fairies, foolish giants, fearsome ogres, talking frogs, etc are sure to keep the children interested for longer. This book by National geographic is sure to strike a chord.
Indian Children’s Favorite Stories: Fables, Myths and Fairy Tales Peek into the magical land of India and its traditional cultures with eight charming tales. This one is a collection of popular fables, fairytales, myths. The stories are retold, keeping the young readers to today in mind.
Korean Children’s Favorite Stories: Fables, Myths and Fairy Tales Learn about Korean culture and traditions. Get transported into the enchanting land of magic, talking animals, and many such wonders with this collection of 13 fables and fairy tales. The artwork is beautiful with an old-world charm.
Fractured Fairy Tales
The Provensen Book of Fairy Tales is the retelling of 12 favorite fairy tales – The Lost Half Hour, The Three Wishes, The Rabbit Prince, etc. The illustrations by the husband-wife duo -Alice and Martin Provensen are powerful and complement the stories well. Read this witty take of classic tales.
Power to the Princess: 15 Favorite Fairytales Retold with Girl Power Read about the princesses who are smart, funny, kind and more. It is an apt retelling of age-old fairytale stories with princesses who were always helpless and need the prince charming to rescue. Advocating confidence, disability, and many such issues – this book is sure to strike a chord with 9-12 year-olds.
Cinderella Outgrows the Glass Slipper and Other Zany Fractured Fairy Tale Plays takes five traditional fairy tales turns them around in the form of play. The stories have funny twists in them. Kids in grades 4-8 would surely love enacting these hilarious plays complete with witty dialogues.
Fairy Tale Book Series
More Middle Grade Fairy Tale Books
Fairy Tale Science: Explore 25 Classic Tales Through Hands-On Experiments Can Snow White’s glass slipper withstand an evening of ballroom dancing? Was there a way for Humpty Dumpty to survive the fall? Now your child can get all their questions answered from the classic tales. Each chapter has a brief description of the fairy tales, followed by hands-on experiments for kids to do on their own and come to conclusion. This one is a super cool book for 9-12 year-olds.
You Choose Fairy Tales by Pippa Goodhart. Go on an adventure to fairyland and choose what happens next in each step. Readers are encouraged to choose the hero they want to be, the buddies, handy items, and many more along the way. The possibilities are truly endless. It is sure to ignite creativity in young children.
Fairytales on Stage by Julie Meighan is a collection of plays adapted from popular fairy tales. Each play is from 5 to 10 minutes duration. The cast lists are flexible, giving creative control to the kids. There are even stage directions included. With a total of 16+ plays it is perfect for classes or small groups of kids.
12 Fabulously Funny Fairy Tale Plays by Justin Mccory Martin. Have fun reading these laugh-out-loud versions of fairy tales. Funny twists on popular stories like – Spiderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bullfrogs, The Popsicle Boy, Little Late Riding Hood, etc are perfect even for reluctant tweens. This book has a total of 12 plays for kids to enact, complete with the teacher’s page.