Bestselling Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths Books for 3 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling fairy tales, folk tales & myths books for 3 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. The Gingerbread Man

by: Jim AylesworthBarbara McClintock
Release date: Sep 01, 2010
Number of Pages: 32
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This New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book is now in Board Book format just in time for the holidays!

This irresistible retelling of the Gingerbread Man by Jim Aylesworth and illustrated by Barbara McClintock is now in board book format for the first time, and it’s a perfect treat for cookie lovers everywhere.

Children enjoy chiming in with Aylesworth’s charming, rollicking refrains, accompanied by whimsical animal images and a delicious recipe for gingerbread men. (Note: the text has been adapted to fit board book format)
 

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2. Aesop’s Fables

by: Jerry Pinkney
Release date: Sep 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 96
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In this elegantly designed volume, more than sixty of Aesop’s timeless fables have been carefully selected, humorously retold, and brought gloriously to life by four-time Caldecott Honor-winner Jerry Pinkney. Included are the Shepherd Boy and The Wolf, the Lion and the Mouse, the Tortoise and the Hare, plus many other charactersand moralsthat have inspired countless readers for centuries. With more than fifty magnificent full-color illustrations, this handsome edition is a must for every bookshelf.
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3. The First Strawberries (Picture Puffins)

by: Joseph BruchacAnna Vojtech
Release date: Jun 01, 1998
Number of Pages: 32
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From an award-winning Native American storyteller comes this captivating re-telling of a Cherokee legend, which explains how strawberries came to be.

Long ago, the first man and woman quarrelled. The woman left in anger, but the Sun sent tempting berries to Earth to slow the wife’s retreat. Luminous paintings perfectly complement this simple, lyrical text. 

“Complete harmony of text and pictures: altogether lovely.”– Kirkus Reviews, pointer review

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4. Rainbow Crow (Dragonfly Books)

by: Nancy Van Laan
Release date: Jul 02, 1991
Number of Pages: 40
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Illus. in full color. This story of how the Rainbow Crow lost his sweet voice and brilliant colors by bringing the gift of fire to the other woodland animals is “a Native American legend that will be a fine read-aloud because of the smooth text and songs with repetitive chants. The illustrations, done in a primitive style, create a true sense of the Pennsylvania Lenape Indians and their winters.”–School Library Journal.  
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5. Norse, of Course!: The Great Void to Asgard

by: N.K. StonerKristin StonerSamantha Stoner
Release date: Jan 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 52
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Norse, of Course! The Great Void to Asgard is an illustrated story for children. Read along as Heimdall tells the beginning story – the evolution of the Norse ancestors, and about Ymir the frost giant, a jealous adversary. Learn about the Aesir-Vanir war, the formation of Asgard, and how the Norse people began.

The Norse, of Course! book series for children is Norse mythology retold as historical fiction in this original fully illustrated series. The stories are based on the Eddas and Sagas. Modernized in fun rhyme with whimsical pictures, each book in the series features the Norse ancestors and their evolution.

Norhalla, LLC is organized for the preservation and education about Norse and Germanic culture, mythology, belief and history through art and literature.

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6. Seven Blind Mice

by: Ed YoungEd Young
Release date: Mar 15, 2012
Number of Pages: 36
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The Caldecott Honor book and modern classic now in boardbook format. Finally!

Nearly twenty years ago, Ed Young translated the ancient parable of the seven blind men and the elephant into a modern children’s classic, one as simple as it is profound. A lesson in colors, numbers, the days of the week and most important, knowledge, this beautifully illustrated book has stood the test of time and continues to entertain and teach. Now in board book format, even the youngest children can experience the beauty and wisdom.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Elephants

7. The Rainbabies

by: Laura Krauss MelmedJim LaMarche
Release date: Sep 23, 1992
Number of Pages: 32
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In the magic of a moonshower, a childless couple find a dozen tiny babies in the grass. Small enough to rock to sleep in a pair of wooden shoes, the children never grow. Even the tiniest babies can bring big adventures, though, and these little ones seem to find trouble as easily as bees find flowers. But the old couple’s love never waivers and in the end they are rewarded with their hearts’ desire.

Written in classic folktale tradition, illustrated with astonishing paintings, this beautiful story is woven from magic and moonbeams.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Parents

8. My First Legends: the Story of Bluebonnet

by: Tomie dePaola
Release date: Mar 17, 2011
Number of Pages: 12
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Tomie dePaola’s wonderful story of how one girl’s remarkable courage saved her people, and how the bluebonnet flower came to Texas is now available for young children! Adapted from the bestselling The Legend of the Bluebonnet, this board book features an appliqu? on the cover and beautiful illustrations by Tomie dePaola.
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Children’s Books > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Multicultural

9. King Arthur and His Knights (Silver Penny Stories)

by: Diane NammMarcos Calo
Release date: Apr 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 48
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How did the famous Knights of the Round Table come to be? This retelling of the timeless legend of King Arthur and the magical realm of Camelot will enchant young readers.
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10. The Name of the Tree: A Bantu Tale Retold

by: Celia Barker LottridgeIan Wallace
Release date: Feb 21, 2002
Number of Pages: 36
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When a drought spreads through the land of the short grass, the animals set out across the great plain to find food. Their only hope for survival is a tree with a variety of colorful fruit. The problem is its branches are too high. To reach them, the wise old turtle says, one must know the name of the tree, something only King Lion is privy to. In this Bantu folktale retold by Celia Barker Lottridge, the hero is not the most cunning or the strongest but the one that tries the hardest. Ian Wallace’s striking illustrations of desert landscape and luscious fruit help bring this tale to life.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Turtles

11. The Lion and the Mouse (Silver Penny Stories)

by: Kathleen OlmsteadScott Wakefield
Release date: Nov 04, 2014
Number of Pages: 48
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Could a tiny mouse actually help the king of the jungle? That’s what a trapped mouse promises to do if his lion captor sets him free. The lion laughs–and lets him go. But when hunters trap the scared and desperate lion, the mouse proves that even the smallest creatures can do great deeds.
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12. Anansi Does The Impossible!: An Ashanti Tale (Aladdin Picture Books)

by: Verna AardemaLisa Desimini
Release date: Nov 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 32
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Long ago, when the earth was set down and the sky was lifted up, all the folktales were owned by the Sky God. And Anansi, that cunning little spider, was determined to buy them back. The payment? A live python, one real fairy, and forty-seven stinging hornets. Not such a high price to pay for all the folktales on earth. But how will Anansi find these hard to come bgy items? It sounds impossible! There’s only one way to find the help he needs — Anansi must go to his clever wife, Aso. But will she be smart enough to outwit the Sky God and get the stories back? This humorous retelling of an Ashanti tale brings Anansi together with his better half in an ingenious scheme that will delight readers of all ages!
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13. The Pied Piper of Hamelin (Silver Penny Stories)

by: Kathleen OlmsteadSarah S Brannen
Release date: Apr 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 48
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When the Pied Piper comes to Hamelin, he offers to rid the town of all its rats. And he does—but when the Mayor won’t pay what he promised, the Pied Piper takes a terrible revenge …

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14. Cinderella (Picture Book)

by: Susanna DavidsonLorena Alvarez
Release date: Dec 05, 2016
Number of Pages: 24
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Meet Cinderella, a young girl with a wicked stepmother, two cruel stepsisters…and a magical fairy godmother, who is set to make her dreams come true. This sparkling retelling is an enchanting introduction to the classic fairy tale.
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15. The Fox and the Grapes (Silver Penny Stories)

by: Kathleen OlmsteadSarah S Brannen
Release date: Nov 04, 2014
Number of Pages: 48
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When a thirsty fox sees some tasty-looking grapes, he’s delighted. But he just can’t reach them, no matter how high he jumps or how hard he tries. Bitterly disappointed, he walks off, calling them “sour.”  Aesop’s charming animal fable gently teaches children a timeless and very human lesson. 
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16. King Midas (Silver Penny Stories)

by: Kathleen OlmsteadMaurizio Quarello
Release date: Nov 04, 2014
Number of Pages: 48
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Although King Midas is a kind man, he always wants MORE: more jewels, more silver, more gold. So when’s he’s granted a wish for doing a good deed, he asks that everything he touches turn to gold. But after his flowers, his food, and even his daughter are transformed, he learns what is truly valuable.
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17. Fábulas de Esopo: Un desplegable de cuentos clásicos (Spanish Edition)

by: EsopoChris BeatriceBruce WhatleyKees Moerbeek
Release date: Sep 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 14
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Some of Aesop’s best-known fables come to life in this magnificent picture book with pop-ups. Ten classic tales are presented through elaborate paper art and detailed illustrations. Children and adults will love seeing stories like “The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs,” “The Tortoise and the Hare,” and “The Lion and the Mouse” jump off the page.

 

Algunas de las fábulas mejores conocidas de Esopo cobran vida en este magnífico libro ilustrado con desplegables. Diez cuentos clásicos se presentan a través de una papiroflexia elaborada y detalladas ilustraciones. A los niños y a los adultos por igual les encantará ver cuentos como “La gallina de los huevos de oro,” “La liebre y la tortuga” y “El león y el ratón” saltar de las páginas.

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18. Ladybird Tales Gingerbread Man

by: Ladybird
Release date: May 31, 2005
Number of Pages: 48
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“Run, run, as fast as you can! You can’t catch me I’m the gingerbread man!”. Cries the gingerbread man to the the old woman, the old man, the cow and the horse as they chase him down the road. But when he gets to the river, he’s no match for the sly old fox who has a cunning plan of his own to catch him!
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19. The Story of Robin Hood

by: Rob Lloyd (RTL) JonesAlan Marks
Release date: Jun 01, 2010
Number of Pages: 24
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This is a fantastic storybook, containing two specially extended titles from the “Young Reading” series, “The Story of Robin Hood” and “Adventures of Robin Hood”. Re-live Robin’s daring escapades with his Merry Men, and then find out about the men who might have inspired these stories. It also contains a fascinating, illustrated introduction to life in the Middle Ages, in a separate section at the back.
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20. Tom Thumb

by: Eric Carle
Release date: Oct 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 56
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A stunning collection of Grimms’ tales from bestselling author and illustrator Eric Carle!

Eric Carle brings to life four tales written by the brothers Grimm with his gorgeous illustrations and charming retelling of the classic stories. These tales capture the interest and imagination of children and adults alike, showing that while we might wish and wander, we should be grateful for what we have and where we are in life.

Beautifully reissued, this new book has all the enchantment of Eric Carle’s art, plus the compelling storytelling and morals of Grimms’ tales.

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Children’s Books > Classics

21. The Owl and the Woodpecker

by: Brian Wildsmith
Release date: Apr 20, 2000
Number of Pages: 32
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The Woodpecker sleeps all night and works all day. In the tree next door, the Owl works all night and sleeps all day. The two of them don’t like each other. They quarrel so much that all the other animals in the forest are upset. How can they sort this out?

(paperback reissue of ISBN 0-19-272255-7)

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Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

22. Three Billy Goats Gruff (Well Loved Tales)

by: Ladybird
Release date: Apr 07, 1987
Number of Pages: 52
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23. The Ugly Duckling (Spanish edition): El patito feo

by: Hans Christian AndersenJerry Pinkney
Release date: Sep 04, 2007
Number of Pages: 40
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El patito feo es uno de los cuentos más tiernos de Hans Christian Andersen. La historia trata de lo difícil que puede ser descubrir nuestra propia belleza interior. Las acuarelas del artista Jerry Pinkney, galardonado con la Medalla de Honor Caldecott, plasman con amor el dolor y el triunfo, el humor y la compasión de esta fábula eterna.

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24. Favorite Fairy Tales

by: Brothers Grimm
Release date: Nov 09, 2001
Number of Pages: 112
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Like Sleeping Beauty awakening from her 100-year nap, the old childhood favorites arise fresh and blooming every time they’re read. This handsome new compilation of some of the world’s greatest fairy tales abounds in timeless stories of the struggle of good against evil, bravery in the face of overwhelming danger, and virtue rewarded with everlasting love.
Recounted to Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm almost two centuries ago by European storytellers, the tales possess all of the most engaging elements of folklore — from magic spells and enchanted frogs to a colorful cast of noble princes, lovely maidens, giants, witches, and other fantastic characters.
These 21 unabridged tales, selected from the more than 200 collected by the Brothers Grimm, include such unforgettable classics as “Snow White,” “The Elves and the Shoemaker,” “The Brave Little Tailor,” “The Golden Goose,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Rumpelstiltskin,” “Rapunzel,” and “Tom Thumb.”

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25. Ladybird Tales Cinderella

by: Ladybird
Release date: May 31, 2005
Number of Pages: 48
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Poor Cinderella is forced to scrub, clean and work in the the house for her wicked stepmother and horrible, ugly sisters. That is until her fairy godmother appears and, with a bit of magic, makes all her dreams come true by sending her to the ball. When midnight strikes the spell is broken and Cinderella must flee! But where is her glass slipper? How will Prince Charming ever find her again?
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26. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Young Reading Series 1 Gift Books)

by: Fiona (RTL) ChandlerPoly Bernatene
Release date: Jan 01, 2007
Number of Pages: 48
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Thanks to his laziness, the sorcerer’s apprentice dabbles in magic far beyond his abilities. But when the consequences of his actions begin to spiral dangerously out of control, he finds himself in big trouble.
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27. My Bedtime Collection Of First Favorite Tales

by: Ladybird
Release date: Oct 05, 1999
Number of Pages: 144
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This collection includes “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”, “The Gingerbread Man”, “The Little Red Hen”, “Three Billy Goats Gruff” and “The Three Little Pigs”. The familiar tales use rhythmic text to help build reading skills.
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28. Celtic Myth & Legend: An A-Z Of People and Places

by: Mike Dixon-Kennedy
Release date: Dec 31, 1998
Number of Pages: 320
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Royalty, warriors, deities, giants, monsters, and wizards of Celtic myth and legend join forces. Travel to enchanted islands, battlefields, standing stones, bustling cities, and other intriguing sites. Hundreds of entries illuminate the culture. Each entry includes a detailed definition, its origin, alternate spellings, and extensive cross-referencing. Fascinating information is provided on both well-known characters, such as King Arthur, St. Patrick, and Jack the Giant-Killer, as well as lesser-known individuals.
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29. Aesops Funky Fables (Picture Puffin)

by: Vivian FrenchPaul Korky
Release date: Jan 05, 1999
Number of Pages: 80
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A re-telling of Aesop’s classic moral tales – some well-known and some almost unknown. Rap your way through these wacky new versions of Aesop’s classic fables, supported by vibrant subversive illustations.
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30. The Yiddish Fish

by: Santiago Cohen
Release date: Nov 04, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Rob Costello, a fishmonger, must be hearing things, because he swears a fish is speaking to him. Furthermore, it’s speaking Yiddish?and Rob doesn’t even speak Yiddish. Oy vey! Although Mr. Lipshitz, Rob’s boss, is skeptical at first, he eventually hears the fish speak, too. ?It sounds like my aunt Louise!” he says. When the mysterious fish seeks refuge back in the fish barrel and Rob and Mr. Lipshitz try to find him again, it looks as though they might have to set their entire catch free. After all, a Yiddish fish doesn’t come around every day.

The Yiddish Fish is a silly picture book for the whole family. Author/illustrator Santiago Cohen’s colorfully drawn scenes are captivating and add a bit of magic to this true-life?inspired story. Children are sure to love reading and speculating about this modern-day miracle. The Yiddish Fish will definitely get people talking?and maybe even a fish or two!

Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers?picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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