Fairy Tale Books

Because I write fairy tale like stories, I thought it’d be fun to have a list of books based on fairy tales or with a fairy tale like feel. Read any of these? Have any to add?

Note: I haven’t read all of these, but I’ve put the ones I have read and would recommend in bold face type.

Fairy Tale Adaptations, Originals, and Fairy Tale-Like Books


Grimm’s fairy tales

Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tales

Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino

The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales Jack Zipes

The Classic Fairy Tales (Norton Critical Ed.) Maria Tatar

1001 Arabian Nights

The Blue Fairy Book, The Red Fairy Book, The Olive Fairy Book and the remaining volumes of Andrew Lang’s 12 volume collection (Note: A commenter recommended Dover Publishing for having all 12 volumes and Flying Chipmunk Publishing for including the original woodcut illustrations.)

Faerie Tale Collection by Jenni James (Recommended by reader)

Beauty and the Beast or La Belle et la Bete

The Beast's Enchantress--a fairy tale Beauty and the Beast A collection of Beauty and the Beast short tales

Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont

Beauty by Robin McKinley

Beastly by Alex Flinn

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Of Beast and Beauty by Stacy Jay

The Beast’s Enchantress by Elizabeth Jane Kitchens

The Cold King by Amber Jaega

The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson


Allerednic: A Regency Cinderella Tale–In Reverse by Chautona Havig

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

If the Shoe Fits: A Contemporary Fairy Tale by Sandra D. Blicker

The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson


The Frog Prince  

The Grimm Brothers  story                                    

Arthur Rackham's Frog Prince

Arthur Rackham’s Frog Prince

The Frog Princess by E. D. Baker

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson

Water Song: A Retelling of “The Frog Prince” by Suzanne Weyn


Sleeping Beauty

Beauty Sleep:A Retelling of “Sleeping Beauty” by Cameron Dokey

Enchantment by Orson Scott Card

The Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson

Rise and Shine: A Contemporary Fairy Tale by Sandra D. Blicker


Snow White

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson

The Fire King by Amber Jaega

Snow: A Retelling of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” by Tracy Lynn


The Twelve Dancing Princesses

A Branch of Silver, A Branch of Gold (The Family of Night #1) by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

Entwined by Heather Dixon

Midnight Masquerade by Marcia Lynn McClure

The Firethorn Crown (Firethron Chronicles #1) by Lea Doué

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier


Other Fairy Tales or Fairy Tale-Like Stories

Everard: A Not So Fairy Tale by Chautona Havig

Once Upon a Prince (The Royal Wedding Series) by Rachel Hauch

The Princess Dairies stories by Meg Cabot

Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George

Tales of the Frog Princess by E. D. Baker  (several books in the series beginning with The Frog Princess)

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by C. M. Valente

Two Princesses of Barrimore by Gail Carson Levine

The Fairy’s Return and Other Tales by Gail Carson Levine

Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

The Unfairest of Them All (Ever After High #2) by Shannon Hale

Dragon Slippers, Dragon Flight, Dragon Spear by Jessica Day George

Heartless by Elisabeth Anne Stengl and the rest of the Tales of the Goldstone Woods series

      Veiled Rose




     Shadow Hand

     Golden Daughter

     Draven’s Light

Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemyer (This is a bit of a stretch, but if you read it, you’d understand why I’m including it)

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

The Voyage of the Dawn Treador by C.S. Lewis

The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis

The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis

The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis

The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

Magic (a play) by G.K. Chesterton (free on Project Gutenburg)

Midnight Pearls by Debbie Viguie

Moonheart by Charles de Lint

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Peter Pan by J.M. Battie

Peter and the Starcatcher by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguie (A Little Red Riding Hood tale)

Storyteller’s Daughter by Debbie Viguie

The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson (A medieval Rapunzel tale)

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson (A medieval Swan Lake tale)

The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson (A medieval Princess and the Pea tale)

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald (free on Project Gutenburg)

The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson (A medieval Little Mermaid tale)

The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and sequel by L. Frank Baum

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

The Looking Glass Wars Trigology by Frank Beddor

The Hundred Acre Wood  and other Winnie-the-Pooh books by A. A. Milne

The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye

The Woman Who Flummoxed the Fairies by Heather Forest (author) and Susan Gaber (illustrator)

UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale) by Chanda Hahn

Mary Poppins  by P. L. Travers. Series ranges from 1934 to 1988


  1. Susan Donetti says:

    Moonheart by Charles de Lint. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. These are technically fantasies but they have such mystical elements to them that I just have to mention them as Fairy Tale like. 🙂 And I’m the first one in line to buy the Beast’s Enchantress just as soon as some brilliant agent gets a brilliant publisher to publish it. 🙂

  2. sarag loves fairytales says:

    Highly recommend adding the cold king and the fire king by amber Badger. Also midnight mascarade by Margie Lynn Mcclure. Unechanted by Chandra han. I could go on as I keep a running list. Anyhow loved your book. Ill write a 5 star review shortly on amazon. I cant wait for your next one.

  3. Molly says:

    Don’t know if you’re still looking for recommendations, but I would strongly suggest any-and-everything by Jenni James in her fairytale retellings. Rumpelstiltskin and The Frog Prince are favorites of mine, although everything I’ve read so far has been great.

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