Illustrated Fairy Tales, Myths, & Fables

“Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.”

G.K. Chesterton

 

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Every effort is made to find the best version of each tale, evaluating the quality of the prose, pedagogical value, and illustrations.

Illustrated Fairy Tales

Beauty and the Beast by Marianna Mayer, illustrated by Mercer Mayer

Boots & the Glass Mountain by Claire Martin, illustrated by Gennady Spirin

Cinderella by Kinuko Y. Craft

The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker (poetry)

The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone

The Kitchen Knight by Margaret Hodges, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman

Little Red Cap by Lisbeth Zwerger

Little Red Riding Hood by Trina Schart Hyman

Nibble Nibble Mousekin: A Tale of Hansel and Gretel by Joan Walsh Anglund

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, illustrated by Roberto Innocenti (chapter book)
Be aware, one image is not suitable for young children.

Puss in Boots by Paul Galdone

Rose Red and Snow White by Ruth Sanderson

Saint George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman

The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde, illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger

The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde, illustrated by Ritva Voutila

Sleeping Beauty by Kinuko Y. Craft

The Snow Queen adapted by Naomi Lewis, illustrated by Angela Barrett

Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs by Randall Jerrell, illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert

The Talking Eggs by Robert D. San Souci, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

The Tasha Tudor Book of Fairy Tales by Tasha Tudor

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (original text), illustrated by William Nicholson

The White Cat by Robert D. San Souci, illustrated by Gennady Spirin


Illustrated Myths

D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths by Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

King Midas and the Golden Touch by Charlotte Craft, illustrated by Kinuko Y. Craft


Illustrated Fables

Aesop’s Fables for Children illustrated by Milo Winter

Aesop’s Fables illustrated by Charles Santore

The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone

The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse by Paul Galdone


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Illustration: Jessie Willcox Smith, from The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald (1920)