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Jun 01

Children's Summer Reading Suggestions: Fairy Tales & Fables

Posted on June 1, 2020 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Teen Summer Reading Program Theme is imagine your story.
Summer reading returns to the York County Public Library in June! This year's theme is Imagine Your Story, in which we celebrate fairy tales, folk tales, fables, mythology, and more. With that in mind, our librarians have created lists of suggestions of some of our favorite books — both physical and digital — available for you to check out from York County Public Library. We will feature these lists here throughout the month of June.

Fairy Tales & Fables

Today we'll highlight favorites from our book suggestions that include elements from fairy tales and fables. From talking animals to unicorns to beanstalks and actual fairies, there are a lot of books out there that incorporate these themes.

Fairy Tale Related books for Ages 5-12

  • Harold's Fairy Tale by Crockett Johnson (for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten)
    Summary: With his purple crayon Harold draws his way into an enchanted garden troubled by a giant witch.
  • It's Okay to be a Unicorn! by Jason Tharp (for kindergarten) It's Okay to be a Unicorn book cover
    Summary: Cornelius J. Sparklesteed is known among all the other horses in Hoofington for his beautiful and creative handmade hats. But Cornelius is hiding a secret under his own tall, pointy hat: He’s really a unicorn.
  • Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke (for grades 4th through 7th)
    Summary: Prompted by his sister, Jack trades his mom's car for a box of mysterious seeds, but soon their normal garden turns into a wild jungle filled with magical creatures.
  • The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley (for grades 4th through 6th)
    Summary: Taken out of foster care by a woman who claims to be their grandmother, orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm learn that their ancestors, the famous Brothers Grimm, wrote not make-believe stories, but the history of the Everafters.
Links to full lists

Don't see something you like above? Never fear! We have plenty more wonderful books for you to check out. Click on the links below for a pdf of more book lists. Click on the book cover to request the book in our catalog.

Summer Reading Program Details
Registration for the 2020 Summer Reading Program at York County Public Library starts June 8. This year, our Summer Reading Program will be exclusively online, using the Beanstack platform. All ages can log minutes spent reading, complete activities and earn badges and prizes. To earn prizes, reading minutes and activities must be logged between June 22 and July 31. For more information about the 2020 Summer Reading Program, visit our Summer Reading page.