folklore

The world is full of mystery and magic, and people have tried to explain the unexplainable since time began through stories -- legends, mythologies, fables, folklore and fairytales. Here, we present books that explore those realms, whether delving deep into mystery or just spinning a good yarn. Enjoy!

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King Arthur
Robin Hood
Scandinavian
Classical
(Greek & Roman)
Western &
Central European
Asian &
Eastern European
African &
Middle Eastern
Tales from
the Sea
North & South
American
Native
American
Islands of the
Atlantic & Pacific
Collections from Around the World
Old Tales Retold
(Fractured or Modernized)
Celestial (Moon,
Sun & Stars)
Mythical
Creatures
Ghost Stories &
the Supernatural
Storytelling
Analysis, Criticism
& History
Reference
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Scandinavian

P.C. Asbjornsen & Jorgen Moe
A Time for Trolls

Bob Barton
The Bear Says North

Ingri & Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
Norse Gods & Giants

H.R. Ellis Davidson
Gods & Myths of Northern Europe

Jodie Forrest
The Rhymer & the Ravens

Seamus Heaney
Beowulf: A New Translation

Charlotte Huck
The Black Bull of Norroway: A Scottish Tale, illustrated by Anita Lobel

Galina Krasskova
Runes: Theory & Practice

Margaret Read MacDonald
Fat Cat: a Danish Folktale
Fat Cat & Friends, with Richard Scholtz

Naomi Mitchison
Travel Light

Jane Yolen
The Wild Hunt


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Classical (Greek & Roman)

Lynne Reid Banks
The Adventures of King Midas

Robert E. Bell
Women of Classical Mythology: A Biographical Dictionary

Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Firebrand

Robyn & Tony DiTocco
Atlas' Revenge
The Hero Perseus

Patrice Kindl
Lost in the Labyrinth

Sheldon Oberman
Island of the Minotaur: Greek Myths of Ancient Crete

Elizabeth Spires
I Am Arachne: Fifteen Greek & Roman Myths

Jane Yolen
Wings


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Western & Central European

Marius Barbeau
The Golden Phoenix (a.k.a., The Magic Tree & Other Tales)

Lorna MacDonald Czarnota
Medieval Tales That Kids Can Read & Tell

Shannon Hale
The Goose Girl

Stephen Mitchell
The Frog Prince: A Fairy Tale for Consenting Adults

Mary Pope Osborne
Favorite Medieval Tales

Charles Perrault
Puss in Boots

Doug Wheeler
Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm


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Asian & Eastern European

Bob Barton
The Bear Says North

Eileen Colwell, editor
Folk Tales from Asia for Children Everywhere, Book 1
Folk Tales from Asia for Children Everywhere, Book 2

Mike Dixon-Kennedy
The Encyclopedia of Russian & Slavic Myth & Legend

Karen Gernant
Imagining Women: Fujian Folk Tales

Harish Johari & Vatsala Sperling
How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head

Kij Johnson
The Fox Woman
Fudoki

Sophie Masson
The Firebird

Donna Jo Napoli
Bound

Devdutt Pattanaik
Indian Mythology: Tales, Symbols & Rituals from the Heart of the Subcontinent

James Riordan
Russian Gypsy Tales
The Sun Maiden & the Crescent Moon: Siberian Folk Tales

Marcus Sedgwick
My Swordhand is Singing

Josepha Sherman
The Horse of Flame

Philemon Sturges & Anna Vojtech
Marushka & the Month Brothers


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African & Middle Eastern

Baba Wague Diakite
The Hatseller & the Monkeys

Anita Diamant
The Red Tent

Will Eisner
Sundiata: A Legend of Africa

Jilali el Koudia
Moroccan Folk Tales

Innocent Emechete
Animal Stories Daddy Told Us

Neil Gaiman
Anansi Boys

Brian Gleeson
Anansi

Jamal Sleem Nuweihed
Abu Jmeel's Daughter & Other Stories: Arab Folk Tales from Palestine & Lebanon

N.K. Sandars
The Epic of Gilgamesh


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North & South American

Marius Barbeau
The Golden Phoenix (a.k.a., The Magic Tree & Other Tales)

Jeff Belanger
Weird Massachusetts: Your Travel Guide to Massachusetts' Local Legends & Best Kept Secrets

Kate Bernheimer
Horse, Flower, Bird

John Bierhorst, editor
Latin American Folktales

Roy Campbell
Song of the Jackalope

Margo Carruthers
Speech from the Crone: Scarytales

Joseph A. Citro
Cursed in New England: Stories of Damned Yankees
Passing Strange: True Tales of New England Hauntings & Horror

Thomas D'Agostino & Arlene Nicholson
 Legends, Lore & Secrets of New England

Hubert J. Davis
American Witch Stories

Charles de Lint
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest
A Circle of Cats

Pleasant DeSpain
Sweet Land of Story: Thirty-Six American Tales to Tell

Wayne Erbsen
Log Cabin Pioneers: Stories, Songs & Sayings

Neil Gaiman
The Wolves in the Walls

Nelson Lauver
The American Story-Teller

J.W. Ocker
The New England Grimpendium

Catherine Peek, editor
A Treasury of North American Folktales

Pamela Petro
Sitting Up with the Dead: A Storied Journey through the American South

J.J. Reneaux
Wake, Snake!

Josepha Sherman
Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts, with T.K.F Weisskopf

Roy Edwin Thomas
Come Go With Me: Old-Timer Stories from the Southern Mountains

Barry Vann
Rediscovering the South's Celtic Heritage

Paul Yee
Dead Man's Gold & Other Stories


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Islands of the Atlantic & Pacific

Brian Gleeson
Anansi

Nalo Hopkinson
Skin Folk


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Tales from the Sea

Robert Ellis Cahill
Haunted Ships of the North Atlantic

David Cordingly
Under the Black Flag

Bill Jessome
Maritime Mysteries & the Ghosts Who Surround Us
More Maritime Mysteries: Everyone Has a Story

Robin McKinley
Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits, with Peter Dickinson

Vernon Oickle
Ghost Stories of the Maritimes

David J. Seibold & Charles J. Adams III
Shipwrecks & Legends 'Round Cape May

Jane Yolen
The Fish Prince & Other Stories: Mermen Folk Tales, with Shulamith Oppenheim


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Collections from Around the World

Bob Barton
The Bear Says North

William J. Bennett
Children's Book of Virtues

Thomas Bulfinch
Mythology

Allan B. Chinen
Beyond the Hero: Classic Stories of Men in Search of Soul

Frank de Caro, editor
The Folktale Cat

Martha Hamilton & Mitch Weis
Noodlehead Stories: World Tales Kids Can Read & Tell

Virginia Hamilton
In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World

David Holt & Bill Mooney, editors
More Ready-to-Tell Tales From Around the World

Norma J. Livo
Troubadour's Storybag

Margaret Read MacDonald
Fat Cat & Friends, with Richard Scholtz
Shake-It-Up Tales! Stories to Sing, Dance, Drum & Act Out

Sherry Norfolk
Haunted Hearts: Tales of Love & Tragedy

Kathleen Ragan
Fearless Girls, Wise Women & Beloved Sisters:
  Heroines in Folktales from Around the World

Patrick Ryan
Shakespeare's Storybook

Josepha Sherman
Merlin's Kin

Jane Yolen
The Fairies' Ring, with Stephen Mackey
Once Upon a Bedtime Story


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Old Tales Retold (Fractured or Modernized)

Charles Addams
The Charles Addams Mother Goose

Dennis Lee Anderson
Arthur, King

E.D. Baker
The Frog Princess

Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
Red Riding Hood

Francesca Lia Block
The Rose & the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold

Steven Brust
The Sun, the Moon, & the Stars

Michael Buckley
The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy-Tale Detectives, Book 1

Kara Dalkey
The Nightingale

Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, editors
Black Heart, Ivory Bones
Black Swan, White Raven
Black Thorn, White Rose
Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears
Silver Birch, Blood Moon
Snow White, Blood Red
A Wolf at the Door: & Other Retold Fairy Tales

Peter David
Knight Life
One Knight Only

Pamela Dean
Juniper, Gentian & Rosemary
Tam Lin

Charles de Lint
Jack the Giant-Killer

Donald B. Dewar
Jack's Dad & the Beanstalk

Robyn & Tony DiTocco
The Hero Perseus

Cameron Dokey
Golden

Julia Donaldson
The Giants & the Joneses

Jasper Fforde
Jack Spratt Investigates: The Big Over Easy
Jack Spratt Investigates: The Fourth Bear

Gregory Frost
Fitcher's Brides

Jessica Day George
Princess of the Midnight Ball

Adele Geras
Egerton Hall, Book 1: The Tower Room

Margaret Gray
The Ugly Princess & the Wise Fool

Margaret Peterson Haddix
Just Ella

Merrie Haskell
The Princess Curse

Jim C. Hines
Princess Novels #1: The Stepsister Scheme

Nancy Holder
Spirited

Mary Howitt
The Spider & the Fly, illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi

Melanie Jackson
The Selkie

Mercedes Lackey
The Fairy Godmother
The Firebird
Phoenix & Ashes

Gail Carson Levine
Ella Enchanted

Rebecca Lickiss
Never After

Denise Little, editor
Rotten Relations
Twice Upon a Time

Wendy Loggia
Ever After: A Cinderella Story

Janet Lorimer
Master of Shadows

Gregory Maguire
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

Rafe Martin
Birdwing

Robin McKinley
Beauty
Deerskin
Rose Daughter
Spindle's End

Stephen Mitchell
The Frog Prince: A Fairy Tale for Consenting Adults

Donna Jo Napoli
Beast
Crazy Jack
The Magic Circle
Spinners, with Richard Tchen
Zel

Terry Pratchett
The Amazing Maurice & His Educated Rodents

Jon Scieszka
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

Art Speigelman & Francoise Mouly, editors
Little Lit: Folklore & Fairy Tale Funnies

Mitzi Szereto
Erotic Fairy Tales: A Romp Through the Classics

Carolyn Turgeon
Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale

Anne Ursu
Breadcrumbs

Catherynne M. Valente
Six-Gun Snow White

Vivian Vande Velde
The Rumpelstiltskin Problem

Patricia C. Wrede
Snow White & Rose Red

Jane Yolen
Briar Rose

Roger Zelazny & Robert Sheckley
Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming


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Celestial (Moon, Sun & Stars)

Diane Ahlquist
Moon Spells: How to Use the Phases of the Moon to Get What You Want

Chrissie Blaze
Mercury Retrograde: Your Survival Guide to Astrology's Most Precarious Time of Year

Diana Brueton
The Moon: Myth, Magic & Fact

Sasha Fenton & Jonathan Dee
Moon Signs: Reveal Your Inner Feelings & Discover Your Future

Janet Ruth Heller
How The Moon Regained Her Shape

Nancy Red Star
Legends of the Star Ancestors:
  Stories of Extraterrestrial Contact from Wisdomkeepers Around the World

Lori Reid
Moon Blessings: Drawing Inspiration & Power from the Moon

Andrea Stenn Stryer
The Celestial River: Creation Tales of the Milky Way

Shelly Wu
The Definitive Book of Chinese Astrology


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Mythical Creatures

J. Robert Alley
Raincoast Sasquatch: The Bigfoot/Sasquatch Records of Southeast Alaska,
  Coastal British Columbia & Northwest Washington from Puget Sound to Yakutat

Elizabeth Barrial & D.H. Altair
Vampires Don't Sleep Alone: Your Guide to Meeting, Dating & Seducing a Vampire

Scott Bowen
The Vampire Survival Guide

Katharine Briggs
An Encyclopedia of Fairies: Hobgoblins, Brownies, Bogies & Other Supernatural Creatures

Max Brooks
The Zombie Survival Guide

Raymond Buckland
The Weiser Field Guide to Ghosts: Apparitions, Spirits, Spectral Lights & Other Hauntings of History & Legend

Deena West Budd
The Weiser Field Guide to Cryptozoology

Lorna Byrne
Angels in My Hair

Sheila A. Dane
Fairy Hunters, Ink.

Peter Dickinson
The Flight of Dragons

Cassandra Eason
A Complete Guide to Faeries & Magical Beings

Richard Ellis
Monsters of the Sea

Brian Froud & Ari Berk
Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Letters

Brian Froud & Terry Jones
The Goblin Companion: A Field Guide to Goblins
Strange Stains & Mysterious Smells

Arlene Gaal
In Search of Ogopogo: Sacred Creature of the Okanagan Waters

Christopher Hart
Drawing Dragons & Those Who Hunt Them

Del Howison
When Werewolves Attack: A Field Guide to Dispatching Ravenous Flesh-Ripping Beasts

Barry Kane
Fairy Houses ... Everywhere

Grover S. Krantz
Bigfoot Sasquatch: Evidence

Claude Lecouteux
Witches, Werewolves & Fairies: Shapeshifters & Astral Doubles in the Middle Ages

Raymond T. McNally & Radu Florescu
In Search of Dracula: The History of Dracula & Vampires

Ryan Mecum
Zombie Haiku

J. Gordon Melton
The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead

Christopher L. Murphy
Meet the Sasquatch, with John Green & Thomas Steenburg

Thom Powell
The Locals: A Contemporary Investigation of the Bigfoot/Sasquatch Phenomenon

Suza Scalora
The Fairies

Brad Steiger
The Werewolf Book: The Encyclopedia of Shape-Shifting Beings

Steven P. Unger
In the Footsteps of Dracula: A Personal Journey & Travel Guide

Gary R. Varner
Creatures in the Mist: Little People, Wild Men & Spirit Beings Around the World

E.R. Vernor
Zombie Nation: From Folklore to Modern Frenzy


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Ghost Stories & the Supernatural

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Storytelling

Bill Adler Jr.
Tell Me a Fairy Tale

Sarvananda Bluestone
The World Dream Book

Lorna MacDonald Czarnota
Medieval Tales That Kids Can Read & Tell

Donald Davis
A Room of My Own

Pleasant DeSpain
Sweet Land of Story: Thirty-Six American Tales to Tell

Amy Friedman, Jillian Gilliland & Laura Hall
Tell Me a Story
Tell Me a Story 2: Animal Magic

Martha Hamilton & Mitch Weis
Noodlehead Stories: World Tales Kids Can Read & Tell

David Holt & Bill Mooney, editors
More Ready-to-Tell Tales From Around the World

Norma J. Livo
Troubadour's Storybag

Margaret Read MacDonald
Shake-It-Up Tales! Stories to Sing, Dance, Drum & Act Out

Robert Mouland
Fireside Tales: Stories & Music from the Irish Tradition

Bobby Norfolk
Norfolk Tales

Barbara Ann Porte
Beauty & the Serpent: Thirteen Tales of Unnatural Animals

Leo Sawicki
Anytime Stories
Anywhere Stories

Joseph Daniel Sobol
The Storytellers' Journey: An American Revival


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Analysis, Criticism & History

Kate Bernheimer, editor
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

J.F. Bierlein
Parallel Myths

Bettina Bildhauer & Robert Mills, editors
The Monstrous Middle Ages

Joseph Campbell
The Flight of the Wild Gander: Explorations in the Mythological Dimension
The Hero With a Thousand Faces

Shanna Caughey, editor
Revisiting Narnia: Fantasy, Myth & Religion in C.S. Lewis' Chronicles

David Colbert
The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter:
  A Treasury of Myths, Legends & Fascinating Facts

The Magical Worlds of the Lord of the Rings:
  The Amazing Myths, Legends & Facts Behind the Masterpiece

Jennifer Crusie, editor
Totally Charmed: Demons, Whitelighters & the Power of Three

Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Women Who Run With the Wolves:
  Myths & Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

Liz Greene & Juliet Sharman-Burke
The Mythic Journey: The Meaning of Myth as a Guide for Life

Douglas Gresham
Jack's Life: The Life Story of C.S. Lewis

Marvin D. Hinten
The Keys to the Chronicles: Unlocking the Symbols of C.S. Lewis's Narnia

Thomas King
The Truth About Stories

Allan Zola Kronzek & Elizabeth Kronzek
The Sorcerer's Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter

John Matthews
The Green Man: Spirit of Nature

Mark Oxbrow
Halloween: Pagan Festival to Trick or Treat

Lawrence Rodgers & Jerrold Hirsch, editors
America's Folklorist: B.A. Botkin & American Culture

Gary R. Varner
Creatures in the Mist: Little People, Wild Men & Spirit Beings Around the World

Jane Yolen
Touch Magic
Mirror, Mirror: Forty Folktales for Mothers & Daughters to Share, with Heidi E.Y. Stemple


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Reference

Anne S. Baumgartner
Ye Gods!

Robert E. Bell
Women of Classical Mythology: A Biographical Dictionary

Katharine Briggs
An Encyclopedia of Fairies: Hobgoblins, Brownies, Bogies & Other Supernatural Creatures

Mike Dixon-Kennedy
The Encyclopedia of Russian & Slavic Myth & Legend

Rosemary Ellen Guiley
Encyclopedia of Ghosts & Spirits
Encyclopedia of the Strange, Mystical & Unexplained
Encyclopedia of Witches & Witchcraft

Michael Jordan
Encyclopedia of Gods: Over 2,500 Deities of the World

Carol K. Mack & Dinah Mack
A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels & Other Subversive Spirits

Edain McCoy
A Witch's Guide to Faery Folk

J. Gordon Melton
The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead

Daithi O'Hogain
Irish Superstitions

Iona Opie & Moira Tatem, editors
A Dictionary of Superstitions

Carole Potter
Knock on Wood

Edwin & Mona A. Radford
Encyclopedia of Superstitions

Carol Ann Rinzler
Dictionary of Medical Folklore

Sacred Symbols:
Ancient Egypt
The Celts

Jack Tresidder
Symbols & Their Meanings:
  The Illustrated Guide To More Than 1,000 Symbols, Their Traditional & Contemporary Significance

Jack Zipes, editor
The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales


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