Top 10 Best Fairy Tale Books for 5-year-olds

Children are sure to be spellbound by these wonderful fairy tales, which include both classic originals and modern retellings. See below for the very best fairy tale books for 5-year-olds.

Top 10 Best Fairy Tale Books for 5-year-olds

1. An Illustrated Treasury of Grimm's Fairy Tales

Brothers Grimm & Daniela Drescher

Two centuries ago, the Brothers Grimm published their famous collection of fairy tales, including these thirty sensational stories. They feature helpful elves, ginormous giants, good-hearted but foolish boys, golden-haired princesses and spiteful queens. This gorgeously-illustrated book features the very best original fairy tales, including The Frog Prince, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and many more.

2. Reading Together: Fairy Tale Phonics

Featuring lots of favourite fairy tales like Cinderella and The Three Little Pigs, these classic stories have been carefully retold to help younger readers develop their phonics skills and match different letters with unique sounds. Each book comes with 70 reusable stickers for a seriously fun and interactive way to learn - not to mention the amazing poster, which features all 44 sounds practised in the books!

3. The Usborne Fairy Tale Treasury

Usborne & Alan Marks

Discover eighteen magical fairy tales from around the world in this stunning book. Retold for younger readers, the stories include The Frog Prince, Sleeping Beauty, The Snow Queen and many more.

4. An Illustrated Treasury of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales

Hans Christian Andersen & Anastasiya Archipova

Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales have enchanted children for nearly two centuries. In this beautiful book, you'll find some of his best-loved stories, including The Little Mermaid, The Snow Queen, Thumbelina and The Emperor's New Clothes. Each tale is brought to life with stunning illustrations, making this book a spellbinding read for kids.

5. Read It Yourself with Ladybird: Fairy Tales


This series features original fairy tales, retold to support children who are learning to read. The books are carefully written to contain plenty of key, high-frequency words as well as lots of important reading practice, and kids can enjoy a magical fairy tale in the process. The Read It Yourself fairy tale series includes Hansel and Gretel, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin and many more.

6. Revolting Rhymes

Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake

In this riotous read, Roald Dahl dispenses with happily ever afters and opts for more horrible endings as he retells six famous fairy tales. Cinderella chooses not to marry the prince when he reveals a surprisingly cruel streak. Snow White befriends seven jockeys who are compulsive gamblers, and Goldilocks proves to be a real thug! This hilarious poetry book will have readers in stitches.

7. A Twist of Tales

Julia Donaldson & Peter Bailey

The Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson retells three wonderful fairy tales from across the world, clearly and carefully written to make this book the perfect first independent read. A king hides a secret under his crown; a magical dream inspires an epic journey; and a clever girl outwits the king. This beautifully-illustrated book is guaranteed to delight children.

8. The Happy Prince and Other Tales

Oscar Wilde

This sumptuous volume contains five original fairy tales by Oscar Wilde. It includes the much-loved The Selfish Giant, which tells the story of a giant who banished children from his garden - and spring never arrived there...

9. The Oxford Treasury of Fairy Tales

Geraldine McCaughrean & Sophy Williams

Renowned children's writer Geraldine McCaughrean retells best-loved and lesser-known fairy tales in her iconic magical style. She creates an enchanting world of knights, witches, frogs, princesses and so much more, and Sophy Williams' atmospheric illustrations make this a simply spellbinding read.

10. The Great Fairy Tale Disaster

David Conway & Melanie Williamson

This perfectly silly picture book features a series of fairy tales that have never been so funny! Will the Big Bad Wolf from The Three Little Pigs - who has no more huff or puff left in him - find a new fairy tale that suits him? Featuring all the best-loved fairy tales, including Cinderella, Rapunzel and Jack and the Beanstalk, this marvellously mad book is full of fun and mayhem!

  • Reading Together Fairy Tale Phonics Collection with Poster - 8 Books - Collection - 9781786171559
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    With familiar fairy tales, this eight-book collection is perfect for children to share with their parents as they begin to learn about phonics.

    Including Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Puss in Boots, the fairy tales have been carefully retold to help children develop their decoding skills and link different letters to distinct sounds.There are also sounding out and word-building activities to partake in.

    All the books come with 70 reusable stickers and there's even a poster which features all 44 sounds that are practised in the books. There are also helpful hints for grown-ups on what sounds they should focus on while they read, scattered throughout the books.

    Poster dimensions: 550 x 645mm.
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    Roald Dahl dispenses with the usual happily ever after endings in the retelling of six famous fairy tales in Revolting Rhymes.

    Cinderella decides not to marry her prince when he reveals a surprisingly callous streak, Snow White befriends seven jockeys who are compulsive gamblers and Goldilocks proves to be a real hoodlum!

    This hilarious collection will have readers aged five and above in stitches. Colour illustrations throughout.
  • ALAHU 5 years +
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    Hans Christian Andersen's classic tales of foolish emperors, lonely mermaids, icy queens and clever princesses have delighted children and adults alike for nearly two centuries. The stories' unique magic and wonder make them essential reading for any childhood. This beautifully illustrated collection of Andersen's best-loved fairy tales includes The Little Mermaid, The Snow Queen, Thumbelina, The Princess and the Pea and The Emperor's New Clothes. Each story is brought to life with charming illustrations by Anastasiya Archipova, illustrator of dozens of children's books. This gift edition of Andersen's tales is designed for little hands and will make a beautiful addition to any bookshelf.
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    A follow up to the bestselling The Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster. Fairytales have never been funnier than in this outrageously silly picture book! Once upon a time there lived an old Big Bad Wolf. He no longer has any huff and puff to blow down the Three Little Pigs' houses so he scampers off into the pages of the Fairy Tale book to find a new one. He tries one tale after another, but things never quite work to plan. Will he find a fairytale that suits him perfectly? With all the well-known and well-loved fairytales, including Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. 'It's madness and mayhem which results in a very funny, laugh out loud book.' The Bookbag
  • AFGUG 5 years +
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    Retold by renowned children's writer, Geraldine McCaughrean, here are all the best-loved fairy tales and more. Favourites such as Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin, Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, the Little Mermaid, and the Princess and the Pea are accompanied by other treasures such as the Three Gifts of the North Wind, Cap-of-Rushes, and the Tinderbox. As ever, Geraldine's writing style is original and dramatic, and she weaves magic into her world of knights, witches, frogs, and princesses. Sophy Williams' delicate and atmospheric colour illustrations throughout the collection complement the text beautifully to make this a perfect gift. 'This beautifully designed book will stand the test of time and give pleasure for many, many years.' Booktrust 'A sumptuous collection of fairy stories retold by Geraldine McCaughrean, who has an exceptional ability to spin out the magic of any story.' The Guardian
  • AKHNO 5 years +
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    The Little Mermaid desperately wishes to be human. What happens when the sea witch grants her wish? Read it yourself with Ladybird is one of Ladybird's best-selling reading series. For over thirty-five years it has helped young children who are learning to read develop and improve their reading skills. Each Read it yourself book is very carefully written to include many key, high-frequency words that are vital for learning to read, as well as a limited number of story words that are introduced and practised throughout. Simple sentences and frequently repeated words help to build the confidence of beginner readers and the four different levels of books support children all the way from very first reading practice through to independent, fluent reading. Each book has been carefully checked by educational consultants and can be read independently at home or used in a guided reading session at school. Further content includes comprehension puzzles, helpful notes for parents, carers and teachers, and book band information for use in schools. The Little Mermaid is a Level 4 Read it yourself book, ideal for children who are ready to read longer stories with a wider vocabulary and are keen to start reading independently.
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    A classic anthology comprising eighteen classic fairytales from across the world, retold for younger readers. It includes: the Frog Prince, Sleeping Beauty, Prince Ivan and the Firebird, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Snow Queen and others.
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    This volume contains five original fairy tal es written by Wilde, including the favourite The Selfish Gia nt. This highly moral story tells of a giant who banished c hildren from his garden, so that spring never came there. '
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    Two hundred years ago the Brothers Grimm published their famous collection of folk tales, including these thirty much-loved stories of helpful elves; giants who can see into the next land; foolish but good-hearted lads; princesses with golden hair; faithful servants and wicked queens. This sumptuously illustrated collection of essential Grimm classics includes stories every childhood needs: 'The Frog Prince', 'Little Red Riding Hood', 'Sleeping Beauty', 'Cinderella', 'Rumpelstiltskin' and dozens more. Each tale is brought to life with radiant, faithful pictures from Daniela Drescher, one of Germany's best-loved illustrators, which are sure to fire any child's imagination.
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    Children's books superstar Julia Donaldson retells a trio of charming tales from across the world, in a stunning first independent read.

    A king hides a terrible secret under his crown... a marvellous dream inspires an epic journey... a clever girl outwits the king. Told in hyper-readable language and with full-colour illustrations, these stories are an ideal first step for children embarking on a lifelong journey through the wonders of books and stories.

    An appealing book especially designed with spaced text and cream pages for those who struggle with reading (including dyslexic children), the Little Gems book comes with beautiful illustrations from Peter Bailey.