Top 10 Best Fairy Tale Books for Children

Children will be enchanted by these magical fairy tales and contemporary retellings. Featuring favourite classic stories, such as Cinderella, The Little Mermaid and The Frog Prince, as well as lesser-known tales, see below for the best fairy tale books for children, ordered by target age.

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1. Peep Inside: Beauty and the Beast

Usborne | 3+

This mesmerising book features die-cut artwork, laser-cut holes, flaps, cutaways and lots of sumptuous illustrations. When Belle's father stumbles upon the Beast's castle, he is taken prisoner, and Belle must rush to the rescue. She agrees to take her father's place, but once she gets to know the Beast, she sees beyond his rough, tough exterior, and helps him unearth his human side once more. This book is sure to captivate little ones.

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2. The Usborne Fairy Tale Treasury

Usborne & Alan Marks | 4+

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

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3. The Oxford Treasury of Fairy Tales

Geraldine McCaughrean & Sophy Williams | 5+

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, brought vividly to life by Sophy Williams' atmospheric illustrations.

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4. The Great Fairy Tale Disaster

David Conway & Melanie Williamson | 5+

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!

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5. Revolting Rhymes

Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake | 5+

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.

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6. A Twist of Tales

Julia Donaldson & Peter Bailey | 5+

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.

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7. Doctor Who: Time Lord Fairy Tales

Justin Richards | 7+

This sumptuous, dark collection of ancient fairy tales from the world of Doctor Who will enchant young readers, particularly those who are already fans of the brilliant Doctor Who TV series. These captivating stories include mysterious myths and monsters from every corner of the universe.

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8. The Dragon Princess

E. D. Baker | 9+

This modern fairy tale stars an unusual princess, who isn't finding life in a magical kingdom easy - especially given that her best friends are a vampire, a troll and a wizard. Plus, when she gets angry, she turns into a dragon, which can make things rather awkward - and interesting. It's certainly not easy to find a suitor for a fire-breathing reptile. Join Millie in one of three hilarious and spellbinding adventures in this brilliant book of contemporary fairy tales.

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9. Cinder

Marissa Meyer | 9+

Earth's fate hinges on just one girl: Cinder. A gifted mechanic in New Beijing, Cinder is no ordinary fairy tale heroine... she's a cyborg. Despised by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's sudden deadly illness, she becomes trapped at the heart of a desperate struggle between the desires of a malevolent queen, and a dangerous temptation. Now, she must uncover her mysterious past and try to protect Earth's future. This dark, heart-pounding version of the classic fairy tale will engross young readers.

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10. The Orchard Book of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales

Martin Waddell & Emma Chichester Clark

Martin Waddell skilfully and wittily rewrites nine favourite fairy tales for today's children. From the fun and humour of the proud Emperor and his exquisite new clothes, to the poignant sadness of the Little Mermaid, young readers will love these treasured tales, which feature a colourful cast of witches, princesses, toys and animals. Complemented by Emma Chichester Clark's vivid illustrations, this is truly a book to cherish.

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  • AFGUG 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £10.89
    • RRP £10.99
    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
  • AFLIJ 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £6.89
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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
  • ACUQQ 9 years +
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    The Dragon Princess: Being a princess in a magical kingdom isn't easy. Especially if your best friends are a vampire, a troll and a wizard. And if you happen to be a magical princess who turns into a dragon when she gets cross, then things are about to get very interesting. It's hard to find suitors for large fire-breathing reptiles. Join Millie, the Dragon Princess, on one of three enchanting, hilarious and unforgettable adventures. No Place For Magic: Princess Emma (aka The Frog Princess) takes centre stage again in quest to rescue a kidnapped prince. The Salamander Spell: Grassina, Princess Emma's wonderful, magical aunt, is herself a teen in this prequel that tells the story of how she meets her true love.
  • ADQNF 9 years +
    9 years +
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    A forbidden romance. A deadly plague. Earth's fate hinges on one girl ...CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She's reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen - and a dangerous temptation. Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth's future. This is not the fairytale you remember. But it's one you won't forget.
  • AANWH 11 years +
    11 years +
    • £12.89
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    Martin Waddell has brought together nine favourite stories, skillfully retelling them for today's children. From the fun and humour of the proud Emperor with his splendid new clothes to the gentle sadness of the Little Mermaid, and with a colourful cast of witches, princesses, toys and animals, this rich and varied collection is guaranteed to delight and entertain readers young and old. Emma Chichester Clark's glorious illustrations bring the tales vividly to life, making this book a joy to share and a gift to treasure.
  • APHAK 7 years +
    7 years +
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    Offers a stunning illustrated collection of dark and ancient fairy tales from the world of Doctor Who. These captivating stories include mysterious myths and legends about heroes and monsters of all kinds, from every corner of the universe. Originally told to young Time Lords at bedtime, these twisted tales are an enchanting read for Doctor Who fans of all ages.
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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.
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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.
  • Peep Inside: Beauty and the Beast - Hardback - 9781474920544
    PIBB 3 years +
    3 years +
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    Beauty and the Beast is one of the classic fairy tales and this book brings it up to date with stunning die-cut artwork and laser-cut holes and cutaways.

    When Belle's inventor father stumbles upon the Beast's castle and is taken prisoner, she comes to the rescue and agrees to take his place. She manages to see beneath the Beast's exterior and helps him discover his human side once again...

    Perfect for sharing, the intricate images and holes make this book one that will enchant the whole family.
  • AKXDB 4 years +
    4 years +
    • £14.89
    • RRP £14.99
    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.