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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.