Top 7 Best Fairy Tale Books for 7-year-olds

These spellbinding stories are sure to enthral young readers. Featuring all the best-loved fairy tales, such as Cinderella, The Emperor's New Clothes and The Little Mermaid, as well as modern retellings, see below for the best fairy tale books for 7-year-olds.

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1. Usborne Illustrated Fairy Tales


Children will love this magical treasury, which features ten classic fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen and other renowned writers. It includes The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Swan Princess and Little Red Riding Hood, the perfect stories to read aloud to children, complemented by enchanting illustrations.

2. Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales

Hans Christian Andersen & Naomi Lewis

Writer and critic Naomi Lewis retells twelve magical fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen. The book includes Thumbelina, The Emperor's New Clothes and The Little Mermaid, wonderful stories that children are sure to remember forever.

3. 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 - 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!

4. Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm

Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm

This treasury of engrossing folk and fairy stories is bursting with giants, dwarves, witches, princesses and plenty of magical beasts - as well as some cunning children! This volume features timeless classics from the Brothers Grimm, including The Frog Prince, Hansel and Gretel, the original Cinderella story ('Ashputtel'), and many more. Each tale is gorgeously illustrated by a different renowned illustrator, including Axel Scheffler, Helen Oxenbury, Quentin Blake and Emma Chichester Clark, making this a treasury to cherish.

5. Doctor Who: Time Lord Fairy Tales

Justin Richards

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.

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 perfect for keen and reluctant readers alike. 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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    This enchanting collection, retold by writer and critic Naomi Lewis, contains twelve of Hans Christian Andersen's magnificent stories. It includes Thumbelina, a little girl no more than a thumb-joint high, "The Emperor's New Clothes", the tale of a man who cares only for his appearance and The Little Mermaid, who longs to one day marry a human prince. It includes a wonderful cover illustration and new introduction by award-winning picture-book creator Jan Pienkowski.
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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.
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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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    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
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    From the land of fantastical castles, vast lakes and deep forests, the Brothers Grimm collected a treasury of enchanting folk and fairy stories full of giants and dwarfs, witches and princesses, magical beasts and cunning children. From classics such as "The Frog Prince" and "Hansel and Grettel" to the delights of "Ashputtel" - the original "Cinderella" - all hold a timeless magic which has enthralled children for generations. Illustrators Quentin Blake, Raymond Briggs, Axel Scheffler, Helen Oxenbury, Oliver Jeffers and Emma Chichester Clark have each chosen their personal favourite fairytale to illustrate, and their individual styles make this a unique treasury for everyone to enjoy.
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    A fantastic treasury of stories guaranteed to delight and entertain young children. Includes ten classic fairytales from the collection of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen and others, including The Elves and the Shoemaker, Little Red Riding Hood and The Swan Princess. Perfect for reading aloud to younger children too. A brilliant gift that is sure to become a family heirloom. Beautifully bound in a traditional style with real cloth, head and tail bands, a ribbon marker and foil blocking. Shrink-wrapped for protection.
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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.