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Fairy Tales: list of free e-books and resources
Fairy Tales for kids - best list ever
Looking for a list of fairy tales for kids or simply for your pleasure? You are in the right place.
Here is a big list of popular fairy tales of all times, together with resources of classical stories and fairy tales, including collections of brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen.
Most of fairy tales you can read on-line or download them to enjoy them on your e-reader device wherever and whenever you want. Totally free! Enjoy the magical journey in the land of imagination:)
(All used images are Public Domain, sources: Clker.com, Wikipedia.org, Gutenberg.org and Archive.org)
G. K. Chesterton quote:
"Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten."
Read them Online - This is only the first part of four!
Here is the ultimate listing of best sites dedicated to fairy tales with hundreds of fairy tales on-line:
- Fairy Tales On-Line
Without doubt best portal about fairy tales in the world. Most known fairy tales can be read with annotations, more than thousand illustrations and a lot of links to other resources. Here you can find extremely good forum about fairy tales.
- In alphabetical order
Comprehensive list of fairy tales, indexed by theme, so you can easily find similar fairy tales in different surroundings and compare them according to time and locations.
Nice and well organised list of famous fairy tales with some biographical facts and interesting links.
- Blog about fairy tales
Blog about fairy tales, heir authors, collectors and illustrators with interesting resources and amusing sties 'from behind the scenes'.
- Andrew Lang's Collections
Probably the biggest collections of fairy tales, fables and some myths too. Twelve complete books of legendary collector - all on-line!
- Well organized list of fairy tales and their relatives
Good resource of Nordic and other folktales, fables, rhymes, with retold stories from Greek mythology, Bible... Well, just check it for yourself!
Do you prefer audio or video versions?
Fairy Tales Stories
Experts are unsuccessfully trying to find a scientific definition for fairy tales stories for more than hundred years but we all know what we can expect from a fairy tale.
Like all stories it must have some interesting characters, some conflicts between characters and there must be some important event related to a goal of main character.
In fairy tales most often goals are searches for marriage and wealth. In fairy tales we can almost always find magical objects, magical creatures and magical transformations.
Are we ready for the list of fairy tales? Beware - these fairy tales are classics, not diluted and sweetened versions without real messages!
Fairy by Charles Perrault - illustrated by Harry Clarke
Click here to learn more about Harry Clarke's illustrations!
List of Classic Fairy Tales - Yes, this is the second part
Of course, we are talking about classics like Perrault, brothers Grimm and Andersen. All their works are public domain and we can download them on next addresses:
- The tales of Mother Goose : Perrault, Charles, 1628-1703 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet
Cinderella, or, The little glass slipper -- The sleeping beauty in the wood -- Little thumb -- The master cat, or, Puss in boots -- Riquet of the tuft -- Blue...
- Brother Grimm's Fairy Tales
Another set of on-line fairy tales by brothers Grimm! There are 209 fairy tales altogether...
- Russian FairyTales
Peter Nikolaevich Polevoi's selection from huge Afanasiev's collection of Russian Fairy Tales and Folk Tales (in several different formats with or without illustrations of C. M. Gere)
- The Arabian nights : their best-known tales : Wiggin, Kate Douglas Smith, 1856-1923 : Free Download
The talking bird, the singing tree, and the golden water -- The story of the fisherman and the genie -- The history of the young king of the Black Isles -- The...
- The Thousand Nights and a Night
The Arabian Nights Entertainments is complete version of Arabian nights but without ilustrations (in several different formats)
Looking for something even more exotic? Kathasaritsagara, sometimes called "Ocean of streams of story" is collection of indian legends, folk tales and fairy tales from 11 th century. The English translation by Charles Henry Tawney can be read or down
Classic Fairy Tales or Modern Fairy Tales? - Illustrated by Ivan Bilibin (source: Wikipedia.org, PD licence)
Do you prefer classic fairy tales or modern versions with less violance and more educational messages?
My personal experience
Years ago when I started fairy tales and their background I was shocked when i found how 'dirty' can be some older versions of fairy tales like, for instance, The Sleeping Beauty.
But even more shocks came when I started to share my knowledge with wide world audience. It seems many people never heard the version where wolf eats Red Raiding Hood even exists!
This politically correct fairy tales where conflicts are reduced to minimum can be in my opinion very dangerous.
First of all: children can handle much more than we are in general willing to admit.
Second: classic fairy tales where hero goes through difficult tasks to achieve something precious teach us (not only kids) life can be cruel but it can also offer great rewards.
And third: parents have full control how much and when will their child(ren) get from supposedly too violent fairy tales.
I find this last one the most problematic of all. Many modern parents simply don't have time for their kids anymore. I ask myself: what can be more important than our children?
Albert Einstein quote:
"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales."
C. S. Lewis quote:
"Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again."
Famous Tales by Known Authors - The third of the four part list...
A lot of fairy tales have unknown authors, but in last centuries there were many great writers who have written their own fairy tales from scratch. Here is a selection of finest:
- Stories from Hans Andersen - World Digital Library
Hans Christian Andersen's masterpiece in downloadable version in PDF format with illustrations by Edmund Dulac.
- Oscar Wilde
Stories of Oscar Wilde (in several different formats with or without illustrations of Spencer Baird Nichols)
- Madame d'Aulnoy'
Modern Fairy Tales came into life in France in the 17th century and Marie-Catherine Le Jumel de Barneville, Baroness d'Aulnoy was most famous of precieuses who wrote fairy tales for adult and children audience (illustrated)
- Wilhelm Hauff'
Stories of Wilhelm Hauff with illustrations of Arthur A.Dixon can be read on-line or downloaded in various formats.
- E. T. A. Hoffmann
Ernst Theodor Amadeus (Wilhelm) Hofmann's collection with amusing and fantastic stories for children and their parents.
- Rosetta Project
They claim to be the biggest collection of illustrated children's books on-line. Check them!
- Bedtime Stories Fairy Tales and Children Books
I am afraid this project is not growing anymore but there are still more than 70 full public domain books with astonishing illustrations. Enjoy!
Illustration by Enrico Mazzanti
Fairy tales started their history so long ago there is no way to find out who wrote 'original' Snow White, Jack and Beanstalk, Rapunzel or Goldilocks. But we certainly know who wrote some classics from last two centuries. Here comes the selection of out of copyright works:
List of longer stories for children by known authors - The fourth and last part!
(Just click the title of fairy tale and you can read it!)
Popular Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi with color illustrations of Maria L. Kirk can be read on-line or downloaded in several formats.
- Peter Pan in Kensington Garden
Legendary story about boy who didn't want to grow up by sir James Matthew Barrie was one of first so called anti-fairy tales.
- Peter and Wendy
Did you know now pretty popular name Wendy who stars in Peter Pan's sequel was 'invented' especially for books about boy who would not grow up?
- Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. A free illustrated PDF book.
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland. A free children's PDF ebook with 42 illustrations by John Tenniel.
- Through The Looking Glass
Sequel of Alice in Wonderland! (Available in DJVu and HTTP forms.)
- The Princess and the Goblin
George MacDonald's mix of fairy tale for children and fantasy novel for child-like.
- The Princess and Curdie
Sequel of The Princess and the Goblin!
- At the Back of the North Wind
Masterpiece of George MacDonald, mentor of Lewis Carroll, who convinced him to publish Alice in Wonderland!
- Literature.org - The Online Literature Library
Lyman Frank Baum wrote one of most popular fairy tales series of all time in this order: 1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 2. The Marvelous Land of Oz 3. Ozma of Oz 4. Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz 5. The Road to Oz 6. The Emerald City of Oz 7. The Patchw
This is important!
Most of classic fairy tales are in public domain on base author's life + 70 years, but you should always check the copyright laws in your country, the rights of translator and everybody involved before the specific version was published.
Before using in any way always check and double-check!
Please be so kind to add an address related to fairy tales you found interesting. Our intention is to make the most complete list of fairy tales resources in the world. This simply means we will never get out of work... And thanks for stopping by!