Top 20 Beautifully Illustrated Fairy Tales

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A list of our favorite beautifully illustrated fairy tales.

The Questing Knights of the Faerie QueenThe Questing Knights of the Faerie Queen
by Geraldine McCaughrean

Snow White: A Tale from the Brothers GrimmSnow White: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm
by Brothers Grimm, Illustrated by Charles Santore

Cupid and PsycheCupid and Psyche
by M. Charlotte Craft, Illustrated by Kinuko Y. Craft
Also: Memoria Press 3rd Grade Read-Aloud Program
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The Tale of The FirebirdThe Tale of The Firebird
by Gennady Spirin, Translated by Tatiana Popova
Also: Memoria Press 3rd Grade Read-Aloud Program

Sleeping BeautySleeping Beauty
by Mahlon F. Craft, Illustrated by Kinuko Y. Craft
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The Sword in the StoneThe Sword in the Stone
by Terence Hanbury White, Illustrated by Dennis Nolan

The Selfish GiantThe Selfish Giant
by Oscar Wilde, Illustrated by Ritva Voutila
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Hansel and GretelHansel and Gretel
by Cynthia Rylant, Illustrated by Jen Corace

Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the BraveBaba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave
by Marianna Mayer, Illustrated by Kinuko Y. Craft
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Snow-White and Rose-RedSnow-White and Rose-Red
by Brothers Grimm, Illustrated by Marjorie Cooper

TenggrenTenggren's Golden Tales from the Arabian Nights
by Gustaf Tenggren, Illustrated by Mary Pope Osborne

The Twelve Dancing PrincessesThe Twelve Dancing Princesses
by Ruth Sanderson

The Snow PrincessThe Snow Princess
by Ruth Sanderson

CinderellaCinderella
by Ruth Sanderson

Saint George and the DragonSaint George and the Dragon
Retold by Margaret Hodges, Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
Recommended Age: 6
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The Wild SwansThe Wild Swans
by Amy Ehrlich, Illustrated by Susan Jeffers

East of the Sun and West of the Moon: Old Tales from the NorthEast of the Sun and West of the Moon: Old Tales from the North
Illustrated by Kay Nielsen

Beauty and the BeastBeauty and the Beast
by Marianna Mayer, Illustrated by Mercer Mayer

RapunzelRapunzel
by Paul O. Zelinsky
Recommended Age: 5
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Classic Fairy Tales Vol 1Classic Fairy Tales Vol 1
by Scott Gustafson

Top 20 Beautifully Illustrated Fairy Tales

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4 comments on “Top 20 Beautifully Illustrated Fairy Tales

  1. Thanks for this! I’ve seen a few of these . . . and a few more are going on my wishlist!

  2. I love these books and the illustrations are gorgeous. I’m going to put some on hold right away from our library. I really love Trina Schart Hymen’s work (esp Little Red Riding Hood) but they are hard to find!

  3. Is that first book a version of Spencer’s Faerie Queen? Looks like a lovely list!

    • Yep! It’s a retelling of Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queen.

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