It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? New Fairy Tales for the New Year

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It’s Monday and I’m happy to be participating in a weekly event with a community of bloggers who post reviews of books that they have read the previous week. Check out more IMWAYR posts here: Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers

Happy New Year, everyone!  Over my winter break reading and book brousing, I noticed a number of recently released fairy tales. Some are original and some are re-telling of classics – but all are wonderful stories with gorgeous illustrations.   Whether I’m teaching and practicing Questioning or reading aloud for pleasure –  these would definitely be books I would recommend sharing with your students!

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Jack Frost – William Joyce

The third in Joyce’s Guardians of Childhood series, following The Man in the Moon and The Sandman, this is a charming and engaging story about the origin of Jack Frost.  Stunning illustrations.

Imelda and the Goblin King – Briony May Smith

Beautiful and inventive illustrations with a lovely story filled with humour sprinkled with subtle life lessons about bullying.  Complete with fairies, goblins, a Fairy Queen, this is a delightful, whimsical fairy tale.

The Tiger Who Would Be King – James Thurber

This book was on many “Best of 2015” lists last month, but I had not read it.  Now I know why!  This is an intense, rather dark fable about a tiger who wants to overthrow the lion as king and subsequently starts a war in the jungle. A thought-provoking book to spark discussion about war, pride and costs.  I could see reading this book for Remembrance Day and would definitely use it for questioning, inferring and transform.

Toby and the Ice Giants – Joe Willington

The Fox and the Star – Coralie Bickford-Smith

A sweet, magical story about the friendship between a fox and a star.  Gorgeous book – stunning illustrations, beautiful design – even the binding is lovely!  Simple enough for a beginning reader and would be an excellent read-aloud for a grade 2/3 class (it’s 64 pages).  Perfect book for questioning.  LOVE this one!

Winter’s Child – Angela McAllister

A delightful tale about a little boy who loves the winter.  When he befriends the “Winter” child, their friendship prolongs the cold months, delaying Spring’s arrival.  The world freezes, nothing grows, and the little boy’s grandmother is becoming sicker, eventually leading to the realization that the friendship needs to end.   Beautifully written and illustrated.

The Wild Swans – Jackie Morris

Exquisitely beautiful book. A wonderful lyrical version of Han’s Christian Anderson’s classic tale.  Jackie Morris – one of my favorite author/illustrators!

Vasalisa the Beautiful – A Russian Folktale – Anna Morgunova

Another retelling of a classic Russian fairy tale about a heroine who conquers the terrifying Baba Yaga with the help of her magical doll.  This would be more appreciated by older students.  Memorizing illustrations.

The Sleeper and the Spindle – Neil Gaiman

Captivating, dark and slightly twisted tale of Sleeping Beauty (with a sprinkling of Snow White)  told by the amazing Neil Gaiman – as only he can.  The detailed metallic illustrations by Chris Riddell are stunning.  This would be an excellent read-aloud for an intermediate class.  Ah-MAZING!  Great for Text-to-Text connections.

The Most Wonderful Thing in the World – Vivian French

Perfect text, perfect illustrations, and a perfect message that family is truly the most wonderful thing in the world. Lovely read-aloud for primary students.

Happy reading in 2016, everyone!

Thanks for stopping by!  Which Fairy Tale caught your eye?

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9 responses to “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? New Fairy Tales for the New Year

  1. My goodness, those covers alone are just stunning! I’ve already gone and put a request in for The Fox and The Star, it sounds perfect for the age group I work with. Thanks for sharing!

  2. So many beautiful books here Adrian. I’ve ordered a copy of the Lion Who Would be King since we didn’t have a copy here at Dickens. I admit that I want all of these. Here’s a fairytale connection for you: I just finished reading The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. These are a young adult science fiction retelling of familiar fairytales. Have you read them?

    • No, I have not read any of these books but now I want to! I’m not a huge Sci-Fi fan but now I’m totally fascinated by how the author would use Sci-Fi and fairy tales together! I MUST read one! Thanks for the recommendation! The Tiger Who Would Be King is such a great discussion starter with intermediate students! A must for your school!

  3. Wow = I want to read them all. Such stunning looking books!

  4. Imelda and the Goblin King totally catches my eye! Flying Eye publishes some incredible books!

  5. You will love it! Also your class would love The Fox and the Star. It’s likely my favorite on this list!

  6. Such lovely books you shared here. I just reserved The Wild Swans in our libraries. Most of the titles here would fit our current reading theme quite beautifully. And I also featured The Sleeper and the Spindle – isn’t it amazing? Will definitely try to find The Fox and the Star – unfortunately we still don’t have Imelda and the Goblin King.

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