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Traditional Book List

Traditional Book List

You and I who still enjoy fairy tales have less reason to wish actual childhood back. We have kept its pleasures and added some grown-up ones as well.

C. S. Lewis

Traditional stories, including folktales, fairytales, fables, and myths and legends help children develop a love of reading. They also support an understanding of story characteristics, such as plot, settings and charactersThey are great for teaching morals and character traits. Characters show courage, perseverance, trust and resilience, usually after being placed in a difficult situation or conflict. Traditional stories are wonderful for supporting an understanding of different cultures. They open children’s minds to different customs and tradition around the world. This collection includes tales from China, Japan, India, Bangladesh, Africa and the Middle East. Remember, some fairy tales are scary. Take the time to pick the right story and the right version for your child.

Further Reading

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These resources relate to the book, author and illustrator. The number of resources varies subject to subject. Please check they are appropriate for your specific needs before using them with children. If you have any suggestions please get in touch!

Traditional Book List

More Books to Explore

The Children’s Library Lady has over 400 picture books on large variety of topics. You will find specific book, author and illustrator information, as well as resources. You can also browse themed books lists and explore all the books on the website. Click on the book covers below to start exploring what the website has to offer.

Traditional Book List

Complete Book List

Explore over 450 picture books. Each book title has a synopsis, resources and relevant links.

Themed Picture Book Lists

Find lists of picture books organised by different subjects, including separate lists for teachers.


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