February 26: National Tell a Fairy Tale Day
Take time today to read, listen to, and retell your favorite fairy tales. We’ve collected dozens of familiar tales along with a few you probably haven’t heard before.
The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
The Satin Surgeon, The Silent Princess, and The Story of Zoulvisia are among the six stories in Andrew Lang’s Olive Fairy Book. Reading level: 3.4 Total word count: 31,884
The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
The Nightingale, The Snow-Daughter and the Fire-Son, and The Invisible Prince are among the 41 stories in Andrew Lang’s Yellow Fairy Book. Reading level: 6.8 Total word count: 97,676
The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
The Boy Who Could Keep a Secret, How to Find Out a True Friend, and Niels and the Giants are among the 26 stories in Andrew Lang’s Crimson Fairy Book. Reading level: 6.8 Total word count: 104,593
The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
Andrew Lang’s Blue Fairy Book includes Aladin and the Wonderful Lamp, The Black Bull of Norroway, The History of Jack the Giant-Killer, The Red Etin, and The Story of Prince Ahmed and the Fairy Paribanou. Reading level: 7.6 Total word count: 23,286
The Bamboo-Cutter and the Moon-Child
The Bamboo-Cutter and the Moon-Child from the Lit2Go audiobook collection. A bamboo cutter finds a small, luminescent girl, and raises her as Princess Moonlight. She refuses all suitors, befriends the Emperor, and eventually returns to her rightful home, the Moon. Duration: 30 minutes 15 seconds. Reading level: 8.6. Word count: 1,885.
My Lord Bag of Rice
My Lord Bag of Rice from the Lit2Go audiobook collection. A Japanese warrior defends the Dragon King by killing his enemy, the monster centipede. In gratitude the Dragon King gives the warrior several presents, including a bag of rice that never runs out, and he comes to be known as My Lord Bag of Rice. Duration: 11 minutes. Reading level: 8.1. Word count: 2,360.
The Ogre of Rashomon
The Ogre of Rashomon from the Lit2Go audiobook collection. A brave warrior fights an ogre, cutting off his arm. The ogre runs away, and the warrior keeps the arm as a prize. Later, the warrior’s old nurse appears at his door and pleads to see the arm. He lets her, and she grabs it, turning into the ogre. The ogre thus gets away with his arm, and is scared enough of the warrior that he never troubles the city again. Duration: 12 minutes. Reading level: 7.3. Word count: 2,319.
The Shinansha, Or the South Pointing Carriage
The Stones of Five Colors and the Empress Jokwa
More Japanese Fairy Tales
This is a collection of Japanese fairy tales translated by Yei Theodora Ozaki based on a version written in Japanese by Sadanami Sanjin. According to Ozaki, “These stories are not literal translations, and though the Japanese story and all quaint Japanese expressions have been faithfully preserved, they have been told more with the view to interest young readers of the West than the technical student of folk-lore.” The collection includes 21 tales. Average reading level: 7.4. Total word count of collection: 66,255.