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.

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Sleeping Beauty

Listen to Sleeping Beauty on the Lit2Go website.

The Frog-Prince

Listen to The Frog-Prince on the Lit2Go website.

Hansel and Gretel

Listen to Hansel and Gretel on the Lit2Go website.

Snow-White and Rose-Bud

Listen to Snow-White and Rose-Bud on the Lit2Go website.

Rumpelstiltskin

Listen to Rumpelstiltskin on the Lit2Go website.

The Golden Goose

Listen to The Golden Goose on the Lit2Go website.

The Hare and the Hedgehog

Listen to The Hare and the Hedgehog on the Lit2Go website.

Cat and Mouse in Partnership

Listen to the Cat and Mouse in Partnership on the Lit2Go website.

The Goose-Girl

Listen to The Goose-Girl on the Lit2Go website.

The Willow-Wren and Bear

Listen to The Willow-Wren and Bear on the Lit2Go website.

One Eye, Two Eyes, Three Eyes

Listen to One Eye, Two Eyes, Three Eyes on the Lit2Go website.

Hans in Luck

Listen to Hans in Luck on the Lit2Go website.

The Story of the Youth Who Went Forth To Learn What Fear Was

Cat-Skin

Listen to Cat-Skin on the Lit2Go website.

The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage

Listen to The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage on the Lit2Go website.

The Old Man and His Grandson

Listen to The Old Man and His Grandson on the Lit2Go website.

The Valiant Little Tailor

Listen to The Valiant Little Tailor on the Lit2Go website.

Snowdrop

Listen to Snowdrop on the Lit2Go website.

Rapunzel

Listen to Rapunzel on the Lit2Go website.

The Seven Ravens

Listen to The Seven Ravens on the Lit2Go website.

Briar Rose

Listen to Briar Rose on the Lit2Go website.

The King of the Golden Mountain

Listen to The King of the Golden Mountain on the Lit2Go website.

Hans in Luck

Listen to Hans in Luck on the Lit2Go website.

The fisherman and His Wife

Listen to The fisherman and His Wife on the Lit2Go website.

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Listen to The Twelve Dancing Princesses on the Lit2Go website.

The Golden Bird

Listen to The Golden Bird on the Lit2Go website.

The White Snake

Listen to The White Snake on the Lit2Go website.

The Twelve Brothers

Listen to The Twelve Brothers on the Lit2Go website.

The Golden Goose

Listen to The Golden Goose on the Lit2Go website.

More Gramm's Fairy Tales

Listen to our collection of more than sixty Grimm’s Fairy Tales on the Lit2Go website.

More Jataka Tales

Listen to More Jataka Tales on the Lit2Go website.

Fairy Tales and Other Traditional Stories

Listen to our collection of more than thirty Fairy Tales and Other Traditional Stories on the Lit2Go website.

The History of Jack the Giant-Killer

Listen to The History of Jack the Giant-Killer on the Lit2Go website.

How the Dragon Was Tricked

Listen to How the Dragon Was Tricked on the Lit2Go website.

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

Listen to Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp on the Lit2Go website.

The Snake Prince

Listen to The Snake Prince on the Lit2Go website.

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 Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Cannetella, A Fairy’s Bunder, and The Twin Brothers are among the 7 tales in Andrew Lang’s Grey Fairy Book. Reading level: 4.0 Total word count: 22,306

The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The Cunning Shoemaker, The Snow-Man, and The Water of Life are among the 15 tales from Andrew Lang’s Pink Fairy Book. Reading level: 4.0 Total word count: 32,382

The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The Elf Maiden, Father Grumbler, and Kisa the Cat are among the 26 tales included in Andrew Lang’s Brown Fairy Book. Reading level: 6.6 Total word count: 78,259

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 Adventures of Kintaro, the Golden Boy

The Adventures of Kintaro, the Golden Boy from the Lit2Go audiobook collection. This tale is about the heroic adventures of Kintaro. Duration: 14 minutes 42 seconds. Reading level: 5.5. Word count: 3,280.

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 Shinansha, Or the South Pointing Carriage from the Lit2Go audiobook collection. How the Emperor Kotei invented many useful things, defeated his enemy, and went to Heaven on the back of a Dragon. Duration: 6 minutes. Reading level: 7.5. Word count: 1,197.

The Stones of Five Colors and the Empress Jokwa

The Stones of Five Colors and the Empress Jokwa from the Lit2Go audiobook collection. A Chinese Empress quells an uprising and then has to mend the heavens and the pillars that hold up the sky. Duration: 16 minutes 44 seconds. Reading level: 7.7. Word count: 3,118.

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.