Sunday, February 24, 2013

Wilhelm Grimm's Birthday: More Fairy Tales!

Wilhelm Grimm was born on February 24, 1786. With his brother Jacob, he made 1/2 of the Brothers Grimm, collectors of fairy tales and writers of German dictionaries.

We've have a few days of Fairy Tale retellings before, so be sure to check out this lists I did for Jacob Grimm's birthday and Charles Perrault's birthday!


Wicked Jealous: A Love Story by Robin Palmer. Palmer is the author of several contemporary realistic fiction novels that are also fairy tale retellings. This one is Snow White. The others are Little Miss Red (Red Riding Hood), Cindy Ella (Cinderella), and Geek Charming (Frog Prince.)

Beastly by Alex Flinn. Beauty and the Beast set in modern day New York, told from the point of view of the Beast. This is the deluxe edition, which includes Lindy's Diary, Beauty's side of the story. Fans will also want to read Bewitching, the story of Kendra, the witch that placed the curse. Flynn also has several other fairy tales, A Kiss in Time (Sleeping Beauty), Cloaked (a bunch of them), and the upcoming Towering (Rapunzel, which comes out in May!)

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce. Pearce's Little Red Riding Hood has two sisters, one skilled at hunting the wolves that terrorize humans and one that dreams of something more. Pearce has other fairy tale retellings include Sweetly (Hansel and Gretl) and Fathomless (Little Mermaid).


Enchanted by Alethea Kontis. The Frog Prince, Cinderella, a nursery rhyme, and many other stories interweave to create a story about Sunday Woodcutter and a true friend with a secret identity-- she doesn't see him transform from a frog into a prince, but that's probably a good thing-- he's her sworn enemy.

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman. Not a fairy tale retelling. Elizabeth got a job at a secret library that lends objects. She spends most of her time in the Grimm collection, which lends out magic objects from fairy tales. But, the objects are going missing, so it's up to Elizabeth and the other pages to get to the bottom of the mystery.

My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison. After her older sister steals her boyfriend, Savannah gets some help from her fairy godmother, but Chrysanthemum Everstar isn't that good of a fairy godmother. Savannah keeps getting zapped back into various fairy tales, but waaaaaaaaaay before the princes ever enter the picture. Be sure to check out the sequel, My Unfair Godmother.


Water Song by Suzanne Weyn. I've highlighted several titles on from Simon Pulse's Once Upon a Time series of fairy tale retellings. This one is the Frog Prince, set in Belgium during WWI.

After Hamelin by Bill Richardson. When Penelope turns 11, she wakes up unable to hear. It's the only thing that saves her, because that's the day Pied Piper comes and steals all the children. It's up to her to get them back.

Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham. Exiles from their homelands, a quiet street in Manhattan hosts a secret world of fairy tale characters. Published for adults, mature teens will love this comic book series. The Fables universe is expansive. There are 18 omnibus editions of the main series (so far) and several spin-offs series: Jack of Fables Vol. 1: The (Nearly) Great Escape, Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love, and the new one, Fairest. There's also a novel, Peter and Max.

What are your favorite fairy tales?

Links to Amazon are an affiliate link. You can help support YA Reading List by purchasing any item (not just the one linked to!) through these links.

1 comment:

  1. Several of my 8th graders are doing individual reading projects where they are reading 5 different versions of the same fairytale. We have almost every title you mentioned in our library already, but your post got me to order Fathomless, Little Miss Red and Towering. I don't know how I missed those! Thanks.


Please be polite. Please do not spam. Please share other titles on this topic. I reserve the right to delete any comments that are mean, harassing, or spammy.