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We have compiled this list of books with a variety of titles catered towards the interest of each individual child and to assist parents/guardians when selecting materials appropriate to reading level and content.

We have also included the AR levels and point values to help parents/guardians in choosing AR books for their children.

Cinderella

Sootface: An Ojibwas Cinderella Story

Robert D San Souci
Format: Book

AR BL: 4.2     AR Points: 0.5   

Abused by two lazy sisters who make her do all the work, Sootface dreams of finding a husband, until an invisible great hunter declares that he will marry the woman whose kind and honest heart enables...

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Cinderella

Ruth Sanderson · Little
Pages: 32
Format: Print book

Dreams come true with a little hope and a wave of a fairy godmother's wand. But will the prince find Cinderella after her ball gown turns back into rags? This classic tale is retold by Ruth Sanderson with the very youngest of readers in mind.
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Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella

Jan Brett · Penguin Group
Pages: 1
Format: Book

AR BL: 4.5      AR Points: 0.5   

Jan Brett sets her Cinderella story in a snowy Russian winter where one magical night, Cinders, the most picked upon hen in the flock, becomes the most loved by Prince Cockerel when she arrives at his ball...

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Roberto Piumini · Picture Window Books
Format: Book

AR BL: 3.5      AR Points: 0.5   

As Goldilocks walks through the forest, she spies a cottage in a clearing. The curious little girl peeks in the window and sees that nobody is home, so she steps inside and takes a look around. What Goldilocks...

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Goldilocks Returns

Lisa Campbell Ernst · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; 1st edition
Format: Audio CD

AR BL: 3.8      AR Points: 0.5   

Thirty years after Goldilocks first met the three bears, she returns to fix up their cottage and soothe her guilty conscience.

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Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

Rika Lesser · Dutton Children's Books
Pages: 48
Format: Book

AR BL: 4.4      AR Points: 0.5   

The first Grimm tale illustrated by 1998 Caldecott medalist Paul O. Zelinsky is once again available in hardcover. Originally published in 1984, Zelinsky's paintings for Hansel and Gretel are as compelling...

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Hansel and Gretel

Cynthia Rylant · Hyperion Books for Children
Pages: 40
Format: Book

AR BL: 4.1    AR Points: 0.5   

Once upon a time,deep in the dark, green forest there was an exquisite house made of cake and sugar--a house made to lure lost, hungry children. But the witch whose delicious houselured Hansel and his sister,...

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Hansel and Gretel

Rachel Isadora · Putnam Juvenile
Format: Book

AR BL: 4.1      AR Points: 0.5   

Caldecott Honor winner Rachel Isadora gives readers a stunning new interpretation of this classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, setting the infamous witch's cottage deep in a lush African forest. Hansel...

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Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk and the French Fries

Mark Teague · Orchard Books
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

FEE FI FO FUM!

When Jack trades the family cow for a handful of magic beans, he gets more beans than he ever expected or wanted. It's bean porridge for breakfast! Bean salad for lunch! Bean chowder for dinner! It doesn't take long before Jack is tired of eating nothing but beans--no...
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Jack and the Beanstalk

John Howe · Little Brown & Co
Pages: 32
Format: Library Binding

A boy climbs to the top of a giant beanstalk where he uses his quick wits to outsmart a giant and make his and his mother's fortune.
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Jack and the Baked Beanstalk

Colin Stimpson · Templar Books
Pages: 40
Format: Book

AR BL: 4.2      AR Points: 0.5   

"Fee-fi-fo-fummy, I'm always counting money!"

Jack and his mom run a little café, but business has dried up and they're nearly broke. So when Jack...

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Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood Stories Around the World: 3 Beloved Tales

Jessica Gunderson · Picture Window Books
Format: Paperback

AR BL: 3.4      AR Points: 0.5   

Think theres just one fairy tale with a girl who meets danger in disguise? Think again! Cultures all around the world have their own Little Red Riding Hood stories. Visit Germany, Italy, and Taiwan, and find...

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Little Red Riding Duck (Animal Fairy Tales)

Charlotte Guillain · Raintree
Pages: 24
Format: Book

AR BL: 2.9     AR Points: 0.5   

In Animal Fairy Tales, beautiful illustrations and simple text retell classic fairy tales from a new perspective: all the characters are animals! This book tells the story of Little Red Riding Duck's...

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Little Red Riding Hood

Lisa Campbell Ernst
Format: Book

AR BL: 4.2      AR Points: 0.5   

When Little Red Riding Hood sets off to deliver muffins to her grandmother, you can bet that a big bad wolf isn't far behind!
Set on the midwestern prairie, this is a Little Red Riding Hood...

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Rapunzel

Rapunzel

Paul O. Zelinsky · Puffin; Reprint edition
Format: Paperback

AR BL: 4.6      AR Points: 0.5   

Trapped in a tower with no door, Rapunzel is allowed to see no one but the sorceress who has imprisoned her-until the day a young prince hears her singing to the forest birds. . . . The timeless tale...

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Rapunzel: Based on the Original Story by the Brothers Grimm

Sarah Gibb · Albert Whitman
Pages: 1
Format: Print book

Beautiful Rapunzel is locked away in a tall, tall tower, visited only by the little creatures of the forest and the witch who has imprisoned her. Until one day a handsome prince, passing by on his horse, is transfixed by the magical sound of Rapunzel singing to her animals friends and knows...
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Ratpunzel

Charlotte Guillain · NA-r
Format: Book

AR BL: 3.1      AR Points: 0.5   

In Animal Fairy Tales, beautiful illustrations and simple text retell classic fairy tales with a twist: all the characters are animals! This book, a retelling of Rapunzel, tells the story of a beautiful...

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Rumpelstiltskin

Rumplesnakeskin

Charlotte Guillain · NA-r
Format: Book

AR BL: 3.1      AR Points: 0.5   

In Animal Fairy Tales, beautiful illustrations and simple text retell classic fairy tales with a twist: all the characters are animals! This book, a retelling of Rumplestiltskin, tells the story of a beautiful...

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Rumpelstiltskin

Paul O Zelinsky · E.P. Dutton
Pages: 40
Format: Book

AR BL: 4.0     AR Points: 0.5   

"Adult and child can delight together in the richness of color, gilt and detail...captured in such art. The story is palinly and gracefully told."--The New York Times Book Review"A...

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Rumpelstiltskin: A Retelling of the Grimms' Fairy Tale

Eric Blair · Picture Window Books
Pages: 32
Format: Book

AR BL: 3.2      AR Points: 0.5   

A retelling of a classic tale in which a strange man spins straw into gold, asks a huge reward, and offers a seemingly impossible way out of the deal.

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Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty

Trina Schart Hyman
Format: Book

AR BL: 5.5      AR Points: 0.5   

Elaborate illustrations supplement a retelling of the fairy tale of love's triumph over the dark power of revenge

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Sleeping Beauty

Cynthia Rylant · Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Many see Time as a friend and many see Time as a foe.
But for a sleeping beauty, Time was a promise.
Born into royalty and surrounded by fairy godmothers, a sweet princess seems destined for a blissful life. But when a bitter fairy casts a curse, it will take true friends and true...
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Waking Beauty

Leah Wilcox · Puffin Books
Pages: 32
Format: Paperback

AR BL: 2.9      AR Points: 0.5   

When Prince Charming finds Sleeping Beauty and her fairies, he doesn't know what to do. The fairies try to tell him, but he keeps interrupting with crazy ideas of his own such as shouting, jumping...

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Snow White

Snow White Stories Around the World: 4 Beloved Tales

Jessica Gunderson · Picture Window Books
Pages: 32
Format: Book

AR BL: 3.9     AR Points: 0.5   

Think theres just one fairy tale with a beautiful girl and an evil stepmother? Think again! Cultures all around the world have their own Snow White stories. Visit Albania, Germany, Mozambique, and Turkey,...

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Joe Bright and the Seven Genre Dudes

John Manders · Upstart Books
Pages: 36
Format: Hardcover

In this humorous version of "Snow White," Joe Bright challenges the talents of storytelling enchantress Stella with his tales of seven book-loving genre dudes.
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Snow White And the Seven Dwarfs

Lesley Sims · Usborne Pub Ltd
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

A princess takes refuge from her wicked stepmother in the cottage of seven dwarfs.
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Three Billy Goats Gruff

The Three Silly Girls Grubb

John Hassett
Format: Book

AR BL: 3.2     AR Points: 0.5   

Skippity-skip-skip. One after the other, three silly sisters skip over a bridge on their way to school. But before she can cross to safety, each sister must face Ugly-Boy Bobby, a bully who hides in a hole...

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The Three Billy Goats and Gruff

Robin Koontz

This advanced reader retells a classic story.
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The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Paul Galdone · HMH Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

The three goat brothers brave the terrible troll in a colorful version of the classic tale.
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The Three Little Pigs

The Three Little Pigs

James Marshall · Dial Books for Young Readers
Pages: 32
Format: Book

AR BL: 3.3     AR Points: 0.5   

Retells the familiar tale in which one of three brother pigs survives a wolf's attacks by using his head and planning well.

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The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

Eugene Trivizas · Heinemann
Pages: 32
Format: Book

AR BL: 4.6      AR Points: 0.5   

A quirky take on the traditional fairytale, humorously re-telling this long-beloved story from the point of view of the wolf! A hit with all age groups.

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The Three Little Tamales

Eric A. Kimmel · Two Lions
Format: Book

AR BL: 3.3      AR Points: 0.5   

While the three little tamales cool off on a windowsill, a tortilla rolls by. Youll be eaten. Youd better run! he tells them. And so the tamales jump out the window. The first runs to the prairie and builds...

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The Boy Who Cried Wolf

B. G. Hennessy · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Book

AR BL: 2.7      AR Points: 0.5   

"Nothing ever happens here," the shepherd thinks. But the bored boy knows what would be exciting: He cries that a wolf is after his sheep, and the town's people come running. How often can that...

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The Snow Queen

Hans Christian Andersen · HarperCollins; Reprint edition
Format: Book

AR BL: 4.3      AR Points: 0.5   

Hans Christian Andersens The Snow Queen the classic tale of friendship love and bravery is beautifully retold with lavish illustrations by master artist Bagram IbatoullineBest friends Kai and Gerda would...

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Beauty and the Beast Stories Around the World: 3 Beloved Tales

Cari Meister · Picture Window Books
Pages: 32
Format: Book

AR BL: 3.5     AR Points: 0.5   

Think there's just one fairy tale with a beautiful girl and a monster? Think again! Cultures all around the world have their own Beauty and the Beast stories. Visit France, China, and Switzerland,...

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The Little Mermaid and the Princess and the Pea: Two Tales and Their Histories

Carron Brown · Alphabet Soup
Format: Book

AR BL: 5.7      AR Points: 1.0  

A retelling, accompanied by a brief history, of the two well-known tales in the first of which a young mermaid trades her tail for human legs and, in the second, a young girl proves that she is a real...

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The Little Red Hen

Jerry Pinkney · Dial; First Edition edition
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

Caldecott Medal winner Jerry Pinkney enlivens the beloved fable with cheerful and classically beautiful illustrations, making this the ideal edition for every child's library. As he did with his Caldecott-winning The Lion and the Mouse, Jerry Pinkney has masterfully adapted this story...
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Paul Bunyan

Steven Kellogg

Who was the largest baby ever born in the state of Maine? Who dug the Great Lakes? Who gouged out the Grand Canyon? Why, Paul Bunyan, of course, America's finest, fastest, funniest lumberman and favorite tall-tale hero.
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The Elves and the Shoemaker

Leigh Corra · Chronicle Books
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

Here is the classic tale of elfin magic, loved by generations of children and made new by an artist of international acclaim. Jim LaMarche's stunning paintings, reminiscent of his earlier work in The Rainbabies, are the perfect compliment to this favorite Grimm fairy tale.
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The Gingerbread Girl

Lisa Campbell Ernst · Dutton Juvenile; 1 edition
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

The lonely old woman and the lonely old man decide to bake a girl this time, but when they open the oven, she runs off like her brother did. Never fear, this smart cookie has a plan to outfox the fox. Will it work? Let?s just say that the ending is sweet for everyone. ?Ernst?s familiar...
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The Emperor's New Clothes

Val Biro · Windmill Books
Pages: 24
Format: Print book

The Emperors New Clothes is a familiar fable that teachers readers important life lessons in an entertaining way. In this engaging retelling, readers are introduced to this classic story through clear text thats closely aligned with colorful illustrations to enhance reading comprehension...
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