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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 her to see him.
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Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story

Lynn Roberts
Format: Book

AR BL: 4.2     AR Points: 0.5    Retells the familiar rags-to-riches story of a girl who is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters but still manages to meet her prince with the help of a fairy godmother.
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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 looking so beautiful...
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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 doesn't know...
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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 as his later work...
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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, Gretel had forgotten two things...
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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 and Gretel's plight...
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Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk

Steven Kellogg
Format: Book

AR BL: 4.1      AR Points: 0.5    Join young Jack as he climbs a giant beanstalk to a magic castle in the clouds. Meet a hen that lays golden eggs and a harp that sings by itself. And don't forget the ogre. A classic fairy tale with a vigorous look that will...
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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 comes home with only an old can of baked beans in return...
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Jack and the Beanstalk

Ann Keay Beneduce
Format: Book

AR BL: 4.6      AR Points: 0.5    Having traded the family's only cow for beans, Jack hears the angry tone of his mother upon his return, yet when the beans turn into a magical stalk that rises to a kingdom above the clouds, young Jack's luck is about to change...
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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 out whose sick grandmother...
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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 encounter with a big bad wolf...
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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 that will captivate youngsters with...
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Rapunzel

Rapunzel : a fairy tale

Jacob Grimm
Format: Book

AR BL: NA     AR Points: NA    A retelling of the traditional tale in which a beautiful girl with long golden hair is imprisoned in a lonely tower by a witch.
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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 of Rapunzel is vividly and magnificently...
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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 rat girl called Ratpunzel...
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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 squirrel called Sybil,...
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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 lush and substantial offering."...
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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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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 on her bed, and pouring water...
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Sleeping Beauty

Christine San José
Format: Book

AR BL: 4.1     AR Points: 0.5    Boyds Mills Press publishes a wide range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction
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Snow White

Snow White: Silver Anniversary Edition

Jacob Grimm
Format: Book

AR BL: 5.1      AR Points: 0.5    Retells the familiar story of the beautiful young princess, the wicked stepmother, the seven gold-mining little men, and the handsome prince
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Joe Bright and the Seven Genre Dudes

John Manders · Upstart Books
Pages: 36
Format: Book

AR BL: 4.6      AR Points: 0.5    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 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, and find out who meets...
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Three Billy Goats Gruff

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Glen Rounds · Holiday House; 1st edition
Pages: 1
Format: Book

AR BL: 3.8      AR Points: 0.5    Retells the folktale about three billy goats who trick a troll that lives under a bridge.
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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 beneath the bridge. Ugly-Boy...
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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 a house of sagebrush....
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Other

Thumbelina

Brad Sneed · Dial Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Book

AR BL: 4.6      AR Points: 0.5    It's not easy being small, but in Brad Sneed's lovely new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina, at least life is full of adventure. Soon after being born from a fiery red flower, Thumbelina is kidnapped...
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A Catfish Tale: A Bayou Story of the Fisherman and His Wife

Whitney Stewart · Albert Whitman & Company
Pages: 32
Format: Book

AR BL: 3.9      AR Points: 0.5    Deep in the bayou, a Cajun fisherman named Jack catches a magic fish that offers to grant wishes in exchange for being set free. Jack doesn't have a lot of wishes, but his wife Jolie sure does--for a mansion, a paddleboat,...
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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 trick work, though?...
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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 do anything for each other...
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The Shoemaker and His Elves: A Retelling of the Grimm's Fairy Tale

Eric Blair · Picture Window Books
Format: Book

AR BL: 3.5      AR Points: 0.5    A retelling of a classic tale of a kindly but poor shoemaker who gets unexpected help with his work
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Puss in Boots

Jerry Pinkney · Dial Books
Format: Book

AR BL: 4.6      AR Points: 0.5    A beautifully illustrated retelling of the beloved fairy tale from Caldecott Medal-winning author Jerry PinkneyFor generations children have been enchanted by the tale of the clever cat in fancy boots who outsmarts a king and a sorcerer...
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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, and find out who asks for a grape...
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Aesop's Fables

Brad Sneed
Format: Book

AR BL: NA      AR Points: NA Brad Sneed brings his zany and creative talents to the world of Aesop. In his signature style of tricky perspectives, amusing exaggerations, and rich, delicate watercolors, his animal characters are beautifully realistic and yet humorously human,...
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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 princess.
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