Top 5 Children's Fairy Tale Books 2014 - Best Fairytales for Kids

Like many other parents out there, I have noticed that sometimes fairy tales sometimes so not seem like the "happiest" reading to do with the kids - with that in mind, which fairy tale books in 2014 are the best for kids? Here is a list I put together of the top 5, from reviews and popularity...


  1. 1. Fairy Tales by E. E. Cummings

  2. Review excerpt:  "These fairy tales are beautifully nonsensical and touching to even those who are less than sentimental. They are precious, without any reservation using such a word. Each was evidently written with a careful, loving authorship and a sense of humor that without a doubt is the creative quirkiness of the poet Edward Estlin Cummings..." (Read more on this book...)
  3. 2. Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know by Hamilton Wright Mabie

  4. Review excerpt:  "This is collection of well known fairy tales by Grimm's and others, with an introductory on the history and importance of fairy tales for children. Most of them would benefit from illustrations, but if you just want the text, it's fine. Since I plan on handmaking a picture-book for my nieces, it suits my purpose..."  (Read more...)
  5. 3. A First Book of Fairy Tales by Mary Hoffman

  6. Review excerpt:  "It is as if a fairy waved her wand and these illustrations appeared! Julie Downing discovered her desire to illustrate children's books when she was studying at The Rhode Island School of Design..."  (Read more...)
  7. 4. The Random House Book of Fairy Tales by Amy Ehrlich

  8. Review excerpt:  "This is a great book for any parent. It encompasses 19 of the best known fairy tales that have been told to children for generations.
    Included in the book are tales such as Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and The Princess and the Pea..."  (Read more...)
  9. 5. Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists

  10. Review excerpt:  "I was a little disappointed in this comic anthology until I read the afterword. FAIRY TALE COMICS achieves what it sets out to do: illustrate the big tales and only a few obscure ones. FAIRY TALE COMICS is truly a collection for children, who aren't so familiar with the tales or expecting of subversion..."  (Read more...)
  11. Additional Resources - 2014 Top Fairy Tales for Kids - Lists and Reviews: