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Children's Literature Genres: Folklore & Folk Tales

An overview of children's literature genres and resources for locating them in the library's juvenile collection.

Looking @ Folklore & Folk Tales


AU Library Catalog: Traditional Tales

Need help locating traditional tales in the library catalog? This chart is a starting point for resources. Select Folklore or Tale and determine the country you are interested in exploring. The link will take you to the library catalog.

Limit SortConsider: Use Limit/Sort Search and select MAIN Juvenile as the location.


Favorite Authors & Illustrators

Many of your favorite, award-winning authors and illustrators have published adaptations of folklore, fairy tales, and folk tales. The table below features author and illustrator links to the library catalog and a sampling of genres currently available in our collection. 

Remember, use the library catalog to search for additional resources.

Author | Illustrator   Country | Genre | Subject
Verna Aardema Folklore South Africa, Mexico, and Sudan
Jim Aylesworth Folklore (Goldilocks), Tricksters, and Ukrain
Jan Brett Folklore (Goldilocks, Three Little Pigs)
Ashley Bryan Folklore Nigeria, Zambia, and Africa
Leo & Diane Dillon Folklore South Africa, West Indies, African American, & U.S.
Richard Egielski Fairy Tales, Folklore, Folklore Italy
Paul Galdone Fairy Tales, Folklore, Folklore Hungary, France, England, Russia
Virginia Hamilton Folkfore African American, United States, West Indies
Trina Schart Hyman Folklore Vietnam, Germany - Fairy Tales
Eric Kimmel Legendary Character Anansi, Folklore Africa, Germany, France
Jerry Pinkney Fables, Folklore, Folklore U.S., African Americans, Aesop 
Robert San Souci Tales, Tall Tales, Folklore France, Japan, and U.S.
Janet Stevens Folklore Africa, Ute Indians, Anansi & Coyote (legend character)
Paul O. Zelinsky Tall Tales, Folklore Germany
David Wiesner Fairy Tales, Folklore England, China
David Wisniewski Folklore Czech Republic (Golem)
Laurence Yep Folklore China, Tales China

Browsing the Collection

In the Stacks

Browse children's books for folk tales, fairy tales, and fables; start with the PZ8's.

Class Subclass Subject Heading
PZ    PZ 8 Fairy Tales
  PZ 8.1 Folklore, Legends
  PZ 8.2 Fables

In Our Collection