Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Favorite Fairytale Retellings


Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s topic–ten fairytale retellings–didn’t seem that inspiring to me. I feel like I don’t read a lot of fairytale retellings. But suddenly books started popping into my mind and before I knew it, I had a list.


Beauty by Robin McKinley. One of the books I’ve reread most in my life. Beauty and the Beast is probably my favorite fairy tale, and McKinley’s version is so compelling.

outlaws of sherwood

The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley. Is Robin Hood a fairy tale? Maybe not, but The Outlaws of Sherwood is another of my most-read ever titles.

three pigs

The Three Pigs by David Wiesner. So deserving of the Caldecott, this metafictional retelling has the pigs leaving their story and creating a new adventure.

hansel and gretel

Hansel and Gretel by Rachel Isadora. Genuinely disturbing with gorgeous cut-paper illustrations.

little red riding hood

Red Riding Hood by James Marshall. Really, any of Marshall’s goofy fairytale reltellings could make my list, but I think Red Riding Hood has an extra soupcon of silly.

heros guide

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy. All of the Prince Charmings band together to save the world. Probably the favorite series I’ve ever read aloud to my son.

that is not a good idea

That Is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems. The little chicks sound the warning to no avail!

rapunzels revenge

Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale. Such a great gateway graphic novel for many students in my Children’s Literature courses.

very smart pea

The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-Be by Mini Grey. Clever and smart and so funny, like all Mini Grey stories.

mirror mirror

Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reverso Poems by Marilyn Singer. I still don’t know how she pulled this off!

And a bonus: my favorite fairytale poem, “Snow White’s Acne” by Denise Duhamel

What books would make it on your list?





4 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Favorite Fairytale Retellings”

  1. carriegelson Avatar

    I had the same initial feeling with this list and then managed to find many titles! Our lists only share one book but I see others here that I love including Mirror Mirror and TheThree Pigs. I am always looking for wonderful retellings or twists for our picture book collection and I never find as many as I would like. The ones that are great though are so well loved in my room.

  2. Scott Day Avatar

    There is one fairy tale retelling that will always make it on my list: Anne Ursu’s Breadcrumbs. One of my all-time favorite books and the reason why I buy the books Anne Ursu writes.

  3. Lisa Patrick Avatar

    I love McKinley’s Beauty too; it’s one of my favorite books to revisit! I enjoyed the variety of formats and genres on your list!

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