Challenge: Fabulous Fractured Folk & Fairy Tales

Explore beloved characters and stories with new twists! From modern to mythic, these reimagined folk and fairy tales from global authors are sure to delight! Note: Though many of the books are appropriate for teens-adults, some books are appropriate for younger ages. Reader and parental discretion is advised. Adjustments and alternate activites are at the bottom of this list.

When you complete 3 tasks, you will earn 30 points and a badge.

A beautiful castle tower rises out of the mists against a blue sky.

Read 1 book inspired by "Beauty and the Beast. Some titles you might enjoy are:

  • Beast by Donna Jo Napoli
  • The Beast Within by Serena Valentino
  • Beastly by Alex Flinn
  • Beauty by Robin McKinley
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
  • Disney's Beauty and the Beast: Beast's Tale
  • Disney's Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Tale
  • East by Edith Pattou
  • The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey
  • Hunted by Meagan Spooner
  • The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison
  • Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  • Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade
  • Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Read 1 book inspired by "Cinderella". Some titles you might enjoy are:

  • All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother by Danielle Teller
  • Ash by Malinda Lo
  • Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas
  • Bound by Donna Jo Napoli
  • Charlie Glass' Slippers by Holly McQueen
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey
  • My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen by David Clawson
  • Fairytale by Danielle Steel
  • Phoenix and Ashes by Mercedes Lackey
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass
  • Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade
  • Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

Read 1 book inspired by "The Little Mermaid. Some titles you might enjoy are:

  • Fish Girl by David Wiesner, Donna Jo Napoli
  • Girl from the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag
  • Home from the Sea by Mercedes Lackey
  • The Mermaid's Madness by Jim C. Hines
  • The Mermaid's Sister by Carrie Anne Noble
  • Part of Your World by Liz Braswell
  • Ponyo by Hayao Miyazaki
  • Of Sea and Song by Chandra Hahn
  • A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
  • To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Read 1 book inspired by "Snow White". Some titles you might enjoy are:

  • Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
  • Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer
  • Fairest of All by Serena Valentino
  • Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
  • Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire
  • Mirrored by Alex Flinn
  • Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields
  • The Serpent's Shadow by Mercedes Lackey
  • The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
  • The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
  • Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman
  • Snow in Summer by Jane Yolen
  • Snow White and Rose Red by Patricia Wrede

Read 1 book Inspired by other folktales, fairy tales, mythology, and classics. Some titles you might enjoy are:

  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  • Beauty: A Wicked Sleeping Beauty Tale by Sarah Pinborough
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • The Case of the Spellbound Child by Mercedes Lackey
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
  • Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson
  • A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
  • Deerskin by Robin McKinley
  • The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley
  • Forest of A Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
  • Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi
  • Girl from the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag
  • Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine
  • Gods of Jade and Shadow- Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
  • The Hero and the Crown- Robin McKinley
  • Hunter by Mercedes Lackey
  • The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest- Melanie Dickerson
  • Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines
  • Lights on the Nile by Donna Jo Napoli
  • Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg
  • One Good Knight by Mercedes Lackey
  • Pax Arcana series by James Elliott
  • Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
  • Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
  • Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson
  • Sleeping Beauty’s Spindle by Shona Slayton
  • Song of the Lioness series- Tamora Pierce
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
  • A Thousand Beginnings and Endings: 15 Retellings of Asian Myths and Legends
  • Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
  • The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
  • The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine
  • The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid

Watch a special or movie on Kanopy to explore fairy tales and how they have evolved. Some titles you might enjoy are:

  • Children’s Guide to Folklore and Wonder Tales
  • Cinderfella (1960)
  • Eleanor's Secret / Kérity, la maison des contes (2009)
  • Fairy-Tale Heroines--New-Style Princesses (2014)
  • Hans Christian Anderson (1952)
  • John Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast (1946)
  • Re-enchantment: The Hidden Meanings of Fairy Tales (2014)
  • Rumpelstiltskin / Das Zaubermännchen
  • Snow White / Schneewittchen (1961)
  • This Beautiful Fantastic (2016)
  • A Throw of Dice (1929)

Listen to 3 different songs inspired by folk and fairy tales. If your library has Freegal or Hoopla, you may be able to stream or download them for free! Listening to each of the songs, consider and discuss how the music reflects the fairy tale origin. Some suggested songs are:

  • 'A Most Profound Quiet' by Alesana (The Robber Bridegroom)
  • 'After the Rain Has Fallen' by Sting (1001 Nights)
  • 'And The House Fell Down' by Elton John (Three Little Pigs)
  • 'April Come She Will' by Simon & Garfunkel (The Cuckoo)
  • 'Ashes To Ashes', by David Bowie (Inchworm, from the movie Hans Christian Anderson)
  • ‘Cinderella’ by Sergei Prokovief (Cinderella)
  • ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ from The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky (The Nutcracker and the Mouse King)
  • 'Dandelion' by The Rolling Stones (nursery rhymes)
  • ‘Der Erlkönig’ by Franz Schubert (The Erl-King)
  • 'Enter Sandman' by Metallica (Peter Pan)
  • ‘The Fairy Queen’ by Henry Purcell (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
  • ‘Hansel and Gretel’ by Engelbert Humperdinck (Hansel & Gretel)
  • 'Hungry Like The Wolf' by Duran Duran (Little Red Riding Hood)
  • ‘Lemminkäinnen Suite’ by Jean Sibelius (Lemminkäinnen)
  • 'Lucky Star' by Madonna (nursery rhyme)
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by Felix Mendelssohn (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
  • 'Rapunzel' by Dave Matthews Band (Rapunzel)
  • 'Where I End And You Begin' by Radiohead (Chicken Licken)
  • 'White Horse' by Taylor Swift (Happily Ever Afters)

Watch the "Lit Bites: Fractured & Fused Fairy Tales" program for fusion recipes to pair with some of the books from this challenge!

Program is available beginning July 14th!

Write a letter to a central character in a folk or fairy tale.

  • Do you see any similarities between yourself and that character?
  • What do you admire about this character? What can others learn from reading about their experiences?
  • Was there another way to solve their problem?

Write your own fractured fairy tale!

  • Pick 3 elements (characters, problems, setting, or tools/objects), and create your own story using these elements with a unique spin!

  • How is your story different?

  • Many folk and fairy tales were used to teach cultural values. What values were important in the original story? What values are important in your story?

Looking for books for young kids? There are many fractured fairy tale picture books and early chapter books for pre-K and elementary readers!

  • Ask your librarian for recommendations.
  • Read 5 picturebooks or 1 chapter book to complete this task.