The reading of fairy tales: it’s not an experience that needs to be relegated to children. There are plenty of novels for grown-ups based on fairy tale themes, stories, and concepts. But the nonfiction section of the library also has some hidden fairy-tale gems.
By Jack Zipes
Short-story retellings of fairy tales, poems in the voices of fairy-tale characters, and essays analyzing the impact of fairy tales on individual lives and on society: this book looks at the issues and delights of tales through a feminist lens.
By Peter Christen Asbjørnsen
The Norwegian tales in this book are full of white bears and trolls, the North Wind and warriors and magic. But what makes it even more magical are the gorgeous illustrations that bring the tales to life.
By Sarah Keen
An inventive how-to that teaches you the techniques for knitting Cinderella, Puss in Boots, and 13 other fairy-tale characters.
By Kate Bernheimer
In this collection of essays, contemporary writers discuss the way fairy tales have influenced their life and their writings.
By Robert Bly
Focusing on six tales, the poet Robert Bly examines the psychology of fairy tales.
By Kate Bernehimer
A short story collection of fairy tale retellings by contemporary authors.
By Jeanne Marie Beaumont
Categories such as “Spinning the Tales” and “The Grimm Sisterhood” shape this poetry anthology, which gathers poems from contemporary poets on all aspects of the fairy-tale realm.
By Allan G. Hunter
Tales by Dr. Allan G. Hunter. Here is a study of the philosophy of fairy tales—the ways they can teach us how to live more happily and understand each other better.
By Norma J. Livo
Fairy tales aren’t only magical stories. The fairy tales in this collection, gathered from cultures all across the globe, focus on stories that tell us about healing—both ourselves and our communities.
By Anne Sexton
The Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet here implodes the neat and tidy narratives we find in children’s books of Grimm’s fairy tales, sharing poems that cause readers to see Sleeping Beauty et al from an entirely different perspective, sometimes menacing, sometimes enlightening, always magical.
Recommended by Amy Sorensen, Assistant Librarian