I love ALL children’s literature…but I have to admit that one of my favorite units to teach is fairytales and folktales! (SHH! Don’t tell the other genres! 😉)
When we teach fairytales and folktales, we want to use stories from a variety of cultures. In some stories, they may see their own culture reflected. In other stories, they get a “window” to learn about different cultures.
So in this post, I’ve created a big list of great options for multicultural fairytales and folktales. The list is separated out into “Kindergarten” and “1st & 2nd grade.”
- The Little Red Hen (Lucinda McQueen)
First and Second Grade Texts
- The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet (Carmen Agra Deedy)
- Conejito: A Folktale From Panama (Margaret Read MacDonald)
- Red Riding Hood (James Marshall)
- Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten! (Trisha Speed Shaskan)
- Lon Po Po (Ed Young)
- Adelita (Tomie dePaola)
- Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters (John Steptoe)
- Cendrillon (Robert D. San Souci)
- The Golden Sandal (Rebecca Hickox)
- The Girl With a Brave Heart (Rita Jahanforuz)
Need more materials for teaching fairytales and folktales?
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