Recommendations for Adults:
Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire (Oct 2013)
A retelling of "Snow White" set in Renaissance Italy draws a link between the original fairy tale and the Borgia family's infamous practice of poisoning its enemies.
White Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell (Jun 2014)
A Gothic retelling of the real story behind the legend of Sleeping Beauty.
The Beast's Heart by Leife Shallcross (Feb 2019)
A retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in the 17th century France in which Beast struggles to come to terms with his horrid behavior as a man, his years of savagery, and his hope of redemption.
Cursed: An Anthology of Dark Fairy Tales (Mar 2020)
An anthology of unique twists on the fairy tale conceit of the curse, from the traditional to the modern - giving us brand new mythologies as well as new approaches to well-loved fables.
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi (Mar 2014)
A reimagining of the Snow White story recast as a story of family secrets, race, beauty, and vanity set in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s.
The Sisters Grimm by Menna Van Praag (Mar 2020)
Searching for each other after years of separation, five half-sisters, the daughters of a demon who would corrupt humanity, use their elemental powers to prepare for a gladiatorial match against their father's soldiers.
Recommendations for Teens:
Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann (Sep 2014)
Free-verse poems juxtapose fairy tale elements against the life of a teen and explore the cruelty of judgment, pressure, and self-doubt while reflecting on how girls are taught to think about themselves, their friends, and their bodies.
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George (Jan 2009)
A retelling of the tale of twelve princesses who wear out their shoes dancing every night, and of Galen, a former soldier now working in the king's gardens, who follows them in hopes of breaking the curse.
Briar Rose by Jane Yolen (Nov 2019)
A powerful retelling of the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty set during the Holocaust.
Thorn by Intisar Khanani (Mar 2020)
A fantasy retelling of the "Goose Girl" fairy tale follows the experiences of a betrothed princess who is robbed of her identity by a mysterious sorceress before a threat against her betrothed prince compels her to make a dangerous choice.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Jan 2012)
As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.
Recommendations for Children:
Beauty and the Beast: 3 Beloved Tales by Cari Meister (Aug 2016)
Retells the classic French fairy tale of the enchanted beast, and the maiden whose love rescues him, together with two similar tales from China and Switzerland.
The Mermaid by Jan Brett (Aug 2017)
Set in the ocean off Japan, this retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears stars Kiniro, a mermaid, who finds a baby octopus's breakfast, chair and bed just right.
Really, Rapunzel Needed a Haircut!: The Story of Rapunzel, As Told by Dame Gothel by Jessica Gunderson (Aug 2013)
Introduces the concept of point of view through Dame Gothel's retelling of the classic fairy tale "Rapunzel".
Leaping Beauty: And Other Animal Fairy Tales by Gregory Maguire (Aug 2004)
The author wreaks havoc on eight classic fairy tales, with a cast of characters including a dancing frog, a gorilla queen, and seven giant giraffes.
Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O'Neill (Sep 2016)
When the heroic princess Amira rescues the kind-hearted princess Sadie from her tower prison, the two band together to defeat a jealous sorceress with a dire grudge against Sadie.
Reading Beauty by Deborah Underwood (Sep 2019)
A lively fairy tale set in the universe of Interstellar Cinderella, find space princess Lex embarking on a quest to break a curse that has removed all the books from her kingdom.
A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz (Oct 2010)
If you think of fairy tales as nice, pretty little stories to bore children to sleep with, this book will make you think again.
The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley (Oct 2005)
Taken out of foster care by a woman who claims to be their grandmother, orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are whisked away to Ferryport Landing, New York. There they learn that their ancestors, the famous Brothers Grimm, wrote not make-believe stories, but the histories of the Everafters - fairy-tale characters.
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