If you would like to know more about traditional fairy tales and folklore, you may find the following recommended reading useful. Here, you will find lists of all the books that I have consulted to make this blog possible. There are also links to interesting fairy tale websites.

More recommended reading will be added overtime. This will include books that my university tutors recommended to students who opted to study children's literature as a module.

Fairy Tale Collections

Andersen, Hans Christian, Fairy Tales, ed. Jackie Wullschlager (London: Penguin Classics, 2005).

Andersen, Hans Christian, Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Fairy Tales, ed. Jean Hersholt (San Diego: Canterbury Classics, 2014).

Andersen, Hans Christian, The annotated Hans Christian Andersen, ed. Maria Tatar (New York and London: W. W. Norton & Company, 2008).

Andersen, Hans Christian, Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen, ed. Neil Philip (London: The Reader's Digest, 2006).

Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Brothers Grimm: The Complete Fairy Tales, ed. Jack Zipes (London: Vintage, 2007).

Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales, ed. Lily Owens (New York: Gramercy Books, 2006).

Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, The annotated Brothers Grimm, ed. Maria Tatar (New York and London: W. W. Norton & Company, 2012).

Lyons, Malcolm C. (ed.), The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 Nights, 3 vols. (London: Penguin Classics, 2010).

Tatar, Maria (ed.), The Classic Fairy Tales (New York and London: W. W. Norton & Company, 1999).

Other Stories

Barrie, J. M., Peter Pan, ed. Jack Zipes (New York and London: Penguin Books, 2004).

Carroll, Lewis, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, ed. Hugh Haughton (London: Penguin Classics, 1998).


Poe, Edgar Allan, 'The Raven', eds. Margaret Ferguson, Mary Jo Salter and Jon Stallworthy, The Norton Anthology of Poetry, fifth edition (New York and London: W. W. Norton & Company, 2005).

Literary Criticism

Bettelheim, Bruno, The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales (London: Penguin Books, 1991).

Jackson, Rosemary, Fantasy: The Literature of Subversion, ed. Terence Hawkes (London and New York: Routledge, 2003).

Warner, Marina, From the Beast to the Blonde: On fairy tales and their tellers (London: Vintage, 1995).

Useful Resources

Aarne, A. Antti, The Types of the Folktale (Helsinki: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia, 1961).

Bolte, Johannes and Polivka, Georg, Anmerkungen zu den Kinder- und Hausmärchen der Brüder Grimm, 5 vols. (Hildesheim: Olms, 1963).

Thompson, Stith, Motif Index of Folk Literature, 6 vols. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1955)


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