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Is your child in search of a new book to read? For the month of March, we are focusing on the theme of “Fables” and have listed below several great book suggestions, perfect for elementary school readers. Fables are short stories that ultimately convey morals. Through reading these various fables, children will get to learn some classic stories, as well as discover important morals that will help them throughout their life.
“Stories for Young People: Leo Tolstoy” by Donna Tussing Orwin
A volume of stories written by Leo Tolstoy and translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude. The stories include: “God Sees the Truth, But Waits,” “How Much Land Does a Man Need?,” “The Empty Drum,” “The Imp and the Crust,” and “Three Questions”.
“Aesop’s Fables” by Dover Children’s Classics
This version of Aesop’s Fables shares updated versions of the fables. Children will enjoy seeing how these fables apply to their everyday lives with modern events they can identify with.
“Fables” by Arnold Lobel
Arnold Lobel’s Fables has animals act out the various roles in this original version of old fables. Children will love the illustrations in this book.
“Aesop’s Fables: 240 Short Stories for Children”By Aesop, Adapted by Harrison Weir
This is one of the largest collection of fables for kids. It shares many familiar fables and a lot of new ones too. It is a great collection of stories to teach children old fables, as well as learn some new ones.
“The Tortoise & the Hare” By Jerry Pinkney
This version of the Tortoise and the Hare features Jerry Pinkey’s beautiful illustrations. This book has very few words. Children will enjoy sharing the story with you as they see it displayed in the book’s pictures.
“Frederick” By Leo Lionni
Fredrick is a modern fable. It shares the treasures a small mouse has stored up for the winter. Children will love reading this book over and over again, as it is a favorite among many.
“Town Mouse, Country Mouse” By Jan Brett
Jan Brett has taken a classic fable and updated it. For example one of the mice now lives in a townhouse. As with any Jan Brett book, the pictures tell a story that goes beyond the story’s words.
“The Ant and the Grasshopper” By Rebecca Emberley
The ant works hard getting ready for winter while the grasshopper seems to be doing very little work. Come winter, will the grasshopper have anything to share?
“Aesop’s The Crow and The Pitcher” By Stephanie Gwyn Brown
This book tells the story of one of Aesop’s fables: “The Crow and the Pitcher”. This book is adapted to highlight the scientific method and will walk children through the various stages of the scientific method as they follow the crow into his lab.
“Lousy Rotten Stinkin’ Grapes” By Margie Palatini
The fable tells the tale of a fox and his attempt to get some delicious looking grapes. Each of his plans ultimately fails. Maybe he will decide those grapes weren’t so delicious anyway. This book will have your children laughing.
“The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot!” By Scott Magoon
This modern version of the fable The Boy Who Cried Wolf is such fun. Kids will love the new take on the old tale. The need to tell the truth is something kids need to hear in old and new stories. The twist to this fable is that, instead of a wolf, Bigfoot emerges as the main character.