Folk & Fairytale Books from Scholastic Book Clubs

When I got a chance to take a sneak peek at the Scholastic Book Club selections for June I was so excited to see this 7 book pack of folk and fairytale books. I know so many of you homeschool and/or are doing summer camp at home this year and use weekly themes. These 7 books would be a good addition to your fairytale theme or any family library. DO NOT forget to enter below for a chance to win all 7 of these books from Scholastic Book Clubs.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Caralyn and Mark Buehner was my favorite of all the Goldilocks books we read. I liked the modern text, the pop culture details ( a Smokey the Bear poster on the wall being my favorite) and that it didn’t take itself too seriously. This was my favorite book of this pack. There are hidden images in every picture but I am glad I didn’t notice that note until after I’d read it with my son the first time last year. Now at 5  ( and 35 ) they were still incredibly hard to find and we only found a few throughout the story.

The Three Billy-goats Gruff (Easy-To-Read Folktale) by Ellen Appleby is a simple version of the classic folk tale with cartoon like pictures. My son knows this story well and the easy read format along with his previous knowledge of the plot helped him read along with me with lots of success.

Hansel and Gretel by James Marshall is not a fluffy retelling of Hansel and Gretel at all. My son who is all about weapons play right now was sucked right in to the good versus evil in this scary tale. Now I don’t think I would have read this to my son even 6 months ago because he just wasn’t ready for a scary book but wow did he love it now!  It’s the classic tale of a brother and sister who against all odds find a way to survive the evil stepmother , horrible witch and foreboding forest to get back to their father and live happily ever after. I admit I have been on the fence for a long time about a lot of fairy tales but the conversations that came from this and the connections that my son made between the story and real life.

The Three Little Pigs  by James Marshall is a great classic telling of The Three Little Pigs . My son loved the illustrations and chanted ” Little pig little pig let me come in!” along with me as we read. Now I know there are some versions of this story where the pigs don’t die, this one is not one of them, but it’s not graphic at all. We both really liked this book.

The Little Red Hen by Lucinda McQueen is another easy to read folktale that you are probably be familiar with. It’s such a great opportunity to talk about helping others, doing your share and not being lazy!As you may remember  Little Red Hen worked so hard and her friends didn’t lift a finger ( or paw in this case) and yet were eager to reap the rewards of her hard work. No way you don’t get to be lazy and entitled! My husband and I talk all the time about how we are determined not to raise entitled kids and this story was a great way to talk about these issues at their level.

Chicken Little by Laura Rader was fun read.  Even if your child can read this solo , please read it to them at least once because it’s just so fun to read out loud ( funny voices optional). My son giggled at me as I read this in silly voices and at varying speeds as the animals got more and more anxious about the sky falling . I also did not miss the opportunity to talk about making sure your info is correct before spreading it and possibly scaring other people. Although not directly related to tattling I can see how this book could be tied into a great lesson about that too.

The Gingerbread Man (Easy-to-Read Folktales) by Karen Schmidt is just such a silly story . What I do like about this tale is that while it still packs the punch of one character eating another like many fairy tales it’s just a gingerbread man so when the fox eats him it doesn’t seem so bad really.  My son loved the repetition of the text and sang along with me as we read. It’s a good story to talk about taunting, and showing off. We also played gingerbread man tag later that day, but we skipped the whole cannibalism bit.

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    • Patti Simoneaux-Geho says

      I am torn between the Three Billy Goat Gruff and The Three Little Pigs. I have a renewed interest because of my preschool class.

  1. Jennifer says

    I have fond memories of reading The Gingerbread Man with my grandmother when I was little, so that would have to be my favorite.

  2. says

    I have always loved Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I remember my mom using my teddy bears and a doll to act out the story as she read it to me. Wow, I haven’t thought of that in… well, since I was a kid. Thank you for helping me remember a precious moment with my mom AND one that I’m going to recreate for my 27-month old twins.

  3. Alexis says

    I loved (still love) the little Red Hen. Maybe because I loved helping my mother in the kitchen and I have fun now including my little girl in preparing food.

  4. Ashley says

    I love Hansel and Gretel! The idea of getting lost in the woods was always thrilling to me. Although it was scary to think of the mean witch hiding in the woods, I loved the sibling connection between the 2 main characters.

  5. Bethany says

    As a child, I loved (and still do!) “The Little Red Hen.” I loved helping my Grandma in the kitchen, and I especially loved the story’s lesson.

  6. says

    My Daughter loves Goldilocks and the Three Bears. She loves when I make different voices for the bears when the are angry. I have to say it’s one of my favorite stories to tell her too.

  7. Brittany says

    Goldilocks and the three bears! My mom always made our oatmeal jussstttt right. I still haven’t been able to perfect her method. We are starting our first homeschool sessions this summer. I can’t wait!

  8. Sarah B says

    I love Goldilocks and the Three Bears! And I love that my son has enjoyed it as much as me. It’s one of the few books that he will actually act out with puppets, etc.

  9. Janice says

    I loved Chicken Little. My mom used to tell me the story and use silly voices. It’s a great childhood memory.

  10. says

    I love The Little Red Hen. My grandparents lived on a farm, and I spent every weekend there along with all my cousins. One of our favorite chores was helping with the chickens–feeding them and collecting eggs. And of couse there were dogs and cats, so all of the characters were real to me.

  11. Alicia B says

    I loved Hansel and Gretel. In my version, the witch said, “You stupid girl!”. My mom says I really used to get into that line. ahahha.

  12. Monica says

    What a great set of books! I think my favorite was little red riding hood, though right now our family favorite is the billy goats gruff.

  13. Stacey says

    I have such a hard time choosing a favorite. I think I would say Hansel and Gretel, though there are so many wonderful fairy tales.

  14. Stevie says

    My favorite was Little Red Riding Hood. Such a wonderful set of books, thanks for the giveaway chance!

  15. TTULizzy says

    I was a fan of the Cinderella stories! I loved all the different re-tellings of the same fairy tale. Awesome giveaway, thanks!

  16. Joanna Kohlbus says

    My favorite fairy tale as a child was Snow White and Rose Red (because poor Rose gets the shaft in the Disney version)

  17. Alyssa says

    I can narrow it down to two. The Little Red Hen and Hansel and Gretel were two of my favorites.

  18. Caterina Mangano says

    I loved Hansel and Gretel!
    Thanks so much for the chance to win,

  19. jennie_hi says

    I loved to read as a kid and I received Hans Christian Anderson & Grimms Fairy Tale books. I think my favorite was The Swan Princess.

  20. Sallie McLaughlin says

    Goldilocks and the Three Bears

    My parents called me goldilocks as a kid!

  21. Teri says

    My favorite book is ‘Little Red Hen’. I loved the way Hen worked so hard to take care of her family, always a hard worker.

  22. Kara says

    I’ve always LOVED The Three Little Pigs. That, and Little Red Riding Hood were my favorites!

  23. Jess says

    The Town Musicians of Bremen. We acted it out in class one year and I just loved it!

  24. Lisa Stapp says

    My favorite fairytale was Goldilocks and the Three Bears!
    I loved walking in the woods as a child and would have loved to come upon a little cottage like that 🙂 Though I daresay, I would not have gone in because of my upbringing. Going into someone’s house uninvited was simply not acceptable. Would have missed all the fun!

  25. Marie says

    What a great collection of books! I loved the Little Red Hen. I remember reading it and re-reading it and listening to it on tape in the car and in my room over and over again…


  26. Mary says

    I used to love Rumplestiltskin (can’t even begin to imagine how it is spelled). I loved it a little less once I read the original, though.

  27. Chris says

    I loved Hans Christian Andersen as a kid! My favorites were The Snow Queen, and The Little Mermaid (the one in which she can not kill the man she loves even to save herself and so she turns into a daughter of the air).

  28. Jenn says

    Loved a strange little book of Russian folk tales my grandmother gave me. Regrettably I can’t remember any of them now!

  29. says

    I don’t have a favorite fairy tale really – my mom read us whole books when we were little. I very fondly recall my mom reading us “The Enormous Egg” by Oliver Butterworth. She would read to us in the morning as we waited for her carpool buddy to join us before driving to school. WAY better than bedtime stories!

  30. Ryanne says

    The Billy goats gruff; my dad had sound effects when he read it that made it so memorable and fun.

  31. says

    I think my favorite fairy tale book was Thumbelina. I loved it so much so imagine my delight when I was at a garage sale and found the exact vintage book that I used to have as a kid. I snatched it up real quick 🙂

  32. says

    I don’t honestly remember my favorite, but I can tell you which one totally freaked me out. Little Red Riding Hood. And it wasn’t necessarily the storys fault. My grandmother had a doll that was red riding hood on one side and you flipped her over and she was the grandma and the wolf . That wolf scared me silly.

  33. Jennifer Mitchell says

    I really loved The Gingerbread Man. It is a favorite of the 5 year olds that I teach and my 3 year old daughter also. I can’t wait to read it with my new baby boy too.

  34. says

    I love James Marshall! As a child my favorite was Cinderella. Today I think the stories that retell Cinderella are a lot of fun!

  35. Jill says

    I loved goldilocks and the three bears. I read it now with my daughter; she loves using different voices for each part just as I did when I was young.

  36. Kensey says

    Definitely The Three Little Pigs! My mom really got into the stories when she’d read them, and her voices for the pigs and the wolf were my favorite! (It’s also my son’s favorite story to read with Grandma, too :))

  37. Mary A. says

    As a child I loved reading and watching movies about Rumpelstiltskin. It is such a unique fairy tale and really intrigued me. Would love to win this book pack for my daughter so I could instill a similar love for literature and imagination in her!

  38. Kara F. says

    Beauty and the Beast and The Billy Goats Gruff have always been my favorites.

  39. Dana says

    Loved (and still do, with my 2 year old) reading the Three Little Pigs. Even more fun acting it out!

  40. Robyn says

    I absolutely LOVED The Gingerbread Man when I was a little girl!! So many fun ways to act it out!! My 2 year old is now ADDICTED to Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett! Every version of the classic is so great! 🙂

  41. Ellen says

    I have always had a fondness for goats so I was a fan of the Billy Goats Gruff.

  42. SP says

    My favorite was The Little Mermaid. My mom had a super cool book that made the illustrations look 3D.

    Mom also had a huge book of fairy tales. I don’t remember what the collection was called, but I would love to find it again! My favorite story in that book was Alibaba and the Forty Thieves.

  43. Nicole Lloyd says

    My favourite book growing up would have to be the three little pigs! I would feel the pressure and the excitement that each pig went through. My dad was a fantastic book reader though! I still enjoy reading it to my preschoolers now!

  44. Jen Ketcher says

    The little red hen was one of my favorites, but also the Princess and the Pea. So fun!

  45. Megan says

    I’ve always liked the Three Billy Goats Gruff. I think it’s the “trip trap, trip trap” sound their little hooves make on the bridge that gets me. 🙂

  46. Susan Kendall says

    Three Little Pigs of course! My brother and sister and I used to act it out. He he.

  47. valerie says

    My favorite fairy tale was The Three Little Pigs – what kid doesn’t love huffing and puffing?!

  48. Erin Westrom says

    The three billy goats gruff was one of my favorites and now boys really enjoy that one too!

  49. Lindsay says

    My favorite was Hansel and Gretel! We had an old wooden puzzel that I loved putting together.

  50. Laurel says

    Definitely The Gingerbread Man! I wanted to take a bite of that taunting little guy 🙂

  51. Krista C. says

    I loved Hansel and Gretel. I always pictured myself in the story and wondered if I would be that smart:)

  52. Karla says

    Little Red RidingHood, my grandmother made me a doll that turn inside out into the wolf.

  53. Pam McCain says

    My favorite was Beauty and the Beast. These books are all great reads though!

  54. Brittany says

    Billy Goats Gruff! I forgot how much I loved this story until I saw the book, it’s one I have yet to read to my children. I’m going to keep my eye out for it now. 😉

  55. Linda says

    My favorite was The three little pigs. My Grand Daughter loves to blow the house down

  56. says

    My favorite fairy tale as a child was Rapunzel. I had long hair and my grandma would always say it was as pretty as Rapunzel’s. 🙂

  57. Liz says

    I think it was Hansel & Gretel, but I am now having fond memories of so many of these!

  58. Rachel says

    Hansel and Gretel terrified me, so that’s the one I remember the most vividly…

  59. Rachel says

    Hansel and Gretel terrified me, so that’s the one I remember the most vividly…

  60. Gina says

    Thanks for the chance to win. My favorite book as a child is Chicken Little. The sky is falling!

  61. Gab says

    My son’s favorite is The Three Little Pigs, he loves acting out the story as the big bad wolf.

  62. Kristen says

    My favorite was Hansel and Gretel (we had it on a record!), but my kiddos always ask to hear Goldilocks and the Three Bears

  63. Erin says

    I loved reading The 12 Dancing Princesses to my little sister. It was our favorite fairytale 🙂

  64. says

    I always loved the different versions of Cinderella. I think this is probably why I made a unit plan for my class that included them while studying Ella Enchanted. Thanks for the fun 🙂

  65. Ashley Lindberg says

    I would have to say that my favorite fairy tale as a kid was The Three Little Pigs.

  66. Amy says

    My favorite fairy tale was Rumplestiltskin (although I’m still not sure how to spell it :).

  67. Angela says

    Not sure I had a favorite as a child, but I love re-reading them to my girls now. They’re big fans of anything princess as can be expectd.

  68. alexandra says

    I loved The Magic Pot, where the little girl makes the pot boil over and floods the town with porridge.

  69. Shannon says

    I loved goldilocks & 3 bears as well as little red hen. I get great enjoyment reading these repetitive & predictable stories to my special needs clients

  70. Meg says

    My favorite story growing up was one that was at my grandma’s house called Mickey & the Giant, where Mickey outsmarts a giant that is scaring a near by town. I also have always enjoyed that variations of the Cinderella story!

  71. leah casper says

    I think it was called White snake. it is a story about a man who found out how to understand what animals were saying.

  72. Jodi Ruiz says

    I enjoyed Jack and the Beanstalk as a child. I loved yelling out “Fee-fi-fo-fum…” Thanks for the opportunity!

  73. Margaret says

    I enjoyed the fairytale of Thumbelina and the folk tale of Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox.


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