Fairytale Retellings

I love fairytale retellings!  Love them!  As I’ve mentioned in a previous blogpost, I loved fairytales as a child, and I still love them now that I am an adult.

Fairytales seem to be “in” right now with TV shows like Once Upon a Time and Grimm, and not one, but two new Snow White movies being released this Spring.  So I thought this would be the perfect time to list (in no particular order) some of my favorite teen fairytale retellings.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine.  This was the first fairytale retelling I ever rear, and it was fantastic.  It is about Cinderella, and begins with a fairy bestowing a “gift” of obedience on baby Ella.  This gift causes all sort of problems for her, and she sets out to find the fairy who gave the gift.  For those of you that have seen the movie, the book is very different, and, in my opinion better.  This book is more of a middle grade story.



Fairest by Gail Carson Levine.  Yep, this is by the same author as Ella Enchanted.  This is the tale of Snow White, and some of the same characters from Ella Enchanted make an appearance in Fairest.




Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George.  This is probably one of my favorite fairytale retellings.  I love everything about this book.  I think the cover is amazing!  This is based on a lesser known tale called “East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” and I was not really familiar with the story.  I also thought the setting for the story was fantastic.  Similar to our world, but also magical.  I highly recommend this book!



Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George.  Another great fairytale retelling by George.  This retells the tale “The Twelve Dancing Princesses.”  I really enjoyed this story.




The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale.  This is one of my favorite books ever!  Shannon Hale is one of my favorite authors.  This book is based on the brothers Grimm tale of the same name.  Princess Ani is sent to a neighboring kingdom to marry the prince, but on route, her lady’s maid, with the soldiers help, try to kill Ani and pass the lady’s maid off as the real princess.  I was not the slightest bit familiar this fairytale before I read the book.  I highly recommend listening to this as an audiobook, too.


Beastly by Alex Flinn.  This is a retelling of “Beauty and the Beast,” probably my favorite fairytale.  This is an interesting retelling because it is set in modern day New York City, and the story is from the beast’s point of view.  I loved this book!




There are some other fairytale retellings out there, but these are my favorites.  I hope some of these interest you.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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3 Responses to Fairytale Retellings

  1. Alison says:

    Great list! I’ve been enjoying retellings lately. I may have to pick some of these up soon. 🙂

  2. I’ve only read Beastly and Ella Enchanted, but I loved both of them. I definitely plan on reading Goose Girl, Sun and Moon Ice and Snow, and Fairest. Thanks for sharing!

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