A List of My Favorite Fairy Tale Retellings

I have a few favorite book niches that I enjoy reading, and one of them is Fairy Tale Retellings. The basic idea is that an author takes a favorite fairy tale and then retells it. Sometimes the retelling is loose, and you're left guessing for a while which fairy tale it follows. And then other times it follows the main idea of the story but introduces the tale in a new way. Below are just some of my favorites. Be sure to add them to your Amazon Wish List or make a list to take with you next time you visit the library.

A list of 15 clean fairy tale retellings compiled by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com #books #fairytale

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Favorite Fairy Tale Retellings

Each of these books has a fantasy feeling to it. Some retellings are more modern but these are not. I'm reluctant to giveaway which fairy tale each of these books follows. But if you want to know, you can read the further description on Amazon. I prefer to be surprised. And maybe you do too! Click the book title to find the book.

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Entwined by Heather Dixon
Beauty by Robin McKinley
Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George (this is a 3-part series)
Snow White and Rose Red by Patricia C. Wrede
The Swan Kingdom by Zoe Marriott
Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson
The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison (this is a series)
Thornspell by Helen Lowe
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
East by Edith Pattou
The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson (this is a series)
Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher
A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
Midnight Pearls by Debbie Vigue (Part of the "Once Upon a Time" series)
Enchanted by Alethea Kontis (Part of the "Woodcutter Sisters" series)

Have a book that you love that I don't have on my list? Be sure to tell me in the comments below. I love discovering new authors.


  1. Have you read Shannon Hale? She retold The Goose Girl (and expanded the story into a set of four books total). Another of her books, Princess Academy, is excellent as well, though not a fairy tale retold (as far as I know).

    1. Love her work! She's fantastic. :) Great suggestion.


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