By Elly Murray
If you were a huge fan of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, and loved the mythology element of it especially, check out this list of books about mythology and folktales! This list spans several cultures, including African, German, Native American, Japanese, and Islamic, to name a few. The books on this list explore the fairytales and folklore that we used to explain our world, to terrify children, to develop morality, or as a source of entertainment. Over time, original fairy and folk tales have evolved into common threads that tie together many of our stories today. Several of the books on this list are re-tellings of beloved fairy tales. They share overarching themes with the original tale that allow readers a sense of familiarity, but with a modern twist that brings a new and interesting take.
1. The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley
2. African Tales: A Barefoot Collection by Gcina Mhlophe
3. Merlin: The Lost Years by T.A. Barron
4. Japanese Fairy Tales by Y.T. Ozaki
5. Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
6. Girls and Goddesses: Stories of Heroines from Around the World by Lari Don
7. Latin American Folktales: Stories from Hispanic and Indian Traditions by John Bierhorst
8. An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales by Theresa Breslin
9. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
A modern twist on the old Grimm tales, the Lunar Chronicles follow the stories of futuristic versions of characters like Cinderella, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, and others.
The first book centers on sixteen-year-old Cinder, a cyborg and gifted mechanic living in New Beijing. When her stepsister falls ill, Cinder’s step-mother blames her and volunteers her for plague research. The scientists discover something about her that she never knew, and that others would kill her for.
A complex world and a host of political agendas make this book a spectacular kick-off for the Lunar Chronicles. Reader beware: once you read one, you’ll want to read the next four!
10. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
11. Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton
12. The Blue Fairy Book edited by Andrew Lang
13. The Wise Fool: Fables from the Islamic World by Shahrukh Husain and Micha Archer
14. Gris Grimly’s Tales from the Brothers Grimm
15. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
16. Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
17. Tales from Old Ireland by Malachy Doyle, Niamh Sharkey, and Maura O’Connell
18. The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
19. An Illustrated Treasury of Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales
20. The Mabinogion
Twenty books ought to be enough mythology and folklore to get you started, but if you run out, please call or email the store and talk to us! Mary, Katharine, and myself have an extreme love for these sorts of tales, and we can give you more recommendations than you’ll know what to do with. And once again: read on!
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