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Once upon a time… it’s Tell a Fairy Tale Day!


Since today is Tell a Fairy Tale Day, it is only appropriate that we tell one of our favorite fairy tales…

“Once upon a time there was a little girl and a little boy who loved listening to audiobooks. They lived happily ever after. The End!”

Well, maybe that wasn’t exactly a fairy tale. Do fairy tales always need to have a fairy? What’s the difference between a fairy tale, a tall tale, and a folktale? What about myths, legends, and fables? It all makes our head spin. While our heads are busy spinning, here are some fairy tale listens that will be a treat to your ears!  



ELLA ENCHANTED by Gail Carson Levine won the Newbery Medal when it came out in 1997, and is a rollicking retelling of the Cinderella story. Ella is a girl who was placed under the spell of a blundering fairy, and now must go through life obeying each and every order, no matter how kooky it might be. A movie version starring Anne Hathaway came out in 2004, but it took a few… ‘creative liberties.’ If you REALLY want the story to come alive, we recommend checking out the audiobook.




Turns out that Fairy Godmothers aren’t made, but are born that way… kind of. They have to be trained first! THE FAIRY GODMOTHER ACADEMY series introduces listeners to a magical land called Aventurine, where girls are trained by fairies so they can become fairy godmothers, a.k.a. the hidden protectors of the world. There’s more to it than just turning coaches into pumpkins! Each book follows a different girl on a new adventure in Aventurine. Great for fans of the Harry Potter series, the ACADEMY books are filled with magic and adventure but grounded by contemporary girls and issues.




Getting back to the Classics… LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD has been retold many times over the years. The earliest known version was first told by French peasants in the 10th century! Many have taken a crack at the story, including Rabbit Ears, a children’s series that aired from 1984-1995 on PBS that featured celebrities narrating children’s classics, which have now been turned into audiobooks. Check out LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD read by Meg Ryan, and RUMPELSTILTSKIN read by Kathleen Turner, among many others. Click here to see more!




Lest ye think fairy tales are just for young children (have you READ the Brothers Grimm versions?!?!), take a listen to KILL ME SOFTLY… what if you found out you were born with Sleeping Beauty’s curse and destined to fall asleep on your 16th birthday? Part modern-day retelling, part mash-up, and completely dark, twisted, and romantic, KILL ME SOFTLY brings past fairy tales to convincing life in a contemporary YA story. An engrossing listen to say the least.


Tell a fairy tale to someone you know, and have a great day!

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