Folktales & Legends

As the days become shorter, the nights grow longer. Autumn evenings are perfect for sharing folktales and ghost stories. Reading such tales can benefit children in many ways:

  • improve literacy skills: these stories are easy to recall and retell 
  • regulate emotion: “safe” dangers help children navigate negative emotion 
  • build connections: folktales portray common human experiences 
  • develop problem-solving skills: characters rely on themselves to overcome obstacles  
  • recognize social patterns: fables depict consequences of good or bad behavior 
  • explore and appreciate different customs: legends introduce kids to other times and cultures

Humans have long known the power and benefits of storytelling. We are hardwired to create and share stories. You can keep that tradition going with these titles.

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The Imaginaries: Little Scraps of Larger Stories

From mermaids and giant flowers to magical robes and mysterious characters, each image is given a mysterious or magical one-line caption–the beginning of a story, or maybe the middle–and the reader can imagine the rest.  

The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas

Fifty-six stories from nations and cultures across two continents, from the edge of Argentina all the way up to Alaska. Includes information on transcription of indigenous terms, pronunciation guide, quick guide to cultures, and glossary. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla, as eAudio on Hoopla, as eAudio in Spanish on Hoopla, as eBook on OverDrive/Libby, as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby or as eBook in Spanish on OverDrive/Libby.