The Brothers Grimm

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Jacob Grimm (1785 - 1863) and Wilhem Grimm (1786 - 1859) are the famous German brothers who collaborated as authors, philologists, cultural researchers, and lexicographers to create the best-known folktales of the 19th century. Although classified as “Fairy Tales,” the stories collected here are not necessarily of a gentle nature and might not be a suitable for all children. That's why we've put together a Fairy Tales Guide with suggested stories for various ages. We recommend parents pre-read Grimm stories before sharing with children, just to be safe! Many of Grimm's stories are a fantastic fit for young children who are ready to embrace a bit more adventure, perfect for kids thrilled, rather than scared, when the bad tempered wolf with evil plans comes baring claws and teeth! Many of Grimm's scariest tales are best suited for 13 years to adult, such as The Girl Without Hands and The Juniper-Tree.

If you are seeking Fairy Tales and Fables to read to young children that are more "unicorns and rainbows" than graphic adventure, visit the Children's Library and choose gentler selections. You may also enjoy satirical poems based on Grimm's stories by Guy Wetmore Carryl, including How Cinderella Disposed of Her Shoe.

The Brothers Grimm, Household Tales, EdwardesFor the readers with a more academic interest in the collected works of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, you will find that these works are from the 1884 translation of “Household Tales” by Margaret Hunt and the 1912 edition, translated by Marian Edwardes.

I do hope you will read these great fairy tales out loud to your children; they can be terribly thrilling and often lead to comforting question and answer sessions as kids wonder aloud about the things that scared and thrilled them. The picture below, with the little tailor perched precariously above giants, gives you a good idea of the situations that will be encountered as you read through these adventures tales.

illustration for The Valiant Little Tailor
An illustration from The Brave Little Tailor by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.

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Fairy Tales

A Riddling Tale
Brides On Their Trial
Brother Lustig
Cat and Mouse in Partnership
Clever Elsie
Clever Grethel
Clever Hans
Death's Messengers
Doctor Knowall
Domestic Servants
Donkey Cabbages
Eve's Various Children
Fair Katrinelje and Pif-Paf-Poltrie
Faithful John
Ferdinand the Faithful
Fitcher's Bird
Frau Trude
Frederick and Catherine
Fundevogel (Bird-foundling)
Gambling Hansel
Godfather Death
God's Food
Going A-Travelling
Hansel and Gretel
Hans in Luck
Hans Married
Hans the Hedgehog
Herr Korbes
How Six Men Got on in the World
Iron John
Jorinda and Joringel
King Thrushbeard
Knoist and his Three Sons
Lazy Harry
Lean Lisa
Little Brother and Little Sister
Little Red-Cap
Little Snow-White
Maid Maleen
Master Pfriem (Master Cobbler's Awl)
Mother Holle
Odds And Ends
Old Hildebrand
Old Rinkrank
Old Sultan
One-eye, Two-eyes, and Three-eyes
Our Lady's Child
Our Lady's Little Glass
Sharing Joy and Sorrow
Simeli Mountain
Snow-White and Rose-Red
St. Joseph in the Forest
Stories about Snakes
Strong Hans
Sweetheart Roland
Sweet Porridge
The Adventures of Aladdin
The Aged Mother
The Beam
The Bittern and the Hoopoe
The Blue Light
The Boots of Buffalo-Leather
The Brave Little Tailor
The Bremen Town Musicians
The Bright Sun Brings It to Light
The Crumbs on the Table
The Crystal Ball
The Cunning Little Tailor
The Death of the Little Hen
The Devil and his Grandmother
The Devil's Sooty Brother
The Devil With the Three Golden Hairs
The Ditmarsch Tale of Wonders
The Dog and the Sparrow
The Donkey
The Drummer
The Duration of Life
The Ear of Corn
The Elves and The Shoemaker
The Enchanted Stag
The Fisherman and His Wife
The Flail From Heaven
The Four Skilful Brothers
The Fox and His Cousin
The Fox and the Cat
The Fox and the Geese
The Fox and the Horse
The Fox's Brush
The Frog-King, or Iron Henry
The Frog Prince
The Giant and the Tailor
The Girl Without Hands
The Glass Coffin
The Gnome
The Godfather
The Gold-Children
The Golden Bird
The Golden Goose
The Golden Key
The Good Bargain
The Goose-Girl
The Goose-Girl at the Well
The Grave-Mound
The Griffin
The Hare and the Hedgehog
The Hare's Bride
The Hazel-Branch
The Heavenly Wedding
The Hut in the Forest
The Iron Stove
The Jew Among Thorns
The Juniper-Tree
The King of the Golden Mountain
The King's Son Who Feared Nothing
The Knapsack, the Hat, and the Horn
The Lambkin and the Little Fish
The Lazy Spinner
The Little Folks' Presents
The Little Peasant
The Lord's Animals and the Devil's
The Louse and the Flea
The Maid of Brakel
The Master-Thief
The Moon
The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage
The Nail
The Nix of the Mill-Pond
The Old Beggar-Woman
The Old Man and His Grandson
The Old Man Made Young Again
The Old Witch
The Old Woman in the Wood
The Owl
The Pack of Ragamuffins
The Peasant and the Devil
The Peasant in Heaven
The Peasant's Wise Daughter
The Pink
The Poor Boy in the Grave
The Poor Man and the Rich Man
The Poor Miller's Boy and the Cat
The Queen Bee
The Raven
The Riddle
The Robber Bridegroom
The Rose
The Sea-Hare
The Seven Ravens
The Seven Swabians
The Shepherd Boy
The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces
The Shroud
The Singing Bone
The Singing, Springing Lark
The Six Servants
The Six Swans
The Skilful Huntsman
The Sole
The Sparrow And His Four Children
The Spindle, The Shuttle, and the Needle
The Spirit in the Bottle
The Star-Money
The Stolen Farthings
The Story of Schlauraffen Land
The Story of the Youth Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was
The Straw, the Coal, and the Bean
The Tailor in Heaven
The Thief and his Master
The Three Apprentices
The Three Army-Surgeons
The Three Black Princesses
The Three Brothers
The Three Feathers
The Three Green Twigs
The Three Languages
The Three Little Birds
The Three Little Men in the Wood
The Three Sluggards
The Three Snake-Leaves
The Three Sons of Fortune
The Three Spinners
The True Sweethearts
The Turnip
The Twelve Apostles
The Twelve Brothers
The Twelve Huntsmen
The Twelve Idle Servants
The Two Brothers
The Two Kings' Children
The Two Travellers
The Ungrateful Son
The Water-Nix
The Water of Life
The Wedding of Mrs. Fox
The White Bride and the Black One
The White Snake
The Wilful Child
The Willow-Wren
The Willow-Wren and the Bear
The Wise Servant
The Wishing-Table, the Gold-Ass, and the Cudgel in the Sack
The Wolf and the Fox
The Wolf and the Man
The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids
The Wonderful Musician
The Young Giant
Thumbling as Journeyman
Thumbling the Dwarf and Thumbling the Giant
Wise Folks

Anton Chekhov
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Susan Glaspell
Mark Twain
Edgar Allan Poe
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Herman Melville
Stephen Leacock
Kate Chopin
Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson