Home >> A Bestbooks >> Students >> Best Books Channel: Student Books: Fables

Search form

Best Books for Teaching About...



Are you looking for literature to support classroom instruction about Fables? Check out Our Editors’ Choices for titles recommended by the Education World team. Then it's your turn to share books that you enjoy or use in your classroom in the Our Readers’ Voices section below. With your help, we will build the best list on the Internet of Best Books for teaching about Fables.



See related titles in Literature, Reading

by Ann Whitford Paul
!Caramba! Iguana is planning a fiesta. Tortuga the tortoise, Gonejo the rabbit, and Gulebra the snake all want to come. But do they want to help Iguana deliver invitations or stuff the pinata or cook the food? No, no, and no! A lazy trio loses out in this clever update of the story of the Little Red Hen with a Mexican twist. A glossary of Spanish words is included.

by Jon Scieszka
Victim for centuries of a bad press, Alexander T. Wolf steps forward at last to give his side of the story. Trying to borrow a cup of sugar to make a cake for his dear old Granny, Al calls on his neighbors. A couple of sneezes, a couple of dead pigs amidst the wreckage and, well, it would be shame to let those ham dinners spoil, wouldn't it? And when the pig in the brick house makes a nasty comment about Granny, isn't it only natural to get a little steamed? It's those reporters from the Daily Pig that made Al out to be Big and Bad. "I was framed," he concludes mournfully. (School Library Journal)

It's Your Turn!

We've shared a few Editors' Choices for teaching about this theme. Now it's your turn to contribute to the Readers' Voices section below. Do you have a book related to this theme that you and your students enjoy? Just click here to share it!

Looking for more great books? Click to view our archive of 150+ themed listings of books. And don't forget to shop for these books in the Education World-SchoolNotes bookstore on Amazon.com. Buying from our Amazon bookstore helps us maintain Education World as a free resource for you.

Don't miss our Editors’ Choices for Teachers and for Parents. We're waiting for you to add your Readers' Voices there too.

by Jon J. Muth
"Michael," said Karl. "There's a really big bear in the backyard." This is how three children meet Stillwater, a giant panda who moves into the neighborhood and tells amazing tales. To Addie he tells a story about the value of material goods. To Michael he pushes the boundaries of good and bad. And to Karl he demonstrates what it means to hold on to frustration. With graceful art and simple stories that are filled with love and enlightenment, Jon Muth -- and Stillwater the bear -- present three ancient Zen tales that are sure to strike a chord in everyone they touch.

by Jan Brett
Children find the story of Goldilocks delightful for so many reasons. There's a trespassing little girl who barges into the bears' house uninvited and not only snoops around, but eats the bears' food. The suspense of wondering whether she'll get caught only adds to the thrill of the trespassing itself, and the repeated lines about the three bears with their three distinct voices, bowls, chairs, and beds further endear this tale to the preschool set. In Jan Brett's Goldilocks, the bears and the slightly audacious flaxen-haired heroine all sport traditional costumes with detailed embroidery, and the wooden furniture is carved with bears, birds, and flowers.

by Aesop
In this picture book, the main characters first meet when the lion is a young cub. Years pass and the "king of the beasts" is trapped by a hunter's net and ultimately freed by the same mouse. The other details of this familiar fable remain the same, but Watts's illustrations enlarge the setting to include a fanciful African landscape dotted with meerkats, leopards, baboons, and giraffes. The text includes descriptive sentences and repetition. (School Library Journal)

Add your voice to our list of books for teaching about Fables.

The Education World Editors’ Choices above represent just a handful of the fine books that might be used to support classroom instruction about Fables. Now we’re waiting for you to add to our list. Simply send us your review of a favorite book in 100 words or fewer and we will add it to the Readers’ Choices below.

Be the first to add your review to this page!

Education World®
Copyright © 2008 Education World