– short stories featuring animals who teach important life lessons –
Broom, Jenny. The Lion and the Mouse. Somerville, Mass.: Templar Books, 2014, c2013.
Peek-through pages enliven this cheerful collage-style picture book for young readers.
Carle, Eric. The Rabbit and the Turtle: Aesop’s Fables. New York: Orchard Books, 2008.
Moniz, Michael. The Cardinal and the Crow. Vancouver, B.C.: Simply Read Books, 2014.
Lonely old Crow is constantly mocked for his appearance, especially by young Cardinal. When Cardinal is caught by a cat, though, it is Crow who rescues him through trickery. Inspired by an Aesop’s fable, this picture book with gently evocative illustrations will appeal to readers 5 to 14 years old. “Pride and foolishness often roost on the same branch.”
Murray, Alison. Tortoise and Hare. Somerville, Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2016, c2015.
Naidoo, Beverley. Aesop’s Fables. London: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2011.
Sixteen fables are masterfully retold by Beverley Naidoo and illustrated by Biet Grobler. Set in southern Africa, this award-winning collection is recommended for readers 5 years old and up.
Pinkney’s picture books are gorgeously detailed and richly coloured, sure to be appreciated by artists and enjoyed by readers of all ages.
Pinkney, Jerry. Aesop’s Fables. New York: SeaStar Books, 2000.
Pinkney, Jerry. The Grasshopper and the Ants. New York: Little Brown & Company, 2015.
Pinkney, Jerry. The Lion and the Mouse. New York: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009.
A dramatic wordless book.
Pinkney, Jerry. The Tortoise and the Hare. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2013.
An almost-wordless version.
Rosen, Michael. Aesop’s Fables. Vancouver, BC: Tradewind Books, 2013.
Striking full-page illustrations by Talleen Hacikyan accompany 13 short fables that smoothly flow in the author’s lovely oral storytelling style. Unfortunately, the font and closely spaced lines on each page do not match the boldness of the illustrations. Nevertheless, the beauty of the language makes this book valuable for anyone looking for a fable collection.