Diverse Folktales and Fables Kidlit

World folk tales and fables week 2021 may have already passed (March) but the MCBD Team thinks the celebration and exploration of Diverse Folktales and Fables Kidlit should happen year-round.

With that in mind, here are some wonderful books that showcase Diverse Folktales and Fables Kidlit.

“Historically, fables often feature talking animals in a short story format that teaches a simple lesson,” Anneke Foranzi, CEO of Language Lizard. “The most well-known creator of fables is Aesop, a Greek slave believed to have lived around 560 BC. Some of his most popular fables are The Tortoise and the Hare, The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg, and The Lion and the Mouse. There are also more modern-day fables, like Dr. Seuss‘s The Lorax. Folktales are a little different. With folktales, children can explore various cultures because these stories have been passed down through generations by diverse groups of people. Folktales and fables provide an excellent way to teach kids about the consequences of good and bad behavior, the importance of cooperation, and the rewards of courage and ingenuity. Bilingual editions of these traditional stories allow parents and teachers to expose children not only to a different culture but also to another language.”

Check out this wonderful guest post from Anneke and Language Lizard on The Multicultural Children’s Book Day blog about Women in World Folktales and Fables.

Books about Diverse Folktales and Fables

Rebekah from Barefoot Mommy loves Barefoot Books just as much as we do! Barefoot’s books transport readers to faraway places and bygone times and help readers revisit classics while exploring collections that open their world. Nurture global awareness and encourage global citizenship with stories from Zambia, Korea, Chile, Russia & more. Check out the list here.

Mia from Pragmaticmom, with some help from author Alexis York Lumbard, shares a list of Ten Fabulous Folktales from Around the World.

Keep calm and READ ON.

Becky Flansburg


Rebecca “Becky” Flansburg is an author, freelance writer, and project manager for the non-profit online children’s literacy initiative, Multicultural Children’s Book Day/ #ReadYourWorld. Join the celebration! Our 9th annual celebration will take place on January 28, 2022. For more information, visit Multicultural Children’s Book Day on the web.


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