Fairies, Trolls, and Other Magical Creatures

Picture Books

April and Esme, Tooth Fairies by Bob Graham. 2010.

On their first assignment, two young tooth fairy sisters journey by night into the huge world of humans to collect Daniel Dangerfield's tooth and fly it safely home.

 

The Bravest Knight by Mercer Mayer. 2007.

A little boy imagines the adventures he would have if he lived a thousand years ago and was the squire of a bold knight who fought dragons and trolls. Originally published in 1968.

 

Jethro Byrd, Fairy Child by Bob Graham. 2002.

Annabelle finds a family of fairies in the cement and weeds, and they sing and dance for her when she gives them tea.

 

The Mud Fairy by Amy Young. 2010.

Emmalina the fairy describes how, after many efforts, she finally earned her wings.

 

Who Wants a Dragon?  by James Mayhew. Illustrated by Lindsey Gardiner. 2004.

A baby dragon, looking for someone to love and cuddle him, finally encounters his mother.

 

One Drowsy Dragon by Ethan Long. 2010.

As one dragon tries to take a nap, his ten little dragons, in increasing numbers, disturb his sleep by making milk shakes, screaming at scary movies, and playing loud games.

 

The Sheep Fairy: When Wishes Have Wings by Ruth Symes. Illustrated by David Sim. 2003.

A fairy helps Wendy Woolcoat, a sheep who is usually happy just to eat and sleep, realize her secret dream of flying.

 

Stella, Fairy of the Forest by Marie-Louise Gay. 2002.

Stella and her little brother Sam venture out into the forest in search of fairies.

 

The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone. 1973.

Three clever billy goats outwit a big ugly troll that lives under the bridge they must cross on their way up the mountain.

 

The Toll-Bridge Troll by Patricia Rae Wolff. Illustrated by Kimberly Bulcken Root. 1995.

A troll tries to prevent Trigg from crossing the bridge on the way to school only to be outwitted by the boy's riddles.

 

Young Fiction

Fairy Realm series by Emily Rodda.

The series follows the adventures of Jessie, a young girl whose grandmother happens to be a fairy princess. The books follow as she travels to the magical world of the fairy realm to obtain important charms and to defeat evil Valda.

 

Rainbow Fairies series by Daisy Meadows.

This series showcases all sorts of talented fairies, from Hope the Happiness Fairy - to Ally the Dolphin Fairy - to India the Moonstone Fairy.  A whole rainbow of fairies for the young reader!

 

Fiction

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. 1997.

In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.

 

Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg by Gail Carson Levine. 2005.

After a hurricane injures the fairies' godlike Mother Dove, whose magical feathers and precious egg are of powerful importance to both fairies and Neverland itself, it falls to newcomer Prilla and two companions to set things right.

 

The Fairies of Nutfolk Wood by Barb Bentler Ullman. 2006.

After her parents divorce and she moves to the country with her mother, fourth-grader Willa Jane, anxious and unhappy with the changes in her life, discovers a world of little people called Nutfolk living in the woods around her new home.

 

The Fairy’s Mistake by Gail Carson Levine. Illustrated by Mark Elliott. 1999.

In this humorous retelling of a Perrault tale, the fairy Ethelinda rewards one twin sister for good behavior and punishes the other for bad, only to discover that her punishment is more pleasing than her reward.

 

The Trolls by Polly Horvath. 1999.

Eccentric Aunt Sally comes from Canada to babysit the Anderson children while their parents are on a trip to Paris and every night the bedtime story adds another piece to a very suspect family history.

 

Non-fiction

Behold . . . the Unicorns! by Gail Gibbons. 2002.

Historical notions and stories about the fantastical one-horned creatures we call unicorns. 

 

Drake’s Comprehensive Compendium of Dragonology by Dugald Steer. 2009.

From the esteemed Dr. Drake comes a beautifully illustrated, lovingly assembled tribute to all things dragonological

 

Elves and Fairies by John Hamilton. 2005.

History and folklore about elves and fairies through the ages and from different cultures.

 

Fairy Houses and Beyond! by Tracy Kane. Photographs by Barry Kane. 2008.

This book encourages everyone to use their imagination and explore nature to create, invent, learn, and build fairy houses.

 

Fairy Houses  .  .  .  Unbelievable! : A Photographic Tour by Barry and Tracy Kane. 2012.

A photographic tour of whimsical fairy houses designed and built by children, gardeners, artists and nature lovers. Encourages everyone to use their imagination and explore nature to create, invent, learn, and build fairy houses.

 

Fairy World Crafts by Kathy Ross. Illustrated by Nicole in den Bosch. 2008.

Provides instructions for making a variety of fairy clothes and gear, including: starry wand, fairy outfit, fairy wings, flower fairy wand, fairy necklace, leaf fairy pin, butterfly wings fairy, and doll fairy outfit.

 

The Hidden Folk: Stories of Fairies, Dwarves, Selkies, and Other Secret Beings by Lise Lunge-Larsen. Illustrated by Beth Krommes. 2004.

Brief stories featuring such creatures as flower fairies, elves, dwarves, and river sprites.

 

Saint George and the Dragon: A Golden Legend by Margaret Hodges. Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. 1984.

Retells the segment from Spenser's The Faerie Queene, in which George, the Red Cross Knight, slays the dreadful dragon that has been terrorizing the countryside for years and brings peace and joy to the land.

 

The Troll with No Heart in His Body and Other Tales of Trolls from Norway by Lise Lunge-Larsen. Illustrated by Betsy Bowen. 1999.

A collection of Norwegian folktales all featuring trolls: The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Boy Who Became a Lion, a Falcon, and an Ant, Butterball, The Boy and the North Wind, The White Cat in the Dovre Mountain, The Sailors and the Troll, The Eating Competition, and The Troll with No Heart in His Body.

 

The Truth about Fairies by Angelique J. Johnson. Illustrated by Carolina Farias. 2010.

Fairies have fluttered through popular fairy tales for many years. Have you ever wondered what fairies look like, where they live, or what kinds of tricks they play? Fly through this book to find out the truth about fairies.

 

The Truth about Trolls by Thomas Kingsley Troupe. Illustrated by Bridget Starr Taylor. 2010.

Trolls have trampled through popular fairy tales for many years. Have you ever wondered what trolls look like, where they live, what kinds of magical powers they have? Tromp through this book to learn more about these tricky creatures.