August House offers a highly acclaimed, award-winning selection of picture books, story collections and resource books crafted the world’s great oral traditions, folktales, and fairytales. Their stories are grounded in diversity and have been carefully selected from almost every region of the world, ensuring that all children will be able to see themselves in this collection.
A mix of folklore, fairytales, and humor, all combined with delightful illustrations. These books will enhance a child's sense of community.
Great Smelly, Slobbery, Small-Tooth Dog
In this British variant of a traditional tale, a great smelly, slobbery, small-tooth dog rescues a rich man from bandits and demands that the man bring his beautiful daughter to live in his castle.
This retelling of the traditional Mexican tale explains the origins of molé, the savory chocolate sauce that is served over turkey or chicken.
Playing her flute puts Turtle at risk when a hunter discovers her beautiful music so she must resort to using her wit and clever tricks to escape becoming turtle stew.
Big Quiet House
Unable to stand his overcrowded and noisy home any longer, a man goes to a wise old woman who lives nearby for advice.
Picture book folk tales that subtly incorporate character values into the dramatic elements of the plot.
In this story, a farmer and his wife match wits with a large, mean-spirited ogre. If they can’t outwit him, they will end up with no crops of their own to eat or sell. This whimsically drawn story is based on an old Swedish folktale.
In this story from India, a poor boy's dream of having a drum takes him on an unlikely journey of discovery. He meets several people who guide him along the way. In time, he learns to make his own "magic" in this world.
Anansi and the Tug o'War
In this trickster tale from Africa, Anansi proves to Elephant and Killer Whale that in a battle of wits, brains definitely outdo brawn.
How Tiger Got His Stripes
Many years ago, the proudest animal in the jungle was not the peacock. The proudest animal was the tiger. In this folktale from Vietnam, we see how Tiger's pride leads him to covet wisdom and, with the help of a wise farmer, earn his stripes.
Folk tale anthologies and scary stories.
Anyone who teaches, leads, or speaks in public has had the experience of needing to fill short amounts of time in order to hold the attention of the group. The challenge is familiar to Margaret Read MacDonald, who for thirty-five years told stories weekly to preschoolers.
Stories of Hope and Spirit
Throughout history, Eastern Europe has been a battlefield, a crossroads, a place of conflict, and a place of resolution. The folk stories in this collection tell about challenges as well as the strength, wit, hope, and courage necessary to face them.
Maynard Moose delivers a wacky retelling of the Ugly Duckling story with some hilarious new twists and turns from the Piney Woods.
Eleven Nature Tales
In this new millennium, we are faced with a critical question: are we willing to work together to ensure the survival of the planet? Eleven ancient stories address this issue through tales of natural elements such as Sun, Moon, Stars, Ocean, Wind, Fire, Mammals, Reptiles, Birds, Insects, Rocks, Trees, and Humans.
Big Doc's Girl
Mary Clayborne, the teenage daughter of a country doctor and a piano teacher, dreams of going to a conservatory and becoming a concert pianist. When her mother falls ill, she temporarily puts aside her ambition in order to care for her younger brothers and sisters.
Folk tale anthologies and scary stories.
Of Kings and Fools
This book examines the role of fools or jesters in medieval and renaissance society and describes such individuals as Will Sommers of sixteenth-century England and Querno of sixteenth-century Italy.
This book is a collection of folktales, primarily from the United States as well as one adaptation and two original stories.
Spiders in the Hairdo
This collection of urban myths assembles 50 brief stories from modern oral tradition. Commonly attributed to FOAFs (friend of a friend), they are intriguing and often frightening tales passed along in casual conversation. These tales are the substance of modern folklore, an evolving treasury of narratives. From the famous Vanishing Hitchhiker to incredulous tales of alligators in the New York City sewer system, these stories still live in our collective imagination.
Ghost Stories from the Pacific Northwest
Here is a ghostly gazeteer chronicling the numerous contemporary accounts of Northwestern hauntings and other strange happenings reported in British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. The typical Northwestern ghost almost always appears alone, in the form of a faint, often grayish wisp.