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.
This lyrical picture book of 20 clever riddles challenges young readers to use their imagination to solve the word puzzles.
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 story is a retelling of a traditional Bengali tale in which a kind and generous Indian barber, pressed by his father and then his wife to earn more money, cleverly persuades a ghost to bring him riches.
Why Alligator Hates Dog
Deep in the Cajun country of Louisiana, Alligator is king of the swamps to everyone, that is, except a sassy clever old Dog. Storyteller J.J. Reneaux's musical rendering of this classic Cajun folktale explains how the feud between Alligator and Dog got started in the first place. When Alligator finally corners Dog in his swamphole, he falls for the oldest trick in the book and barely escapes with his life back to where he belongs. After being tricked by Dog, Alligator thinks he's a lot smarter. As he floats alone in the dark swamp water waiting for Dog, he promises that next time he'll get that Dog for sure. But will he? The combination of Cajun dialect and beautifully illustrated acrylic paintings, captures the unique flavor and mystery of the region.
Picture book folk tales that subtly incorporate character values into the dramatic elements of the plot.
Three brothers embark on separate journeys to fulfill their father's dying wish. In their journeys, they go to distant lands, find curious treasures, and learn the true meaning of unselfishgiving.
Juan Bobo Sends the Pig to Mass
In Puerto Rico, there are many stories about Juan Bobo, a young man with a good heart, but little common sense. In this tale, Juan Bobo’s mother tells him to take care of their pig while she goes to church. When the pig won’t stop grunting, Juan Bobo decides that the pig must want to go to church as well.
Tale of Two Frogs
In this delightful folktale of perseverance from Russia, two frog sisters learn the truth of that old saying, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” or, “The opera isn’t over until the fat frog sinks.”
Why Koala Has a Stumpy Tail
When Tree Kangaroo and Koala dig a well to get some water, Tree Kangaroo ends up doing all of the work and Koala ends up with a stumpy tail in this origin story from Australia.
Folk tale anthologies and scary stories.
Wisdom Tales from Around the World
This collection of fifty metaphorical folktales and parables come from diverse story traditions such as Sufi, Zen, Taoist, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, African, and Native American.
This book is a collection of folktales from around the world, all featuring the character of a fool.
Favorite Scary Stories of American Children
Everybody loves a scary story, and nobody more than children, but these popular tales - collected from kids themselves - are traditional favorite scary stories.
This collection of Hindu folktales for middle readers features stories about the god Ganesha, who is easily recognized because of his elephant head. Krishnaswami introduces the stories by recalling her own introduction to Ganesha and goes on to offer a mythological context for the tales.
Thirty-Three Multicultural Tales To Tell
When a story shares a universal message, it finds its way into that pantheon of tales that is the common denominator of cultural exchange. Here are 33 such tales, collected from Brazil, China, Korea, Russia, Tibet, Africa, from America's native peoples, and other lands, and chosen for their shared values.
Folk tale anthologies and scary stories.
Buried Treasures of the South
38 tales gathered from the American South covering eight states: Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
Curing the Cross-Eyed Mule
Appalachian humor can be dry, colorful, and earthy. The chapters vary greatly ranging from topics of Love and Marriage; Schools; Religion; Lawyers; Mountaineers and the Law; Animals and Hunting; Mountaineers and City Folks; Health and Medicine; and Rural Life.
Buried Treasures of New England
This book contains more than thirty stories of hidden riches, forgotten war loots, and sunken ship treasures.
Italian-Americans compose one of the largest ethnic groups in the United States and unfortunately, they have often been portrayed negatively in fiction and film based on stereotypes not borne out among the immigrant population. These stories highlight a rich cultural tradition that has often been neglected.