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.
Spicy Hot Colors
Colors explode off the page in this energetic picture book that illustrates common colors in both English and Spanish.
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.
Pig Who Went Home on Sunday
This story is an Appalachian variant of the classic THREE LITTLE PIGS tale in which Mama Pig sends her three sons out into the world with good advice that only one of them heeds.
A humorous retelling of an Italian tale in which a Genoese merchant, richly rewarded for solving an irritating problem for the king of the Spice Islands, causes a greedy rival to try and gain a fortune in the same way.
Picture book folk tales that subtly incorporate character values into the dramatic elements of the plot.
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.”
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.
Anansi Goes to Lunch
Anansi is invited to three parties and wants to attend them all. He gives each of his hosts a rope to tug, ties the other end around his own waist, and waits to be summoned when the food is served -- but when all of the food is ready at the same time, Anansi is caught in the middle!
Clever Monkey Rides Again
A big, bully lion is no match for our old friend the Clever Monkey in this retelling of a classic story from West Africa.
Anansi and the Pot of Beans
Did you ever wonder why spiders have no hair? After reading this African trickster tale, you will know. When Anansi goes to help his grandmother, he can’t resist her steaming, hot pot of beans. Bobby and Sherry Norfolk take a wonderful new look at a classic story.
Folk tale anthologies and scary stories.
Tales of Insects
Nine traditional tales about insects from various parts of the world, including Mexico, Japan, Jamaica, and Fiji.
Nationally acclaimed storyteller J.J. Reneaux includes animal stories, fairy tales, ghost stories, and humorous tales from her native Cajun culture.
Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarfs
Maynard Moose mashes up three fractured fairy tales by combining the stories of Rapunzel's golden locks with Sleeping Beauty and Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs to create a bizarre adventure story.
This collection of traditional tales and proverbs from over twenty ethnic groups, touches upon both human and ecological themes such as environmental protection, the care of other creatures, and the connection of all things in nature.
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.
Sweet Land of Story
Here is a compilation of stories from every part of the nation—from the frozen tundra of Alaska to the lush green hills of Virginia; from the sweltering bayous of Louisiana to the windswept prairies of South Dakota.
Ghost Stories from the American Southwest
Over 140 spine-tingling tales from the hills of the Missouri Valley, the mesas of Texas, the great plains, the swamps of the Bayou and even the cities of California. These timeless ghost stories range from the Monster of Mongolian Rim, to the Blue Lady, to the Wolf Girl, to Haunted Places, to Native American spirits and to Ghostly Lights.
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.