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.
When the dollmaker creates Zigzag from clothing scraps, she promises him, some child will love you. Her promise gives the strange-looking doll hope. But the other dolls and stuffed animals in the shop don't want such an ugly toy hanging around so they force Zigzag to leave. Clinging to the promise that a child will someday love him, little Zigzag sets out on a journey in search of happiness and a new home. Young readers will be intrigued by this heart-warming story of perseverance and compassion. Children love to explore the simple bold illustrations that make the story look like it was quilted from scrapes.
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.
Surf War !
A bragging contest between Whale and Sandpiper turns into a battle over the beach and sea, until both parties realize that the beach and the sea, as well as sea creatures and shorebirds, are interdependent.
Picture book folk tales that subtly incorporate character values into the dramatic elements of the plot.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Folk tale anthologies and scary stories.
Tales of Nonsense & Tomfoolery
A hilarious collection of short folktales featuring silly characters, nonsensical situations, and general tomfoolery.
Nationally acclaimed storyteller J.J. Reneaux includes animal stories, fairy tales, ghost stories, and humorous tales from her native Cajun culture.
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.
Tales of Enchantment
A collection of nine traditional tales about leprechauns, dwarfs, shapeshifters and other enchanted creatures from various countries, including Russia, Norway, and Germany.
Folk tale anthologies and scary stories.
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.
Ride the Butterflies
Maybe it's because his mother was a teacher or maybe it's because he has spent most of his life in classrooms but there's something about school that infuses the work of Donald Davis
Queen of Cold-Blooded Tales
Twenty-three original, horrific tales of vengeful spirits and nefarious supernatural creatures are made all the more sinister by the comfortable, contemporary settings.
Buried Treasures of California
After reading these 30 revived tales of California's hidden wealth and splendor, readers will be tempted to throw some supplies into a backpack like the '49-ers of yore.