Imagine Your Story-Tales from far and wide

This is a supplement reading list for the 2020 Summer Reading Program

We invite readers of all ages to imagine their own story and learn about other stories of fantasy, fairy tale and folklore.

This list represents part of our collection of children’s books that embrace those stories, celebrate the imagination and join in the discovery of cultures all around us.

The Emperor and the Kite, by Jane Yolen. A story from Chinese folklore.
Wangari’s trees of peace: a true story from Africa, by Jeanette Winter
Follow the drinking gourd, by Jeanette Winter. A folksong story about the Underground Railroad.
Rainbow Crow: a Lenape Tale, retold by Nancy Van Laan.
Lights on the River, by Jane Resh Thomas. A tale of Mexican-American migrant workers.
The story of a pumpkin: a traditional tale from Bhutan, told by Hari Tiwari. A bilingual tale.
Abiyoyo: based on a South African Lullaby and folk story, told by Pete Seeger.
Tashi and the Tibetan flower curse, by Naomi Rose. A Tibetan-American tale.
My name is Yoon, by Helen Recorvits. A Korean-American tale.
The journey of Meng: a Chinese legend, retold by Doreen Rappaport.The Nightingale, by Hans Christian Anderson, adapted by Jerry Pinkney. This fairy tale has been set in Morocco.
Take me out to the Yakyu, by Aaron Meshon. A story celebrating the differences and similarities of baseball in America and Japan.
We’re sailing down the Nile: a journey through Egypt, by Laurie Krebs and Anne Wilson.
Hidden in sand, retold by Margaret Hodges. A western India story.
The great race of the birds and animals, told by Paul Goble. Mythology of the Dakota, Cheyenne and Sioux Indians.
Turquoise boy: a Navajo legend, written and adapted by Terri Cohlene.
A is for Asia, by Cynthia Chin-Lee. An alphabetical introduction to the diverse peoples, lands, and culture of the world’s largest continent.
Catch that Goat!: a market day in Nigeria, by Polly Alakija.
Monkey: a trickster tale from India, by Gerald McDermott.
Rabbit makes a monkey of lion: a Swahili tale, retold by Verna Aardema.
Hannah is my name, by Belle Yang. A Chinese-American story.

To find more stories like these in the Lee Library, go to our catalog and search for “folklore”, or “fairy tales”.