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Autumn Fables and Folktales for Children

Autumn Fables and Folktales for Children

As the weather gets cooler and the trees blaze with autumn colors, check out these fables and folktales that celebrate the changing of the seasons! You can put these titles on hold through by following the links below, or searching in PGTPL’s library app!

Thirteen Moons on Turtle’s Back: A Native American Year of Moons by Joseph Bruchac and Jonathan London

In Native American legend, the thirteen scales on Old Turtle’s back hold the key to the thirteen cycles of the moon. These lyrical poems and striking paintings highlight the wonder of each season. The stories come from many Native nations, from the Northern Cheyenne’s Moon of the Popping Trees to the Big Moon of the Abenaki.

Mooncakes by Loretto Seto

This lyrical story tells of a young girl who shares the special celebration of the Chinese Moon or Mid-Autumn Festival with her parents. As they eat mooncakes, drink tea and watch the night sky together, Mama and Baba tell ancient tales of a magical tree that can never be cut down, the Jade Rabbit who came to live on the moon, and one brave woman’s journey to eternal life. Although Summer fades and Autumn arrives, the focus on family remains important forever.

In the Land of Happy Tears: Yiddish Tales for Modern Times by David Stromberg

Within the pages of this book, find 18 stories to sweep readers off their feet into a deliciously diverse selection of adventures! Meet rabbis and witches, prophetic gnomes and an ancient mushroom king. Journey with two Autumn leaves as they seek the legendary Green Land, where it’s always green and leaves never change colors. Can you find the moral of each story buried between the lines like jewels?

A Year Full of Stories: 52 folktales and legends from around the world by Angela McAllister

This treasury of 52 stories compiles a rich resource of myths and legends from around the world, with a story for every week of the year. The book is broken into 12 chapters, for the 12 months of the year. In addition, stories feature global celebrations, such as Chinese New Year and International Day of Friendship, along with seasonal events and festivals.


We hope you will enjoy reading these seasonal celebrations of fables and folktales from around the world!

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