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Fairy Books for Kids: A Whole New World of Adventure

“Fairy Books for Kids – A Whole New World of Adventure” is by Rosalie May. Rosalie is the chairman of the May Gibbs Foundation.

Fairy books for kids – a whole new world of adventure

Parents rejoice! There are stories out there that are gentle, thoughtful, peaceful and that will guide your children through a world of wonder. Fairy books for kids provide the opportunity to step away from the violent, vile content that so often appears in today’s children’s books.

Fairy books for kids will allow you to gently introduce your children to creative expression and potentially provide them with a framework to come up with their own stories. They’re literature as opposed to advertising material dressed up as books. They’re classic and well-loved by generations for very good reason.

Here are five of the BEST fairy books for kids that you can begin reading with your children tonight. Sweet dreams!

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Snugglepot and Cuddlepie – May Gibbs

This perennial Australian favourite is the ultimate in fairy books for kids. Gentle tales told in a naturalistic setting open up a world of imagination for little listeners. The adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, along with a host of other characters who call the bush home, follow a simple plot structure that will allow each and every child, regardless of age or ability, the opportunity to engage.

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Peter Pan

Swash-buckling pirates. Beautiful mermaids. The boy who could never grow up. Fairy magic. This childhood classic has entranced audiences for over one hundred years in a variety of media forms. It’s the find of fairy book for kids that will inspire costumes, play performances, drawing, painting and dreaming. Peter Pan is a real literary classic and definitely worthy of a spot in your children’s book shelf.


There are lessons to be learned in the tale of Pinocchio. The appearance of Jiminy Cricket as the voice of conscience and reason can help the little listeners of this fairy book for kids to start listening to their own ‘little voice’. The messages about telling the truth, following a moral code and not giving in to excess also mean that this fairy tale can help grow the foundations that you’re trying to establish in your own home.


The appearance of the Fairy God Mother in Cinderella offers her a chance to escape the drudgery of her servitude. The classic archetype of the Fairy God Mother began with this tale and has inspired countless tales and incarnations in the years since. When it comes to fairy books for kids, the Brothers Grimm (and their ilk) set the bar very high a long time ago and their stories are the absolute benchmark in quality.

The Magic Faraway Tree

This Enid Blyton classic tale is a collection of stories that evoke a sense of wonder and amazement in children. From “The Land of Do-As-You-Please” to “The Land of Presents”, these magical stories are one of those fairy books for kids that will stay with you through to adulthood. This is a gorgeous opportunity to join with your kids as you laugh and wonder at the silliness, the magic and the mystery of the Magic Faraway Tree.

Fairy books for kids

From Snugglepot and Cuddlepie to Neverland, these fairy books for kids are classic literature that promotes wonder and engagement. Have you got any memories of classic stories from your childhood? Let us know in the comments!

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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