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Free Folklore Books - Free Fairy Tales to Read - English Fables

Huge collection of free folklore books, and free fairy tales to read. From many nations, in English. Modern and vintage, audio books. Also recommended individual books of short folk tales. You can download many of the books.

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Free Folklore Books – Collections

Literature and Folklore Books : Search Results at Internet Archive

Free books. Some book titles: Contemporary Fiction and the Fairy Tale; Folklore in New World Black Fiction, When Brer Rabbit Meets Coyote.

Literature and Free Folklore Books : Search Results at Open Library

About 1,750 free books. Some book titles: Myths and Legends of North America; Demons and Dragons; Jack and the Beanstalk.

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Fairy Tales & Folklore Books PDF – General : Search Results at Internet Archive

Free books. Some book titles: The Bravest Princess; Kumba and Kambili; Beauty and the Beast.

Fairy Tales & Free Folklore Stories to Read – General: Search Results at Open Library

About 150 free books. Some book titles: The Toymaker’s Apprentice; Pinocchio; The Whatnot.

American Folklore Books Free: Search Results at Internet Archive

About 330 free books. Some book titles: Brer Rabbit and the Goober Patch; Johnny Appleseed; Pecos Bill, a folklore story from the past.

American Folklore Stories to Read: Search Results at Open Library

About 720 free books. Some book titles: Fearsome creatures of the lumberwoods; Davy Crockett and the Great Mississippi Snag; American folktales pdf.

Canadian Folklore Free: Search Results at Internet Archive

Some book titles: Out of the Everywhere: Tales for a New World; Undisciplined Women: Tradition and Culture in Canada; Icelandic-Canadian Memory Lore.

Canadian Folklore Books Free: Search Results at Open Library

About 280 free books. Some book titles: Vikings on a Prairie Ocean; Grandmother’s stories; Canadians in the Battle of the Atlantic.

British Folk Tales and Legends : Search Results at Internet Archive

About 70 free books. Some book titles: Myths and Legends of Great Britain and Ireland; Green Men & White Swans: the Folklore of British Pub Names; King Arthur: Shadows in the Mist.

British Folk Tales and Legends Free: Search Results at Open Library

About 280 free books. Some book titles: First World War folk tales; Old wives’ lore; Yesterday’s Country Customs.

Folklore from India Free: Search Results at Internet Archive

Some book titles: Grandma and the Great Gourd: a Bengali Folk Tale; Cradle Tales of Hinduism; The Elephant’s Friend and Other Tales from Ancient India. Folklore from India PDF, a folklore story from the past.

Free Folklore from India Books: Search Results at Open Library

About 220 free books. Some book titles: The Prince, the Demon King, and the Monkey Warrior; The celestial necklace; Krishna steals the butter and other stories.

Folktales from Europe Free: Search Results at Internet Archive

Some book titles: Kibitzers and Fools: Tales my Zayda Told Me; Peter and the Wolf; Folk Tales and Fables of Europe.

Folktales Stories from Europe Free: Search Results at Open Library

About 110 free books. Some book titles: Explore Norse myths!; Hidden tales from Eastern Europe; Werewolves, Witches, and Wandering Spirits.

Free Folklore from Asia : Search Results at Internet Archive

Some book titles: A Country of Mice: A Folk Tale from Asia; Fairy Tales of the Orient; 101 Asian Read-Aloud Myths.

Folklore from Asia : Search Results at Open Library

About 60 free books. Some book titles: Maya and the Turtle: a Korean Fairy Tale; Japanese Mythology; Asian children’s favorite stories.

Free Folklore from the Pacific : Search Results at Internet Archive

About 4 free books. Some book titles: Pacific Mythology; Telling Tales on the Rim: Folk Tales from Around the Pacific Rim; Frog Girl.

Folklore from the Pacific : Search Results at Open Library

About 105 free books. Some book titles: Totem Tales: Legends from the Rainforest; Journeys through Dreamtime: Oceanian Myth; Asian-Pacific folktales and legends. Pacific Island folktales.

African Folklore PDF : Search Results at Internet Archive

Some book titles: Anansi and the Tug of War; Fables from Africa; West African Myths. African folktales books pdf, a folklore story from the past.

African Folklore Books Free : Search Results at Open Library

About 330 free books. Some book titles: The Baobab tree; African Myths; Favorite African Folktales. Folklore from Africa. African folktales pdf.

Free Historical Folklore from South America : Search Results at Internet Archive

About 10 free books. Some book titles: Love and Roast Chicken: a Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains; South American Myths & Legends; Traditional Tales from South America.

Free Online Folklore from South America : Search Results at Open Library

About 100 free books. Some book titles: Munay And the Magic Lake, based on an Inca Tale; Barbecued Husbands, and other stories from the Amazon; Jabutí the tortoise, a trickster tale from the Amazon. Folklore in South America.

Free Online Folklore in Central America : Search Results at Internet Archive

Some book titles: Mexican and Central American Mythology; The Enchanted Orchard and other Folktales of Central America; Myths and Legends of Central and South America.

Folklore in Central America : Search Results at Open Library

About 40 free books. Some book titles: The Night the Moon Fell: a Maya Myth; World Myths and Legends: Central America; The Invisible Hunters: a legend from the Miskito Indians of Nicaragua. Folklore in Central America, a folklore story from the past.

Free Folklore in the Caribbean : Search Results at Internet Archive

About 13 free books. Some book titles: Treasure House 1: a Caribbean Anthology; The Flying Turtle: a story from the Caribbean; Traditional Stories pdf from the Caribbean.

Folklore in the Caribbean : Search Results at Open Library

About 35 free books. Some book titles: The twins and the Bird of Darkness: a hero tale from the Caribbean; Mama God, Papa God: a Caribbean Tale; Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella.

Free Legends to Read : Search Results at Internet Archive

Over 1,000 books: Orpheus in the Underworld; The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac; Irish Tales of Mystery and Magic, a folklore story from the past. Traditional Stories PDF.

Legends Free: Search Results at Open Library

About 9,900 free books. Some book titles: Kings of the Grail; The Flying Dutchman; Urban Legends. Traditional Stories PDF.

Free Fables : Search Results at Internet Archive

Over 1,000 books. Some book titles: The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing and other Fables; The Enormous Turnip; Ganesha: Ravana and the Magic Stone.

Free Fables Books : Search Results at Open Library

About 2,920 free books. Some book titles: Hare and Tortoise Race Across Israel; The grasshopper & the ants; Fable comics.

More collections of free books on Folklore topics

CORE BOOKS – Short Folk Tales Books PDF Free Download

A Treasury of American Folklore: Stories, Ballads, and Traditions of the American People

Botkin, Benjamin A., ed.
Crown 1944 Dewey Dec. 398

Around 500 stories are collected in this 900-page volume. American folklore books, American Folktales free.


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Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: the Book of Scary Urban Legends

Brunvald, Jan Harold
Norton 2004 Dewey Dec. 398

A collection of over ninety frightening urban legends, arranged by theme. Legend and myth books, urban legends, American folklore book free.


Folklore: a Study and Research Guide

Brunvald, Jan Harold
St. Martin’s Press 1976 Dewey Dec. 398

folklore children’s books free.


World Folktales

Clarkson, Atelia and Cross, Gilbert B.
Scribner 1980 Dewey Dec. 398

Folklore children’s books.


Death in Early America: the History and Folklore of Customs and Superstitions of Early Medicine, Funerals, Burials, and Mourning

Coffin, Margaret
Nelson 1976 Dewey Dec. 398

Traditional Stories PDF.


The Female Hero in Folklore and Legend

Coffin, Tristram P.
Pocket 1978 Dewey Dec. 398

Folklore children’s books, classic folktales, legend and myth books,


Folklore of American Holidays

Cohen, Hennig and Coffin, Tristram P., eds.
Thomson Gale 1998 Dewey Dec. 398

Folklore children’s books free.


From My People: 400 Years of African American Folklore

Dance, Daryl Cumber
Norton 2002 Dewey Dec. 398

A celebration of African American life and culture brings together four hundred years of folklore, traditional tales, recipes, proverbs, legends, folk songs, and folk art. African American Folktales pdf, African American myths.


African Folklore

Dorson, Richard M.
Anchor 1972 Dewey Dec. 398

Part II contains papers originally presented at a conference on African folklore, held July 16-18, 1970, Folklore Institute, Indiana University. African folklore pdf.


Folk Legends of Japan

Dorson, Richard M.
Tuttle 1961 Dewey Dec. 398

Japanese folktales in English, Japanese folklore books.


Folklore Research Around the World: a North American Point of View

Dorson, Richard M., ed.
Indiana University Press 1961 Dewey Dec. 398

Folktales from around the world pdf.


Folktales Told Around the World/h3>

Dorson, Richard M.
University of Chicago 1978 Dewey Dec. 398

Folktales from around the world pdf.


African Folktales at the Internet Archive – Spreadsheet

Africa at the Internet Archive – Blog Post

Gibbs, Laura, comp.

The spreadsheet at the top link contains, as of February 2022, over 10,000 folktales, including myths, legends, and all kinds of traditional storytelling. Each item on the list has a (disabled) link to the Internet Archive. You can copy and paste the link into a browser to open the item.

The blog post at the 2nd link above provides some background on this collection.


Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Western Tradition (Volume 1: A-D)

Volume 2: E-J

Volume 3: K-P – Short Folk Tales PDF Free Download

Volume 4: Q-Z

Golden, Richard, ed.
ABC-CLIO 2006

The definitive reference on the age of witch hunting (approximately 1430-1750), its origins, expansion, and ultimate decline. Incorporating a wealth of recent scholarship in four richly illustrated, alphabetically organized volumes, it offers historians and general readers alike the opportunity to explore the realities behind the legends of witchcraft and witchcraft trials.


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Folklore, Memoirs, and other Writings

Hurston, Zora Neale
Library of America 1995 Dewey Dec. 398

Folk tales books pdf. English folk tales pdf.


Index to Fairy Tales 1949-1972, including Folklore, Legends and Myths in Collections

Ireland, Norma Olin
Scarecrow 1973

Title index to fairy tales and fables, the most popular stories from Greek and Norse mythology, and a few modern stories, which, though not strictly fairy tale or legend, are constantly in demand; with cross references from variant titles to those best known or most descriptive, and subject references. Versions suitable for small children are starred. Contains a list of the books wholly or partly analyzed, about five hundred.” -A.L.A. Booklist.


Sweet and Sour: Tales from China

Kendall, Carol and Yao-wenLi
Clarion 1978 Dewey Dec. 398

A collection of tales from various periods of Chinese history. Chinese folklore, Chinese folktales in English.


Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife

Lee, Jonathan H.X. and Nadeau, Kathleen M., eds.
ABC-CLIO 2011 Dewey Dec. 398

“Provides an illuminating overview of Asian American folklore as a way of life. Surveying the histories, peoples, and cultures of numerous Asian American ethnic and cultural groups, the work covers everything from ancient Asian folklore, folktales, and folk practices that have been transmitted and transformed in America …” -Publisher. Asian American folklore.


The Dictionary of Folklore

Leeming, David Adams, ed.
Franklin Watts 2002 Dewey Dec. 398

150+ short entries, mainly for younger readers or for quick reference. Folklore books free, folklore children’s books. Classic folk tales.


The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead

Melton, J. Gordon
Visible Ink 2011 Dewey Dec. 398

“This vampire lore tome covers legends from around the world, both classical and current, presenting an overview of the historical, literary, mythological, biographical, and popular aspects of vampires… Folklore books, free legend and myth books.


Spirits, Fairies, Gnomes, and Goblins: An Encyclopedia of the Little People

Rose, Carol
ABC-CLIO 1996

Examines both the races of Little People, such as angels and encantados, and individuals, such as Tom Tit Tot and Maggie Molloch. More than 2,000 alphabetically organized entries list the being’s popular name, region of origin, and physical description and tell the story of its relationship to humans.


Encyclopedia of Fable

Snodgrass, Mary Ellen
ABC-CLIO 1998

Explores the regional and formal traditions that make up this rich, folk-created canon, as well as fables by literary masters such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Kipling, Rumi, and Goethe. The author recounts and explores the context of classic stories of foolish errors, social blunders, and personal overreaching by the world’s favorite rascals and dolts. She also examines trickster lore, cruelty jokes, admonitory tales, allegories, fabliaux, and pourquoi stories and analyzes an armload of classic fables.


Vintage Book Collections of Folk Tales

Free Fairy Tales Books – Collection

NYPL Dewey Dec. 398

Over 250 free fairy tales books online, contributed to the Internet Archive by the New York Public Library. All appear to be pre-1924 publications. Includes: Irish Fairy Tales, Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen, L. Frank Baum books, Wizard of Oz books, Japanese fairy tales, Brothers Grimm fairy tales, The Arabian Nights, Sinbad the Sailor, Jacob Grimm books, Polish fairy tales, English fairy tales for kids, Manx fairy tales, Cossack fairy tales, Chinese fairy tales, Andersen stories, fairy tales from Spain, Celtic Tales, Fairy Tales from South Africa.

Free Fairy Tales 19th & early 20th Centuries – Collection

About 110 books of fairy tales at Hathi Trust, published mostly throughout the 19th Century, with fairy tales from many countries.

Collection of Folklore: Celtic, Germanic, Balto-Slavic, Albanian

191 Items; ca. 1760s-1960s

This free online collection compiled by a researcher at HathiTrust contains books about folklore and legends from various parts of Europe. European folktales.

Audio Book Collections of Folk Tales

Folklore Audio Books – Collection

About 60 folklore audio books from the Internet Archive Librivox collection of public domain books. Titles include: Library of the World’s Best Literature, Sleeping Beauty, American Myths and Legends, The Book of Nature Myths, Some Chinese Ghosts, Peasant Tales of Russia, Shan Folk Lore Stories from the Hill and Water Country, Australian Legendary Tales.

Folk Tales Free Audio Books – Collection

About 25 folk tales audio books from the Internet Archive Librivox collection of public domain books. Titles include: The Arabian Nights, Myths and Legends Around the World, Christmas Tales of Flanders, Folk Stories from Nigeria and West Africa, Legends of Norseland, Elves and Heroes, Russian Fairy Tales, Scottish Ghost Stories, Grimms’ Fairy Tales.

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