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Note: This page was created in August 2002 for use by readers of AppLit and students in Tina Hanlon's classes. Please contact me if you have corrections or additions.

Using Web Sites for Research:

  • Note that some of the links below go to lists of other online books not listed on this page.
  • If you are going to these sites for an academic project or publication, be sure to save information you need to document your sources, including the url (web address) of pages you use, and the writer or editor and date, if available. If you copy any material from a web page, add quotations marks and make notes for yourself about what you copied word for word (to avoid plagiarism problems if you quote in your own work). provides guidelines for documenting each online book in its site.
  • Be sure you are using reliable sites. Web resources recommended by a library or a scholarly or professional organization are likely to be good. I try to link only to sites that seem reliable, but I have not examined each one in detail. Some of these links are to commercial or personal web sites, which have not necessarily been edited or evaluated by experts in that field. Pages created by students and other private individuals often contain more errors than those written and maintained by professionals. On some pages it is difficult or impossible to find the name and qualifications of individuals responsible for the material on that site. If source information is not given for material posted on a site, that may indicate that the creator of the site does not have permission to copy that work, and/or you can't verify its reliability. Large booksellers such as give lots of information on books, but their pages contain errors. Sometimes an author's or publisher's own site does not give publication dates of books. It is your responsibility to look up accurate documentation details using library resources such as WorldCat. See Evaluating Web Resources.

Folk Literature Online Texts (Appalachian Folk Literature is under Appalachia below)

Folklore, Myth and Legends gives links to many online texts and background references, in The Children's Literature Web Guide, by D. K. Brown, U. of Calgary.

Society: Folklore: Literature and Arts: Literature: Myths and Folktales have many links compiled by Open Directory Project.

The Sur La Lune Fairy Tale Pages. Beautiful site with annotated texts, links to many variants, other information, by Heidi Anne Heiner. Includes a growing collection of reprinted fairy tales collections with many classic tales available online, and samples of illustrations..

Aesop's Fables: Online Collection. Attractive site by John R. Long with "655+ Fables, indexed in table format, with morals listed. There are many more on the way." Also has Real Audio narrations, images, tales by Hans Christian Andersen, some other stories, links to lesson plans.

Fables - links to fables online and background resources, compiled by Open Directory Project Directory: Tales has links to many folktale and fairy tale sites. Open Directory Project.

Fairytales & Folklore: For Those who Love the Feeling of Fibers in their Hands. Apple Hollow Farm Fiber Arts Studio, 1998-2003. Tales and lore about textiles, including "Rumpelstiltskin" and "The Sleeping Beauty," and Navajo Spider Woman. With some original art.

Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts, edited by D. L. Ashliman at Univ. of Pittsburgh

Rick Walton, Children's Author:  Classic Tales and Fables includes fairy tale collections by Jacobs, Lang, etc., as well as tales by Beatrix Potter, Kipling, Alcott, Oscar Wilde, and other authors.

Grimm's Fairy Tales. All 209 tales based on Margaret Hunt's translation (1884) but not identical to her edition. Among other reprints of Grimm Brothers online are their 1812 edition, and translations by D. L. Ashliman at Grimm Brothers Home Page, and Tales Collected by the Brothers Grimm, reprint of Margaret Hunt's translation (London: George Bell, 1884), from the Grimms' last revised edition. (There may be errors in the index in this last site, but the first site listed here says this is a more accurate version of the Hunt translation.) has 42 selections. Project Gutenberg has a larger collection.

Grimms' Fairy Tales. Web site includes an intriguing National Geographic article on the Grimm brothers, 1999. Gives 12 tales, some with audio, based on a 1914 edition, and other activities and resources.

LibriVox: Acoustical liberation of books in the public domain. Audio versions of literature that is in the public domain in the U.S. Includes fairy tale collections, fables, and other literature.

Meghan's Fairy Tale Pages. Personal web site with copies of fairy tales and selected illustrations from published books. Contains samples of art from recent picture books by artists such as Ruth Sanderson and Paul O. Zelinsky.

Ongoing Tales, "a collection of old-time fairy tales from various out of copyright books," Antelope Publishing

Stonees Web Lodge reprints many Native American tales and "lores" (many of the selections are Cherokee). Very little source information is given, but artworks are identified by artist.

Old Indian Legends by Zitkala-Sa, with illustrations by Angel De Cora, 1901 Fourteen tales, several about Iktomi, a spider fairy, in University of Virginia Electronic Text Center.

Animal Myths and Legends prints animal tales retold and illustrated by contributors.

Candlelight Stories, a web site for children and families, has modern tales, poems, cartoons and art online, some with audio and some fully illustrated, including  Rumpelstiltskin by the Gimm Brothers, illustrated by Alessandro Cima. Contains modern works submitted by authors and artists, and some older tales from Kipling, Andersen, Arabian Nights (edited by Andrew Lang, 1918). Also has some animated stories, lesson plans, including Snow White and Puss in Boots, games, writing contests, cutout toys, etc. Audio tales are available for a fee.

New Fairy Tales by Rosemary Lake. Free stories as well as samples from books for sale, teacher and reader guides, reader comments.

Story Palace, "the Palace of Inspirational Stories, Jokes & Humor, and Children's Stories." Their mission is to provide a large collection of "clean" stories for the whole family. Many traditional tales from different countries are reprinted. contains many resources on storytelling, including articles, Audio stories and Text Stories. Tale-Teller by Leslie Slape is about the magical property of storytelling, which heals a sick peasant girl. Prinderella and the Cince is a humorous audio story full of words with reversed initial sounds.

Plays from Aesop's Fables by James Stephen Parks and Sally Powell Corbett, two fifth grade teachers at Highland Park Elementary in Austin, Texas, in a web site An Introduction to Ancient Greece

Romanian Fairy Tales: Traditional Tales Retold and Illustrated by Marguerite M. Wolf. Several romantic color illustrations in each one. The Old Man's Daughter is a Cinderella tale with a cow left by the mother as helper.

Links to collections, individual tales, and related resources, posted for a German Course in Fairy Tales at Union College

Cox, Allison, Stories for a Changing World. Traditional tales are adapted to address modern problems such as asthma and allergies ("The Three Little Pigs of Hog Holler Swamp"), tobacco use, abusive relationships, etc. Includes resources for teaching with storytelling.

The Transformation Story Archive."The finest in transformation fiction since 1995." Stories about bodily transformations by many authors, including some dragon stories in the Mythical Beasts section. Ed. J. T. Skunk.

Mother Goose: A Scholarly Exploration, Rutgers U. Eclipse Program, contains texts, illustrations and background on nursery rhymes, plus an original fairy tale about the Mother Goose research project.  The Eclipse site also has a section on the development of a picture book, Kisses from Rosa by Petra Mathers.

Sources with Folk Literature AND Other Books

The Online Books Page: “The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all.”  The site contains 16,000+ listings including links to children’s and young adult literature. Great Books Online has Aesop, Hans Christian Andersen, Arabian Nights, Bullfinch's Mythology, Grimm Brothers, Oxford Books of Ballads, many literary classics, etc.

Fairrosa Cyber Library of Children's Literature. Links to reprints of classics and fairy and folk tales, as well as magazines and journals on children's literature.


Lit2Go. A collection of children's literature available through University of South Florida's Educational Technology Clearinghouse. Available as Mp3 audio, web pages and pdf, with materials on standards of learning, teaching ideas, and author introductions.

University of Virginia Electronic Text Center. "Approximately 70,000 on- and off-line humanities texts in thirteen languages, with more than 350,000 related images." Includes collections by Aesop and Andrew Lang; Beowulf, Ovid's Metamorphoses, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with illustrations, Heidi, The Jungle Book; illustrated stories by Beatrix Potter (including Peter Rabbit); novels by Francis Hodgson Burnett, Louisa May Alcott, Lewis Carroll, Mark Twain, etc.

Project Gutenberg. A huge archive of many kinds of books available online, including fairy tale authors such as Hans Christian Andersen, Aesop's fables, collections of mythology such as Nathaniel Hawthorne's Tanglewood Tales. These are books that are out of copyright, so most were published before 1923.

Online Book Initiative's "Online Book Repository" reprints "freely redistributable texts." The Online Literature Library. Includes Aesop's fables translated by George Fyler Townsend, and a number of classic works of literature. "This site is maintained by enthusiasts rather than professional librarians."

The Internet Public Library contains links to many types of books for all ages, searchable by author, title, subject, or Dewey Decimal number. Also links to many background resources.

Online Children's Books. Links by D. K. Brown at U. of Calgary to books online, with some folklore reference links.

east of the web Short Stories reprints many kinds of stories for all ages, including classic fairy tales and fables.

World Wide School's Library has online texts, including a number of Land of Oz books by Baum, Fables by Robert Louis Stevenson, Anne of Green Gables books, fairy tales by Andersen and Lang, fantasies by George MacDonald, many other classics.

Wired for Books (Ohio University) has readings and interviews with many authors, including Lee Smith. Kids' Corner includes 9 Beatrix Potter tales with her original illustrations (some with audio in different languages), tales by the Grimms and Kipling with audio, and a RealAudio performance of Alice in Wonderland.

NetLibrary has thousands of online books available through library subscriptions to this service. Users of the Ferrum College server have access through the Ferrum College Library Reference Services.

University of Toronto English Library has selections of prose and poetry reprinted online.

Litrix Reading Room has many public domain works of literature, including Washington Irving, Hawthorne, Chaucer, Homer, Kipling, Poe, Shakespeare, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Swift, Twain.

Ongoing Tales, Literature of the Past for Children of All Ages has poetry, story books, fairy tales, Bible stories, with illustrations. Antelope Publishing

Bedtime-Story is designed for parents and children to read together, and for authors and illustrators to showcase their work. It contains many stories contributed by current authors and illustrators (with links to their web sites), as well as some classics such as Alice in Wonderland, "The Little Lame Prince," and "The Owl and the Pussycat." There are several dragon tales and many stories they label "Whimsical, Magical, Adventurous, Humorous, or simply wonderfully Imaginative."

Nineteenth-Century German Stories. "Web editions for language learning and literary study," in German and English. Includes Max and Moritz, Struwwelpeter, some Grimm tales, and others, with teaching aids. VCU Dept. of Foreign Languages.

Scripts for Schools by Canadian dramatist/educator Lois Walker and a team of teacher-writers, with description and sample pages online.

The Colorful Storybook, a 1941 collection with illustrations by Mary Ellsworth (unclear whether this and the other stories are copied with permission), with Rumpelstiltzkin and other tales. The Digital Bookstore. Digital books for sale: "52,000 popular, professional and academic ebooks from the world's leading publishers." Includes a Folklore and Mythology section under Non-Fiction, as well as Language Arts, Juvenile Nonfiction, and Literary Collections under the Non-Fiction heading.

Individual Tales or Books Online

Note: Many of the sites listed above and below contain texts and background on other individual tales. See also Appalachian tales online listed in Applit's folktale bibliographies.

Aesop's Fables - links to online collections of fables, compiled by the Open Directory Project

Alice in Wonderland. Unabridged RealAudio performance, directed and narrated by Karen Chan, at Kids' Corner,, Ohio University.

Baad Times in Nursery Rhymes, a play by Marsha J. Gold, at Candlelight Stories. A courtroom drama about the bad things that happen in nursery rhymes, with the judge Mother Goose insisting her rhymes have a happy ending.

Bearskin. Tale type 361 analyzed by German students at Carleton College

Beauty and the Beast. A Fairy Tale in a Prologue and Two Acts. Choreography and concept: David Nixon. BalletMet Columbus,1997. Music by Bizet, Britten, Debussy, Fauré, Honegger, Poulenc, Saint-Saëns. Web site has a variety of resources on origins of the tale and adaptations.

Bluebeard.  D. L. Ashliman gives the texts of several variants of tale "types 312 and 312A about women whose brothers rescue them from their ruthless husbands or abductors." See also Pretty Polly in AppLit.

Bluebeard. Research by Susan Elizabeth Sweeney, English Dept. Holy Cross College (MA).

The Brahmin's Tale from the Panchatantra, translated and illustrated by Vaibhav Kodikal, an animator from Mumbai, India, with attractive animation cells illustrating the tale, at Candlelight Stories.

Cat and Mouse in Company, 1994. A new translation by Gary V. Hartman, with interpretive notes. An online sample from The Loose-Leaf Fairy Tale Book, Hartman's work in progress translating Grimm tales.

Cinderella by David Delamare, 1993 picture book set in Venice, with lavish paintings, reprinted online

The Creation of the Night. A Legend from Brazil Translated and Illustrated by Maria Lucia Guimaraes Maier, at Candlelight Stories.

Fables by Jean de la Fontaine - links to online fables and background resources, compiled by Open Directory Project

The Frog King or Iron Henry, 1991. A new translation by Gary V. Hartman, with interpretive notes. An online sample from The Loose-Leaf Fairy Tale Book, Hartman's work in progress translating Grimm tales.

The Frog Prince - analyzed by German students at Carleton College

The Frog Prince - audio retelling at Wired for Books, based on the Grimm Brothers, except the princess wakes up to find a prince in her room, doesn't throw the frog against the wall to break the spell. Several other tales are reprinted here as well.

The Jack and the Beanstalk and Jack the Giant-Killer Project

How the Toad Got its Skin, A Legend from Brazil Translated and Illustrated by Maria Lucia Guimaraes Maier, at Candlelight Stories

Just So Stories, written and illustrated by Rudyard Kipling, etexts by Janice Bucala, at Candlelight Stories.

Edward Lear Home Page by Marco Graziosi contains poems, illustrations, essay on Lear, author of nonsense poetry.

Jataka Tales - links to tales online and background resources, compiled by Open Directory Project.

Jamaica Anansi Stories by Martha Warren Beckwith (1924)

Little Red Riding Hood Project. University of Southern Mississippi.

Little Red Riding Hood: A Multimedia Edition. The Fairy Tale Project, 1996. International Learning Center, Ursinus College. In English and German, with bibliography and study questions.

The Ballad of Mulan in Chinese and English

Mules and Men - text of 1935 collection of African American folklore by Zora Neale Hurston, with some background material

Peach Boy, a Japanese Story illustrated by Alice Kana, at Candlelight Stories (no indication of who wrote the text, but it's a retelling of a traditional Japanese tale about a boy born from a peach, who defeats an ogre and gets riches for his poor family)

The Pied Piper by Browning/Greenaway - full text with illustrations at Indiana Univ. Libraries.

The Princess and the Pea, by Hans Christian Andersen, with illustration by Edmund Dulac, at Candlelight Stories

Rapunzel - analyzed by German students at Carleton College

The Real Mother Goose by Blanche Fisher Wright, 1916, with original illustrations. Reprinted at Johanna Cormier home page.

The Sleeping Beauty Page - by German students at Carleton College

The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales from the Old French, translated/retold by Sir Arthur Quiller Couch, 1910. At Includes "Blue Beard," "Cinderella," "Beauty and the Beast."

Snow White - Kay Vandergrifts's fabulous scholarly site on variants of "Snow White"

Struwwelpeter. Not a book of folk literature, but a classic book of cautionary poems about disobedient children with color illustrations, by Heinrich Hoffmann. In Nineteenth-Century German Stories (see more in section above).

Swan Maiden tales from Europe and Asia, reprinted online at Swan Maidens, edited by D. L. Ashliman

Variants of The Three Little Pigs - compiled by Tina L. Hanlon

Uncle Remus - selected texts, analysis, illustrations, background materials on collections by Joel Chandler Harris


An American 19th-century retellings of classical mythology is Bullfinch's Mythology, online at

Illustration (Some of the other sites listed on this page contain illustrations as well.)

Artists - page by Russell A. Peck with many links to illustrations of Cinderella and other tales. Also at the University of Rochester, The Arthurian Project and The Robin Hood Project give links to illustrations.

Folk and Fairy Tales, Legends and Myths in Embracing the Child contains many links on illustrators, as well as other sections of this extensive site on picture books. contains paintings (mainly Pre-Raphaelite and Symbolist) on a variety of literary and mythical themes, including Dragons and Monsters, Sleeping Beauty, and many more.

The Endicott Studio of Mythic Arts "was founded by Terri Windling in 1987 to promote Mythic Arts (contemporary art and literature rooted in folklore and myth), which are part of the broader movement of Interstitial Arts (literary, visual, and performance arts that blur or abolish the boundaries drawn between genres and art disciplines). First established in Boston, Massachusetts and New York City, the studio is now based in Tucson, Arizona and Devon, England. The Endicott Studio Web site, which premiered in 1997, is a bimonthly online journal featuring works by writers, painters, sculptors, photographers, and performance artists in the Endicott circle." Beautiful art with descriptions and some book excerpts.

Illustration House. "For over twenty years, Illustration House, Inc. has been America's foremost gallery devoted to the art and history of illustration." Includes bios of many artists, such as Jesse Wilcox Smith, online exhibits, etc.

Bob Speel Home Page is a personal site "dedicated mainly to 19th century art, especially Pre-Raphaelites and illustration, but more broadly Victorian and Edwardian paintings, sculpture, architecture and other arts. The most useful part is the list of artists, which leads in to the artists' biographies." Includes sections on Women Painters and Illustrators, Decorated Book Pages with text and illustrations, Walter Crane, Randolph Caldecott, George Cruikshank, Kate Greenaway, John Tenniel. Contains some images and many links to others.

David Delamare's web site displays and sells his dreamlike paintings based on folklore and works such as Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (including nudes in some paintings).

Leo and Diane Dillon pages at Embracing the Child. Award-winning illustrators of picture books.

Images of Fairy Tales (posted for a Fairy Tale course at Union College, no source information given)

Russian Sunbirds. This site that sells lacquer art gives images of artworks next to readings from fairy tales and other themes.

Ruth Sanderson's web site on the picture books she writes and illustrates with lavish realistic paintings. Includes some activities for teachers.

Gennady Spirin at Embracing the Child. Spirin is a Russian artist who has illustrated many fairy tales and class works of literature.

Story-Lovers Greeting Cards and More, a commercial site that displays beautiful illustrations and has many lists and links to different types of stories

The Sur La Lune Fairy Tale Illustration Gallery. Collected by Heidi Anne Heiner

Voysey, Derry E. The Fantastic in Victorian Fairy Tale Illustration. Essay with several b/w illustrations, by a 1997 MA student at UVA.

Appalachian Literature

AppLit's Fiction and Poetry section contains full texts of folktales. AppLit's Links page also lists online books.

AppLit's Bibliography of Appalachian Folktales in Children's Books and Collections covers all media, including a picture book bibliography, links to online tales, an index that lists variants and non-Appalachian parallels for over 70 individual tales, and many references to Background Resources.

AppLit's study guide on Tall Tales and Jack Tales, with links to tall tales, Jack Tales and Cherokee tale bibliographies

Appalachian Project Stories and Jack Tales. Links to tales and folklore resources at

University Press of Kentucky gives pages on many of their books (most are Appalachian books).

Williamsburg Public Library has booklists focusing on Virginia and Southern writers (not all of Virginia is in Appalachia).

Virginia's Indians, Past and Present. Internet School Library Media Center gives links to many resources and texts online.

Kentucky - Folklore and Ghost Stories prints tales submitted by readers at Ancestry.Com, a genealogy web site (not all of Kentucky is in Appalachia).

Native American Traditional Storytelling. Tsalagi/Cherokee page has links to a number of writers.

Tsalagi Myths and Legends posted by an individual who lives in Toronto, Canada but was born and raised in New Orleans. These seem to be her own retellings of Cherokee tales. (Link not functional 11/2/05)

Daniel Boone Country web site on southeastern KY (no stories at this site 11/2/05)

Carol Hurst's children's literature page on Appalachia:

Links in this section checked 11/2/05

This page created August 2002.
Links checked 6/19/03
Last update: 5/8/09 08/02/2008
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