Readers' Advisory for Children and 'Tweens

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Chapter 9
Folklore for Children
and ’Tweens

When a child or ’tween asks for a good book, we often go straight for fiction. We offer a picture book to read aloud as a bedtime story, beginning readers or easy chapter books to those learning how to read, and children’s novels to ’tweens. How many times do you take them to the folk and fairy tales section? In many libraries folklore is shelved in Dewey 398.2, or in a section on its own, which makes it a few steps out of our reach and totally out of our thoughts. That is a shame, because folklore can be the perfect choice when a child asks for a great book to read, or for a parent who wants to read to the whole family.


Traditional Tales

Folk and fairy tales are sometimes referred to as traditional tales, and stem from an oral tradition. That’s what makes them such great read-alouds for a family. These stories have magic, adventure, humor, and other qualities that are appealing to most readers and listeners. And even though folklore wasn’t always for children, most of the books you find on the children’s folklore shelves are suitable for all but the very

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