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Folklore, Fables, & Fairy Tales Pathfinder: Home

This guide was designed for Elementary aged students, parents, and teachers who want to explore audio, video, and interactive resources about folklore, fables, and fairy tales.

What are fables, fairy tales, & folktales (folklore)?

Why use a pathfinder?

Introduction:  Every year teachers, parents, and students check out mass amounts of folktales, fairy tales, and fables from the library.  In fact during some parts of the year these books are a hot commodity.  Why are they so popular?  While many just love make believe, good trumping evil, or hearing a favorite tale, others are required to read and study them as part of their academic state standards. In Indiana 1st graders should be able to “retell stories, fables, and fairy tales in sequence.”  In 2nd grade students are asked to “recount the beginning, middle, and ending of stories, including fables and folktales.”  Students in 3rd grade are asked to “retell folktales, fables, and tall tales from diverse cultures.”  This pathfinder extends the scope of resources teachers, parents, and elementary students can utilize from basic books to videos, websites, databases, digital services, and interactive resources.  Access to the resources listed can be found online or through many public libraries.  While these resources are most appropriate for grades K-5 students, older students may also find the resources useful. 

Why should you use other formats instead of just books when teaching folktales, fairy tales, and fables?  Mary Burkey for Booklist, believes “listening to literature expands our horizons connecting us to commonalities across cultures while honoring the differences that define our identities (138).”  How is the story of Cinderella portrayed in African fairy tales as opposed to the United States?  It is well known that students learn through different methods.  Some students are visual learners, others auditory, and still some are kinesthetic learners. To meet these diverse needs you need equally diverse resources such as interactive books, videos, music, and websites.

Burkey, Mary.  “Voices in My Head: We Need Diverse Audiobooks.”  Booklist, vol. 112, no. 19/20, 2016, pp. 138.

“Indiana Academic Standards English/Language Arts: Grade K-5.”  Indiana Department of Education. National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers, 2010, PP. 12, Accessed 17 Feb. 2018.

How does traditional literature differ?

"Traditional Literature: Folktales, Fairytales, and Fables." YouTube, uploaded by Andie Worsley, 6 Mar. 2017,

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Evie Randolph
Evie Randolph
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IUPUI Library and Information Science