August House offers a highly acclaimed, award-winning selection of picture books, story collections and resource books crafted the world’s great oral traditions, folktales, and fairytales. Their stories are grounded in diversity and have been carefully selected from almost every region of the world, ensuring that all children will be able to see themselves in this collection.
A mix of folklore, fairytales, and humor, all combined with delightful illustrations. These books will enhance a child's sense of community.
Little Red Hen
This classic story uses a rhymed retelling of the traditional tale about the industrious little red hen and her lazy friends.
Spicy Hot Colors
Colors explode off the page in this energetic picture book that illustrates common colors in both English and Spanish.
This lyrical picture book of 20 clever riddles challenges young readers to use their imagination to solve the word puzzles.
A humorous retelling of an Italian tale in which a Genoese merchant, richly rewarded for solving an irritating problem for the king of the Spice Islands, causes a greedy rival to try and gain a fortune in the same way.
Picture book folk tales that subtly incorporate character values into the dramatic elements of the plot.
In this story, a farmer and his wife match wits with a large, mean-spirited ogre. If they can’t outwit him, they will end up with no crops of their own to eat or sell. This whimsically drawn story is based on an old Swedish folktale.
In this story from India, a farmer’s three lazy sons don’t want to work, they just want to make a lot of gold. When their mother tells them about gold buried in the field, they discover the value of a good day’s work.
Well of Truth
When Goat, Rooster, and Donkey decide to try their hand at farming, Donkey learns the price of being greedy and discovers that the truth will always come out in the end.
In this story from Peru, we meet a baker who is so stingy that he wants to charge people just for smelling his baked goods. When the baker takes his case to court, the wise judge decides to teach the greedy man a well-deserved lesson.
Folk tale anthologies and scary stories.
Bully Goat Grim
This hilarious Maynard Moose tale as retold by master storyteller Willy Claflin takes us on another whimsical journey with the misadventures of a Bully Goat who suffers from Random Hostility Syndrome. The Bully Goat clashes with a three headed troll “fambly” and is undone by a baby girl troll when she suddenly realizes that, “…everybody ought to mess with him!” Her inspiration leads to a confrontation with the Bully Goat using only a pillow and three raggedy old bed sheets. After she cleverly outwits the Bully Goat, all of the forest animals follow her example and the threat of the bully is eliminated. Fortunately, everyone lives happily for “never afterwords” except for the Bully Goat since nobody likes a “dubnoxious beastly”. A Moose-English Glossary is included along with Hoofnotes to help guide you through the translation. This latest fractured fairy tale from the Piney Woods marks the third collaboration from the creative team who brought you the 2011 Texas Bluebonnet Award winning book, The Uglified Ducky and the award winning Rapunzel & the Seven Dwarfs. James Stimson has worked his magic once again with his eclectic stylized illustrations that depict the humor of the offbeat trolls and capture the joy of the forest animals inhabiting the Piney Woods.
Tales of Enchantment
A collection of nine traditional tales about leprechauns, dwarfs, shapeshifters and other enchanted creatures from various countries, including Russia, Norway, and Germany.
Adventures of High John the Conqueror
This book is a collection of sixteen tales about High John the Conqueror, the trickster hero of African Americans during and after the time of slavery.
Big Doc's Girl
Mary Clayborne, the teenage daughter of a country doctor and a piano teacher, dreams of going to a conservatory and becoming a concert pianist. When her mother falls ill, she temporarily puts aside her ambition in order to care for her younger brothers and sisters.
Folk tale anthologies and scary stories.
Listening for the Crack of Dawn
Donald Davis weaves humorous and sometimes heart felt stories of growing up in rural Appalachia that will resonate with the readers' experiences.
Ghost Stories from the Pacific Northwest
Here is a ghostly gazeteer chronicling the numerous contemporary accounts of Northwestern hauntings and other strange happenings reported in British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. The typical Northwestern ghost almost always appears alone, in the form of a faint, often grayish wisp.
A clever retelling of the Brer Rabbit trickster tales with sly and resourceful female characters who can outwit anyone.
Buried Treasures of New England
This book contains more than thirty stories of hidden riches, forgotten war loots, and sunken ship treasures.