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.
This lyrical picture book of 20 clever riddles challenges young readers to use their imagination to solve the word puzzles.
The barnyard animals have a good time at their neighbor's party until dinner is served. When the feast appears to be disappointing, Rooster rudely storms off before the hidden treats are discovered.
As Luck Would Have It
Adapted from the Brothers Grimm, Mama and Papa Bear leave Jonas and Juniper in charge of the household but pandemonium follows when the young bears try to recover the family fortune that has been stolen by clever thieves.
A greedy cat grows enormous as he eats everything in sight, including his friends and neighbors who call him fat.
Picture book folk tales that subtly incorporate character values into the dramatic elements of the plot.
Why Koala Has a Stumpy Tail
When Tree Kangaroo and Koala dig a well to get some water, Tree Kangaroo ends up doing all of the work and Koala ends up with a stumpy tail in this origin story from Australia.
Anansi and the Pot of Beans
Did you ever wonder why spiders have no hair? After reading this African trickster tale, you will know. When Anansi goes to help his grandmother, he can’t resist her steaming, hot pot of beans. Bobby and Sherry Norfolk take a wonderful new look at a classic story.
When the head of a Buddhist monastery decides to pick a successor, he sends the young monks out to accomplish one task. The monks must each steal something, but they must steal in such a way that no one knows they have stolen.
Rooster's Night Out
In this chain story from Cuba, Rooster learns that he needs a lot of help to get cleaned up for Heron’s party.
Folk tale anthologies and scary stories.
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.
Wisdom Tales from Around the World
This collection of fifty metaphorical folktales and parables come from diverse story traditions such as Sufi, Zen, Taoist, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, African, and Native American.
This collection of African-American folktales illuminates the unbroken chain of a rich oral tradition. The stories highlight the richness and variety of a cultural heritage that has crossed the Atlantic, survived slavery, and triumphed over the ignorance of racism and bigotry.
Stories of Hope and Spirit
Throughout history, Eastern Europe has been a battlefield, a crossroads, a place of conflict, and a place of resolution. The folk stories in this collection tell about challenges as well as the strength, wit, hope, and courage necessary to face them.
Eleven Nature Tales
In this new millennium, we are faced with a critical question: are we willing to work together to ensure the survival of the planet? Eleven ancient stories address this issue through tales of natural elements such as Sun, Moon, Stars, Ocean, Wind, Fire, Mammals, Reptiles, Birds, Insects, Rocks, Trees, and Humans.
Folk tale anthologies and scary stories.
Buried Treasures of the Ozarks
This collection brings together 43 legends from Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma - stories about fabulous mines abandoned by De Soto's soldiers; ingots carried partway across the Ozarks long ago, stashed in some moment of danger and never recovered; lodes of precious metal known only to local Indians; and thieves' and murderers' plunder that still lies hidden underground.
Mexican American Folklore
Mexican-American traditions are richly nourished by the folkways of three cultures - Indian, Spanish, and Mexican. This comprehensive look at the Mexican-American world includes a range of traditional proverbs, riddles, and folksongs.
There are trees that walk, statues that accuse, and white-faced ticket-takers with gentle names like “Dave” who send people on very long journeys. These stories are short, creepy, and perfect for reading around a campfire when the sky is full of stars.
More Ready-To-Tell Tales
This collection of world tales focuses on international stories originating from nearly every continent. There are short, gripping stories that "kick in fast" including comedy, trickster, tall tales and family themes.
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.