Preschool and Kindergarten
The Giant Carrot by Jan Peck. Adapted from a Russian folktale, “The Turnip.”
A Story A Story by Gail Haley. An ancient African folk tale, beautifully illustrated.
Elementary and Middle School
Brundibar by Tony Kushner and Maurice Sendak. An illustrated book that depicts serious topics like illness, poverty and tyranny, Brundibar is based on a Czech Opera first performed in a Nazi concentration camp.
Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folk Tales Mandela has selected 32 African tales that he hopes will last through the ages.
The Twenty One Balloons by William Pene Dubois. A fantasy based on a real-life event about families from diverse nations who build fantastic homes on Krakatoa, and what happens when it erupts.