Aesop and More: 10 of the Best Picture Books about Fables

I love adding fables to our reading collection. Not only are fables fun stories to read, but they have amazing examples of character traits and teach our children morals in a way they can follow and understand. Here are 10 of my favorite picture books about fables.

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The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

We all know this fable well: The lion decides not to eat the mouse who later comes to the lion’s rescue. Even with no words, the illustrations still tell this fable so well and are absolutely beautiful. You can find this as one of the main books in Rabbit Trails through Literature: Volume 1.

Aesop’s Favorite Fables: More Than 130 Classic Fables for Children 

Aesop’s Fables is a collection of stories written thousands of years ago in Ancient Greece. There are many books that have Aesop’s fables, but this one is my favorite. My favorite part of fables is the moral of the story. It always brings about some good discussions. 

Fables by Arnold Lobel

We have all read Aesop’s fables, but this book is full of new and different fables. Arnold Lobel uses his humor and creativity to write fables that all ages will enjoy. 

The Tortoise & the Hare by Jerry Pinkney

Slow and steady wins the race! Here’s another almost wordless book by Jerry Pinkney. He has done another amazing job at illustrating this fable and making it come alive. This book will help teach perseverance and humility.

Lousy Rotten Stinkin’ Grapes by Margie Palatine

It is so fun to read other authors’ versions of a classic Aesop fable. Fox tries really hard to get the delicious grapes. Read the story to find out who he enlists to help him. 

The Blind Men and the Elephant by Karen Backstein

This book will make your children giggle. Each blind man feels a different part of the elephant. They each come up with a different description of what an elephant is like. 

How Raven Got His Crooked Nose: An Alaskan Dena’ina Fable

Beautiful illustrations help tell this traditional Native American fable. The trickster raven loses his nose, but he is certain he will get it back. Check this book out to see if he does. 

The Lost Horse: A Chinese Folktale by Ed Young

It’s always fun to read fables from other countries. This ancient Chinese fable teaches about the ever-changing fortunes of life. You will definitely want to add this to your Ancient History study. 

Town Mouse, Country Mouse by Jan Brett

I absolutely love looking through Jan Brett’s books. The illustrations are so much fun to look at and see all the detail that she has added. This classic tale of the town mouse and the country mouse is a fun story to share with your children. 

Aesop’s The Crow and The Pitcher by Stephanie Gwyn Brown

I found this retelling of the classic fable very interesting and educational! The author does a great job of using this fable to teach the six steps of the scientific method. It’s a fun read but also provides a bonus science lesson!

10 of the best picture books to read about Fables

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