Golden Retold-ens: 18 Best Books Based on Fairy Tales

The new trailer for the live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” has us hearkening back to the animated classic and our first introduction to our beloved, book-ensconced Belle.

So while we wait for a deeper glimpse into the fantastic library scenery of this new adaptation, we can also look to our own shelves for fairy-tale retellings that resonate with the thrill of timeless stories.

Read on for our picks of novels new and old inspired by classic folk and fairy tales.


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Summer Reading 2016

School may be coming to a close, but as summer starts we want to echo Mr. Bennet’s encouragement to READ ON! Read On Mr Bennet

Okay, so that line isn’t in the book, but it is in the BBC miniseries, and that’s the best adaptation. And it’s totally within Mr. B’s bibliophile nature as something to say. Always looking for a peaceful moment in which to read his book; could Mr. Bennet be the most relatable character in Jane Austen’s works?

In any case, as you encourage your students to take on summer as a season of reading, you can fulfill your Summer Reading list with books from Adams Book Company! Here is a list of all kinds of books that would be great for summer reading.

A Lesson Before Dying, Angela’s Ashes, 1984, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Cold Mountain, Friday Night Lights, Great Expectations, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, The Bean Trees, The Color Purple, The Joy Luck Club, The Kite Runner, The Road, The Tiger’s Wife, Fast Food Nation, The Alchemist, Salvage the Bones, The Beautiful Struggle, How to Read Literature like a Professor

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Spring into Reading

Spring break is a great opportunity to pick up that book you have been meaning to for months. It’s also a great opportunity for educators to suggest books to their students, not as mandatory reading, but as recommended reading geared towards that specific student.

It’s sometimes a daunting task to pick a book for a student. Will they like it? What if they dislike it so much that it puts them off reading? Though understandable concerns, whether the child likes or dislikes a book will make for a great discussion after the break. Plus, talking about a book is just as wonderful as reading one. Read on for picks from Middle Reader Novels, Beloved Classics, Movie Tie-Ins, and YA Fantasy

Middle Reader Novels

Based on a true story, “Between Two Worlds” by Katherine Kirkpatrick is a novel of Arctic exploration told from a young Inuit point of view. Author of the “Indian in the Cupboard” series, Lynne Reid Banks, tells a story informed by her own experiences of leaving WWII England for Canada in “Uprooted”.

New Editions of Beloved Classics

Series are great when you find a story and characters you love, and they’ve always been a great way to keep kids reading. L.M. Montgomery kept young readers happy with nine “Anne of Green Gables” novels, starting in 1908. Those books have a refreshed look with lovely new cut paper cover designs. Perennial favorite Sherlock Holmes also gets a handy repackaging with an edition that collects the timeless novel-length stories.

Books and the Big Screen

This year’s blockbusters draw on both literature and nonfiction. Nathaniel Philbrick’s “In the Heart of the Sea,” which reexamines the real-life disaster that inspired “Moby Dick,” is now not only adapted into a feature film, but is also available in a new edition for young readers.

Young Adult Fantasy

No waiting: If you get hooked on a series by starting with the paperback, the next book is already available in hardcover!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with the best books by or about the great civil rights leader. There are biographies, in-depth histories, collections of Dr. King’s words, and books to engage young readers. Below is a sample of books that can help students understand King’s monumental work and connect it with the continued efforts for justice and peace needed today.

Save 35% off list price when ordering 10 or more copies. Search Adams Book Co. to find the titles you need.

Prepare Your Students for the ACT

The ACT is growing into the most preferred entrance exam by colleges and universities across the country. Adams Book Company has compiled a list of preparation manuals, practice tests books, and flashcards for your classroom. FREE shipping with use of code ACT36.*

Testing Prep Manuals and Practice Tests


ACT Subject Workbooks and Guides

Social Justice Books

We’ve compiled and curated a list of well-regarded books useful as a tool for teaching students to draw direct connections to real world issues and encouraging them to become active global citizens.

The above is just a small sampling of the new paperback titles that we’ve curated on our dedicated Social Justice Pinterest board. Check it out for more ideas for titles to integrate into your curriculum.

SAVE 35% off paperbacks when purchasing 10 or more copies. Explore titles and discounts now at Adams Book Company’s main site.

Spotlight on… New Paperbacks for the Classroom

Whether you’re searching for new books to integrate into your curriculum or just looking to keep your finger on the pulse of publishing, we’ve compiled and curated a list of books, which are well regarded and newly available in paperback. Maybe you’ll see something you’d like to bring into your classroom or maybe you’ll discover your next read. Whatever you decide, just remember: read early, read often.

SAVE 35% off the cover price on paperbacks when purchasing 10 or more copies.

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
Grades 10 and Up
$12.75 for 10+ copies   |   ISBN 9781594485152

When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she learns to constantly translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles.


Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
Grades 10 and Up
$10.40 for 10+ copies   |   ISBN 9780143120537

Foer’s unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives.


Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington
Grades 10 and Up
$9.75 for 10+ copies   |   ISBN 9780143121114

Tomboy Alice Bliss life is changed when her father, Matt, is being deployed to Iraq. At once universal and very personal, Alice Bliss is a profoundly moving story about those who are left at home during wartime and a small-town teenage girl bravely facing the future. View the Discussion Guide.

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht
Grades 10 and Up
$9.75 for 10+ copies   |   ISBN 9780385343848

The Tiger’s Wife follows Natalia, a young doctor in a Balkan country that’s recovering from years of war, as she explores her grandfather’s death in a remote village and unravels the mysterious details of her grandfather’s past. View the Discussion Guide.


Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Grades 5-8
$5.19 for 10+ copies   |   ISBN 9780375858291
2011 Newbery Winner

After a life riding the rails, 12-year-old Abilene is sent to live in her father’s hometown where she comes to discover details about his childhood in Kansas during World War I, including prohibition, poor race-relations, immigration, and labor issues.

“Vanderpool illustrates the importance of stories as a way for children to understand the past, inform the present and provide hope for the future,” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Cynthia K. Richey.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Grades 11 and Up
$5.84 for 10+ copies   |   ISBN  9780142420591

Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Deported to a prison camp in Siberia, Lina fights for her life, fearless, risking everything to save her family. View the Discussion Guide.

Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
Grades 5-8
$5.17 for 10+ copies   |   ISBN 9781419702006
2011 Newbery Honor

Shipwrecks, whaling, a search for home and a delightful exploration of cultures create a swashbuckling adventure. This historical novel is based on the true story of Manjiro (later John Mung), the young fisherman believed to be the first Japanese person to visit America, who against all odds, becomes a samurai.

The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
Grades 7 and Up
$9.75 for 10+ copies   |   ISBN  9780385528207

Two kids with the same name lived in the same decaying city. One went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation. View the Discussion Guide.

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
Grades 5 and Up
$4.54 for 10+ copies   |   ISBN 9780142419670

Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm (and Grimm-inspired) fairy tales. The siblings learn the true story behind the famous tales, as well as how to take charge of their destinies and create their own happily ever after. Building on the current popularity of fairy tales in movies and TV, students will enjoy these twists on classics.

I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced
by Nujood Ali with Delphine Minoui
Grades 8 and Up
$7.80 for 10+ copies   |   ISBN 9780307589675

Nujood tells her full story of her forced marriage to a man three times her age, mistreatment, and divorce. Fighting the system in a country where almost half the girls are married while still under the legal age, Nujood’s courageous defiance of both Yemeni customs and her own family has attracted a storm of international attention. View the Discussion Guide.

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Grades 4-7
$4.54 for 10+ copies   |   ISBN 9780060760908
2011 Newbery Honor, National Book Award Finalist

Sisters Delphine, Vonetta and Fern find adventure when they are sent to meet their estranged poet-mother Cecile, who prints flyers for the Black Panthers in 1968 Oakland, California.


Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Grades 8 and Up
$7.14 for 10+ copies   |   ISBN 9781595141880

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers. View the Discussion Guide.

The above is just a small sampling of the new paperback titles that we’ve curated on our dedicated New Paperbacks for the Classroom Pinterest board. Check it out for more ideas for new titles to integrate into your curriculum. Looking more towards the beginning of the year? We also have a board dedicated to back-to-school ideas.