Enchanting New Fairy Books + Fairy Booklist

Fairy Books for Kids

I’m so excited about these books that I may or may not be wearing a pair of my kids’ dress-up fairy wings as I type this. Not only because FAIRIES, but because the enchanting books in this post are very near-and-dear to our hearts. Imelda & the Goblin King by Briony May Smith (public library) and A Fairy Friend by Sue Fliess, illustrated by Claire Keane (public library) are the latest additions that have made their way into the ranks of our favorite fairy books list, which I’ve also included below. Here’s a peek inside these two imaginative, stunning books about wee fairy folk:



Imelda & The Goblin King by Briony May Smith

Young Imelda lives behind a fairy forest where she often goes to visit and play with her fairy friends. All was fine and well, until the day the greedy goblin king arrives and kidnaps the fairy queen. Imelda and the fairies have to devise a clever plan to rescue the queen and restore the fairy forest back to it’s former happy state.

Imelda & The Goblin King by Briony May Smith

Imelda and the Goblin King

Imelda and the Goblin King Fairy Books for Kids

Sweet as can be. Imelda and The Goblin King is a tale about good vs. evil, greed, problem solving, and even has a delicious pie in the mix. Briony May Smith’s illustrations are stunning. Each time we read this story I notice a new detail that I hadn’t noticed before. Something else I love about this book is that the fairies and magical creatures are illustrated in a variety of skin shades from pink, to brown, to tan, to even blue. After reading quite a few illustrated books as a kid and now with my own children in which the majority of the fairies are predominately white, it was refreshing to see a broader spectrum of skin colors represented. Imelda is a strong, kind, and courageous heroine that uses her wits to defeat evil. She’s exactly the kind of character I’m glad is a part of our reading world.



A Fairy Friend

A Fairy Friend by Sue Fliess, illustrated b Claire Keane

Okay… So, this book is darling. Its rhyming text and its almost-like-they’re-glowing illustrations won my kids over after the first page. Even though fairies are all around her, one girl learns no matter how hard she tries they’re quite difficult to spot. To lure them to her, she crafts a fairy house so maybe, just maybe, they’ll come to here. One fairy might even feel friendly enough to land in her hand.

A Fairy Friend by Sue Fliess, illustrated by Claire Keane

A Fairy Friend illustration

Adorable, right? Sue Fliess’ text rolls of the tongue like an evening lullaby and the frolicking, sometimes mischievous, fae illustrations light up each page making A Fairy Friend a magical read. No doubt it will inspire the construction of many fairy houses like these from it’s readers. The illustration style seemed familiar the first time I set eyes on this book and sure enough, Claire Keane is an illustrator who contributed to popular Walt Disney films’ Tangled and Frozen. Now that Sue Fliess and Claire Keane on my reading radar, I’m looking forward to reading whatever future books they may have up their sleeves.



magical fairy books for kids

After reading these two fabulous new fairyland books full of shimmer, whimsey, charm, and wonder,  I thought I’d pull together a list of our favorite fairy picture books (and one early chapter book!) for even more fairy folk fun:

Imelda & The Goblin King by Briony May Smith (public library)
A Fairy Friend by Sue Fliess, illustrated by Claire Keane (public library)
Piper Green and the Fairy Tree by Ellen Potter, illustrated by Quin Leng (public library)
Fairy Houses by Tracy Kane (public library)
Come To The Fairies’ Ball by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Gary Lippincott (public library)
A Fairy Went a-Marketing by Rose Fyleman, illustrated by Jamichael Henterly (public library)
Good Night, Fairies by Kathleen Hague (public library)
The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies by Ammi-Joan Paquette (public library)
How to Find Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker (public library)
The Complete Book of Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker (public library)

If you’re heading to the library and are interested in checking out these books, I’ve assembled this catalog list for easy browsing! If you’re library suscribes to bibliocommons, then this list can be accessed through your library catalog.

And if you know a fairy-loving kid (or grown-up) be sure to hop over to this Building Natural Fairy Houses post for more moon magic and star dust fairy fun!


**Sources of books reviewed: Imelda & The Goblin King provided by Flying Eye Books, A Fairy Friend and Piper Green and the Fairy Tree were checked out at our local library, and all other books were purchased at our local bookstores, The Raven and Dusty Bookshelf.


4 Responses to “Enchanting New Fairy Books + Fairy Booklist”

  1. OH MY WORD that Claire Keane book. Must have . MUST HAVE! This post delights my heart. Love love love, and sharing!!!!

    • Rebecca says:

      You will LOVE IT, Melissa!!! Thank you so much for sharing the fairy love! I’m glad I have a grownup in the world to share my affinity for fairy folk with :)

  2. Megan Clouse says:

    Thank you so much for this list!! I’ve been scouring Amazon and not finding much! I’m so excited to find A Fairy Friend!!

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