8 Fairy Tale Retellings You Won’t Hate Reading To Your Kids

Do we need to cancel Fairy Tales? Not so fast! Here are some modern options.

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A collage of the covers of fairy tale retellings with "Three Ninja Pigs" in the center

From the Brothers Grimm to Hans Christian Andersen, men-writers have cornered the market on fairy tales ever since forever. These famous stories are chock-full of all the -ISMs: classism, sexism, racism, looksism, ageism, and of course let’s not forget a dose of good-old-fashioned misogyny. Bu

t fear not, Progressive Parents, there’s a new batch of re-imagined fairy tales written by evolved authors (of all genders), seeking to revamp the classics, absolve the narrative sins of their predecessors, and redeem this problematic genre at the perpetualbane of Women’s Studies Majors’ existences.What’s most exciting about these re-imagined stories is how female characters take center stage, exhibit strength, advocate for themselves, and demonstrate agency over theirprescribed plots. There’s also a very welcome effort to celebrate diversity and increase representation, with several books featuring black or brown protagonists to ensure that all kids can see themselves reflected in the pages of these revived and very-necessary retellings.otherNatalie Portman. This is the only one of these she’s done so far!)

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