Imagining Your Story: Myth and Folktales from Around the World

Rachel Weiss

As the school year ends and those long summer days inch ever nearer, planning how to fill those hours is no easy task. Luckily, the fine librarians of the Brooklyn Public Library are bringing Summer Reading to the virtual space with the Beanstack app and our eReader services, Overdrive and SimplyE. This year our Summer Reading theme is “Imagine Your Story”, and, if you can imagine it, we have stories for you.

Over the next several weeks, our Librarians will be bringing you videos that highlight some of our Summer Reading titles. This week Rebecca of Sunset Park Library shared Weird but True: Greek Mythology as well as some fun fiction titles in the Rick Riordan Presents line that present a modern twist on myths and folktales from different cultures. Fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series and other books will expand their mythological knowledge base through thrilling adventures. 

If those are not for you, there are other myth and folktale books that might be a better fit for you and all available to read right now in ebook format! 

For Younger Readers Pre-K to Grade 1: 


Book Cover: Ganesha's Sweet Tooth
Ganesha's Sweeth Tooth by Sanjay Patel

Find out how the Hindu god Ganesha broke his tooth and what happened after.

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Book Cover: The Princess and the Warrior
The Princess and the Warrior by Duncan Tonatiuh

A reimagining of the legend of Princess Izta and Popocoa, a warrior who promises to fight for her hand in marriage.

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For Older Readers in Grades 2-5: 


Book Cover: Echo Echo
Echo Echo by Marilyn Singer

These peculiar poems take many popular Greek myths and condense them, accompanied by a summary of the myth and colorful illustrations.

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Book Cover: Ella Enchanted
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Not on our book lists but this humorous retelling of the fairy tale Cinderella has become a classic in its own right.

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For Middle and High Schoolers: 


Book Cover: Fearsome creatures of the lumberwoods
Fearsome creatures of the lumberwoods by Hal Johnson

This book updates the tales of various mythological animals from around North America from the Billdad of Maine to the Hyampom hog bear of California, there are many cryptic creatures to discover.

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Book Cover: A thousand beginnings and endings : 15 retellings of Asian myths and legends
A thousand beginnings and endings : 15 retellings of Asian myths and legends by Various Authors

A collection of short stories from Asian authors reimagining the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia through many genres.

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Look for more of these book recommendation videos coming soon on our Brooklyn Public Library Family and BPL Branch Facebook pages!


This blog post reflects the opinions of the author and does not necessarily represent the views of Brooklyn Public Library.


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