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Folk & Fairy Tales
Folk and fairy tales are memorable, universal, diverse, meaningful, and best of all, fun! By sharing these tales with children, you're contributing to our cultural literacy and helping with imagination.

Check out the Folk & Fairy Tales Book List for a list of stories that are perfect for the birth to six age group.
     Cover Art: The Little Red Hen

Fingerplays & Songs
This Little Piggy and the Big Bad Wolf

This little piggy made a straw house,
(Wiggle finger and form roof peak with hands)

This little piggy built a twig house,
(Wiggle finger and form roof peak)

This little piggy built a brick house,
(Wiggle finger and form roof peak)

And then the first two little piggies went...
(Wiggle first two fingers)

"Wee wee wee" all the way to the brick house...

Where the wolf huffed and puffed,
(Take deep breaths)

And blew their houses down!

Stir a bowl of gingerbread
(Make stirring motion)

Smooth and spicy brown.

Roll it with a rolling pin
(Pretend to roll dough)

Up and up and down.

With a cookie cutter
(Pretend to cut cookies with cutter)

Make some little men,

Put them in the oven
(Put tray in the oven)

Until half past ten.

Cover Art: The Gingerbread Man

Cover Art: The Mitten The Mitten
Several animals sleep snugly in Nicki's lost mitten until the bear sneezes.
Cover Art: Three Little Kittens Three Little Kittens
Three little kittens lose, find, soil and wash their mittens.

New Books

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses

It's a Tiger!

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs


more New Picture Books

Storytimes at your Library
Many storytimes require registration and fill up early. Registration is available online, by phone and in person.
  • Baby Storytime - for children birth to 24 months.
    Delight and stimulate your baby's senses with books and music.
  • Toddler Storytime - for children ages 2 and 3.
    Nurture a love of books. Learn letters, sounds, and new words.
  • Preschool Storytime - for children ages 4 to 6.
    Enjoy stories together and build language skills.
  • Family Storytime - for children 2 years old and up.
    Share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement with your children.
  • World Language Storytime - for children 2 years old and up.
    Experience the world in other languages.
see all Storytimes at Hennepin County Library

see all events at Hennepin County Library

Jane Jane, Birth to Six Librarian
Learn more about early literacy at Birth to Six website

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