The Ballad of Belle Dorcas by William H. Hooks

The Ballad of Belle Dorcas by William H. Hooks, illustrated by Brian Pinkney (Suggested reading level: Grades 2 – 4) This is a wonderful re-telling of a traditional American story, but one I’ve never heard before. According to the author, this is one of the many “conjure” tales he was …

The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen

“The Little Match Girl” by Hans Christian Andersen Earlier this year, I asked people to share what their favorite Christmas story is and several mentioned this tale by Hans Christian Andersen. It’s one I’ve heard of but I’m not sure that I ever actually read it before. The Little March …

The Elves and the Shoemaker by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

“The Elves and the Shoemaker” by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm This is one of three elf stories that follow each other in the Grimm’s Household Tales. This one is the funnest to me and it takes place just before Christmas, so it’s appropriate to the season. There a poor shoemaker …