The best children’s books about fairies

Who am I?

I have always been fascinated by fairies. I remember watching dragonflies in my backyard, convinced that they carried fairies on their backs. I hung pictures of fairies on my bedroom walls. I even moved my dollhouse furniture outside and set it up under a tree so the fairies would be comfy. This wasn’t as farfetched as it sounds when you consider that I grew up before the digital age and was always encouraged to use my imagination. When the movie Peter Pan was released, I fell in love with Tinkerbell. I’m convinced that all of this prepared me to become the writer of a series of fairy books. Who knew?


I wrote...

Book cover of The Sock Fairy

What is my book about?

Most people think that all fairies are girls. Not so! The Sock Fairy is a mischievous little boy fairy, and everyone knows him. He sneaks into houses late at night and simply takes a few socks, then leaves just before daylight. Now you know who to blame! It’s not the dryer! 

Each of the books in my fairy series blames something on a fairy. Some of my fairies are girls, others are boys. One is even a grandmother! Many books have been written about fairies. Most of the older stories (from the 1800s) were written for adults, and are a bit scary. I prefer the fairies who are lively, mischievous—and friendly. Fairies appeal to children of all ages. The books I have selected are among my favorites.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Twinkle

Bobbie Hinman Why did I love this book?

Young readers love books with bright colors and fanciful characters. They enjoy stories that are easy to understand, yet have an interesting plot. Katherine Holabird’s series, Twinkle, has it all. Twinkle is a feisty little fairy, impeccably illustrated, and lovable at first sight. In each book in the series, Twinkle solves a different troublesome issue, such as making it through her first day at fairy school, trying to remember her spells, and dealing with her new pet dragon. The vibrant illustrations add even more enjoyment to the stories. 

In addition to the Twinkle picture books, slightly older fairy-loving children will be delighted with the leveled readers that feature further adventures of the mischievous little fairy named Twinkle.

By Katharine Holabird, Sarah Warburton (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Twinkle as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 1, 2, 3, and 4.

What is this book about?

From the author of the global success Angelina Ballerina comes the third book in this brand new series for all those who love fairies, friendship and pink!

Fairy Godmother gives Twinkle and her friends a pet each - and Twinkle gets a dragon! Scruffy is boisterous, greedy and full of energy. Twinkle knows that he will be the naughtiest pet at the Fairy Pet Day. But she loves him anyway and Scruffy proves that he can be a good dragon, if he really wants to be!

Illustrated by the bestselling illustrator of Dinosaurs in the Supermarket, Sarah Warburton and Katherine…


Book cover of Chloe the Kitten

Bobbie Hinman Why did I love this book?

I have always believed that fairies can be girls or boys, young or old. What I love about this series is that each story is written about a different fairy animal. There’s Daisy the Deer who helps a frightened hedgehog overcome his nighttime fears; there’s Chloe the Kitten who helps a lost mouse find his way home; and there’s Poppy the Pony who overcomes her own shyness. There are 12 different books in the series. The adorable characters are beautifully illustrated and of course, have wings! These are early chapter books with sweet stories that are easy to read and have lessons to teach. They are available in a small paperback format that 5 to 8-year-olds love to collect.

By Lily Small,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Chloe the Kitten as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 5, 6, 7, and 8.

What is this book about?

Welcome to the magical world of Misty Wood! In this enchanted realm, every creature has glittery fairy wings and a special job to do to make their home beautiful. In Book 1, Chloe is a Cobweb Kitten, and her job is to decorate cobwebs with twinkly dewdrops. But while she is decorating, she meets a little mouse who is lost and afraid. Will she be able to help him find his way home?


Book cover of How to Catch the Tooth Fairy

Bobbie Hinman Why did I love this book?

Just about every child believes in the Tooth Fairy, and many picture books have been written about this elusive character. This is my favorite. The rollicking, silly rhyme, and unusual escape methods devised by the fairy to keep the kids from catching her will captivate any child who is facing the loss of a tooth. The fairy is on the run, dealing with icky situations such as drool and tangled dental floss. Is she really too fast to be caught?

By Adam Wallace, Andy Elkerton (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked How to Catch the Tooth Fairy as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling How To Catch series comes an all-new tooth fairy book!
From losing your first tooth to waiting for the arrival of the mysterious tooth fairy, How to Catch the Tooth Fairy celebrates this special event in your child's life with a lively story of the tooth fairy's escape from some very determined kids! Get ready to laugh along with this zany story as the tooth fairy dodges traps, drool, dental floss webs, and more in this fun bedtime book for kids that combines silly rhymes and bright illustrations with STEAM concepts!…


Book cover of Sprite's Secret

Bobbie Hinman Why did I love this book?

I love children’s series that encourage young readers to keep track of what their favorite character is up to in the next book…and the next. Pixie Tricks is an early chapter book series that does just that. In the first book, the main character finds a portal to the fairy world right in her own backyard. In the following books, she must deal with baffling situations such as mysteriously leaking faucets and figuring out a way to rescue her cousin who is somehow trapped inside a video game. There are 5 books in this series and children ages 6 to 8 love to collect them all.

By Tracey West, Xavier Bonet (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Sprite's Secret as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 6, 7, and 8.

What is this book about?

Fairies + magic + fantasy + New York Times bestselling author Tracey West = Pixie Tricks!

Pick a book. Grow a Reader!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

Eight-year-old Violet didn't expect to find a portal to the fairy world in her backyard. And she certainly didn't think she would have to defend the human world from trickster pixies! With the help of her new…


Book cover of The Coming of the Fairies

Bobbie Hinman Why did I love this book?

This is a surprise pick. It’s the first book about “real” fairies that I read. I was 15 years old when my local librarian showed me the book. The author was best known for creating the Sherlock Holmes series, and he wrote a book about fairies? 

The Cottingley fairies appear in a series of photographs taken by two young girls living in England in 1917. When the pictures came to the attention of writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, he interpreted them as clear and visible evidence of the existence of fairies. Many people accepted the images as genuine; others believed they had been faked. This fascinating account of the “sightings” allows us to get inside the mind of a highly intelligent man who also happened to believe in fairies. But were the fairies real?

By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Coming of the Fairies as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

PREFACE This book contains reproductions of the famous Cottingley photographs, and gives the whole of the evidence in connection with them. The diligent reader is in almost as good a position as I am to form a judgment upon the authenticity of the pictures. This narrative is not a special plea for that authenticity, but is simply a collection of facts the inferences from which may be accepted or rejected as the reader may think fit. I would warn the critic, however, not to be led away by the sophistry that because some professional trickster, apt at the game of…


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