Recently, my younger child requested stories “where wolves wear clothes.” It’s one of the things I love about our wolf unit study—the way that fairy tales and folk tales intermingle with scientific accounts about these amazing creatures who, sometimes, wear clothes. We saw a wolf exhibit on a trip to the zoo, and both of my children loved climbing and exploring the nearby wolf den play area; wolves have always fascinated my girls, and we stand in a long tradition of awe for these creatures too often misunderstood and mistreated. In this list, the fairy tales, folk tales, and legends show different cultural perspectives on wolves, and the scientific reads illustrate the wolves’ own lives and habitats. Together, they form a fuller picture of a pack of animals who occupies our land, our history, and our imaginations.
- Beware of the Storybook Wolves by Lauren Child
- Big Wolf and Little Wolf by Nadine Brun-Cosme and Olivier Talec
- Dream Wolf by Paul Goble
- The Great Fairy Tale Disaster by David Conway and Melanie Williamson
- Little Red Riding Hood by Paul Galdone
- Nutik, the Wolf Pup by Jean Craighead George and Ted Rand
- Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s Peter and the Wolf
- Tell the Truth, B. B. Wolf by Judy Sierra and Otto Siebold
- There’s a Wolf at the Door: Five Classic Tales by Zoë B. Alley and R.W. Alley
- The Three Little Pigs by Paul Galdone
- We Are Wolves by Molly Grooms and Lucia Guarnotta
- Wild, Wild Wolves by Joyce Milton and Larry Schwinger
- Wolf and the Seven Little Kids by Ann Blades
- Wolf Tales: Native American Children’s Stories edited by Mary Powell
- The Wolves Are Back by Jean Craighead George and Wendell Minor
- The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman
- Wolves by Gail Gibbons
- Wolves by Emily Gravett
- Wolves by Laura Marsh
- Wolves by Seymour Simon
* For more fairy tale revision wolf stories, see my Reading Empathy post.
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