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Book Recommendations
For Younger Kids:
1. The Story of Jumping Mouse: A Native American Legend retold and illustrated by John Steptoe
2. Anansi the Spider African Folktakes Series by Eric Kimmel
3. Once Upon a World Series by Chloe Perkins
4. Six Blind Mice and An Elephant by Jude Daly
5. Monkey: A Trickster Tale from India by Gerald McDermott

For Older Kids:

1. Where the Mountain Meets the Sky by Grace Lin
2. The Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac
3. The White Stag written and illustrated by Kate Seredy
4. Leprechauns and Irish Folklore: A Nonfiction Companion to Leprechaun in Late Winter by Mary Pope Osborne
5. Usborne Series from Around the World retold by Heather Amery
1. Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
2. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
3. Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar
4. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
5. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
6. Anything written by Nnedi Okorafor
7. Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez
8. Lobizona by Romina Garber
9. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
10. Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

1. Nordic Tales: Folktales from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark illustrated by Ulla Thynell
2. The Mammoth Book of Celtic Myths and Legends by Peter Berresford Ellis
3. The Heritage of the Desert by Zane Grey

4. Celtic Tales: Fairy Tales and Stories of Enchantment from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Wales by Kate Forrester
5. Fairy & Folk Tales of Ireland by W.B. Yeats
6. Irish Stories and Folklore: A Collection of Thirty-Six Classic Tales by Steve Brennan
7. Tales of Japan: Traditional Stories of Monsters and Magic illustrated by Kotaro Chiba
8. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
9. Tales from the Thousand and One Nights illustrated by William Harvey and translated by N. J. Dawood
10. The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner

Please note that the Library might not contain all the titles listed.
Movie Recommendations
1. Song of the Sea (PG, 2014)
2. Aladdin (PG, 2019)
3. Darby O'Gill and the Little People (G, 1959)
4. Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (PG, 2003)
5. Road to El Dorado (PG, 2000)
1. Anastasia (G, 1997)
2. Coco (PG, 2017)
3. The Emperor's New Groove (G, 2000)
4. Moana (PG, 2016)
5. Kubo and the Two Strings (PG, 2016)

1. Legend of the Carpathians (N/A, 2017)
2. Viking Blood (N/A, 2018)
3. Throwback (N/R, 2014)
4. Bunyip the Movie (N/A, 2013)
5. Mythica: A Quest for Heroes (N/R, 2014)

Please refer to commonsensemedia.org to determine which movies are right for your family.
Anansi the Spider Snack

Have you ever heard about Anansi the Spider from African folklore? He's quite a tricky spider! We have a healthy and tasty ants-on-a-log snack for you to try based on the story of Anansi: Click here.
Personal Time Capsule
Time capsules allow us to look back in time and discover what was different or the same from our current lives. Make one of your own to look at in the future. 

What you need:
  • Containers with lids (metal coffee cans with lids, large plastic coffee cans with screw-on lids, plastic containers—rubbermaid, etc.) with lids, an empty oatmeal container, an empty shoebox, an empty cereal box without the bag
  • Glue or duct tape
  • Markers
  • Various personal items (see below)
In this activity, you can capture and preserve current parts of your life for the future. The capsules don’t need to be buried, but store them in a safe place until the time comes to open them. Decorate the time capsules (f you want to). Paint the outside, or us permanent markers (it depends on what the container is made of). Tape or glue a piece of paper with the date/year of when the time capsule should be opened. Ten years is recommended so you can see how you have changed growing into adulthood. Fill your time capsule. There is a list of suggested items below.

Sealing your capsule can be done in a variety of ways, but using duct tape (clear tape won’t stay sticky long enough) or gluing the lids closed will work. If the capsule is a Rubbermaid-type box, just snapping the lid closed should be enough. However, it is very tempting to open a time capsule that isn’t sealed! 

Open in ten years!

Possible items to place in time capsule:
  • Letter to your future self: Describe yourself, your hopes for the future, and any predictions you might have for your life.
  • Photos of friends, family, pets, house, school, car—whatever is important to you at the time.
  • Newspaper articles showing current events or trends. Both local and world news.
  • Letters—ask your parents to write a letter to you, talking about the current day or about what they hope for the future. Friends can also contribute letters. These should be sealed unread and placed in the time capsule.
  • Filled journals or paper calendars
  • Price tags of items/store receipts (to see how prices change).
  • Items that are important to you—toys or trinkets. Suggestion: Label these items because you might not remember why it was important to your teenage self.
  • Movie ticket stubs
  • Lists: favorite songs, outfits, things in your room, friends, food, books, movies, “things you hope to do before you die (Bucket list), what you hated about being a teenager, websites you look at every day.
Do not put anything in that will rot or leak (favorite candy bar for example).
Storytelling Stones

If you have markers and you have rocks, you have everything you need to make awesome storytelling stones! In many Native American and Aboriginal cultures, they use symbols to help tell a story. Click here to learn how to make your own storytelling stones. What kind of story can you tell?
More to Explore
Fairy Pools
  • Celebrity Reading: Watch Rami Malek read The Empty Pot by Demi. This Chinese folk tale teaches us about the power of honesty and the rewards that come with it. Watch it here!
  • Fairy PoolsDo you know about the Fairy Pools in Scotland? Apparently, it's like stepping into a magical world! Read about it here.
  • Fairytalez: Most of the fairy and folk tales we tell in America come from just a few European countries like England, France, and Germany. Check out this website here to discover some traditional folk and fairy tales from other countries.