Female Folk Tales

Margaret Willey
A small, but clever young girl outwits a rich giant and wins all his gold. Suggested for ages 5-9.
Robert San Soucis; illustrated by Brina Pinkney
A collection of twenty stories about legendary American women, drawing from folktales, popular stories, and ballads. Suggested for ages 8-12.
Mary-Joan Gerson
A collection of folktales from various cultures in Mexico, all focusing on the important roles of women, such as Rosha, a young girl who rescues the sun; the goddess Tangu Yuh; Kesne, a Zapotec princess; and the Virgin Mary. Suggested for ages 8-12.
Virginia Hamilton; illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon
Winner of the 1996 Coretta Scott King Award, this book collects stories about strong, Black women. Suggested for ages 8-12.
Jane Yolen
A collection of thirteen traditional tales from various parts of the world, with the main character of each being a fearless, strong, heroic, and resourceful woman. Suggested for ages 8-12.
Catherine Wright
An ornery giant catfish that does not like singing causes trouble for the residents of a little town called Pleasant, until Steamboat Annie teaches him a lesson. Suggested for ages 8-12.
Ann Isaacs
Along with other amazing feats, Angelica Longrider, also known as Swamp Angel, wrestles a huge bear, known as Thundering Tarnation, to save the winter supplies of the settlers in Tennessee. Suggested for ages 7-12.
Joseph Bruchac
16 stories featuring strong Native American heroines. Suggested for ages 10-12.
Rafe Martin
In this Algonquin Indian version of the Cinderella story, the Rough-Face Girl and her two beautiful but heartless sisters compete for the affections of the Invisible Being. Suggested for ages 6-10.
Katrin Tchana
A collection of twenty traditional tales from various parts of the world, each of whose main character is a strong and resourceful woman. Suggested for ages 6-12.
Jerdine Nolen; illustrated by Kadir Nelsen
Unusual from the day she is born, Thunder Rose performs all sorts of amazing feats, including building fences, taming a stampeding herd of steers, capturing a gang of rustlers, and turning aside a tornado. Suggested for ages 5-8.