Mark the Bard's Favourite Folk Tales, Myths and Monsters

By The Alligator's Mouth

By The Alligator's Mouth

Collections of folk tales chosen by Mark the Bard, whose tellings of folk tales can be found on our Youtube channel.

Between Worlds: Folktales of Britain & Ireland

Kevin Crossley-Holland and Frances Castle

£8.99 £8.36

Kevin Crossley-Holland is a master storyteller with crystal clear but often poetic writing, and this selection of tales is consistently marvellous.

English Fairy Tales and Legends

Rosalind Kerven

£9.99 £9.29

These Rosalind Kerven collections cover the absolute gems of English folklore, with old school illustrations by Victorian masters like Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac.

Arthurian Legends

Rosalind Kerven

£9.99 £9.29

A World Full of Animal Stories: 50 favourite animal folk tales, myths and legends

Angela McAllister and Aitch

£12.99 £12.08

The World Full of... series is great for quick concise folktales, sampled from across the world and with bright, engaging illustrations.

A World Full of Spooky Stories

Angela McAllister and Madalina Andronic

£12.99 £12.08

Collected Folk Tales

Alan Garner

£16.98 £15.79

Alan Garner has woven folklore into his much-loved novels like The Owl Service and The Weirdstone of Brisingamen. Marvel at his strange and surprising selection of folktales from around the world.

The Anthology of English Folk Tales

Folk Tales Authors

£12.00 £11.16

Each of these stories is from a different region of England, told by a storyteller from that region. A brilliant project and a great read.

The Coming of the Unicorn: Scottish Folk Tales for Children

Duncan Williamson

£8.99 £8.36

Duncan Williamson was a Scottish storyteller from the travelling community who recorded and brought to life hundreds of wonderful old tales. Here's someone who understands the magic of storytelling, and you feel like you're gathered round a fire with him as you read.

One Hundred Illustrated Stories

£16.98 £15.79

A book of condensed fairytales is a great place to start for young readers (and listeners!) You notice as you read how many tales relate to each other and the common themes of storytelling across time and cultures.

Grimm Tales: For Young and Old

Philip Pullman

£9.99 £9.29

Philip Pullman applies his clear storytelling style to an excellent selection of Grimm's Tales.

Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales

Harry Clarke

£18.98 £17.65

A handsome edition of Andersen's Fairy Tales.

Tales from the Mabinogion

Margaret Jones

£9.94

The Mabinogion is a collection of old Welsh stories that relate to Arthurian legend. The world they depict has strange social codes, subtle magic and surprises round every corner.

An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales

Theresa Breslin and Kate Leiper

£14.99 £13.94

Floris Books are just excellent at beautifully presented collections of folk tales. These Scottish collections set the bar very high.

An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Castle Legends

Theresa Breslin and Kate Leiper

£14.99 £13.94

An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Mythical Creatures

Theresa Breslin and Kate Leiper

£14.99 £13.94

The O'Brien Book of Irish Fairy Tales and Legends

Una Leavy and Susan Field

£11.99 £11.15

A Necklace Of Raindrops

Joan Aiken and Jan Pienkowski

£12.99 £12.08

A Journey Through Greek Myths

Marchella Ward and Sander Berg

£16.98 £15.79

Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold

Stephen Fry

£9.99 £9.29

Norse Mythology

Neil Gaiman

£8.99 £8.36

Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki

Kevin Crossley-Holland and Jeffrey Alan Love

£20.00 £18.60

Norse Tales: Stories from Across the Rainbow Bridge

Kevin Crossley-Holland and Jeffrey Alan Love

£16.98 £15.79

Nordic Tales

Ulla Thynell

£16.98 £15.79

African Tales

Gcina Mhlophe and Rachel Griffin

£12.99 £12.08

Tales of East Africa

Jamilla Okubo

£17.98 £16.72

A Jar of Pickles and a Pinch of Justice

Chitra Soundar and Uma Krishnaswamy

£6.99 £6.50

A Dollop of Ghee and a Pot of Wisdom

Chitra Soundar and Uma Krishnaswamy

£6.99 £6.50

Riding a Donkey Backwards: Wise and Foolish Tales of the Mulla Nasruddin

Sean Taylor and Shirin Adl

£7.99 £7.43

I love the Mulla Nasruddin, an eccentric whose behaviour seems idiotic until you his wisdom is revealed. These short, snappy tales should be told in every home and school to make us laugh and make us think.

The Atlas of Monsters

Sandra Lawrence and Stuart Hill

£14.99 £13.94

Greek Myths and Legends

Anne Millard, Cheryl Evans, et al.

£9.99 £9.29

These last two I am including for the wonderful eighties fantasy artwork in these reissues. Ah, nostalgia!

World of the Unknown: Ghosts

Christopher Maynard

£7.99 £7.43