The featured genre for January is folklore!  “Folklore” is any traditional story that was passed down through families for generations before it was written down.  This includes:

  • Traditional folktales—“Red Riding Hood,” “The Three Little Pigs,” “The Three Bears,” etc.  These stories do not have magic in them.
  • Fairy tales—“Cinderella,” “Snow White,” “Sleeping Beauty,” etc.  These stories do have magic in them.
  • Tall tales—exaggerated stories about Americana, such as Paul Bunyan, John Henry, etc.
  • Fables—short stories (often with talking animals) that teach a lesson (moral), such as “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and “The Tortoise and the Hare.”
  • Trickster tales—stories that center around a “trickster” character (such as Anansi the spider or Br’er Rabbit) who tricks other characters into believing something or doing something.
  • “How and Why” tales (sometimes called “pourquoi tales”)—stories that explain how something came to be or why something is the way it is based on the beliefs of a culture or ethnic group (such as Native Americans).
  • Legends—similar to “how and why” tales or traditional folktales, but have a historical connection.