Fairies: Inspiring Creativity and Wonderment
Ever since I was a little girl, I have believed in fairies. I used to pretend that I was a fairy, frolicking through the woods and playing with my fairy friends. As I grew older, into my teens, I became obsessed with all things fairy - fairy figurines, fairy spells, and books about fairies.
Fairies exist now to inspire creativity and wonderment in children, but also in teens and young adults. Books about fairies for young adults are easy to come by, but many are not up to par on the levels of imagination and sophistication for the young adult.
Read on to learn of some of the best books about fairies for young adults on the market today. Join me in a world where fairies exist and fill our minds with sugarplums and mystery. You might just find that the fairies have been waiting to pull you into their realm...
The World of Brian Froud
Brian Froud is and has been one of my favorite fairy artists since I've been a teenager. When I first ran across one of his books about fairies for young adults, I was working at a thrift store at the age of eighteen. I was getting ready to graduate high school and had just had my heart broken for the first time...and, lo and behold, one of the donations that we acquired that day contained a book by Brian Froud among the junk surrounding it.
That book by Brian Froud was "Good Faeries Bad Faeries", and I fell in love with it immediately! Not only was I inspired and in awe, it also made me forget about my heartbreak for a few moments. That's what reading is supposed to do for you, and books about fairies? Well, they'll help you to forget those woes for even longer!
Brian Froud has illustrated and helped produce many artsy books about fairies for young adults, including: The Goblins of Labyrinth, Brian Froud's World of Faerie, and How to See Faeries. Don't pass up a chance to learn the beautiful and twisted world of the faeries and buy a book by Brian Froud today. Trust me, you won't regret it.
Andrew Lang's Fairy Book Collection
Andrew Lang's Fairy Books have become well-known over the past hundred years as true fairy tale classics. He has written dozens of books, but the twelve fairy books stick out in everyone's minds as the most brilliant and intricate.
The Fairy Collection by Andrew Lang consist of twelve books of fairy tales, collected and written by a man who was Scottish and knew much about the folklore and stories of Scotland since he was a child. Growing up in a place like Scotland will be sure to imprint images and stories of fairies and the otherworld on one's mind...and that's just what it did to Andrew Lang. Books about fairies for young adults should most definitely include Andrew Lang's Fairy Books, not only because they are classics but because there is much to be learned and discovered about the world of the fay from Andrew Lang's works.
More Books About Fairies for Young Adults & Teens
As you've seen, fairies are a wonderful thing to read about and to discover through the written word. In addition to the classics and artsy books about fairies, there are also many fictional works written for teens and young adults on the market today.
Check out some of Amazon's selection for young adults & teens, simply by doing a search for "fairies". You will find a whole pixie-dust sprinkling of novels and fictional works about fairies for young adults that you'll be sure to find intriguing.
More on Fairies by Kitty:
- Fairy Dictionary: A-Z of Fairies and the Wee Folk
This is your one stop shop for all terms and definitions related to fairies and the world of the fay. From letters A to Z, you will find Fairies' terms and definitions right here in this hub.
- What Do Fairies Eat?
We will take a look at some of the tastiest and most traditional treats upon which fairies will partake. And we will discover the answer to the question,
W. B. Yeats - Fairy and Folk Tales
Probably one of the most detailed and fun books on fairies that I've ever read was W. B. Yeats' Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry. This book was written in the 1800s, and is a collection of tales that W.B. Yeats gathered from all over Ireland focused mainly on the belief and lore of the fairies or more commonly known there as the "Wee Folk" or "Gentry".
If you'd like to learn what your Irish ancestors believed about fairies, this book is the one for you. And the best part is that you can get it on Amazon or as an e-book for a fairly cheap price. It is a longer book, too. So you won't have to worry about purchasing it and then realizing it's only 50 pages like many fairy books seem to be these days.
Imaginative, fun, and full of historical stories, Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry is one of my favorite fairy books for young adults.
Please take our poll:
Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on December 30, 2011:
AWESOME! I'm getting that...too cool. Thanks for the link, Jeff! :) Have a Happy New Year.
Jeff Berndt from Southeast Michigan on December 30, 2011:
I ran across this and thought you'd be interested, Kitty. Apparently Brian Froud is creating a prequel for the Dark Crystal.
Beth Perry from Tennesee on December 27, 2011:
Oh, these are all great recommendations! My favorite would be Fround's "Good Faeries", though. My daughter has it and has enjoyed it so very much and got me to love it, too.
Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on December 26, 2011:
Jeff Berndt from Southeast Michigan on December 26, 2011:
Yes, distorted and beautiful is a great way to describe Froud's faeries. They're definitely not of this world, but something hauntingly Other.
Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on December 23, 2011:
Little Light - I believe they're around still...just maybe in hiding. Thanks for sharing...happy holidays!
Lilly May Rose from Australia on December 23, 2011:
I grew up believing in fairies too (sometimes I still like to think they may be around). There is something about fairies that is beautifully intriguing and mystical. This is a wonderful hub and makes me want to go and read a good fairy book!
Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on December 22, 2011:
Cresentmoon - Awesome! Brian Froud is more of an artist...the text is intriguing but the artwork is worth it.
amy - Thanks so much!
Jeff - I always found Froud's faeries mystical and sort of distorted in a beautiful sort of way (if that makes any sense). And you're right, the faeries of ancient times and ancient peoples weren't as pretty and beautiful in every aspect throughout time. Many people think that all faeries are sweet and beautiful and always kind and grant wishes...but those beliefs are just not true or rooted in historical lore. Thanks for writing! Love the quote at the end!
Jeff Berndt from Southeast Michigan on December 22, 2011:
Froud's faeries always seemed to me a bit, well, off-putting when I was younger. In retrospect, though, I think he's probably going for that effect. Back in the day, faeries weren't the friendly, Disnified creatures most of us think of, as kitty certainly knows. Froud's faeries are just scary enough to remind us of the implied threat that all faeries pose--even the 'friendly' ones can turn on you if you say or do the wrong thing, and you may find yourself being spirited away, "With a faerie, hand in hand/ From a world more full of weeping than [you] can understand."
Amy DeMarco from Chicago on December 22, 2011:
I love fairies too. Will definitely be checking out some of these books. Thanks Kitty!
Cresentmoon2007 from Caledonia, MI on December 22, 2011:
Thanks for posting this Kitty. I think I will read Brian Froud's book sometime. It sounds good.
Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on December 22, 2011:
Thanks, Judi Bee! I love them, too. But Brian Froud will always be my favorite. ;)
Judi Brown from UK on December 22, 2011:
I read all the Lang Fairy books when I was a child, they are magical. Lovely hub, voted up etc.