We've collected together some amazing retellings of classic tales that have survived the test of time. Great stories repackaged for a modern audience.
Beowulf by Kevin Crossley-Holland With two bloodthirsty monsters for Beowulf to defeat, the boys in the class might be asking why they don't read more epic eighth century poems at primary school. Perhaps.Amazing Charles Keeping illustrations.
Robin of Sherwood by Michael Morpurgo 'A magical, spine-tingling account of the heroic tale of Robin Hood'. Yep, it's great.
The Oxford Treasury of Fairy Tales by Geraldine McCaughrean A must for every classroom. Beautiful retellings of classic fairy tales by our favourite children's author.
Fairy Tales by Berlie Doherty Another perfect version of some of the best-loved fairy tales
Stories from Shakespeare by Geraldine McCaughrean Modern retellings of Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, Julius Caesar and Hamlet amongst others.
The Orchard Book of Shakespeare Stories by Andrew Matthews More modern retellings of Shakespeare's stories.
Shakespeare Stories by Leon Garfield Great versions of Shakespeare's plays, beautifully written with all dialogue taken from the original text. If you are going to teach Shakespeare in primary school, you need this book!
Aesop's Fables retold by Alice Shirley A delightfully written (and illustrated) version of these classic stories. No child should leave primary school without having heard these. Great for Y3 upwards. We're working on a teaching unit based on these at the moment. Watch this space...
Trick of the Tale by John and Caitlin Matthews Children from Y3 upwards will love hearing stories from this collection of trickster tales from across the world. A great book to keep in the classroom and dip into.