Common Core Standards for 3rd Grade (RL 3.2)
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through the key details in the text.
African Mythology by Linda Jackobs Altman
A collection of myths shaped by the cultures and beliefs of Africa, featuring creator gods, tricksters, shape-changing animals, and heroes who overcome unthinkable.
A Story, a Story, an African Tale by Gail E. Haley
Recounts how most African folk tales came to be called “Spider Stories.”
The Dragon of Krakow and Other Polish Stories by Richard Monte
A charming collection of Polish legends, myths and lore with black-and-white illustrations throughout.
Fables by Arnold Lobel
Twenty original fables about an array of animals and characters from crocodiles to ostrich.
Greek Myths by Ann Turnbull
A collection of classic Greek mythology.
Mesoamerican Myths by Anita Dalal
Myths from various Mesoamerican cultures, including: Aztec, Maya, and Inca.
Rabbit Makes a Monkey of Lion: A Swahili Tale by Verna Aardema
With the help of his friends Bush-rat and Turtle, smart and nimble Rabbit makes a fool of the mighty slow-witted king of the forest.
Russian Folk-Tales by James Riordan
A collection of Russian folk-tales. Includes many beloved classics.
Whale’s Canoe: A Tale from Australia by Joanna Troughton
A traditional Aboriginal tale relating how the animals of Australia used Whale’s canoe to travel to that from a distant shore.