Are you looking for Three Billy Goats Gruff books for your fairy tale theme? You’re in the right place! There are some people who may think fairy tales and folktales are old-fashioned, but that’s simply not true. Stories like The Three Billy Goats Gruff are filled with rich language and literacy experiences that have plenty of educational value.
Best Three Billy Goats Gruff Books
Reading several different versions of the same story has many educational benefits for your little learners. You can use the different versions to compare and contrast the original story. Fairy tales and folktales are also perfect for introducing story concepts like beginning, middle, and end, characters and setting.
You can invite your students to graph their favorite versions of the story after reading a different version each day for a week.
Different Versions of The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Here are some of my favorite versions of The Three Billy Goats Gruff to help you get started with your week long study of this fairy tale.
Three Billy Goats Gruff, by Jerry Pinkney
This version of the fairy tale is a fairly traditional retelling with an ending that helps the troll understand more about his actions.
The Three Triceratops Tuff, by Stephen Shaskan
This hilarious spin on the classic tale features dinosaurs instead of goats. Your little dinosaur lovers will get a big kick out of this one!
Three Silly Billies, by Margie Palantini
A mashup that includes the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack, who all pool their money with the Silly Billies to pay the bridge toll.
The Three Billy Goats Fluff, by Rachael Mortimer
In this beautifully illustrated, modern-day version of the classic tale momma sheep has a knitting business. This version is perfect for introducing the concepts of loud and soft to your students.
Billy Goats Gruff Books
At the end of the week, after reading several different versions of the story, you can invite your students to act it out. Your students can take turns playing different roles from the story as you narrate, while the other children act as the audience. You’ll want to allow for plenty of time so all your students will get a chance to act out the story.
You may have noticed in the picture above that I have multiple copies of some of the books on my bookshelf. I find that having multiple copies of books is helpful for a number of reasons. Sometimes, children want to read the same book they see another child reading, so multiple copies helps solve this problem. Other times, a certain version of the fairy tale may be more popular than another, in which case, having multiple versions is also helpful. And finally, certain books are often offered for a very affordable price via the Scholastic book clubs.
The versions of The Three Billy Goats Gruff listed below follow the original tale closely.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff, by Stephen Carpenter
The Three Billy Goats Gruff, by Carol Ottolenghi
The Three Billy Goats Gruff, by Tiger Tales and Kate Pankhurs
The Three Billy Goats Gruff, by Paul Galdone
Do you have another version of The Three Billy Goats Gruff to recommend? Please share the title and author in the comments below and I’ll add it to this post.