In honor of the recent release of Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast, I want to highlight a few of the children’s books based on that fairy tale. Though dozens of interpretations of the story exist, these are a few of my favorites. They feature amazing artwork and manage to capture the spirit of the story regardless of where the authors choose to set it.
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Beauty and the Beast by Yeshil Kim, illustrated by Gabriel Pacheco*
Beauty and the Beast by Max Eilenberg, illustrated by Angela Barrett
Beauty and the Beast by H. Chuku Lee, illustrated by Pat Cummings
Beauty and the Beast by Marianna Mayer, illustrated by Mercer Mayer
Beauty and the Beast by Marie LePrince de Beaumont, translated by Richard Howard, illustrated by Hilary Knight
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*I can no longer find anyone who is selling this version. If you know of an online store that is selling it, please share, and I’ll link to it.