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“Where Have All the FolkTales Gone?” SCBWI Bulletin

Where have all the folktales gone? In her review of One Fine Trade, Elizabeth Bird (esteemed children’s librarian at the Children’s Center at 42nd S, New York Public Library) pondered the demise of the folktale in picturebook format.

In a follow-up blog post, Elizabeth asked, “Where have all the folktales gone?” The question sparks this wonderful conversation among writers (including Rafe), editors, agents, and librarians—a gathering of wisdom from those who share the love of the traditional tale—as they explore the following questions:

  • Have we outgrown our need for folktales?
  • Are there contemporary complements?
  • Where do the retold, re-imagined and refurbished folktales fit in a folktale collection?
  • Are they folktales?
  • What is the folklore process anyway?

This conversation is companion to an article in the SCBWI Bulletin.

Read the entire conversation