Time to head out for a walk while the porridge cools. What could go wrong? Find out in these Goldilocks and the Three Bears books for kids. Read different retellings of the original story and then try some of the fun variations. They are perfect for comparing and contrasting with the children.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears Books (Traditional Picks)
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Enjoy reading the traditional tale by different illustrators with slight differences to setting or characters in these stories.
Jan Brett is a masterful illustrator so her version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears will give the children lots to look at while reading aloud.
Another illustrator that I adore is Valeri Gorbachev and his version of Goldilocks and the Three Bearsis beautiful.
Looking for a classic version of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears check out the version by Paul Galdone.
And, James Marshall version is also a classic version.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Candice Ransom is a good pick for your youngest listeners.
Another version for young listeners is The Three Bears by Byron Barton.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears Variations
Three dinos go out one day and in wanders a little girl in Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems.
Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates by April Jones Prince takes us aboard a pirate ship. The family has rowed a dinghy ashore while their gruel cools. Goldenlocks boars while they are gone and prove to be very useful. So useful, she is invited to be part of the crew.
The bears in The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett are polar bears and they live in a den. Goldilocks is an Inuit girl who finds her way into the home of the polar bears. This one is perfect for comparing with Brett’s version of the traditional tale (see above.)
Goldilocks and the Just Right Potty by Leigh Hodgkinson is a silly tale about a little girl looking for that just right potty. Then, she has to find that just right time when she needs to go potty. My older kids even thought this was pretty funny.
Dusty Locks and The Three Bears by Susan Lowell takes us to the southwest where Dusty has just entered the neat and tidy house of the bears.
Leola wanders into an inn run by the Honeybears in Leola and the Honeybears by Melodye Rosales. The illustrations are a bit quirky.
Imagine discovering a house made of books in the middle of the woods. That is just what you’ll find in Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians by Jackie Mims Hopkins.
We all know that goats like to eat just about anything so imagine when a “kid” wanders into the home of the three bears. Find out what happens in Goatilocks and the Three Bears by Erica S. Pearl.
Set in Ghana, The Ghanaian Goldilocks by Dr Tamara Pizzoli is the only one that I know of that features a boy as Goldilocks. There are so many neat features to compare with the original tale. It’s one of the most interesting variations on the list.
Get ready to introduce some Spanish vocabulary via singing in Rubia and the Three Osos by Susan Middleton Elya.
In Goldie and the Three Bears by Diane Stanley, Goldie is very particular about everything. She knows what she likes and what she doesn’t. This version of the tale is told from the perspective of Goldie.
In true role reversal, we have a bear who wanders into the Blair’s house in Somebody And The Three Blairs by Marilyn Tolhurst.
Goldi doesn’t like how she left things last time so she’s come back for a do-over in Goldilocks Returnsby Lisa Campbell Ernst.
Goldibooks and the Wee Bear by Troy Wilson is a bookish spin on the traditional story. Wee Bear is captivated by the books in a house and goes in to explore.
Goldilocks and the Three Engineers by Sue Fliess is a great STEM pick and a super fun variation on the traditional tale. The three engineer bears stumble upon a house and make some inventions just a bit more clever.
Hello Door by Alastair Heim is a very loose variation. Instead of Goldilocks we have a sly fox who enters the house without permission and is ready to clean it out. Well, that is until the three bears arrive. Will he make away like a bandit?
Gold by Jed Alexander is a wordless book full of so much storytelling potential. Take the traditional tale and turn in upside down as you meet Gold and the Three Bears. What do you think the relationship is between them? What are your clues?
Goldilocks and the Three Bears Books Printable Book List
Grab a printable copy of this list to take to the library or stick in your lesson plan binder for December.
And, don’t miss our Goldilocks and the Three Bears Activity. It’s a free printable activity to work on vocabulary and beginning sounds.
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Jan Haydt says
One of my favorite Goldilocks books is a wordless one. Deep in the Forest by Brinton Turkle has a bear cub going into a cabin owned by Goldilocks family. Adorable illustrations make it “just right”.
Jodie Rodriguez says
Thank you so much for sharing, Jan.