The live action version of Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, is showing in cinemas from Friday 17 March. To mark the occasion, we’ve picked out some top Beauty and the Beast-related titles.
A lift-the-flap die cut board book from Usborne Books’ delightful Peep Inside a Fairy Tale series. Not for babies, but perfect for KS1 and beyond.
The Fairytale Hairdresser is always popular, offering a fresh and funny twist on traditional tales. You should see what she does to the Beast’s mane!
“A fun and feisty picture book retelling of a classic fairytale by bestselling author Mark Sperring. With a double dollop of bravery, Beauty leaves her darling Popsey and beloved sisters behind to live with the dreaded Beast. He has terrifying horns and even scarier table manners - but is the Beast really so very beastly, after all?”
“After a twist of fate brings her to an enchanted castle, a fiercely intelligent young woman named Belle becomes prisoner of a terrifying Beast. But it’s not long before she finds that the Beast is not all he seems. Soon a different sort of enchantment sparks, and Beauty is found within.
“Disney’s live-action film retells the beloved animation through a modern lens, bringing the story and characters to life.”
Picture books for older readers
Gorgeous Regency illustrations and an excellent retelling bring this classic love story to life in this beautiful book.
Michael Morpurgo’s retelling has a twist to it, and the modern setting and illustrations make it very easy to read.