Fairies are possibly the most underrepresented imaginary population in quality children's picture books. I don't understand why. My son has always loved fairies, so it's taken extensive digging in the Austin Public Library catalog to create even this short list. But without further ado, here are the children's fairy books that have warmed my heart, through their charm and craft, as well as delighted Boy Detective.
If you have any suggestions for more, please leave them in the comments! Especially if you know of any that feature more diverse casts!
(If you need to get caught up, here are all my children's picture book posts: friendship, dogs, pirates, bedtime, awesome girls, robots, magic, gardens, cats, superheroes, love and marriage, knights, family, animals, science fiction, food and cooking, art and creativity, dinosaurs, princesses, pets, dragons, spooky and monster books, nature, awesome boys, and kids' poetry books. WHEW, that's a lot of books! You can also check out Good Comics For Kids (Even Little Ones!). This post uses affiliate links, but check your local library too.)
April and Esme: Tooth Fairies by Bob Graham. This book is so dang sweet. April is a seven year old tooth fairy who wants to get her first tooth without any grownup help. Mom and Dad finally agree, so April and her little sister Esme set off on this nighttime mission with utmost seriousness. This really captures fairy magic and family love, in a restrained and lovely way.