(I should note that I personally have very little issue with my children reading/hearing the original tales; it's worth pointing out, though, that some of the originals are quite dark. Exercise discretion if you have a very sensitive child; all the more reason to read these together for a reassuring Mom/Dad presence.)
Hans Christian Andersen
The Complete Tales of Hans Christian Andersen... nothing too glamorous about this one; multiple versions of this exist.
The Brothers Grimm
The Juniper Tree and Other Tales From Grimm translated by Lore Segal with four tales by Randal Jarrell; illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Sendak's illustrations are somewhat dark, in keeping with the "feel" of many of the Grimms' tales.
Household Stories by the Brothers Grimm illustrated by Walter Crane. Crane is a famous British illustrator from the 19th century. Delightful. (Reprinted/reissued in 1979 but you may be able to find these online somewhere, too--they might be in the public domain)
Tales of the Brothers Grimm edited by Clarissa Pinkola Estes and featuring illustrations by Arthur Rackham--another famous British illustrator.
The Complete Tales of the Brothers Grimm --no illustrations on this one and there are LOTS of these around under various covers. This is just in case one of my other anthologies left out a particularly juicy tale ☺.
Rainbow Fairy Books
The Lilac Fairy Book (and Brown, Red, etc.) More of the same, but not as familiar as the Blue Fairy Book.
The Rainbow Fairy Book illustrated by Michael Hague. No cover image, here, sorry! But it's a nicely illustrated version of some of the more famous of Lang's tales from the various Rainbow colored books.
Miscellaneous Fairy Tale Anthologies
The Victorian Fairy Tale Book edited by Michael Patrick Hearn. This book is one of my all-time favorites. It contains many familiar tales (like Grahame's "Reluctant Dragon") plus some other wonderful discoveries (like Thackeray's "Rose and the Ring"). Hard to find, but worth it!
The Random House Book of Fairy Tales illustrated by Diane Goode. This is a readily available and nicely illustrated anthology--particularly if you don't have anything else. Most of the famous tales are here!
I also have a ridiculous collection of random other types:
- World's Best Folktales
- Scottish Fairy Tales (two versions)
- Yeats' Irish Fairy Tales
- British Folk and Fairy Tales
- Marvelous Tales of Japan
- etc. etc. etc.