Aesop


A picture of the author Aesop

Aesop was a Greek fabulist credited with a collection of stories known as Aesop's Fables. The fables usually feature an important moral or "life lesson" that is usually wrapped up in a clever final pronouncement delivered with proverbial flair; "There's a time for work and a time for play", "Slow and steady wins the race", "Familiarity breeds contempt", and "A kindness is never wasted".

Though Aesop's own story is a result of myth and legend, it is widely believed that he was a slave from Phrygia, around 600 BC. Aesop lived at the court of King Croesus, after having served many masters as a slave. He shared his wisdom and clever wit by telling humorous tales, while serving on several missions at the pleasure of the King.

There are over 145 of Aesop's Fables here for you to enjoy -- this catalog of fables is also accesible from the Children's Library. Most of the stories in this collection have wonderful illustrations and are a a delight to enjoy with your family.

We hope you take the time to share Aesop's Fables with your children and grandchildren or favorite nieces and nephews.

If your child is too young to read, let them choose a fable by selecting one of the images below. See if they can guess what the story might be about just by looking at the picture, then read it together.

Enjoy!

Aesop's Fables - The Tortoise and the Ducks Fable Aesop's Fables - The Wolf and the Kid Fable Aesop's Fables - The Frogs and the Ox Fable Aesop's Fables - The Young Crab and His Mother Fable Aesop's Fables - The Dog the Cock and The Fox Fable Aesop's Fables - Belling the Cat Fable Aesop's Fables - The Eagle and the Jackdaw Fable Aesop's Fables - The kid and the wolf Fable Aesop's Fables - The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse Fable Aesop's Fables - The Fox and the Grapes Fable Aesop's Fables - The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse Fable Aesop's Fables - The Ass and his Driver Fable Aesop's Fables - The Wolf and the Crane Fable Aesop's Fables - The Lion and the Mouse Fable Aesop's Fables - The Gnat and the Bull Fable Aesop's Fables - The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf Fable Aesop's Fables - The Farmer and the Stork Fable Aesop's Fables - The Plane Tree Fable Aesop's Fables - The Sheep and the Pig Fable Aesop's Fables - The Travelers and the Purse Fable Aesop's Fables - The Frogs who Wished for a King Fable Aesop's Fables - The Owl Fable Aesop's Fables - The Grasshopper Fable Aesop's Fables - The Wolf and his Shadow Fable Aesop's Fables - The Oak and the Reeds Fable Aesop's Fables - The Boys and the Frogs Fable Aesop's Fables - The Crow and the Pitcher Fable Aesop's Fables - A Raven and a Swan Fable Aesop's Fables - The Ants and the Grasshopper Fable Aesop's Fables - The Ass and the Load of Salt Fable Aesop's Fables - The Two Goats Fable Aesop's Fables - The Lion and the Gnat Fable Aesop's Fables - The Monkey and the Camel Fable Aesop's Fables - The Lion the Bear and the Fox Fable Aesop's Fables - The Wild Boar and the Fox Fable Aesop's Fables - The Hares and the Frogs Fable Aesop's Fables - The Wolf and the Lamb Fable Aesop's Fables - The Fox Fable Aesop's Fables - The Stork Fable Aesop's Fables - The Stag and his Reflection Fable Aesop's Fables - The Wolf and the Lion Fable Aesop's Fables - The Mice and the Weasels Fable Aesop's Fables - The Peacock Fable Aesop's Fables - The Fox and the Lion Fable Aesop's Fables - The Lion and the Ass Fable Aesop's Fables - The Vain Jackdaw Fable Aesop's Fables - The Vain Jackdaw 2 Fable Aesop's Fables - The Monkey and the Dolphin Fable Aesop's Fables - The Wolf and the Ass Fable Aesop's Fables - The Dogs and the Hides Fable Aesop's Fables - The Monkey and the Cat Fable Aesop's Fables - The Bear and the Bees Fable Aesop's Fables - The Fox and the Leopard Fable Aesop's Fables - The Heron Fable Aesop's Fables - The Dog in the Manger Fable Aesop's Fables - The Wolf and the Goat Fable Aesop's Fables - The Cat the Cock and the Young Mouse Fable Aesop's Fables - The Fox and the Goat Fable Aesop's Fables - The Peacock and the Crane Fable Aesop's Fables - The Wolf and the Shepherd Fable Aesop's Fables - The Farmer and his Sons Fable Aesop's Fables - The Two Pots Fable Aesop's Fables - The Fighting Bulls and the Frog Fable Aesop's Fables - The Goose and the Golden Egg Fable Aesop's Fables - The Goatherd and the Wild Goats Fable Aesop's Fables - The Spendthrift and the Swallow Fable Aesop's Fables - The Astrologer Fable Aesop's Fables - Three Bullocks and a Lion Fable Aesop's Fables - Mercury and the Woodman Fable Aesop's Fables - The Frog and the Mouse Fable Aesop's Fables - The Wolf in Sheeps Clothing Fable Aesop's Fables - The Bull and the Goat Fable Aesop's Fables - The Eagle and the Beetle Fable Aesop's Fables - The Ass and the Lap Dog Fable Aesop's Fables - The Old Lion and the Fox Fable Aesop's Fables - The Milkmaid and her Pail Fable Aesop's Fables - The Miser Fable Aesop's Fables - The Fox and the Hedgehog Fable Aesop's Fables - The Wolf and the House Dog Fable Aesop's Fables - The Bat and the Weasels Fable Aesop's Fables - The Fox Without a Tail Fable Aesop's Fables - The Mischievous Dog Fable Aesop's Fables - The Rose and the Butterfly Fable Aesop's Fables - The Cat and the Fox Fable Aesop's Fables - The Fox and the Pheasants Fable Aesop's Fables - Two Travelers and a Bear Fable Aesop's Fables - The Fox and the Monkey Fable Aesop's Fables - The Mother and the Wolf Fable Aesop's Fables - The Stag the Sheep and the Wolf Fable Aesop's Fables - The Animals and the Plague Fable Aesop's Fables - The Shepherd and the Lion Fable Aesop's Fables - The Dog and his Reflection Fable Aesop's Fables - The Hare and the Tortoise Fable Aesop's Fables - The Bees and Wasps and the Hornet Fable Aesop's Fables - The Cat and the Old Rat Fable Aesop's Fables - The Lark and her Young Ones Fable Aesop's Fables - The ass and its Shadow Fable Aesop's Fables - The Fox and the Crow Fable Aesop's Fables - The Miller his Son and the Ass Fable Aesop's Fables - The Miller his Son and the Ass 2 Fable Aesop's Fables - The Ant and the Dove Fable Aesop's Fables - The Man and the Satyr Fable Aesop's Fables - The Lion the Ass and the Fox Fable Aesop's Fables - The Wolf the Kid and the Goat Fable Aesop's Fables - The Lion's Share Fable Aesop's Fables - The North Wind Fable Aesop's Fables - The Hare and His Ears Fable Aesop's Fables - The sun Fable Aesop's Fables - The Ass in the Lion's Skin Fable Aesop's Fables - The Fisherman and the Little Fish Fable Aesop's Fables - The F ighting Cocks and the Eagle Fable Aesop's Fables - The Fox and the Cock Fable Aesop's Fables - The Fox and the Stork Fable Aesop's Fables - The Owl and the Grasshopper Fable

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Short Stories

A Raven And A Swan
Belling The Cat
Hercules And The Wagoner
Jupiter And The Monkey
Mercury And The Woodman
The Animals And The Plague
The Ant And The Dove
The Ant And The Grasshopper
The Ass And His Driver
The Ass And Its Shadow
The Ass And The Grasshoppers
The Ass And The Lap Dog
The Ass And The Load Of Salt
The Ass Carrying The Image
The Ass In The Lions Skin
The Ass The Fox And The Lion
The Astrologer
The Bat And The Weasels
The Bear And The Bees
The Bees And Wasps And The Hornet
The Birds The Beasts And The Bat
The Boy And The Filberts
The Boy And The Nettle
The Boys And The Frogs
The Bull And The Goat
The Bundle Of Sticks
The Cat And The Birds
The Cat And The Fox
The Cat And The Old Rat
The Cat The Cock And The Young Mouse
The Cock And The Fox
The Cock And The Fox (2nd Fable)
The Cock And The Jewel
The Crow And The Pitcher
The Dog And His Masters Dinner
The Dog And His Reflection
The Dog And The Oyster
The Dog In The Manger
The Dogs And The Fox
The Dogs And The Hides
The Dog The Cock And The Fox
The Eagle And The Beetle
The Eagle And The Jackdaw
The Eagle And The Kite
The Farmer And His Sons
The Farmer And The Cranes
The Farmer And The Snake
The Farmer And The Stork
The Fighting Bulls And The Frog
The Fighting Cocks And The Eagle
The Fisherman And The Little Fish
The Flies And The Honey
The Fox And The Crab
The Fox And The Crow
The Fox And The Goat
The Fox And The Grapes
The Fox And The Hedgehog
The Fox And The Leopard
The Fox And The Lion
The Fox And The Monkey
The Fox And The Pheasants
The Fox And The Stork
The Fox Without A Tail
The Frog And The Mouse
The Frogs And The Ox
The Frogs Who Wished For A King
The Gnat And The Bull
The Goatherd And The Goat
The Goatherd And The Wild Goats
The Goose And The Golden Egg
The Grasshopper and the Ant
The Hare And His Ears
The Hares And The Frogs
The Heron
The Kid And The Wolf
The Lark And Her Young Ones
The Leap At Rhodes
The Lion And The Ass
The Lion And The Ass (2nd Fable)
The Lion And The Gnat
The Lion And The Mouse
The Lions Share
The Lion The Ass And The Fox
The Lion The Bear And The Fox
The Man And The Lion
The Man And The Satyr
The Mice And The Weasels
The Milkmaid And Her Pail
The Miller His Son And The Ass
The Mischievous Dog
The Miser
The Mole And His Mother
The Monkey And The Camel
The Monkey And The Cat
The Monkey And The Dolphin
The Mother And The Wolf
The Mouse And The Weasel
The Mule
The North Wind And The Sun
The Oak And The Reeds
The Old Lion
The Old Lion And The Fox
The Owl And The Grasshopper
The Oxen And The Wheels
The Peacock
The Peacock And The Crane
The Plane Tree
The Porcupine And The Snakes
The Quack Toad
The Rabbit The Weasel And The Cat
The Rat And The Elephant
The Rose And The Butterfly
The Serpent And The Eagle
The Sheep And The Pig
The Shepherd And The Lion
The Shepherd Boy And The Wolf
The Sick Stag
The Spendthrift And The Swallow
The Stag And His Reflection
The Stag The Sheep And The Wolf
The Swallow And The Crow
The Tortoise And The Ducks
The Tortoise And The Hare
The Town Mouse And The Country Mouse
The Travelers And The Purse
The Travelers And The Sea
The Two Goats
The Two Pots
The Vain Jackdaw And His Borrowed Feathers
The Wild Boar And The Fox
The Wolf And His Shadow
The Wolf And The Ass
The Wolf And The Crane
The Wolf And The Goat
The Wolf And The House Dog
The Wolf And The Kid
The Wolf And The Lamb
The Wolf And The Lean Dog
The Wolf And The Lion
The Wolf And The Sheep
The Wolf And The Shepherd
The Wolf And The Shepherd (2nd Fable)
The Wolf In Sheeps Clothing
The Wolf The Kid And The Goat
The Wolves And The Sheep
The Young Crab And His Mother
Three Bullocks And A Lion
Two Travelers And A Bear

Anton Chekhov
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Susan Glaspell
Mark Twain
Edgar Allan Poe
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Herman Melville
Stephen Leacock
Kate Chopin
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