The Children's Library has illustrated stories from Aesop's Fables and nursery rhymes from Mother Goose!


Great Short Stories

Short Story readers will find thousands of titles in the American Literature Short Story Library. We feature your favorite authors from around the world, including Mark Twain, Anton Chekhov, O. Henry, Guy de Maupassant, Kate Chopin, Jack London, Edgar Allan Poe, H.H. Munro, H.P. Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce, Oscar Wilde, Frank Baum, Rudyard Kipling and others. We have the greatest collection of short stories online, all free for you to use whether reading for pleasure or instructing in the classroom. Students and teachers are welcomed and embraced!

Short Story Pages

Christmas Stories

Christmas Stories

The Children's Library

Searching for favorite stories and fables to share with your child? The Children's library includes classics like Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, and Aesop's Fables as well as the stories of Hans Christian Andersen and fairy-tales from The Brothers Grimm. Online, free to read.

Children's Stories

Your Favorite Authors

Whether you wish to read about Louisa May Alcott, James Joyce, Mark Twain, or Herman Melville, we have you covered. We have essays from Ralph Waldo Emerson, the poetry of Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, John Keats, and Shakespeare's plays and sonnets and more. Find great authors here.

Authors Index

Classic Literature & Novels

Read Moby-Dick, Huckleberry Finn, Little Women, Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Scarlet Letter, The Red Badge of Courage, Ethan From, The Call of the Wild, The Secret Garden, and dozens of other classics from American literature. The library also carries classic literature from around the world.

Classic Novels & Stories



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

~ in memory of Aaron Ezis ~