Nathaniel Hawthorne

Short Stories

presented by Collection & Author

The Children's Library


Children's stories bless us twice. The first time they are read to us. The second time, we read them to a child.

The Velveteen Rabbit

Thanksgiving Stories


Thanksgiving & Foodie Stories where delicious food is central to the story.

Thanksgiving & Foodie Stories where food is central to the story

New! Try our uplifting Feel-Good Stories

American Biographies


Stories and background about authors you love, for kids & adults

American Biographies, featuring Abraham Lincoln

Halloween Stories


A collection of great stories, especially about ghosts-- scary stories to lift your spirits for Halloween! Enjoy not-scary Halloween Stories for Children

Halloween Ghost Stories and Scary Books

Aesop's Fables


Best known fables with illustrations and lessons, great to read-aloud with children.

Aesops Fables

Hans Christian Andersen


The magical author of The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and the Pea, and The Brave Tin Soldier, Andersen also wrote poignant short stories enjoyed by readers of all ages, including The Last Dream of Old Oak and the tender, bittersweet Christmas classic The Little Matchstick Girl.

Christmas Stories and Books

Pre-K Read-Aloud Stories


Wonderful stories to read with your beginner reader so they will become confident, life-long readers!

Read-Aloud Stories for Pre-K, Five Little Speckled Frogs

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Civil War Stories


Short Stories, poems, novels, letters, and other historic documents

Civil War Battle

Ghost, Gothic & Horror


A collection of great stories featuring ghosts, ghouls, vampires, and other supernatural phenomena.

Horror Stories and Books

Japanese Fairy Tales


A fanciful collection of Fairy Tales collected and translated by Grace James. These imaginative and original fables are interesting reading for grown-ups rather than children.

Book of Japenese Fairy Tales

The Brothers Grimm


Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm wrote some of the most famous children's stories and fairy-tales of all time, including; The Brave Little Tailor, Little Briar-Rose (aka Sleeping Beauty), Rapunzel, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Rumplestiltskin, & more

A picture from Sleeping Beauty, aka Little Briar-Rose

World War I Stories


Short Stories, poetry, novels, and interesting propaganda conveying the cruel realities of a new kind of war

In Flanders Fields

Christmas Stories


Favorite Christmas stories for you and your family to enjoy during the holidays

Christmas Stories and Books, featuring O. Henry, The Gift of the Magi

Short Story of The Day


We select a new short story to feature every day of the year -- well almost every day!
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75 Short Short Stories


Great stories to enjoy when you have five minutes: witty, introspective, morality tales, sci-fi, feel-good, drama, and farce

Short Short Stories, featuring James Baldwin's Androclus and the Lion

Looking for more? We have thousands of great short story titles in the Short Story Library

The Little Match Girl

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