Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Short Stories for Children

Please enjoy these great stories, fairy-tales, fables, and nursery rhymes for children. They help kids learn to read and make excellent bedtime stories! We have hundreds of great children's stories for you to share.
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The Three Little Pigs
The Three Little Pigs
The Tortoise & the Hare
The Tortoise and the Hare
The Bogey-Beast
The Bogey-Beast
The Ant and the Grasshopper
The Ant and the Grasshopper

Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack and the Beanstalk
Little Red Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Snow White
Snow White
Cinderella
Cinderella
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
Rikki Tikki Tavi
The Ugly Duckling
The Ugly Duckling
Thumbelina
Thumbelina
The Bremen Town Musicians
The Bremen Town Musicians
The Zigzag Railroad
Carl Sandburg, Rootabaga Stories
Aesop's Fables
Aesop's Fables
My Father's Dragon
My Father's Dragon
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
How the Moon Became Beautiful
How the Moon Became Beautiful
The Velveteen Rabbit
The Velveteen Rabbit
St. George and the Dragon
St. George and the Dragon
The Reluctant Dragon
The Reluctant Dragon
Five Little Pigs
Five Little Pigs
The Emperor's New Clothes
The Emperor's New Clothes
The Princess and the Pea
The Princess and the Pea
Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen
Rapunzel
Rapunzel
The Little Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
The Little Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
Old Mother Goose & Her Son Jack
Old Mother Goose and Her Son Jack
Mother Goose Rhymes
Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
Grimm's Fairy Tales
Grimm's Fairy Tales
Hansel and Gretel
Hansel and Gretel
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid
The Paradise of Children
Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Paradise of Children
The Celebrated Jumping Frog
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
The Sagacious Monkey & the Boar
The Sagacious Monkey and the Boar
The Magic Pitcher
Hindu Tale: The Magic Pitcher
This Land Is Your Land
This Land Is Your Land
Just So Stories
Just So Stories
The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse
The Tale of Johnny Town Mouse
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Little-Girl-Afraid-of-a-Dog
Little-Girl-Afraid-of-a-Dog
The Little Red Hen
The Little Red Hen
Little Bo-Peep
Little Bo-Peep
The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids
The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids
The Three Billy-Goats Gruff
The Three Billy-Goats Gruff
This Old Man
This Old Man
The Little Thief in the Pantry
The Little Thief in the Pantry
The Gingerbread Man
The Little Gingerbread Man
The Two Sisters
The Two Sisters
Fruit & Vegetable Rhymes
Elizabeth Gordon's Mother Earth's Children
The Cunning Little Tailor
The Cunning Little Tailor
The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
Androclus and the Lion
Androclus and the Lion
The Night Moth With a Crooked Feeler
The Night Moth With a Crooked Feeler
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
East of the Sun and West of the Moon
East of the Sun and West of the Moon
Bruce and the Spider
Bruce and the Spider
How Jack Went Out to Seek His Fortune
How Jack Went Out to Seek His Fortune
The Adventures of Aladdin
The Adventures of Aladdin
"The Sky is Falling!"
Henny-Penny: The Sky is Falling!
The Fisherman and his Wife
The Fisherman and his Wife
Sleeping Beauty (Briar-Rose)
Briar-Rose, or Sleeping Beauty
Haiku Poetry - Basho
Matsuo Basho Haikus
The Forest Bride: Mouse Who Was a Princess
The Forest Bride: The Story of a Little Mouse Who Was a Princess
The Selfish Giant
The Selfish Giant
The Happy Prince
The Happy Prince
The Blind Men and the Elephant
The Blind Men and the Elephant
The Farmer and the Badger
The Farmer and the Badger
Hinky Pinkie Riddles
Hinky Pinkie Riddles
Mother Bear's Call
Children's Stories: Mother Bear's Call
The Wind in the Willows
The Wind in the Willows
Alice in Wonderland abridged
Alice's Adventures Under Ground - A shortened version of the original story
A Tale for Halloween
Halloween Stories for Children: A Tale for Halloween
A Little Tiny Thing
A Little Tiny Thing
The Pumpkin Glory
The Pumpkin Glory
The Last Dream of Old Oak
The Last Dream of Old Oak
Soup on a Sausage Peg
Soup on a Sausage Peg, Andersen's story akin to 'Stone Soup'
The Little Match Girl
The Little Match Girl
How They Ran Away
How They Ran Away
The Golden Touch
The Golden Touch
Pegasus, The Winged Horse
Pegasus, The Winged Horse
How Theseus Slays the Minotaur
How Theseus Slays the Minotaur
The Great Stone Face
The Great Stone Face
The Golden Windows
The Golden Windows
The Dragon's Teeth
The Dragon's Teeth
The Coming of the King
The Coming of the King
The Great Feast
The Great Feast
The Marsh King's Daughter
The Marsh King's Daughter
The Sea-Maiden
The Sea-Maiden
Cousin Tribulation's Story
Cousin Tribulation's Story
The Story of Little Boy Blue
The Story of Little Boy Blue
Father Frost
Father Frost
Huckleberry
Huckleberry
Thankful
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Thankful, a great story for Thanksgiving!
The Elves and the Shoemaker
The Elves and the Shoemaker
Little Benjamin
Little Benjamin
The Snow Queen
The Snow Queen
Fun on the Ice
The Rover Boys: Fun on the Ice
The Snow Image
The Snow Image: A Childish Miracle
Puss in Boots
Puss in Boots
Goody Two Shoes
Goody Two Shoes
Twas The Night Before Christmas
Twas The Night Before Christmas


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