Short Stories for Kids

Who doesn’t love Short Stories? Stories are the easiest way to help a child learn about abstract virtues such as sympathy, selflessness, and self-control, honesty as most children are said to be naturally sympathetic when they have experienced or can imagine the feelings of others.

In this post, you will find the top 10 Short Stories for Kids.

Short Stories for Kids

Collection of Short Stories for Kids

Short Stories for Kids #1

The fox and the grapes

One hot day a fox was passing along by a vineyard. Ripe grapes hung in the vines. The fox was very hungry and thirsty. The sight of ripe grapes was a joy to him. He wanted to get some of the grapes. But they were beyond (his reach. He jumped again and again. But he could not reach the grapes in any way. He was very sorry about this. He said to himself, “The grapes are sour. I don’t want to have the grapes.”

Short Stories for Kids #2

The Wolf and the lamb

There was a wolf. He was very wicked. He killed smaller animals for nothing. One day he was very hungry and moved about in the forest for prey but found none. This made him thirsty. He went to a stream to drink water.

To his great joy, he was a lamb drinking water. He wanted to kill the lamb and eat her up. He went to the lamb and said, “why do you muddle my water ?” The lamb said, “What do you say, Sir? The water runs from you to me. How can I muddle your water?” The wolf angrily said, “Do you argue with me? You scolded me a year ago.”

The lamb said, “Fine indeed. I was not born a year ago.” The wolf said, “Then it was your father who scolded me. I will not let you go.”

Saying this, the wolf fell upon the poor Jamb and ate her up.

Short Stories for Kids #3

The farmer and the snake

It was a winter morning. A cold wind was blowing. A snake accidentally came out of its hole but could not return. It became almost stiff with cold. It lay on the way almost dead. A farmer was going to his field. He saw the shake in that plight. He felt pity for it. He warmed up the snake with fire and saved its life. There was the son of the farmer standing beside the fireplace. Coming back to life the snake was about to bite him. The farmer was very angry at this. He beat the snake to death with a stick.

Short Stories for Kids #4

A man and his ass

A man dealt in salt. He had an ass to carry loads of salt from a distant town. There was a stream on the way. The ass had to cross that river every day. One day the ass fell into the river. Some of the salt melted in the water. The load became lighter.

The ass felt relieved to some extent. It became clever. It began to let its feet slip every day. The dealer suffered a great loss. He became very angry. He wanted to teach the ass a good lesson. He kept it without food for two days. The ass could realize its fault. It never did such a thing again.

Short Stories for Kids #5

United we stand, divided we fall

There was a farmer. He had four sons. They quarrelled with one another. So the farmer was very anxious about their future. One day he called his sons to him. He told them to bring a bundle of sticks. They did so. He then told each of the sons one after another to break the bundle of sticks.

They tried but in vain. Then the farmer told them to untie the bundle and break the sticks one by one. This time they could break the sticks easily. The farmer then advised them by saying, “If you are united nobody will be able to harm you. You could not break the sticks in a bundle. But you could easily break the sticks when they were separated. So live together in peace.” The sons promised to follow their father’s advice.

Short Stories for Kids #6

The dog and the crow

Once a dog found a piece of bone. He was eating it sitting under a tree. There sat a crow on the tree. It wished to take away the bone for itself.

The crow was very cunning. It flew away. After some time it returned there with another crow. Both the crows went to the dog. One of them with the beak pulled the dog by his tail. The dog felt disturbed and annoyed. Again the crew bit the dog on his tail. The dog got very angry. He dropped the piece of bone on the ground and then looked back to see what the matter was. In the meantime the second crow picked up the bone and flew away with it, The dog ran after the crow but in vain. He was very sad.

Short Stories for Kids #7

Tit for tat

There was a tailor. He had a shop in a market. A road ran along in front of his shop. A rich man had an elephant. The Mahut led the elephant in that way every day. The tailor used to give the elephant something to eat every day. One day he had nothing to give, The elephant, held out its trunk before the tailor. The tailor could not give anything that day but he stuck a needle into its trunk. It caused the elephant much pain.

The next day the elephant carried a quantity of foul water in its trunk. While passing by the tailor’s shop the elephant poured out foul water on the body of the tailor. So the tailor had a tit-for-tat.

Short Stories for Kids #8

A Greedy Dog

One day a dog stole a morsel of meat from a butcher’s shop. He was very glad to have it and thought of a hearty meal at home that evening. With the piece of meat in his mouth, he proceeded towards his home. On his way home he had to cross a river. There was a narrow plank across it. As he was going across the plank, he looked down and saw his own image reflected in the water. He took it for another dog with a bigger piece of meat.

“Ah, there is another dog with a bigger piece of meat !” he said to himself and added, “If can take that piece of meat away from him, I shall have a hearty meal also in the morning. I must have that piece at any cost.”

So thinking, he rushed at his own shadow to catch at the piece of meat reflected in the water, Instantly, he fell down into the river and lost his own piece of meat. Thus, being led by greed, he had to lose what he already had.

Short Stories for Kids #9

Belling the Cat

Once a farmer’s granary was infested with mics. So the farmer brought in a cat to get rid of them. The cat created great havoc among the mice. The moment a mouse came out of its hole, the cat would kill it. So the mice had to remain in their holes all day and night and were afraid to come out even in search of food.

So, one day, they held a meeting to find a way out. One young mouse with long whiskers stood up and made a speech. He said, “The cat can kill us because he takes us by surprise. If we can put a bell around the cat’s neck, the bell will ring whenever she comes up, and we shall get a warning in time. Thus we can easily save lives and move about safely.”

All the mice were delighted with the proposal. Now he came forward and asked, “But who will bell the cat?” All the mice looked at one another and nobody was ready with a reply.

Short Stories for Kids #10

Do not trust a false friend

There were two friends. One day they Were passing through a forest. By chance, a bear came up there. The friends got frightened. One of them climbed up a tree. He did not think for a moment about what would happen to his friend. The second friend did not know how to climb a tree. He had the presence of mind. He lay on the ground as if he were dead. He knew that a bear does not touch a dead man. The bear came to him and sniffed at his mouth, nose, and ears. It took him for a dead man and went away. Then the other could not see it. So the snake fell into the pit and died.


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