World Stories

World Stories is a growing collection of stories from around the world. The collection includes retold traditional tales and new short stories in the languages most spoken by UK children. 

Story Collections:

Adventure Stories
We are adding new stories, translations, pictures and sound recordings every week. So keep coming back to enjoy new content.

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Selected Stories

The Story of Niu Lang and Zhi Nu

The Story of Niu Lang and Zhi Nu

Language: English/Cantonese/Mandarin  Origin: China

Niu Lang wasn’t always a simple cow herder. And Zhi Nu wasn’t always a cloud-weaver. Once upon a time they were both stars up in the night sky...

Enjoy this story in: English Cantonese Mandarin

The Ant and the Elephant

The Ant and the Elephant

Language: English/Pashto/Filipino  Origin: Afghanistan

The ant and the elephant were very good friends indeed and would play together whenever they had the chance...

Enjoy this story in: English Pashto Filipino

The Beauty of Difference

The Beauty of Difference

Language: English/Persian  Origin: Iran

Shirin was still a relatively young girl when her parents sent her away from her home in Tehran to live in a big city in England called London.

Enjoy this story in: English Persian

Turtle and Monkey

Turtle and Monkey

Language: English/Filipino  Origin: Philippines

Monkey stood at the edge of the river and watched Turtle swimming against the torrent with a tree that he had caught in the flood: a young tree...

Enjoy this story in: English Filipino

Adem's Baba Embarrassed Him

Adem's Baba Embarrassed Him

Language: English/Turkish  Origin: Turkey

Adem has an English mother and a Turkish father.  Growing up in England, Adem wants to adhere to the English culture without losing any of his Turkish roots, however this isn’t always as easy as it seems.

Enjoy this story in: English Turkish