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 Tortoise and the Hare

The Tortoise and the Hare

Language: English  Origin: United Kingdom

Once upon a time, in a field not too far from you, there was an energetic and happy hare and a sleepy tortoise...

Enjoy this story in: English

The Princess and the Golden Ball

The Princess and the Golden Ball

Language: English/Arabic  Origin: Iraq

Once there was a beautiful princess who lived with her father in a huge palace. Although the princess was very beautiful she was also very selfish and conceited...

Enjoy this story in: English Arabic

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 First Sunrise

The First Sunrise

Language: English  Origin: Australia

A traditional tale from the Dreamtime about how the world became warm and light and why dawn is greeted with birdsong

Enjoy this story in: English

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