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

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

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

How The Tortoise Got His Crooked Shell

How The Tortoise Got His Crooked Shell

Language: English/Yoruba  Origin: Nigeria

A long time ago, a terrible famine hit an ancient animal kingdom. It had not rained for two whole years and all of the crops were dying...

Enjoy this story in: English Yoruba

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

The Fern Flower

The Fern Flower

Language: English/Polish  Origin: Poland

St John’s night is the shortest night of the year. It is on this night that the legendary Fern Flower blooms somewhere in the forest...

Enjoy this story in: English Polish