World Stories is an exciting idea brought to you by KidsOut - the fun and happiness charity. KidsOut does some amazing work to help many kinds of disadvantaged children and young people. Our mission is to help transform the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK by providing fun opportunities and positive experiences to significantly enhance their wellbeing and outlook for a happier future. Our projects currently support children who have experienced domestic violence, children with disabilities, children with English as an additional language, children struggling academically and those not in education, employment or training. Find out more...
Throughout history, before pens, computers, books and libraries - people have told each other stories. Here at KidsOut we understand that stories are really important. They can help us understand each other and learn about other cultures, and they can help us celebrate our own traditions and culture. Most of all they are fun!
World Stories is a growing collection of short stories including retold traditional tales and new short stories from around the world. The stories feature the languages most spoken by UK children as currently one in seven children in the UK speaks a language other than English as their first language. The stories can be read and listened to online, or downloaded. And best of all, everything is free! World Stories has been funded by the BigLottery and Esmee Fairbairn. However, as both these grants have now finished, we are currently looking for funding to continue growing the project.
A big thanks to the many people who have helped us in making the project happen - giving us their stories, expertise and support. We hope you enjoy reading and listening to the results of all their hard work.