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 Well

The Well

Language: English/Somali  Origin: Somalia

A long time ago, there were four families who lived in a small village in Somalia. The first family would argue all of the time, the second family were very greedy...

Enjoy this story in: English Somali

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

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 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 Song of the Armadillo

The Song of the Armadillo

Language: English/Spanish  Origin: Spain

Once there was an armadillo who lived in the Bolivian rainforest.  He loved music more than anything else in the world and all he wanted to do was to be able to sing like many of the other animals could.

Enjoy this story in: English Spanish