Thanks to Sharon Blumberg, narration has arrived on Short Kid Stories! Sharon Olivia Blumberg is a recently retired school teacher, having taught Spanish and English for over 20 years. In addition, she is a children’s writer and voiceover artist. She is married with two grown children. She resides with her husband outside of Chicago. View Sharon’s profile on her profile page and go on over and check out her first narrated story – Sleeping Beauty.
Congratulations to the wife and husband writing duo of Deirdre and Jim McCarthy for winning this year’s St. Patrick’s day story competition with their joint entry Micheleen Emmett O’Shea. This story will be featured on the site through St. Patrick’s day and for the rest of next week. Alongside is featured one of Deirdre’s other works,The Rescue of Fairy Queen Maeve. You can read more aboutDeirdre McCarthyandJim McCarthyon their author bio pages.
It’s been a big year for Short Kid Stories. 2014 finally saw the launch of the site after a longer-than-expected period of development! Eventually we did get launched and as of now we have the work of 60 authors featured on the site.
Traffic has been growing well, we are now approaching 20,000 page views a month. What I find wonderful is the locations around the world that are reading stories on the site:
Any country coloured in blue is one where readers have accessed the site in the last 3 months. The darker the colour, the heavier the traffic. As you can see there are a lot of readers coming from the US, Ireland and India, with Canada and the UK not far behind. Most countries in the world, apart from Greenland, a number of African countries and a small handful more have discovered the world of Short Kid Stories. However, therein lies a challenge for 2015 – to paint the whole world blue!
Here are the top 25 most read stories this year on Short Kid Stories:
CinderellaCinderella gets to go to the ball thanks to her kind fairy godmother.
Jack and the BeanstalkJack exchanges a cow for a handful of beans. Even though his mother is angry, a giant beanstalk leads on to a great adventure.
Sleeping BeautyA mean fairy casts a spell on a young girl. Can she avoid pricking herself on a spindle until she is sixteen? Includes an audio narration by Sharon Blumberg.
The Frogs’ RaceA group of frogs decide to race to the top of the tower, but will they all be discouraged when everyone says they can't do it?
Little Red HenThis story about a hardworking little hen whose friends won't help her teaches us a valuable and timeless lesson. Includes audio narration.
Puss In BootsA miller's son inherits a clever cat who helps him win power and fortune.
Aesops FablesAll of Aesop's fables, beautifully illustrated by Milo Winter. Dip in and out, each one only takes a minute or two.
The Three Little PigsThree little pigs build houses to keep safe from the bad wolf, but he keeps trying to blow them down.
The Girl behind the MirrorLucy and her mum come across a weird and wonderful Chinese shop and in it they find the perfect dresser for Lucy's room. Imagine Lucy's shock when the mirror on it turns out to be far from normal.
Hansel and GretelHansel and Gretel find a house made of cake and sweets and start to eat it, but don't realise that a wicked witch lives there.
Aladdin and the Wonderful LampAn evil sorcerer tricks Aladdin into thinking that he is Aladdin's uncle so that he can retrieve for him a powerful and magical lamp. The classic Middle Eastern folk tale retold and illustrated by Walter Crane.
The Little Match GirlThe little match girl lights her matches to stay warm in the freezing weather and is reunited with her loving grandmother.
Midnight O’ClockA strange magic starts when the clock strikes midnight. What are you afraid of?
The Adventures of BirdBird is his name. And he is a bird. Large, a little ugly and clumsy, but lovable. Eats too much junk food so has lost the ability to fly. Is befriended by two children and they embark on an adventure together.
The Children of LirThe legend of the four Children of Lir, turned into swans for nine centuries by their wicked stepmother.
RumpelstiltskinCan the queen save her new child by guessing the name of the dwarf who spun straw into gold?
The Wonderful Wizard of OzL. Frank Baum's classic about a girl from Kansas transported to the land of Oz is a must-read for all children. Although this is in fact a short novel of about 40,000 words, one chapter a night (on average about 10 minutes each) makes for perfect bedtime reading!
The NightingaleStory about an emperor who prefers the tinkling of a bejeweled mechanical bird to the song of a real nightingale.
The Emperor’s New ClothesTwo swindlers pretend to weave the vain emperor new clothes, but claim it's invisible to stupid people. Will anyone be brave enough to say there's nothing there? Includes audio narration.
The Brave Tin SoldierRead about the brave tin soldier who remains calm despite all the terrible things that happen to him. Includes audio narration.
I’ve really noticed an upturn in the number of stories being rated every day. I didn’t want to present that just yet on the site until there are a critical mass of ratings across the board, however I thought you would like to see what are the top rated stories on the site to date. This list only includes stories that have at least 5 ratings:
To think I did all that And may I say – not in a shy way “Oh no, oh no not me I did it my way”.
Sung by Frank Sinatra, lyrics by Paul Anka
I was listening to a podcast yesterday, James Altucher was interviewing Simon Rich, an American comedy writer. They were discussing the fact that there must be only three or four basic story ideas. All stories fit into one of these basic themes, such a deal with the devil, or the ugly duckling turns into a swan such as in My Fair Lady etc.
Ok, perhaps this site is not the perfect sample of stories to generate a reliable, statistically-valid result.
However, as I was putting this site together, adding all the traditional stories I could think of, I was very curious as to which stories would prove to be the most popular. I did try to ensure that all the classics were there. In fact, if you have a suggestion for a missing story, please contact me!
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a clear winner. There is one story on this site that dominates the top of the charts most days of the week.
The Short Kid Stories most popular story in the world is…
In this age of pervasive Internet, ubiquitous smart phones and addictive video games, it is not just the TV any more that is the great distraction from reading. But in retaliation to this modern era, the bookshelf should perhaps not be the only source for children’s stories. References to mountains and Mohammad spring to mind. That’s why I decided to create a website dedicated to providing short stories that will showcase a large range of classic and original stories for children, free of charge. Continue reading →