Author Archives: Brian Martin

The World’s Favourite Story (for Kids)


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…

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3 kids flying on a book in the style of a magic carpet ride

Full text of article published on

Here’s the full text of the published article on Ireland’s leading writers’ site.

“So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray,

Go throw your TV set away,

And in its place you can install,

A lovely bookshelf on the wall.”

— Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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