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The Fisherman and his wife now illustrated by Matt Moriarty

FIsherman and wife by hovel illustrated by Matt Moriarty
The Fisherman and his Wife, illustrated by Matt Moriarty

I am delighted to let you know that the classic story “The Fisherman and his Wife” has been beautifully illustrated by Matt Moriarty and is now available on Short Kid Stories. Matt is an illustrator from Australia, you can find out about him and view his work at

The Fisherman and his wife teaches a lesson about being too greedy and never being satisfied with what you have. The story is one of our featured stories of the week and is available here:

I hope you enjoy the new illustrations.

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Amazon provides free audio streaming of children’s books and stories

To all lovers of children’s stories: Amazon has cancelled the subscription cost of books and audio stories for children and students of all ages as long as schools are closed. Kids everywhere can now instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help kids continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.
All stories are free to stream on desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet using the following link

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Take the Short Kid Stories survey


I hope you are enjoying the fantastic range of short stories for kids available on the site.

We are planning the next stage of our development, and we need your input!

I’d appreciate it if you could spare just a few minutes to answer the Short Kid Stories survey.


Genuinely it’ll be very short and would really help decide what improvements, features and services would be of benefit to users. So please take a few minutes to let us know what you think. We’d really appreciate it.


Thanks again for your interest in Short Kid Stories.

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Short Kid Stories Author published on Amazon!


While working on his book of memoir stories, POP was asked to write a children’s tale based on an illustration given by a magazine publisher.

Soon after, he began a competition with himself, to write another one… better than the other one.

Now, after much fanfare from kids and grandkids he has published his first children’s eBook… “Tales From The Hill And Burrow.”

(The print version is soon to come in late spring)

Three charming contemporary folk tales for young and old alike.

Just click on the picture below and there you go to Amazon!



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Sleeping Beauty narrated by Sharon Blumberg

Sharon Blumberg photo - voiceover artistThanks 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.

Stay tuned, there is more to come from Sharon…


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New Publication by Sharon Krager

Sharon Krager author photoEthan Scott's Little Red BoxCongratulations to Short Kid Stories author Sharon Krager who published her first book in March. The book is entitled Ethan Scott’s Little Red Box and is available on Amazon:

Sharon is a great contributor of stories to Short Kid Stories, you can find them all HERE . I wish her every success with her new book.

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St. Patrick’s Day Story Competiiton Results

Kids' short story author Deirdre McCarthy playing harp at an Irish music festival Kids' short story author Jim McCarthy







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 about Deirdre McCarthy and Jim McCarthy on their author bio pages.

If you are in search of other stories of an Irish nature, check out our Irish Story Catalogue.



Have  a great St. Patrick’s day on Mar 17th and celebrate the green!








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kids reading

NEW: The Short Kid Stories Bookstore!

grandparent reading to kidI am delighted to announce that Short Kid Stories now has a bookstore on-site! Powered by Amazon, it allows you to shop for kids’ books without having to leave Short Kid Stories.

I hope visitors find it useful. If you do purchase a book, Short Kid Stories will be supported with a small commission to help with hosting fees, graphic design, editorial work and other costs.

To get to the bookstore, click here, or you can navigate to it from the menu at the top of the page.

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leprechaun with shamrock

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Story Competition

Shamrock-GreenSt. Patrick’s Day is the 17th of March and will soon be here.

In honour of this annual celebration of all that is good and green, I’d like to invite all authors out there to submit an Irish-themed story for the site.

Competition rules below. Get writing and submit please via the submission page. Good luck!

1st Prize: I’ll feature the winning story and author on the front page of for St. Patrick’s week.

  • Word Count: 500 – 5,000 wordsLaughing-leprechaun
  • Submission deadline: 8th Mar 2015 @  midnight GMT
  • Include: Synopsis for the excerpt, word count and target age range
  • If you have not submitted to Short Kid Stories before, please provide a brief bio of yourself.
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2014 – The birth year of Short Kid Stories

Kids flying on a book like a magic carpet rideDear Readers and Contributors,

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:

Readership map of short kid stories

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!

Most Read

Here are the top 25 most read stories this year on Short Kid Stories:

  1. Cinderella
    Cinderella gets to go to the ball thanks to her kind fairy godmother.
  2. Aesops Fables
    All of Aesop's fables, beautifully illustrated by Milo Winter. Dip in and out, each one only takes a minute or two.
  3. Little Red Hen
    This story about a hardworking little hen whose friends won't help her teaches us a valuable and timeless lesson. Includes audio narration.
  4. Jack and the Beanstalk
    Jack exchanges a cow for a handful of beans. Even though his mother is angry, a giant beanstalk leads on to a great adventure.
  5. Sleeping Beauty
    A 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.
  6. Hansel and Gretel
    Hansel 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.
  7. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    Snow White is under threat from an evil stepmother who wants to be the fairest in the land.
  8. Puss In Boots
    A miller's son inherits a clever cat who helps him win power and fortune.
  9. The Frogs’ Race
    A 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?
  10. The Three Little Pigs
    Three little pigs build houses to keep safe from the bad wolf, but he keeps trying to blow them down.
  11. Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp
    An 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.
  12. The Little Match Girl
    The little match girl lights her matches to stay warm in the freezing weather and is reunited with her loving grandmother.
  13. The Girl behind the Mirror
    Lucy 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.
  14. Midnight O’Clock
    A strange magic starts when the clock strikes midnight. What are you afraid of?
  15. Princess Rose and the Golden Bird
    A wicked witch curses the beautiful princess who sings every night with a golden bird.
  16. The Unicorn and His Friends
    A fairy's monkey helps her dream come true of being able to ride a flying Unicorn.
  17. Rumpelstiltskin
    Can the queen save her new child by guessing the name of the dwarf who spun straw into gold?
  18. The Adventures of Bird
    Bird 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.
  19. The Emperor’s New Clothes
    Two 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.
  20. The Fisherman and his Wife
    A fisherman saves the life of a fish and is rewarded when his wife suggests to ask for a pretty cottage. Unfortunately she keeps wanting more and more and is never satisfied.
  21. The Children of Lir
    The legend of the four Children of Lir, turned into swans for nine centuries by their wicked stepmother.
  22. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
    L. 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!
  23. The Water of Life
    Three princes go in search of the water of life in order to save the life of their ill father.
  24. Goldilocks and the Three Bears
    Three bears are upset when they find that someone has been eating their porridge.
  25. Little Brother and Sister
    A brother and sister run away from home to escape their wicked stepmother, who is also a witch.

Top Rated

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:

The Lovesong of Jubal Jacques 79.9-1.0
Ben and Jerry at the Races109.8-1.0
Mrs Grim’s Pet Dinners199.6-1.0
A Good Night's Sleep189.6-1.0
The Puzzle Maker399.4-1.0
Like Pinocchio's Nose119.4-1.0
Operation Rescue Rabbits79.4-1.0
Harold the Horrid159.3-1.0
The Sparrow Family69.3-1.0

What’s nice to see is that the majority of this list is from modern authors contributing original content to the site.

It just remains for me to wish you all a wonderful story-filled holiday season and new year. Let’s see what 2015 brings.

Now where did I put those mince pies?!

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Frank Sinatra

I did it my way

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.

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