15 Min Stories

Read free bedtime stories, poems for kids and short stories for kids. The best free children’s books online! Picture books, baby books, fairytale stories and more!

Fairy tales The Water of Life Brothers Grimm illustration

The Water of Life

A King is dying, and his sons set off to discover the Water of Life that will save him.

Short story for kids on peace - 100 White Doves illustration of leopard

One Hundred White Doves

Leila Leopard lives on one side of a wall, Charlie Cheetah on the other. But friendship knows no barriers…

Illustration for Hans Christian Andersen fairytale The Nightingale

The Nightingale

A Chinese Emperor coves a nightingale – but then discovers a more beautiful one made of gold.

Illustration for Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Tinder Box

The Tinderbox

The classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale of a soldier who comes upon riches and a tinder-box…

Short stories for kids The Enchanted Stag illustration

The Enchanted Stag

A sister and brother escape their wicked stepmother – but the brother is turned into an enchanted stag.

Illustration for childrens fairy tale Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

The classic fairytale about a clever brother and sister, and a gingerbread house…

Illustration of ogre for bedtime story Mudgee Monedo

Mudjee Monedo

A fearsome ogre violently destroys the young men in a village, until he meets his match.

Illustration of girl dancing for Grimm Bros story The Six Swans

The Six Swans

A princess, to save her swan brothers, may not speak until a curse is broken.

Illustration of boy on a tightrope for Chinese children's story The Two Jugglers

The Two Jugglers

Two jugglers create an astonishing trick for an emperor – but was one delicious peach worth it?

Bedtime Stories Illustration - flies on a table - Seven at one Blow by the Bros Grimm

Seven At One Blow

A tailor kills seven flies with one blow. See how he uses that to succeed in life!

Illustration of american indian silhouette at sunset for kids short story The Star Wife

The Star Wife

High-feather wants a Star-Maiden for his wife… but should they live in the sky or on the ground?