15 episodes

Children's stories perfect for classroom, bedtime, or anytime.
Based on my 26 year hobby of reading in public elementary schools, the stories offered here are some of my favorite, kid-tested read-alouds. All stories appear with the permission of the author.

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    • Fiction

Children's stories perfect for classroom, bedtime, or anytime.
Based on my 26 year hobby of reading in public elementary schools, the stories offered here are some of my favorite, kid-tested read-alouds. All stories appear with the permission of the author.

    “The Enchanted Hare: A Norse Legend” by Shirley Climo

    “The Enchanted Hare: A Norse Legend” by Shirley Climo

    In this lovely retelling of a traditional Norse legend, a young girl finds a frozen bird during a long cold winter and calls upon Eostre, the Bringer of Spring, to help save the bird. What Eostre does explains how a rabbit and brightly colored eggs came to be associated with Easter.

    • 10 min
    “Liam McLafferty’s Choice: An Irish Tale” by Alexis O’Neill.

    “Liam McLafferty’s Choice: An Irish Tale” by Alexis O’Neill.

    No young lad in Ireland made worse choices than Liam McLafferty, or so it would seem. It took the Fairy Queen to help Liam understand that his choices were really the best because they came from his heart.

    • 7 min
    "Darlene and the Ice Storm: A Winter's Tale" by Robert D. Culp

    "Darlene and the Ice Storm: A Winter's Tale" by Robert D. Culp

    When Darlene, Rooster's pregnant heifer, wanders off during an ice storm, Rooster and his best friend, Cotton, must find her before she gives birth. Unfortunately, they are too late and they have to figure out how to get the newborn to safety. Rooster comes up with a cunning plan, but when Darlene decides she doesn't like it, Rooster's plan falls apart and all hilarity breaks loose.

    • 13 min
    "The Invisible Moose: A Canadian Love Story" by Dennis Haseley

    "The Invisible Moose: A Canadian Love Story" by Dennis Haseley

    "She was a beautiful moose, the most beautiful moose in the forest. He was a shy young moose and he was in love with her." But when she is captured and taken to New York, he must summon all of his courage to rescue her. With the help of Professor Owl Mcfowl's invisibility potion,  he makes the trek to New York in search of his love.  "On the fresh white ground, their tracks appeared, two by two, as they headed north, and home."

    • 14 min
    “Gammelyn, The Dressmaker” by Laurence Housman

    “Gammelyn, The Dressmaker” by Laurence Housman

    Gammelyn the dressmaker must make two impossible dresses for the wedding of a spoiled princess. But when she asks for a third dress made from butterfly wings, Gammelyn thinks that cruel and finds a way to avoid making the dress and deliver the princess her comeuppance at the same time.

    • 12 min
    "Alexander and the Magic Mouse" by Martha Sanders

    "Alexander and the Magic Mouse" by Martha Sanders

    When the old lady was young she had brought home a cat from London, a Yak from Tibet and an Alligator from China. The magic mouse came with the house. They all lived quite contentedly together until the magic mouse proclaimed that it would rain for 30 days and 30 nights. The Old Lady decided that the nearby town needed to be warned, but which of them could brave the torrents and the quickly rising river?

    • 21 min

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