Short Story Anthologies for Kids

These are the kind of stories we all remember reading on gray afternoons, wearing sweatpants and sprawled on the floor, after having complained to Mom several bajillion times that we were bored. To which she invariably replied, "Go read a book. I'm busy." Why we always went to the old anthologies, typically from the 1950s and with covers as cracked and gray as the weather outside, was a mystery, because they never seemed appealing.

Until we started reading the stories inside. It was better than TV—tales of reckless Greek heroes, real-life Arctic explorers, animals who could talk and wear clothes (this never bothered us until we got older), foreign lands, horse races, etc., etc., etc. Okay, so maybe the pictures were a little hokey, and maybe all the facts weren't perfectly accurate, but these were good stories.

Keeping such vessels of imagination from our own children is little short of criminal. They need a place to forage their young minds, to stoke the fires of make-believe and ambition, and what better place than the pages of a short story anthology? Surely Sesame Street or Dora the Explorer won't have the same effect; no, lead kids to the source as a place of delight and awe, and they'll eat the fruit and drink the water because they want to.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

 

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"Why" Stories
by Edward W. Dolch, Marguerite P. Dolch
from Garrard Publishing Company
for 2nd-4th grade
in Short Story Anthologies for Kids (Location: FIC-ANTH)
Aesop's Fables
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Aesop, illustrated by Fritz Kredel
from Grosset & Dunlap
Fables for 2nd-6th grade
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop, illustrated by Michael Hague
from Henry Holt and Company
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 1st-5th grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop, edited by Ann McGovern
from Scholastic Inc.
for Nursery-2nd grade
$2.13 (2 in stock)
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop
from Signet Classics
Fairy Tales & Fables for 10th grade-adult
in Ancient Literature (Location: LIT1-ANC)
$5.06
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop
from Exeter Books
for 2nd-6th grade
in Ancient Literature (Location: LIT1-ANC)
$4.25 (1 in stock)
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop, illustrated by Arthur Rackham
from Avenel Books
for Nursery-2nd grade
$6.80 (2 in stock)
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop, retold & illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
1st Ed. from Chronicle Books
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$16.99
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop, Isaac Bashevis Singer
from International Collectors Library
for 6th-10th grade
in Ancient Literature (Location: LIT1-ANC)
Aesop's Fables
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
by Aesop, illustrated by Fritz Kredel
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 2nd-6th grade
in Illustrated Junior Library (Location: VIN-IJL)
Aesop's Fables
Puffin Classics
by Aesop
Reprint from Puffin Books
Myths, Fairy Tales & Folklore for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$6.99
Aesop's Fables
Children's Classics
by Aesop, illustrated by Nora Fry
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
for 2nd-6th grade
Aesop's Fables
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Aesop, illustrated by Fritz Kredel
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 2nd-6th grade
in Illustrated Junior Library (Location: VIN-IJL)
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop, illustrated by Harry Rountree
from Gallery Books
for 3rd-9th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: FIC-ANI)
$11.90 (1 in stock)
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop, Illustrated by Walt Sturrock
from Unicorn Publishing House
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop, retold by Marie Stuart and illustrated by Robert Ayton
from Ladybird Books Ltd
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop, illustrated by Charles Santore
from Sterling Publishing Co.
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$6.75 (1 in stock)
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop, illustrated by Arthur Rackham
from Macmillan
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 1st-Adult
in Ancient Literature (Location: LIT1-ANC)
$12.74
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop, illustrated by Charles Santore
Kohl's Cares Edition from Sterling Publishing Co.
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop, illustrated by Michael Hague
from Henry Holt and Company
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 1st-5th grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Aesop's Fables for Children
by Aesop, illustrated by Milo Winter
Pap/Com from Dover Publications
for 2nd-5th grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Aesop's Fables for Young Readers (old)
from A Beka Books
for 1st grade
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Aesop's Fables for Young Readers - Teacher Edition
3rd edition from A Beka Books
for 1st grade
in A Beka Reading (Location: REA-ABK)
$12.50 (2 in stock)
American Tall Tales
by Adrien Stoutenberg
from Puffin Books
for 3rd-6th grade
$5.94
Anansi and the Moss-covered Rock
by Eric A. Kimmel
Reprint from Holiday House
for Preschool-1st grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Anansi the Spider Man
by Philip M. Sherlock
for 1st-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Animal Heroes
by Ernest Thompson Seton
for 2nd-5th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: FIC-ANI)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Animal Stories
by Edited by Walter de la Mare
from Charles Scribner's Sons
for 3rd-8th grade
in Vintage & Collectible (Location: VIN-COL)
Anpao
by Jamake Highwater
from HarperCollins
for 5th-9th grade
1978 Newbery Honor Book
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$8.99 $5.00 (1 in stock)
Anthology of Children's Literature
by Edna Johnson, Evelyn R. Sickels, and Frances Clarke Sayers (editors), illustrated by Fritz Eichenberg & N. C. Wyeth
4th edition from Houghton Mifflin
for 3rd-10th grade
in Vintage & Collectible (Location: VIN-COL)
$40.00 (1 in stock)
Arabian Nights
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Earle Goodenow, illustrator
from Grosset & Dunlap
Eastern Fairy Tales for 4th-8th grade
Arabian Nights
by Orton Lowe
from John C. Winston
for 3rd-6th grade
Arabian Nights / Aesop's Fables
by Mamoru Funai, Aesop
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-7th grade
in Companion Library (Location: VIN-COL)
Barefoot Book of Earth Tales
by Dawn Casey, Anne Wilson
from Barefoot Books
for 3rd-6th grade
in Short Story Anthologies for Kids (Location: FIC-ANTH)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum
by Ashley Bryan
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 3rd-7th grade
$8.49 $4.68 (1 in stock)
Best in Children's Books #01
from Nelson Doubleday, Inc.
for 3rd-6th grade
in Best In Children's Books (Location: VIN-BIC)
$4.25 (3 in stock)
Best in Children's Books #02
from Nelson Doubleday, Inc.
for 3rd-6th grade
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Best in Children's Books #03
from Nelson Doubleday, Inc.
for 3rd-6th grade
in Best In Children's Books (Location: VIN-BIC)
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from Nelson Doubleday, Inc.
for 3rd-6th grade
in Best In Children's Books (Location: VIN-BIC)
$4.25 (1 in stock)
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from Nelson Doubleday, Inc.
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in Best In Children's Books (Location: VIN-BIC)
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from Nelson Doubleday, Inc.
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in Best In Children's Books (Location: VIN-BIC)
$4.25 (2 in stock)
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$4.25 (2 in stock)
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by Eric Knight, et. al.
from Nelson Doubleday, Inc.
for 3rd-6th grade
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$4.25 (1 in stock)
Best in Children's Books #11
from Nelson Doubleday, Inc.
for 3rd-6th grade
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from Nelson Doubleday, Inc.
for 3rd-6th grade
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$4.25 (3 in stock)
Best in Children's Books #13
from Nelson Doubleday, Inc.
for 3rd-6th grade
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$4.25 (1 in stock)
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from Nelson Doubleday, Inc.
for 3rd-6th grade
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