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When you were in your childhood, did you grandmother not read a english childhood story to you? In my childhood, that’s what I used to do all the time. My mother and grandmother would read a lot of childhood stories in English to me and that is how my vocabulary improved so well. All my childhood memories invove me reading loads of english story books, about friendship, love, sadness, mischief and based on that my experiences evolved. In fact I can say that, 30 years later, all of my childhood memories are related to the countless english books that I read like Tenali Raman, Panchatantra, Tinkle and many more. In fact, I can say without a doubt that if I write my childhood story in English, it will be a summation of all the short stories that I have read as a child.

In this website you can read hundreds of famous childhood stories in English. Are you searching for beginner’s French short stories or German short stories for children with English translation? OR are you searching for short stories in Spanish for kids or simple and small stories in Dutch? Or maybe are you looking for simple and easy Italian short stories, stories in Swedish and Portuguese? We have it all.

Why should I read many english childhood stories?

I am pretty sure that you remember lots of funny childhood stories in english. The main benefits of reading many english stories is that your command over the english language improves, your experience in handling situations get better, and you also build your creativity.

Think about a story you heard in your childhood. Any story for that matter. With english moral stories, you learnt about  the good and bad and about the consequences of being bad, angry or lazy. When you read  a story about childhood friendship, you learn to value your friends and stick by them through thick and thin. Funny childhood stories teach you how to laugh and take things happiness and silliness. By reading childhood mischief stories, you learnt about how to make people laugh and how to enjoy your life. With childhood ghost stories, you learnt about the supernatural and about to be careful in life. 

What are my favorite childhood stories in English?

Without a doubt, my favorite childhood stories are Akbar and Birbal, Tintin, Aesops fables, Tenali Raman, Tinkle, and Archies, Anything written by the genuis Enid Blyton were also my absolute favorites of course!!! Harry potter was my most favorite book series but that was after I turned 15. 

When I started reading longer novels, my favorites were Jeffery Archer, Ken Follet, Sidney Sheldon and Agatha Christie. I also read many of the famous american classics, Sherlock Holmes and all of Shakespears works. They are all great in their own way of course but they never resonate with me the stories which I have heard when I was a child.  

Which are the best childhood love stories in English?

Ah, who doesn’t like to read a lovely romance story or a story about love. For me, I think the best story about love is “The gift of the Magi“, a story about how love can make a family sacrifice their best possessions for one another. If you ask me, that is my favorite childhood love story and I strive to live like that with my wife and child.  

The other fantastic love stories which you might have read in your childhood are the english love tragedies written by William Shakespear. Romeo and Juliet are amazing as well as Othello. Scarlet Pimpernel is also an amazing read and teaches about love and devotion to ones’ true love.   

Which is the best story about childhood friendship in English?

There are many english short stories about the beauty of childhood friendship. My favorite story about childhood friendship is Famous 5 or secret 7. These are written by the great Enid Blyton and  describe about the friendship between these children. Some of the Aesop fables also talk about childhood friendship which is quite heartening to read.

Another fantastic english novel series about childhood friendship is the legendary Harry potter of course. It follows the journey of friendship between Harry Potter, Hermione and Ron, the three protogonists of the harry potter series. The depth of their friendship evolves from their childhood all the way through the seven harry potter books. There are also many stories where childhood friendships  becomes love but there are far too many to know which is my favorite there.

What are the best childhood ghost stories?

I would say without a doubt that the best childhood ghost stories are those which are written by in the goosebumps series. These are absolutely gory, frightening and filled with tales of horror, ghosts, ghouls and demons. To be hoenst, I am not a big fan of childhood ghost stories as they give me nightmares and those are the last thing that one would want as a child. But nevetheless I persevered and read over a hundred goosebumps books. 

Which are some of the best tragic and sad childhood stories?

Well, need I even say which are the great works of tragedy which one might remember forever even if read only once? William Shakspear of course is the author of the greatest tragic and sad stories which you would have read in as a child. In my childhood, I must have read all the great tragedies such as Othello and Romeo and Juliet so many times that I remember them now like the back of my hand.

Which are my favorite English moral stories during my childhood days?

OOOOOOOOHHHHHHHH! This is an interesting question since we have read thousands of moral stories as a child. I think for me, when I think back to my childhood days, my favorite english moral stories were Aesop’s fables, Ramayana, Mahabharata and Grimms fairy tales. 

Links to my favorite English childhood stories

Below you can find the links to some of my most favorite English short stories which I read a million times in my childhood. These are the best short stories which one can read in their formative years and many of them are funny, sad, about childhood friendships, love and about morals and values.

  1. Aesop Fables in English – Set 1
  2. Aesop Fables in English – Set 2
  3. Aesop Fables in English – Set 3
  4. Aesop Fables in English – Set 4
  5. Akbar and Birbal stories in English Set 1
  6. Akbar and Birbal stories in English Set 2
  7. Tenali Raman stories in English

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Read childhood short stories in German

Germany is a dream destination for many students who want to pursue their education as it is one of the most advanced nations in the world. It boasts of the legendary Oktoberfest, large multinational companies such as BMW and Kohler, free education and the best colleges in the world, the most beautifully maintained historical cities and being in the middle of Europe.

German is the primary spoken language in Germany and is a must know as English is spoken by only a small populace. Even so German is the most spoken language in Europe (yes… not English. German is the most spoken language). It is also the national language of Luxembourg, Austria and Switzerland.

Childhood-stories.com has over two hundred english childhood short stories in German where German and English are present side by side. There is a fantastic collection of English childhood stories which are translated into German such as Aesop Fables, Akbar and Birbal stories and Tenali Raman stories.

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Read childhood short stories in Spanish

Spain is a fairytale destination for many travellers and most people would have Spain in their bucketlist of places to see before they die. Did you know that many students who want to pursue their education move to Spain as it is has many great universities.

Spain hosts the legendary bull fighting festival, Tomatina festival, several large multinational companies, free education and Medicare as well. It is considered to be the party haven of Europe and has beautiful historical cities and also beaches and mountains.

As you would have probably guessed, Spanish is the main spoken language in Spain and is a must know. Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world after Cantonese and English. It is the national language of many nations in South America, in Mexico and the southern part of North America. 

Childhood-stories.com has over one hundred English childhood short short stories translated into simple Spanish where you can find Spanish and English are present side by side. It has a fantastic childhood story collection in Spanish such Aesop Fables in Spanish, Akbar and Birbal stories in Spanish and Tenali Raman stories in Spanish.

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Read childhood short stories in French

Paris is the fairytale honeymooning destination for almost any traveller in the world. It is also the most well known city for Fashion and most people of any age group would die to go and visit Paris.

Aside from Paris, France has many famous historical cities, hosts the legendary fashion week, boasts of several large multinational brands for retail, free education and Medicare. It has beautiful beaches, great weather and is famous for its fine wine and cheese.

As you would have probably guessed, French is the main spoken language in France and is a must know of course when you live in France. French is the one of the most spoken languages in the world and the third most spoken language in Europe.

Childhood-stories.com has over one hundred Childhood stories translated into super simplified French where you can find French and English are present side by side. It has a fantastic childhood short story collection Aesop Fables in French, Akbar and Birbal stories in French and Tenali Raman stories in French.

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Read childhood short stories in Portuguese

Portugal is one of the most visited destinations for almost any European traveller since it has gorgeous beaches and fantastic weather all year round. Portuguese is the main spoken language in Portugal and is a must know of course when you live in Portugal. Portuguese is also the sixth most spoken languages in the world as it is the most spoken language in South America.

Childhood-stories.com has over one hundred childhood short stories translated into simple Portuguese where you can find Portuguese and English are present side by side. It has a fantastic English short story collection in Portuguese such as Aesop Fables in Portuguese, Akbar and Birbal stories in Portuguese and Tenali Raman stories in Portuguese.

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Read childhood short stories in Italian

Everyone wants to visit Italy for seeing Rome, the heart of the ancient roman civilization, to see the leaning tower of Pisa, to enjoy the water boats of Venice, to see the art festival in Milan. Italy is most famous for its craze for football and its gorgeous beaches, home of the great city of Pompey destroyed by the volcano Vesuvius and many more.

Learning Italian is a dream location for many students who want to pursue their education in history. As far as History goes, Italy and Italian is the best.

Italian is the primary spoken language in Italy and is a must know. English is spoken by the populace only in the major cities and not so much even there. It also helps that Italian is one of the most spoken languages in Europe.

Childhood-stories.com has over a hundred childhood short stories translated into simple Italian for kids. The childhood stories have Italian and English present side by side and they are very simple and easy. These are English short stories for beginners which have Italian subtext. There is a fantastic collection of children’s english short stories in Italian such as Aesop Fables, Akbar and Birbal stories and Tenali Raman stories for beginners in the Italian language.

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Read childhood short stories in Dutch

Despite being a very small country, the Netherlands is one of the most beautiful and tourist friendly countries in the world. Amsterdam is one of the cities which are frequented regularly for its party life. It is also famous for its waterways, picturesque windmills, and its quaint villages.

Learning Dutch is a dream for many people who want to pursue their education in Aeronautics or want to work in one of its legendary start ups. Dutch is the primary spoken language in Netherlands though English is spoken by almost everyone in the Nordic region.

Childhood-stories.com has over a hundred super simple childhood short stories translated into simple Dutch short stories for kids. The chldren’s stories have Dutch and English present side by side and they are very simple and easy. These are Dutch stories which are absolutely perfect for beginners. There is a fantastic collection Aesop Fables, Akbar and Birbal stories and Tenali Raman stories for beginners in Dutch language.

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Read a few Swedish childhood short stories

Swedish is the primary spoken language in Sweden and is a must know even though English is spoken by most of the populace of 2 million.

Childhood-stories.com has over fifty childhood short stories translated into simple Swedish where Swedish and English are present side by side. There is a fantastic collection Aesop Fables, Akbar and Birbal stories and Tenali Raman stories.

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Where to find childhood short stories in Welsh?

Welsh Language is the primary spoken language in Wales and is growing language in popularity. There are many Welsh communities across the world and is a preferred language to learn in England and in Scotland.

Childhood-stories.com has around fifty childhood short stories translated into simple Welsh short stories with English translation. The Welsh short stories for children have Welsh and English present side by side.

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Read loads of Japanese childhood short stories!

Japanese Language is the primary spoken language in Japan and is growing language in popularity primarily due to popularity of Anime and Manga. There are many Japanese learning communities across the world. Japanese is one of the preferred languages to learn across Europe.

Childhood-stories.com has around hundred dual language Japanese short stories with English translation. The Japanese short stories for children have Japanese and English present side by side.

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