Stories, Poems, and Songs For Kids!


Many adults love to curl up with a good book on a rainy afternoon, and every child adores bedtime stories. Short stories take us away from our own world into others filled with surprises, adventures, and fascinating characters and creatures. And if we are not careful, we might just learn something along the way!

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Aesop's Fables

The Blue Cross by G.K. Chesterton

Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville

Butterflies by Patricia Grace

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain

Disobedience by A. A. Milne

The Emperor's New Suit by Hans Christian Andersen

The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut by Mark Twain

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

The Great Stone Face by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Griffin and the Minor Canon by Frank Stockton

How the Leopard Got Its Spots by Rudyard Kipling

The Lady or the Tiger? by Frank Stockton

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell

The Ransom of Red Chief by O. Henry

Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving

Sanctuary by Edith Wharton

A Scandal in Bohemia by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Sign of the Broken Sword by G.K. Chesterton

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Three Skeleton Key by George Toudouze

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

To Build a Fire by Jack London

The Veldt by Ray Bradbury

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams


Rhythm, rhyme, and meter make words come alive to touch our hearts, minds, and souls. Great poetry, whether written centuries ago or very recently, helps us see the world as it truly is. To express joy, sorrow, pain, or love, there is nothing like a good poem!

A Bird Came Down the Walk by Emily Dickinson

All the World's a Stage by William Shakespeare

All Things Bright and Beautiful

A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

As Thro' the Land at Eve We Went by Lord Alfred Tennyson

A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore

Birches by Robert Frost

Caged Bird by Maya Angelou

George Gray by Edgar Lee Masters

The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes

I Cannot Go to School Today by Shel Silverstein

I'm Nobody! Who are You? by Emily Dickinson

I Wandered Lonely in a Cloud by William Wordsworth

John 1:1–14 in the King James Version

Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Last Answers by Carl Sandburg

Lullaby by W. H. Auden

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold by William Wordsworth

Ode to Autumn by John Keats

Ode to the West Wind by Percy Shelley

The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear

The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning

Psalm 23 in the King James Version

The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Saul by Robert Browning

The Shield of Achilles by W. H. Auden

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by William Shakespeare

Us Two by A. A. Milne

We Wear the Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein


Who among us cannot be found singing a song to express our joy? What couple does not have its own special song? Popular music shapes our hearts and gives voice to our hopes and aspirations. Nothing is more soothing or encouraging than a great song!

All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey

Amazing Grace by John Newton

America the Beautiful by Katherine Lee Bates

A Moment Like This by Kelly Clarkson

A Whole New World by Peabo Bryson

Battle Hymn of the Republic by Julia Ward Howe

Breaking Free from High School Musical

Bridge Over Troubled Water by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel

Bring Him Home from Les Miserables

Candle on the Water from Pete's Dragon

Can't Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley

Daydream Believer by the Monkees

Everybody is Free to Wear Sunscreen by Buz Luhrman

Favorite Things from the Sound of Music

Friends are Friends Forever by Michael W. Smith

Give My Regards to Broadway/Life's A Funny Proposition After All/Yankee Doodle Boy by George M. Cohan

I Can't Take My Eyes Off of You from High School Musical

I Saw Her Standing There by the Beatles

Kokomo by the Beach Boys

Michael, Row Your Boat Ashore (American Spiritual)

Midnight Train to Georgia by Gladys Knight and the Pips

Oh What a Beautiful Morning from Oklahoma

The Shoop Shoop Song by Rudy Clark

The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key

Thriller by Michael Jackson

With a Little Help from My Friends by the Beatles