1 Minute Stories

1 Minute Stories

Welcome to the Top 60 1 Minute Stories for kids to read online! This fantastic collection is perfect for children looking for a quick bedtime story, or perhaps a short learning break during the day. Our free online library features a colorful selection of easy-to-read stories, available in both pdf and audio formats. You can even download these educational stories and enjoy a printable version that’s perfect for story time with the entire family. Each story is carefully selected to suit the needs of preschool, kindergarten, and elementary students, as well as EYFS and toddlers.

1 Minute Stories are not only fun and engaging, but they also offer valuable lessons for young minds to absorb. With a diverse range of classic fairy tales, famous bedtime stories, educational tales, and moral stories – there’s something for every child, be it girls or boys. Each story is accompanied by vibrant pictures, allowing kids to enjoy the visuals as they listen or read aloud. The short nature of these stories makes them perfect for a quick night time read, ensuring that your little ones have sweet dreams and a good night’s sleep.

The importance of 1 Minute Stories lies in their ability to capture children’s attention, making it easier for them to retain information in bite-sized pieces. Moreover, these stories encourage early reading habits among kids, instilling a love for books and learning at an impressionable age. Furthermore, the stories in this collection touch on various life lessons and morals, subtly guiding children to a better understanding of good behavior and the world around them. Dive into the magical world of our 1 Minute Stories today and explore the wonders of reading and learning with your little ones!

Top 60 1 Minute Stories for kids to read online:

  1. The Wolf and the Kid: The story is about a young Goat who gets separated from his flock and encounters a hungry Wolf. Knowing his fate, the Goat requests the Wolf to play him a tune before eating him, which the Wolf agrees to. However, as the Wolf plays, the Goat’s flock hears the music and rushes back, scaring the Wolf away. The story ends with the moral that wit can often outsmart strength.
  2. The Tortoise and the Ducks: In this story, a lazy Tortoise regrets not attending Jupiter’s wedding and wants to see the world. A pair of Ducks offer to carry him on a stick so he can see the countryside from above, but he loses his hold and falls to his death. The story highlights the danger of foolish boasting and the consequences that can arise from it. An ebook version of the story is available for download.
  3. The Young Crab and His Mother: In this story, a mother crab tells her son to walk straight forward with his toes turned out like hers, but the young crab admits that he wants to learn so she tries to teach him. However, the mother crab finds that she can only walk sideways like her son and even falls on her nose when she tries to turn her toes out. The moral of the story is that we should not criticize others for their mistakes if we cannot do better ourselves. A PDF ebook of the story is available for download.
  4. The Frogs and the Ox: In the story, an ox accidentally kills a young frog while drinking from a pool. The old frog asks his siblings about the cause of his disappearance and learns that a big monster had stepped on him. The old frog inflates his body while discussing the monster to impress his siblings, but they reveal that the monster was much bigger, and the old frog bursts from too much inflation.
  5. The Dog, the Cock and the Fox: The story is about a dog and a cock who decide to leave the farmyard to explore the world. One night they find a hollow tree to rest in but the cock crows in the morning and wakes up a nearby fox who wants to eat him. The cock tricks the fox into going around the tree so the dog can catch him instead. A PDF download of the story is available to read offline.
  6. Belling the Cat: The story is about a group of mice who call a meeting to find a way of escaping their enemy, the cat. One young mouse suggests hanging a bell around the cat’s neck but an old mouse questions who will bell the cat. The story ends with no solution to the problem, leaving the mice still in fear of the cat. The story is available to download as a PDF or read online.
  7. The Eagle and the Jackdaw: In this story, a Jackdaw sees an eagle carrying a lamb and decides to imitate it. However, when it tries to carry a ram, the Jackdaw becomes trapped in its wool and is caught by a shepherd. The shepherd clips the Jackdaw’s wings and gives it to his children, who find it comical. The moral of the story is that it is foolish to pretend to be someone or something you are not. A downloadable PDF version of the story is also available.
  8. The Boy And The Filberts: The story is about a boy who gets his hand stuck in a pitcher while trying to get filberts. He grabbed too many and couldn’t take them all out at once, causing him to cry. His mother suggested he be satisfied with half the nuts he had taken, allowing him to easily get his hand out, and perhaps he could have more filberts some other time. An ebook version of the story is available to download.
  9. The Shepherd Boy And The Wolf: A shepherd boy tends his master’s sheep near a dark forest and finds life in the pasture dull. One day, he shouts “Wolf! Wolf!” for fun, fooling the villagers who come running to help him. He does it again a few days later and fools them once more. But when a wolf really attacks the sheep, the boy shouts for help, but the villagers do not believe him, and the wolf kills many of the sheep and slips away into the forest. The story is available as a downloadable eBook.
  10. Hercules And The Wagoner: A farmer’s wagon gets stuck in the mud and he calls on Hercules for help. Hercules appears and tells the farmer to put his own effort into getting the wagon unstuck before he can help. The farmer heeds his advice, puts in some elbow grease, and manages to free the wagon. The story serves as a lesson on the importance of effort and not relying on others to solve one’s problems.
  11. The Kid And The Wolf: A young Kid is left on the roof of a sheep shelter to stay safe. While there, he sees a wolf and taunts him. The wolf responds calmly, recognizing that it is the roof talking and not actually the Kid. There is a link to download the story as an ebook in PDF format.
  12. The Town Mouse And The Country Mouse: In the story, a Town Mouse visits a relative in the country and eats simple food. The Country Mouse dreams of living in the city and accepts an invitation to stay with her friend. They encounter a feast but are scared away by a cat and dog. The Country Mouse prefers her simple life and quickly returns to her quiet and secure countryside. The story is available for download as a PDF ebook.
  13. The Fox And The Grapes: In this story, a fox sees a bunch of ripe grapes hanging high on a vine. He tries to jump and catch them but fails every time. Finally, he realizes that he cannot reach them and walks away, declaring that the grapes are sour. The story is available for download as a PDF for reading offline.
  14. The Bundle Of Sticks: In this story, a father with quarrelsome sons searches for an example to teach them the importance of unity. He hands each son a bundle of sticks and asks them to break it, which they cannot do. When he hands them each a single stick to break, they do so easily. The father explains that if they work together and remain united, they will be strong and impervious to harm, but if they remain divided, they will be as weak as a single stick in a bundle.
  15. The Wolf And The Crane: In this story, a wolf gets a bone stuck in his throat after he tries to eat too greedily. He visits the crane and offers her a reward if she can pull out the bone. The crane is hesitant to put her head in the wolf’s mouth but ends up helping him. However, when she asks for her reward, the wolf snaps at her, saying that not being eaten is reward enough.
  16. The Oxen And The Wheels: In this story, a pair of oxen are pulling a heavily loaded wagon along a muddy road and they have to use all their strength to pull it. However, the wheels of the wagon complain loudly despite having an easier task. The oxen finally get fed up and ask the wheels what they have to complain about since the oxen are the ones doing all the work. The story highlights the importance of not complaining unnecessarily and appreciating those who work hard. There is also a downloadable ebook of the story available.
  17. The Lion And The Mouse: The story is about a lion who spares the life of a tiny mouse who later returns the favor by helping the lion escape from a hunter’s net. The message of the story is that even small acts of kindness can be repaid in unexpected ways. The post also includes a link to download the story as an ebook.
  18. The Gnat And The Bull: The story is about a gnat that lands on the horn of a bull, and before leaving, apologizes for using it as a resting place. The bull responds by saying it didn’t even notice the gnat was there. A free downloadable ebook (PDF) of the story is provided for offline reading or printing.
  19. The Plane Tree: Two travelers seek shade under a Plane tree and criticize it for bearing no fruit and only littering the ground. The tree responds, calling them ungrateful for enjoying its cooling shade while overlooking its other qualities, and compares the situation to how humans often receive blessings. A downloadable PDF version of the story is available.
  20. The Farmer And The Stork: In the story, a simple and honest Stork is caught in a trap with a group of Cranes that were stealing from a farmer’s field. The Stork claims innocence and pleads with the farmer to be spared, but the farmer insists that all will face consequences. The story teaches a lesson about how even when we associate with dishonest people, we are all judged by associations.
  21. The Birds, The Beasts, And The Bat: The story is about a war between the Birds and the Beasts, which began after years of persecution of Geese by the Fox family and the constant pouncing of the Eagle on the Hare and the Owl’s daily dinner of mice. The Bat family initially stayed neutral but joined the Birds when they seemed to be winning, and then switched sides when the Beasts started winning. After the war, the deceitful behavior of the Bats was condemned by both sides, and the Bat family was driven out and forced to hide in dark towers and deserted ruins.
  22. The Lion, The Bear And The Fox: In the story, a bear and lion are fighting over a prey until they both become injured and unable to continue. A fox sees the opportunity and takes the prey for itself. The bear and lion realize that it would have been better to share the prey in a friendly manner. A downloadable ebook in PDF format is available for those who want to read offline or print.
  23. The Wolf And The Lamb: The story is about a hungry wolf who sees a helpless lamb drinking from a stream. The wolf decides to catch the lamb. The lamb tries to convince the wolf that it is innocent and that it is not muddy the water. However, the wolf accuses the lamb of lying and eats it anyway. There is a link to download the story as a PDF.
  24. The Sheep And The Pig: A shepherd captures a fat pig in the meadow where his sheep are pastured despite the pig’s loud squeals and struggles. The sheep are amused and question the pig’s behavior. The pig defends itself, saying that the shepherd wants its bacon while he only wants the sheep’s wool. A downloadable ebook of the story is available.
  25. The Travellers And The Purse: Two travelers come across a purse filled with gold. One man picks it up and declares he will keep it for himself, but the other argues they should share it as traveling companions. When they hear a mob coming after them, the man who found the purse panics. The other man tells him to stick to his “I” because he refused to share before. The story ends on a lesson of sharing fortunes and misfortunes on the road. A downloadable ebook is also available.
  26. The Lion and the Donkey: In this story, a Lion walks through the forest and is insulted by an Ass. Despite feeling angry, the Lion chooses not to retaliate and instead walks away peacefully. The story comes with a PDF download option.
  27. The Hares And The Frogs: The story tells of a group of hares who are so timid that they would rather die than live in fear. However, they become comforted when they frighten a family of frogs. The story highlights the relativity of fear and shows that even the most timid can be brave in certain situations. An ebook version of the story is available for download.
  28. The Fox And The Stork: In the story, the Fox invites the Stork over for dinner and serves soup in a shallow dish, making it difficult for the Stork to eat. The Stork then returns the invitation and serves dinner in a tall jar with a narrow neck, making it easy for the Stork to eat but impossible for the Fox. The Stork calmly reminds the Fox not to play tricks on his neighbors unless he can handle the same treatment. A downloadable ebook is also provided.
  29. The Wolf And The Sheep: A Wolf, who was injured and unable to hunt, begged a Sheep for water to give him strength to hunt for food. The Sheep refused, knowing that the Wolf’s idea of “solid food” meant the Sheep. The story has a downloadable ebook (PDF) for offline reading or printing.
  30. The Travellers And The Sea: Two travelers walking along the seashore see something on the waves and debate whether it is a great treasure ship or a fisherman’s skiff. As it washes up on shore, they rush to find a potential chest of gold, only to discover it is just a water-soaked log.
  31. The Eagle And The Kite: In this fable, an eagle is searching for a mate who can provide for her and is approached by a kite who boasts about his strength and ability to carry large prey, promising to provide for her. The eagle agrees to marry him, but when the kite returns with only a small mouse for food, the eagle is disappointed and the kite admits he only made false promises to win her hand.
  32. The Wolf And The Lion: A Wolf steals a lamb, planning to eat it, but is confronted by a Lion who takes it away. The Wolf complains to the Lion but the Lion questions how the wolf obtained the lamb in the first place. The story’s moral is that those who prey on others need to be prepared to have their own prey taken from them. An ebook download of the story is also provided.
  33. The Wolf And The Goat: In this story, a hungry wolf tries to trick a goat that is out of reach at the top of a steep cliff. The wolf pretends to be concerned for the goat’s safety, offering the best grass in the country, but the goat sees through the wolf’s deceitful plan and refuses. The story highlights the importance of being cautious of those who may have ulterior motives.
  34. The Stag And His Reflection: A stag admired his antlers but was ashamed of his spindly legs. While drinking from a crystal spring, he scented a panther and ran away. However, his wide-spreading antlers got tangled in the trees, and the panther caught up with him. The stag realized that his legs, which he was ashamed of, were more useful than his extravagant antlers. The moral of the story is that practicality is more important than vanity.
  35. The Peacock: In this story, the Peacock receives his beautiful feathers from Juno, making him the envy of all the birds. However, his desire to fly is stifled by the weight of his own feathers, leaving him unable to soar like the eagle and instead only able to walk on the ground, burdened by his once-prized plumage. An ebook download link is also provided.
  36. The Crow And The Pitcher: The story highlights the struggle of a thirsty Crow who found a pitcher with a little water in it but could not reach it due to the pitcher’s design. The Crow came up with a clever idea to drop small pebbles into the pitcher one by one, which gradually raised the water level, allowing him to drink and quench his thirst. It shows how intelligence and resourcefulness can overcome even the most challenging obstacles. The story also provides a download link for an ebook version.
  37. The Ants And The Grasshopper: In this story, a family of ants is busy storing up food for the winter when a starving grasshopper comes begging for food. The ants are surprised that the grasshopper had not stored up any food and had spent his summer making music instead. When the grasshopper begs for food, the ants turn their backs on him and tell him to dance. The story teaches a lesson about the importance of preparation and hard work. A downloadable ebook of the story is also provided.
  38. The Mice And The Weasels: In the story, the Weasels and Mice were constantly at war. The Mice decided to appoint numerous generals and commanders from amongst their most important members to better lead the army, and decorate themselves with crests and ornaments of feathers or straw. However, in the ensuing battle, the Mouse leaders couldn’t escape the Weasels’ teeth, as their head-dresses wouldn’t allow them to fit through the narrow openings. All of them were eaten while the privates escaped through their mouse holes.
  39. The Wolf And The Lean Dog: In the story, a hungry wolf meets a skinny and bony dog and tries to eat him. The dog cleverly persuades the wolf to wait until after his master’s upcoming wedding feast, when he will be fat and plump from the scraps of the celebration. The wolf falls for the trick and leaves, only to return to eat the dog later. However, the dog tricks the wolf again by sending him to a big and unkind dog instead of himself, causing the wolf to flee in fear.
  40. The Fox And The Lion: A young fox encounters a lion in the forest and is immediately frightened and runs away at first sight. The second time the fox sees the lion, it stops to observe from behind a tree before quickly leaving. However, the third time the fox boldly approaches the lion and greets it without hesitation. The story is available as a downloadable PDF for offline reading.
  41. The Lion and the Donkey: In this fable, a lion and an ass go hunting together. They come across a cave filled with wild goats, and the plan is for the ass to go into the cave and scare the goats out, while the lion waits outside to catch them. The plan works perfectly, and as the ass exits the cave, he boasts about how he scared the goats. The lion, however, is not impressed and comments that if he didn’t know the nature of the ass, he would have run away too.
  42. The Dog And His Master’s Dinner: In this fable, a loyal dog carries his master’s dinner in a basket every day, despite the tempting smell of the food. The other dogs in the neighborhood attempt to steal the basket from him, but he always guards it carefully until one day, they all confront him at once. They ridicule him until he drops the basket, allowing them to take the food. The dog then tells them to divide the food among themselves, learning a valuable lesson about trusting others too easily.
  43. The Vain Jackdaw And His Borrowed Feathers: A Jackdaw saw a flock of Peacocks in the King’s palace and was envious of their gorgeous plumage. Wanting to be accepted, he picked up some of their feathers and added them to his own. When he entered the garden among the Peacocks, they recognized him as a fake and tore off the borrowed feathers, leaving him with nothing. This embarrassed Jackdaw returns to his old friends, but they also reject him because of his prideful behavior towards them before.
  44. The Wolf And His Shadow: A wolf becomes prideful and boasts about his size and power, declaring himself superior to a lion. However, the wolf’s pride is his downfall when he sees the shadow of a bigger creature and is swiftly struck down by the real lion. A downloadable ebook version is available.
  45. The Oak And The Reeds: The story tells of a prideful Oak tree boasting to the Reeds about its strength, while the Reeds are humble in their flexibility from the winds. When a hurricane arrives, the Oak stands upright and fights against the storm, while the Reeds bow low. In the end, the Oak falls and the Reeds are left standing, proving that flexibility can be stronger than pride. An ebook download link is provided at the end.
  46. The Rat And The Elephant: A proud rat traveling along the King’s highway came across a grand procession of the King and his retinue. The rat felt hurt that he was not noticed by the crowd who were taken up with admiration for the elephant the King was mounted on. The rat felt he was just as important as the elephant and cried out, but as soon as the royal cat spotted him, the rat realized he was not quite as important as an elephant.
  47. The Boys And The Frogs: Some boys were playing at a pond, throwing stones in and causing fear and danger to the frogs. The oldest and bravest frog spoke up, pleading with the boys to stop their cruel game as it meant death to the frogs. A downloadable PDF ebook is also available.
  48. The Donkey Carrying The Image: The story is about a Sacred Image that is being carried to the temple on an Ass decorated with garlands and trappings, followed by a grand procession of priests and pages through the streets. The Ass becomes so full of himself with the honor everyone is showing to the Image, that he starts to bray loudly in pride. His driver beats him and tells him that the honor is not meant for him, but for the Image he is carrying. An Ebook (PDF) is offered for download, to read offline on a phone or e-reader or to print.
  49. The Monkey And The Camel: At a celebration in honor of King Lion, the Monkey was asked to dance, and his performance was received with great admiration. The Camel, jealous of the praise the Monkey received, attempted to dance but made a fool of himself and nearly injured King Lion, resulting in the animals driving him out into the desert. The story ends with refreshments of Camel’s hump and ribs being served to the company. The story is available to download as a PDF.
  50. The Leap At Rhodes: A man who boasts of his adventures in foreign lands claims to have made a remarkable leap in the city of Rhodes. Skeptical listeners challenge him to prove his claim by jumping the same distance again, but he is unable to do so. A downloadable ebook of the story is available to read offline or print.
  51. The Two Goats: The story is about two prideful goats who meet on a narrow path over a deep chasm with a raging river flowing below. Neither goat will move aside for the other and in the end, they both fall into the river and are swept away. The story teaches the lesson that pride can lead to one’s downfall. The reader is also provided with a link to download the PDF version of the story.
  52. The Ass And The Load Of Salt: A merchant and his donkey were transporting salt when the donkey fell into a river, and the salt dissolved. The donkey rejoiced in the lighter load and did it again on the next trip. The merchant, frustrated, traded the salt for sponges, and the donkey fell in the river once more but this time, weighted down by heavy sponges, it was a miserable journey home. A moral lesson is presented about greed.
  53. The Wild Boar And The Fox: In the story, a wild boar was sharpening its tusks while a fox came by and made fun of him for doing so. The boar explained that it was important to be prepared and have his weapons ready in case of danger. The story is available for download as a PDF to read offline.
  54. The Wolf and the Donkey: In this story, an Ass pretends to be lame when a Wolf approaches him with the intention of attacking him. The Ass tricks the Wolf into trying to remove a thorn from his foot, only to kick the Wolf away and escape to safety. The Wolf regrets falling for the Ass’s clever tactic and realizes that he is a butcher by trade, not a doctor.
  55. The Dog And The Oyster: A greedy dog who loves eggs swallows them whole, but one day accidentally eats an oyster and suffers from the pain of the shell lodged in his stomach. He learns a lesson that all round things are not eggs. An ebook version of the story is available to download.
  56. The Monkey And The Cat: The story is about a cat and a monkey who were friends and loved to find ways to get food. One day, they saw chestnuts roasting on the fire and both wanted to eat them. The monkey suggested the cat pull them out of the fire because she was more skilled. The cat tried several times, burning her paw each time, while the monkey ate them all. When their owner entered the room, the monkey escaped with all the chestnuts while the cat was left with a burnt paw and no food. They say the cat never trusted the monkey again and only ate mice and rats thereafter.
  57. The Ass, The Fox, And The Lion: In this story, an Ass and a Fox are friends who come across a Lion. The Fox offers to lead the Ass into a pit, promising safety from the Lion, but in reality plans to let the Lion eat the Ass. The Lion agrees to the plan, but upon seeing the opportunity, kills the Fox instead of sharing the meal. A downloadable ebook version of the story is available.
  58. The Dogs And The Fox: In this story, a group of dogs found the skin of a lion and began to tear it apart, but a fox saw them and warned that if the lion had been alive, they would have faced a different outcome. The story concludes by offering a downloadable PDF version of the story.
  59. The Dogs And The Hides: A group of dogs are hungry and spot hides at the bottom of a stream that they want to eat, but they are unable to reach them from the bank. They decide to drink up the river so they can reach the hides, but even after drinking until they burst, the water level remains the same. The story ends with a downloadable ebook of the story available.
  60. The Bees And Wasps, And The Hornet: In this fable, a store of honey in a tree causes a dispute between bees and wasps. They agree to bring the case before a judge, who adjourns court for six weeks to think it over when he can’t make a decision based on witness accounts. When the case resumes, a wise old bee suggests a honeycomb building contest to determine ownership, knowing the wasps cannot build one. The honey belongs to the bees, and they can enjoy their bounty.

In conclusion, the Top 60 1 Minute Stories offer an enchanting collection of short tales that captivate the imagination of young readers, fostering a love for reading and encouraging exploration of diverse themes and characters. Each story is thoughtfully crafted to deliver valuable lessons, promote creative thinking, and provide endless entertainment, all within the time frame of just one minute. Engaging, educational, and exciting, these tales are the perfect resource for today’s fast-paced world, designed to leave a lasting impact on children, while helping them cherish the magical world of storytelling.