Welcome to our fantastic collection of the Top 52 Adventure Stories for kids to read online! These amazing tales are perfect for children of all ages, from toddlers to early years learners, preschoolers, and even kindergarten and elementary students. With our wide range of bedtime stories, learning and educational material has never been this much fun. Our free, downloadable and printable PDFs are designed to keep kids entertained while enhancing their English skills.
Adventure stories have an essential place in every child’s learning experience, encompassing the magical world of fairy tales and offering moral lessons. Our short stories are easy to read and come with vibrant, captivating pictures that will surely make your little ones fall in love with reading. This collection includes the best classic adventure stories and fun new tales for girls, boys, and everyone in between. Our stories are available in audio format for a delightful story time experience with read-aloud capabilities, ensuring that even longer narratives are accessible and enjoyable for young readers.
The importance of Adventure stories lies in their ability to help children explore the wonders of their imagination while also teaching essential values and morals. These tales enable kids to step into different worlds, face challenges, and overcome adversity while developing critical thinking skills. Furthermore, our adventure-focused stories cater to EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) learning and development objectives, ensuring that our materials are suitable for your children’s educational needs.
Whether it’s a quiet night-time read before sleep or a fun daytime activity, these adventure stories are an excellent choice to spark children’s interest in learning and immerse them in the enchanting world of storytelling. So, get ready for an unforgettable journey through our top 52 Adventure Stories as you share these engaging and exciting tales with your little ones.
Top 52 Adventure stories for kids to read online:
- The Snow Queen: In this story, an evil troll made a mirror that only showed the ugly and bad things in the world and anyone who got a splinter in their eye or heart from it was cursed. The story follows two children, Kay and Gerda, who end up searching for each other after Kay is cursed by the mirror and taken away by the Snow Queen. Gerda goes on a long journey to rescue Kay and, with the help of her friends and the power of her warm tears, manages to save him from the Snow Queen’s castle. Finally, they return home as grownups but with their childlike hearts intact.
- Sinbad the Sailor: A poor man named Sinbad the Porter complains about his hard life until he meets a wealthy man named Sinbad the Sailor. The Sailor invites the Porter to his home and tells him the story of his seven amazing travels. Over the next seven days, the Porter visits the Sailor and learns about each adventure, receiving a large amount of gold after each visit. The Porter realizes that the Sailor’s wealth came from his hard work and perseverance, and the two become friends. The story ends with the two living happily ever after.
- The Adventures of Florian: The story follows Isabella who, after her father’s death, disguises herself as Florian and takes up work with the wizard of the Black Rock. When she leaves, the wizard gifts her three objects, one of which will protect her from magic and another will open any door. She finds work with Prince Florizel and soon falls in love with him. When the wicked witch turns the company to stone and takes Florizel, Florian seeks to rescue him. After a year of travel, she finally reaches the witch’s garden, where she uses the objects gifted by the Black Rock wizard to rescue Florizel. The wedding then takes place with Florian’s true identity revealed to be Isabella.
- Baron Munchausen: This story is about Baron Munchausen recounting his incredible adventures to a group of people. Some of his stories include tying his horse to a church tower and waking up in a cemetery; catching a flock of wild ducks by using bacon as bait and flying home with them; shooting a deer with cherry pits and years later encountering a giant deer with a cherry tree on its head; flying into a castle on a cannonball and being taken prisoner; and climbing to the moon to retrieve his silver axe, but having to use a hay rope to lower himself back down to earth. The article also provides a link to an ebook version of the story for download.
- Theseus and the Minotaur: The story is about Theseus, a young boy who wants to kill the Minotaur to free Athens from the monster. He succeeds in killing the beast with the help of Ariadne, the daughter of the ruthless king who had trapped them all on the island. However, while returning to Athens, Theseus forgets to change the black sails of the ship for white ones, causing his father to believe he has died and to jump into the sea in despair. Despite this, Theseus becomes king and rules justly and wisely.
- The kite that went to the moon: In this story, Tom creates the biggest kite in the village with a painted moon and stars. He tries to fly it to the moon but it keeps falling down, and the other children laugh at him. So Tom and Anna go on a journey to find out why the kite won’t fly, and they meet a little old man with a bag of wonders who gives them a magical cake that never runs out. They eventually end up on the moon where they meet the Lady of the Moon and discover that the kite had finally flown to the moon with a magical tail, which they see while riding back home on the kite.
- How Camping Changed a Troubled Child: The story is about a curious and adventurous girl named Emily, who struggles in school due to her difficulty sitting still and following rules. Her parents take her camping for the first time, which leads to her transformation. As she learns about nature, she becomes more respectful, engaged and helpful in her behavior. Her parents and teachers work together to find a balance between her love for adventure and the teachings of the classroom, allowing her to continue thriving both in school and out in the world.
- The Abominable Snowman’s New Friends: In a far-off land covered in snow and ice, a group of brave children set off on an adventure to find the mythical Abominable Snowman. Though they were faced with dangers such as blizzards and crevasses, the children eventually found the creature. At first, the Abominable Snowman growled at them, but the children showed him friendship and eventually befriended him. They spent the rest of their adventure together, learning about each other and having fun. When it was time for the children to return home, they promised to stay in touch with their new friend. The children returned home as heroes, with many stories to tell about their amazing adventure.
- The Mischievous Elf and the Gingerbread Man: In this story, the Gingerbread Man is crafted and feels free, but is captured by a mischievous elf who wants to use him as the centerpiece of his gingerbread village. Trapped and alone, the Gingerbread Man eventually finds the courage to escape with the help of a sweet elf named Lily. He never forgets about Lily and, after searching for her, they fall in love and live happily ever after. A PDF download of the story is also available.
- The Brave Children of the Ice Castle: A group of children stumble upon a beautiful ice castle hidden in the woods that belongs to a kind ice princess and her animal friends. After finding out the princess is in danger from her evil sister, the children try to protect her in various ways until a brave little girl suggests forming a protective circle while singing to offer love and kindness to the evil sister. The strategy ultimately saves the ice castle and its occupants as the evil sister surrenders to the children’s love. An ebook of the story is available to download.
- The Brave Princess and the Magic Forest: A little girl named Lucy asks her mother for a story about a magical adventure, and her mother tells her a tale about a brave princess who goes on a journey through a forest filled with magical creatures to defeat a dragon and save her kingdom. After the story, Lucy falls asleep and dreams of her own magical adventures. The story is available for download in PDF format.
- The Gentle Giant’s Rescue: The story is about a Newfoundland dog named Sammy who works as a lifeguard in a small town by a lake. He sets out on a grand adventure to hike to the highest mountain peak in the area but realizes that he has gone too far and is unable to climb down. He howls for help and a group of hikers come to his rescue, but they need the help of firefighters to carry the large dog down the mountain on a stretcher. Sammy learns a valuable lesson and is grateful to be rescued and back home. The story has a happy ending, and an ebook is available for download.
- How Finn McCool became the leader of the Fianna: This story is about a boy named Finn who becomes the leader of an elite group of warriors in ancient Ireland called the Fianna. Finn was born into a family of powerful warriors but was forced to flee from his home after his father was killed by a jealous rival. He was raised by a wise woman and a druidess and learned the skills of hunting and fighting. He eventually becomes known as “Finn, the Fair One” and gathers a group of loyal followers. Finn proves his worth as a leader when he defeats a goblin terrorizing the people of Tara and is subsequently accepted as the rightful captain of the Fianna.
- Part 1: My Father Meets The Cat: A young boy meets an old alley cat on a rainy day and invites it home. The boy’s mother dislikes the cat but the boy still feeds it. The cat reveals that it once travelled to Wild Island and saw something that made it weep, offering to help the boy fly there. Downloads of the story are available.
- Part 2: My Father Runs Away: In this story, a cat tells a boy about a dragon on Wild Island who is forced to carry heavy loads and is mistreated. The boy decides to rescue the dragon and the cat gives him a list of things to take on his trip. They keep their plan secret and the boy sneaks onto a ship to sail to Wild Island. He is successful in rescuing the dragon and takes him for a ride.
- Part 3: My Father Finds The Island: In this story, the protagonist’s father travels by ship and decides to hide in a bag of wheat to avoid being sent back home. He ends up on an island where he meets a cat who helps him plan his journey to Wild Island. He has to cross the ocean to get there, and encounters challenges along the way, including jumping onto the back of a sleeping whale. Finally, after seven hours of climbing rocks in the dark, he reaches Wild Island.
- Part 4: My Father Finds The River: In this story, the protagonist’s father sets out to find a dragon tied somewhere along the riverbank in the jungle. He eats tangerines throughout his journey and encounters a talking mouse and two wild boars who discuss his presence on the island. The story ends with the father arriving at the river and facing new challenges.
- Part 5: My Father Meets Some Tigers: A man walks through a dense jungle and becomes lost, but soon realizes he’s being followed by tigers. They reveal that no explorer has ever left the island alive and ask the man if he is tender. The man remembers that tigers love chewing gum, so he gives them each a piece and tells them it can be planted to grow more gum. The tigers become so focused on inspecting each other’s mouths for green gum that they forget about the man and he escapes.
- Part 6: My Father Meets A Rhinoceros: In this story, the protagonist’s father is searching for a dragon and comes across various animals along the way, including two wild boars and a rhinoceros with a weeping pool. The rhinoceros laments over his yellow-grayed tusk and threatens to drown the father, but the father convinces him to use toothpaste and a toothbrush to restore the tusk to its former pearly white. While the father is helping the rhinoceros, a boar returns and is suspicious of the father and rhinoceros. The story ends with the boar continuing his search for the dragon.
- Part 7: My Father Meets A Lion: In the story, a boy’s father encounters a lion in the jungle who is upset about his messy mane. The father helps the lion groom his mane with a hairbrush and ribbons from his bag, and in return, the father is allowed to go home safely. There are downloads available for the story in PDF format.
- Part 8: My Father Meets A Gorilla: The story follows a man who is on a quest to find the wild and rare dragon. On his journey, he meets various animals including a group of talking boars, a lioness mother, and a fierce gorilla. The gorilla threatens to harm him unless he answers his questions, but then gets distracted by fleas and is helped by six little monkeys. The man continues his quest to find the dragon, but it seems to have disappeared.
- Part 9: My Father Makes A Bridge: In this story, the protagonist’s father is stuck trying to cross a river with a dragon on the other side. He considers climbing a flagpole with a rope that’s tied around the dragon’s neck, but then meets a group of friendly crocodiles who eagerly accept lollipops in exchange for helping him cross the river.
- Part 10: My Father Finds The Dragon: In the story, the protagonist’s father is on a mission to rescue a baby dragon from Wild Island. As he tries to cross a river, he faces opposition from a group of wild animals, led by two angry wild boars. However, he manages to cut the rope that’s blocking his way, and escapes with the dragon on its back. As they soar over Wild Island, they hear a plea to bring back the dragon, but the father and the dragon vow never to return.
- The Blue Belt: The story is about a beggar woman and her son who come across a blue belt that makes the boy feel stronger every day. As they travel, they encounter a troll who tries to kill the son, but he is too strong. Later, the son becomes the master of eleven lions and rescues a princess who falls in love with him. However, to marry her, he must first find her after she is hidden by her father, and many have already died trying. He comes up with a plan to dress up as a dancing bear and secretly visit her, but when the king tries to take the bear away, he accidentally discovers the truth and lets the young couple marry.
- Part 1: Bob and Betty’s Summer with Captain Hawes: The story is about two children, Bob and Betty, who spend their summer at the coast with Captain Ben Hawes, an old sailor with many interesting stories to tell. Captain Hawes teaches the children about boats and ships, takes them to see a shipyard, and shows them how to dig up mussels on the beach. They make a new friend, Patsey Quinn, who takes them on exciting expeditions along the beach and teaches them how to fish. Every day brings new fun adventures, and the children love their summer at the coast.
- The Adventure of the Daughter of the King of Ireland: In this story, young King Hettel of Denmark sends a group of brave men, including Yarl Wate and Horant, to Ireland to search for the beautiful Hilda, daughter of the wild King Hagen, in order to make her his queen. They encounter difficulties, but with skill and courage, they succeed and return to Denmark with Hilda. However, King Hagen, seeking revenge, attacks Denmark, resulting in a fierce battle. Both sides suffer heavy losses, but peace is eventually made, and the wedding celebration of Hettel and Hilda continues.
- Robinson Crusoe: The Footprint of a Man in the Sand: The protagonist in the story muses on his life as the ruler of his deserted island, but sometimes longs for something different. He sets out on a journey along the coast and discovers a mysterious footprint on the sand, which fills him with fear. He takes measures to protect himself by building a new fort and thickening his outer wall with pieces of wood, and planting a dense forest in front of his dwelling. He speculates that the island might not be entirely abandoned, but feels safer after his precautions.
- Robinson Crusoe: Building the Boat: The protagonist summarizes his life on the island, including his dwelling and daily routine. He focuses on the things he makes, particularly a chair, table, and canoe. He expresses his desire to return to civilization and his various failed attempts to achieve that goal. The protagonist reflects on the nature of ownership and desire, realizing that he possesses more than he could ever need.
- The Shipwreck of Robinson Crusoe: The protagonist, after living in Brazil for four years, accepts an offer to manage trading on the Guinea coast. However, a storm hits the ship and they end up on an unknown island. The protagonist is the only survivor and is left with nothing but a knife, a tobacco box, and some clothes. He sets out to explore the island and finds water, but fears wild beasts. He makes a shelter out of a tree and falls asleep.
- The Giant’s Cliff House: A giant in Ireland named Mahon McMahon kidnaps seven-year-old Philip Renardy while he is playing by the cliffs. Seven years later, blacksmith Robert Kelly has a dream where Philip appears on a horse, urging him to save him from the giant’s halls. After a sign from the boy, Robert agrees to row to the cliffs at midnight and enter the giant’s door following his dream’s instructions. He successfully finds Philip, who he brings back to his family. The boy grows again but remained strange; while the famous blacksmith continues interpreting dreams, the giant is never heard from again.
- Schippeitaro: The story is about a young warrior who goes on a journey and ends up in a magical forest where he hears cats discussing a terrible secret. He then discovers a village where he learns that a girl is to be sacrificed to the Spirit of the Mountain, so he borrows a dog called Schippeitaro and saves the girl’s life by using the dog to fight and defeat the monster. The festival is held every year in honour of the young warrior and the dog Schippeitaro.
- The Master Mariner: A fisherman saves the life of the King of the Caves of the Sea and is gifted a talisman. The talisman brings him good luck, and he becomes a wealthy master mariner. He falls in love with the Princess of Silkland and gives her the talisman as a gift. However, a pirate captures the princess, and the master mariner fights to save her but is thrown overboard. The talisman comes to life and brings help from the King of the Caves of the Sea, who saves both the master mariner and the princess. They marry and return home safely.
- The Lost Half Hour: The story follows Bobo, the foolish youngest son of a widow, who is taken by Princess Zenza to amuse her court. Tilda, the kind kitchen maid, helps Bobo when he is sent on a mission to find the lost half hour for the princess. After three years, Bobo finds Father Time, who agrees to give him the lost half hour in exchange for taking care of his sons’ horses for a year. Bobo becomes wise and helps several people on his journey home, including discovering that Tilda has been taken by a dragon. Bobo uses the lost half hour to save Tilda and defeat the dragon, leading to their joyful marriage.
- A Mother’s Day Reunion in the Forest: The story is about Santiago, a little snake who grew up without a mother and sets out to find her before Mother’s Day. On his journey, he learns valuable lessons from various animals in the forest. Finally, he meets his mother, Seraphina, and presents her with a bouquet of wildflowers. They spend the day sharing stories and getting to know each other. Santiago learns that even though he grew up without a mother, he had been surrounded by the love and support of his forest friends.
- A Narrow Escape: Two young bees, Buz and Hum, take to the skies with an older bee, but Buz is determined to have more excitement in collecting honey and disobeys advice to not leave the garden. She ends up getting plunged into a pond and almost gives up, but manages to grab hold of a stick and drag herself out of the water to recover in the sun. She realizes the importance of taking advice and returns to the hive, feeling better after every flight. Downloads of this story are available, including an eBook (PDF) version.
- How the Speckled Hen Got Her Speckles: The story is about a little white hen who found a letter and decided to deliver it to the king. On her journey, she met a friendly fox, a grateful river, and a dying fire who asked to join her and ride in her little brown basket. When she finally arrived at the palace, the king was upset with the dirty letter and ordered the hen to be thrown into the poultry yard. The fox saved her by attacking the royal fowls and the river blocked the king’s men, but the hen still became speckled with ash from the fire, and her descendants were speckled too.
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Council with the Munchkins: A girl named Dorothy, who lives in Kansas, is swept away from her home by a cyclone and lands in a beautiful country called the Land of Oz. Dorothy kills a wicked witch of the East by accident and befriends the good witch of the North. She is told she can find a magician who might be able to send her back home in the City of Emeralds at the center of the country. The good witch warns her of the many obstacles she will encounter during her journey. She gives her a pair of silver shoes that belonged to the wicked witch she killed and kisses her forehead, leaving a mark that she says will protect Dorothy from harm.
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: How Dorothy Saved the Scarecrow: In this story, Dorothy is left alone and feeling hungry, so she prepares some food and water for herself and her dog Toto. She sets out on a journey to the Emerald City to ask the Great Oz to help her get back to Kansas. Along the way, she meets a Scarecrow whom she rescues and befriends. The Scarecrow joins Dorothy on her journey, hoping Oz will give him a brain. As they travel the yellow brick road, Toto initially dislikes the Scarecrow, but they eventually become friends. They encounter many colorful characters and obstacles on their journey, but Dorothy remains determined to reach the Emerald City.
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Journey to the Great Oz: In the story, a group of travelers, Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion, are camping in the forest. They are low on food and must figure out how to cross a wide ditch that separates them from the road. The Lion suggests swimming across, but they cannot. The Scarecrow suggests jumping across with the Lion carrying them on his back, but it’s too far. The Tin Woodman suggests chopping down a tree to make a bridge. They manage to cross the ditch and continue their journey. They encounter the Kalidahs, bear-tiger creatures that almost attack them, but they manage to make it across using the same tree bridge method. At last, they arrive at a river and build a raft to continue their journey towards the Emerald City.
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Away to the South: Dorothy and her companions weep for the loss of Oz but are grateful for the city and palace they gained. The Scarecrow suggests they ask the Winged Monkeys to take Dorothy home, but they refuse since they are bound to their country alone. The soldier with the green whiskers suggests that the Good Witch of the South, Glinda, could help Dorothy and explains how to reach her. The Lion, Tin Woodman and Scarecrow offer to accompany Dorothy on her journey, and they plan to depart the next day.
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Dainty China Country: In this chapter, the group reaches a wall made of an unknown material. The Tin Woodman makes a ladder from wood found nearby and they climb to the top of the wall, where they see a country made entirely of china, with small, colorful houses and people made of china, even their clothes. They try to be careful not to break anything, but still manage to break a cow’s leg and a church. The Scarecrow comments that he’s grateful to be made of straw and the group moves on to the next wall.
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Glinda the Good Witch grants Dorothy’s Wish: In this story, Dorothy and her companions clean up before meeting the beautiful and kind Witch Glinda. Dorothy explains her desire to get back to Kansas to her, and Glinda offers a solution in exchange for the Golden Cap. Glinda also helps Dorothy’s friends achieve their wishes before sending Dorothy on her way home with the Silver Shoes that can carry her there in three steps. After saying goodbye to her friends, Dorothy clicks her heels three times and is transported home to the farm in Kansas, though she loses the Silver Shoes, which were left behind in the desert.
- The Owl And The Cat: The story is about an owl and a cat who are the best of friends and go on a journey together in a pea-green boat to find a ring. After a year and a day, they find the ring with the help of a Piggy-wig and get married by a Turkey. They celebrate their love by dancing under the moonlight and continue their adventures happily ever after as best friends. The story is available for download as a PDF.
- The Duck And The Kangaroo: The story is about a Duck who lived in a pond and longed for adventure. One day, he asked his friend the Kangaroo to take him on a journey around the world. The Kangaroo agreed and together they traveled, hopping over fields and seas, marveling at the beauty of the world. Along the way, they found friendship, adventure, and love in one another. The story concludes with the Duck and the Kangaroo being extremely happy and their story cherished for generations to come. Downloads for the story are provided.
- The Daddy Long-legs And The Fly: Two unlikely friends, Mr. Daddy Long-legs and Mr. Floppy Fly, spend a summer’s day together on the sandy shores of Bumbledom. They discuss their current predicaments and lament the world’s injustice. They then embark on a journey to the great Gromboolian Plain, where their differences are celebrated. In this distant land, they can play their favorite games without scorn, and their friendship can blossom.
- The Jumblies: In a faraway land lived the adventurous Jumblies with green heads and blue hands. They set sail in a sieve, ignoring the warnings of their friends. Despite the storm, they wrapped their feet in pinky paper and sang a moony song. They collected marvelous treasures in the Western Sea, and after twenty years, they returned. Their story inspired their friends to go to sea in a sieve, becoming a tale of courage and imagination. An ebook is available for download.
- The Nutcrackers And The Sugar-tongs: In a quaint little kitchen, two Nutcrackers and a set of Sugar-tongs were best friends, gazing out the window dreaming of adventures. They hatched a daring plan to ride along hills and meadows, much to the astonishment of the other kitchen inhabitants. The duo rode through the town and along the shore, vowing never to return to their old lives. They vanished from sight, leaving their tale to be retold, inspiring generations of kitchenware to dream of their own adventures.
- Uncle Wiggily and the Campfire: In this story, Uncle Wiggily seeks his fortune and gets stuck inside a berry bush. The bush offers to help him escape by digging a tunnel, and Uncle Wiggily kindly accepts her offer. He then continues his journey and visits several places looking for his fortune but finds nothing until he enters a little house made out of clothespins and finds a tin bank filled with pennies. He gets caught by the cat who returns home and discovers he almost stole her savings. The cat then offers to help Uncle Wiggily look for his fortune and they have a campfire at night to keep them safe from danger. However, they are attacked by a three-headed wushky-woshky but the fire scares it away. In the morning, Uncle Wiggily and the cat continue their adventure together.
- The Adventure Of The Blue Carbuncle: This story is about a man who goes to a diner and gets into a philosophical discussion with the staff. They discuss the nature of reality and the possibility of multiple realities. The man leaves the diner wondering if what he experienced was real or just a dream.
- The Time-Traveling Tie: The story is about a curious young boy named Timmy who discovers his father’s magical tie and travels back in time to his father’s childhood home, where he meets his father as a young boy. They embark on an incredible adventure together and Timmy gains a better understanding of his father’s past, passions, and fears. Through their journey, Timmy learns the importance of perseverance and never giving up. The story ends with Timmy and his father sharing an unbreakable bond and a deeper understanding of each other. There is a link to download the ebook in PDF format.
- Little Bear Cub: The story follows a Little Bear Cub who feels restless in the forest and wants to explore the world beyond. He sets out to become something more than just a bear and finds himself dressed as a man, dancing for the princess and convincing everyone that he is a prince. However, his bear nature eventually reveals itself, and he is rejected by society and chained up, realizing that he could have enjoyed his life as a bear in the vibrant forest if only he had been content being just a bear.
- Emborg And The Animals: A little girl named Emborg sets out to buy a birthday present for her mother with a two-ore piece. Along the way, she meets several animals who all give her gifts without taking her money. From a boy’s whistle to a cow’s fresh milk and a basket of eggs, Emborg collects an array of offerings. The animals are kind to her, and Emborg appreciates their generosity. Finally, a horse comes and carries all her gifts back to her mother’s house.
In conclusion, the Top 52 Adventure stories for kids to read online have successfully captivated young readers’ imaginations and encouraged their sense of exploration and curiosity. With engaging themes that span across fantasy worlds, daring quests, and brave characters, these adventure stories teach valuable life lessons, promote empathy, and inspire creativity. They are designed to captivate children’s interest while simultaneously instilling confidence in their abilities and fostering a lifelong love for literature. These online stories provide accessible, diverse, and enriching entertainment that transcends age and geographical boundaries, making it the perfect source of inspiration and wonder for the next generation of young adventurers.