OUR READERS

Stories First Readers can be freely printed and shared for non-commercial use.  Please contact us to report any errors or concerns, or to learn how to contribute. Our collection is growing, so check back soon.

Begin by printing the cover and the Printer Spread. Be sure to set the printer to “double-sided” and to “flip on the short-edge.”  You can also print odd pages, flip manually and print even pages.  Then, align the cover and inside pages, clip in place, and staple to make a 5.5 x 8.5 booklet. Check out the tutorial above for help binding books.

Stories First Readers are shared by an all-volunteer editing and writing staff of language educators who believe in the Power of Reading. To find out how you can help, contact us

READER DATABASE

Outropistache

       Outropistache, a traditional story
      An elf helps a woman spin straw into gold, but he demands her baby as payment.

      AGES: ALL
      LENGTH: 1,223 words, 17 pages
      ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
      READABILITY: 

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      Jesse Owens

        Jesse Owens, a true story
        An African American running legend and his journey to the 1936 Berlin Olympics. 

        AGES: All 
        LENGTH: 2,095 words, 21 pages 
        ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated 
        READABILITY: Scolarius-41 

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        Le Petit Chaperon Rouge

          Le Petit Chaperon Rouge, a traditional story
          A girl meets a wolf on the way to Grandmother’s house.

          AGES: All
          LENGTH: 1,181 words, 17 pages
          ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
          READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-40 

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          Le bonhomme de pain d'épice

            Le Bonhomme de Pain d’épice, a traditional story
            A gingerbread cookie comes to life and runs away from many who want to eat him.


            AGES: All
            LENGTH: 827 words, 15 pages
            ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
            READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-46


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            Cendrillon

              Cendrillon, a traditional story
              A poor girl must work for a family who does not love her, until she goes to the royal ball.

              AGES: All
              LENGTH: 1,824 words, 23 pages
              ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
              READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-44

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              Conte de Noel

                Conte de Noël, a story by Charles Dickens
                Scrooge only cares about money so three spirits take him to see his future.

                AGES: All
                LENGTH: 2,617 words, 27 pages
                ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-39

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                Dorothée

                  Dorothée, a story by L. Frank Baum
                  A tornado takes a little girl to a new land called Oz. She wants to go home, but she needs the help of the Wizard of Oz.

                  AGES: All
                  LENGTH: 1,945 words, 30 pages
                  ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                  READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-41

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                  Heidi

                    Heidi, a story by Johanna Spyri
                    A little girl is sent to the mountains to live with Grandfather. She soon learns to love her new family and friends.

                    AGES: All
                    LENGTH: 1,366 words, 19 pages
                    ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                    READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-40

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                    Le Petit Prince

                      Le Petit Prince​, a story by Etienne de Saint-Exupery
                      A little prince lives on his planet with only one friend, his rose. When the little prince leaves and has adventures, he misses his rose. 

                      AGES: All
                      LENGTH: 1,604 words, 24 pages
                      ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                      READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-40

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                      Ramona

                        Ramona, a story by Helen Hunt Jackson
                        Native American girl is adopted by a rich family from Spain, but she later encounters racism and discovers the hardships of her biological family and their community. 

                        AGES: Upper elementary and older
                        LENGTH: 2,955 words, 28 pages
                        ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                        READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-42

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                        Alice aux pays des merveilles

                          Alice aux pays des merveilles​, a story by Lewis Carroll
                          A little girl, Alice, runs after a White Rabbit. She runs into many strange creatures in a magical world. 

                          AGES: Upper elementary and older
                          LENGTH: 2,901 words, 29 pages
                          ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                          READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-38

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                          Hansel et Gretel

                            Hansel et Gretel​, a traditional story 
                            Two children are abandoned in the forest. They are very hungry until they see a house made out of candy. But they soon find the candy is a trap.

                            AGES: ALL
                            LENGTH: 2,333 words, 20 pages
                            ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                            READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-45

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                            Ali Baba et les 40 voleurs

                              Ali Baba et les 40 voleurs​, a traditional story   
                              A poor man finds a magical cave filled with treasure, but the treasure belongs to terrible bandits. His servant helps protect Ali Baba when the bandits come looking for their treasure.

                              AGES: ALL
                              LENGTH: 2,838 words, 27 pages
                              ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                              READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-40

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                              La Belle aux bois dormant

                                La Belle au bois dormant​, a traditional story   
                                A witch puts a curse on a princess: she will fall asleep for all eternity. But true love wakes up the sleeping beauty.

                                AGES: ALL
                                LENGTH: 1,696 words, 23 pages
                                ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-42

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                                Les Musiciens de Breme

                                  Les Musiciens de Brême, a traditional story   
                                  Animals are abandoned, so they go out on the road looking to become musicians in the big city, Bremen.

                                  AGES: ALL
                                  LENGTH: 2,060 words, 26 pages
                                  ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                  READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-37

                                  Download: Cover —  Printer Spread  Reader View

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