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10 Best Short Story Books for Students

There is no doubt that technology has taken over which is also why the printed pages of books have lost their place in our lives. Whether you want to entertain your students and children or you want them to spend some time reading, iPads and smartphones are their goto source of information and entertainment. However, we know that physical books will always remain special. There is another sort of magic in holding books in your hand and the feel of the paper is undoubtedly magical. Thus, if ever again your students or children complain about being bored, hand them a book. With that being said, here are our 10 best short story books for students or kids.

10 Best Short Story Books for Students

01. The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories is an interesting collection of short stories by Joseph Gordon. It is actually a collection of short stories by many contributors for Joseph Gordon’s open collaborative company called hitRECord. Besides, each story in this is unique and interesting which your students will surely love.

Author: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

02. Zen Shorts

It is one of the most beautiful pieces of artwork and there is no doubt that it is a gorgeous concept and piece of work too. Basically, Zen Shorts is a series of short stories about three siblings and a panda, their neighbor. Each story in the book beautifully illustrates a principle with deep and meaningful conversations that most storybooks do not have.

Author: Jon J. Muth

03. The Cat in the Hat

It is an interesting story about a cat on a rainy day when two kids were bored at home. The boys were doing nothing at home when the cat arrived at their place. He was stylish, shameless, and liked to trouble everyone wherever he went. There he runs around and juggles everything in the house. Then, invites his friends too to have some fun until the boy can not stand it anymore. Then, he orders him to stop and pack up. Sounds interesting? Your students will also enjoy the rhyming words in the story.

Author: Dr. Suess

04. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

It is a story about a kind and honest kid who was starving to death when he luckily wins a lottery. This way he gets a chance to visit a mischievous chocolate factory. Besides, he also wins a lifetime of chocolate and candy supply. Other than Charlie, there are four other kids also who have won the lottery. However, they are not as good and honest as Charlie.

For instance, Augustus Gloop is a greedy boy. Due to his greed, he falls into the chocolate river. It is a funny and laughable story for times when your kids get bored. Moreover, the book also illustrates the negative things such as greed and their result.

Author: Quentin Blake

05. Thirteen Stories that Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen

This book is best for kids turning thirteen years old. Thirteen is basically an age when kids shift their focus towards the teen life tales and ecstasy. Therefore, they drag themselves away from reading because reading then becomes a school chore for them. Therefore, it is a good book to recommend to a student or kid turning thirteen to help them learn more about turning thirteen and what your thirteen-year-old should expect from the future.

Author: James Howe

06. The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling is a beautiful story of transformation, especially for elementary kids. The story is about a tiny duckling who looks very ugly when he is born so he is always bullied by other ducks and geese. Therefore, he goes on looking for new shelters but he never finds peace there.

One day everything changes; he transforms into a beautiful swan to everyone’s surprise. The story teaches children about a crucial lesson that goes like “don’t judge a book by its cover” because physical looks are not everything.

Author: Hans Christian Andersen

07. Instead of Three Wishes: The Magical Short Stories

This is not the traditional story of jinn and the lamp who would fulfill your three wishes. It is a modern tale of princesses, heroes, and villains that students would love to read. The story is especially for kids who love the traditional magical style of storytelling with some twists.

It is a collection of seven including A Plague of Leprechaun, Aunt Charlotte and the NGA Portraits, The Nightmare, and more. One of the stories is about a city boy who becomes a hero in prehistoric Sweden.

Author: Megan Whalen Turner

08. The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book is one of the most popular and best short story books that not only children but also adults love to read. It is the story of a boy, named Mowgli, who has lost his human parents. So, he is raised by a family of wolves who are willing to do everything to keep him protected from other animals and dangers.

The boy loves his family in the jungle including Bagheera the panther Baloo the bear. Whereas Shere Khan the tiger is always ready to hunt and kill animals around. The story is all about loving and being faithful to your family.

Author: Rudyard Kipling

09. When I was in the Mountains

The book is dedicated to the childhood memories of a girl named Cynthia. She lived in the Appalachian Mountains with her grandparents. In the story, she talks about her grandfather who would come home all covered in dust because he was a coal miner. So, she could only see his lips cleaner and he would kiss her forehead every day when he came home.

Moreover, she beautifully describes how she would get tummy aches when she overate fried okra. Therefore, she would have to go to the toilet outside multiple times at night. She also shares her experiences with snakes around the swimming pool and how she used to pump water, and much more.

Author: Cynthia Rylant

10. The Adventure of Pinnochio

The story is about a carpenter Master Antonio who finds a pinewood block that he wants to carve for the leg of a table. When he starts carving, the leg shouts. He stays stunned. He gives this log to a poor neighbor named Geppetto. Geppetto carves this log into a boy and names him Pinnochio. He teaches Pinnochio how to walk and he runs out in the town.

Sounds interesting? The Adventure of Pinnochio basically aims to teach the lessons of being honest and truthful which is also we had to include this short storybook in our list of 10 best short story books for students.

Author: Carl Collodi

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