Free poems, stories and folktales for children of all ages
All poems and stories are written and copyrighted by Prarthana Gururaj
Folktale wisdom for modern life.
When a school of fish see fishermen on the shore, some want to leave and others are not alarmed. A story on the importance of evaluating reality. A Panchatantra tale.
A thirsty crow finds a jug of water but the water is too low for her to reach. How can she get to it? An Aesop fable..
Two friends run into a bear in the forest. What does meeting the bear teach them? A story about staying trust worthy. An Aesop fable.
A cruel lion terrorizes the forest. How does a smart rabbit find a solution?
This story is not about promoting violence but about thinking on your feet to find a solution. Panchatantra tale.
The hyena decided to betray her best friend, the ostrich during a crisis. An African folktale about loyalty and betrayal.
A parrot in a golden cage gets a message from her family in India. What does she do to be free again? An ancient Persian tale by Rumi.
When a sparrow is ignored by all who he asks for help, an ant shows him that big or small, everyone deserves to be respected.
Poems on building life skills
What happens to the grasshopper who sings away his summer while the busy ants are collecting food for winter? Read the poem to find out.
Based on the Aesop fable, The Hare and the Tortoise, this story is about a proud hare who is defeated by a humble but determined tortoise.
In this spooky tale, a jackal reaps the benefits of staying calm instead of running in panic. A Panchatantra tale.
Original Poem stories by Prarthana
Jeff the giraffe is mocked for his limping leg. But he decides to use the challenge to make himself better rather than let it discourage him.
When a nice camel lets a cat ride across town on his back, the cat turns rude and ends up learning a lesson!
A little ant doesn't get a birthday party but decides that he must do something to make his birthday a very memorable day!
We all get into a mood to whine once in a while... but never let it get too far or else, you'll have to learn the hard way, like Whiny, the Walrus did!!
When Nellie, the little ballerina is nervous before getting on stage, she remembers all of her lovely mom's ideas on overcoming stage fright!
Poems for fall and the holidays!
On the occasion of Diwali, the festival of light, here is a small poem on the festival through the eyes of a little lamp.
Fall is here! So is harvesting season! So when two friends get into a fight as to whose crop is better it takes some humble soup and delicious pie to make them friends again!
After a long night of delivering presents all over the world, what gift does Santa have in store for Rudolf?
Crusty Crab is enjoying the beach and its ocean view when humans come there too! A poem about sharing the planet with other creatures while we enjoy it!
Its Halloween and Sally, the witch has lost her broom!! Did it run away from her or did someone steal it?
Toby the turkey was upset with his family, but his escapades taught him that while family may not be perfect, it is still something to be thankful for.
Poems about kids being kids!
A little ode to all fathers on the occasion of Father's Day. All the simple and wonderful ways dads make life so much better for their kids
When little Mala found cupcakes ready to eat but was told to wait because it was Grandma's birthday...what did she do?
When it is snowing outside, there is nothing better than staying warm indoors unless of course, breakfast calls!