Storynory - Stories for Kids

Storynory - Stories for Kids

By Storynory

Storynory is the first and most loved story podcast. We've been around since 2005 and kids have grown up with us. We are both educational and entertaining. We offer a mixture of original stories and myths from around the world. All our stories are brilliantly read by professional actors. So listen in - and enjoy our audio!


Tiddy Mun

The chief spirit of the Fens of England was Tiddy Mun, who was no bigger than a child of three. He lived in the water holes, deep down in the still green water, and he only came out in the evening when the mist rose. When King Charles I employed Dutch engineers to drain the bogs, Tiddy Mun became angry. Support the show: See for privacy information.
04/05/216m 45s

The Buried Moon

A SCARY - but lovely story from the boggy East of England. The Fens of England were once full of horrid supernatural creatures who got hold of the moon and put out her lovely light. Our story has a touch of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. Support the show: See for privacy information.
25/04/2114m 50s

The Jungle Book - Part 8

An almight fight, in which Karr the python, Baloo the bear, and Bagheera the pantha attack the monkeys to rescue Mowgli. Will they succeed? Support the show: See for privacy information.
20/04/2118m 43s

The Jungle Book - Part 7

Rann the Kite brings a message from Mowgli that he has been kidnapped. Baloo, Bagheera, and Kaa the Python rush to the rescue. Support the show: See for privacy information.
12/04/2120m 46s

The King of the Birds

One of Korea's most popular stories. There are two brothers, one is rich and mean, the other is poor and good hearted. The poor brother receives help from the King of the Birds, and the older brother hopes to gain the same reward. Support the show: See for privacy information.
02/04/2118m 16s

The Samurai and the Tea Master

This traditional story from Japan is about the time a Samurai warrior challenged a tea master to a duel. It shows how if you are the master of yourself, you can be the master of anything. Support the show: See for privacy information.
18/03/2113m 8s

The Jungle Book - Part 6

Mowgli has been captured by the Bandar-log and is being tossed through the tree-tops. A kite and a python come to the aid of Baloo and Bagheera. Support the show: See for privacy information.
04/03/2118m 14s


We bring you this sad but, we hope, beautiful story in verse. Orpheus the musician married Eurydice the shepherdess. When she was killed by a snake, he travelled down to the underworld and was granted one chance to fetch her back to life. Bertie has freely adapted this ancient tale into his own poem. Yes, we did warn you, it is sad. Adaptation by Bertie. Read by Richard. Support the show: See for privacy information.
27/02/2111m 22s

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

A certain winner for children - how Goldilocks ate the Three Bears' porridge. We've added music with the Teddy Bear's Picnic played by a string orchestra.  Support the show: See for privacy information.
26/02/214m 52s

The Jungle Book - Part 5

Baloo the bear is teaching Mowgli the law of the Jungle. He learns how to be safe among the various creatures - but there is one band of animals that are notorious outlaws - and Mowgli should stay clear of them. Support the show: See for privacy information.
18/02/2119m 37s

The Chinese Year of the Ox

An Ox is a large animal that looks like a bull, but he is generally patient, hard-working, and easy going. And people who are born in the year of the Ox are said to be like that too! How did humans come to have this useful animal on earth to help them farm? Listen on to find out. Support the show: See for privacy information.
11/02/217m 32s

The Chinese Years of the Animals

What animal are you? In Chinese astrology, each year is named after an animal, and if you are born in that year, you take some of that animal's characteristics. This is the story of how each year took its name, and it also explains why there is no year of the cat, and why cats hate rats so much.  Support the show: See for privacy information.
10/02/216m 26s

Hero and Leander

For Valentine's Day, an ancient romantic story - Hero and Leander - two lovers separated by a stretch of water, the Hellespont.  Will Leander swim to meet his love? Support the show: See for privacy information.
08/02/2115m 29s

The Jungle Book - Part 4

Shere Khan the Tiger has come to the meeting of the wolf pack. He wants to depose the leader of the pack, Akela, and kill the man-cub Mowgli. But Mowgli, who has fetched a pot of the red flower from the human village, has other ideas. Support the show: See for privacy information.
07/02/2117m 54s

The Jungle Book - Part 3

Arkela the leader of the wolves has been a protector of Mowgli, but he is growing old. Mowgli may have to fend for himself against Sheer Khan the tiger. Support the show: See for privacy information.
01/02/2115m 43s

The Jungle Book - Part 2

Father wolf presents Mowgli to the wolf pack asking them to accept him. But Sheer Khan the tiger demands that they must hand the man-cub over to him. Who will speak up for Mowgli? Support the show: See for privacy information.
24/01/2110m 34s

The Jungle Book - Part 1

A family of wolves adopts a human baby boy - but Shear Khan the lame tiger wants the man-child for himself. Support the show: See for privacy information.
21/01/2117m 38s

Herodotus - the Pyramids

The ancient Pyramids of Egypt were built 4,500 years ago. The ancient Greek Herodotus tells us how they were built - and mentions some projects that he thinks are even more amazing. Support the show: See for privacy information.
17/01/2110m 16s

Winter Time

A frosty but cosy winter scene set in a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson Support the show: See for privacy information.
01/01/211m 28s

Away in a manger

Merry Christmas! A cute version of traditional Christmas Carol, sung by Jana Support the show: See for privacy information.
24/12/201m 18s

The Nosy Neighbour

Happy Hanukkah! A little history of the Jewish Celebration of Lights, and a story that features lots of festive food. Support the show: See for privacy information.
12/12/206m 56s

Katie and the Magical Deer

Katie finds a deer with golden antlers in her garden. He seems very friendly. How did he get there? Support the show: See for privacy information.
03/12/2021m 44s

Song of a Dream

Happy Diwali! Song of a Dream’, a charming poem by the Indian Poetess, Sarojini Naidu, whom Mahatma Gandhi called the "Indian Nightingale" Support the show: See for privacy information.
14/11/202m 6s

The Strangest Flight

Mum's birthday is on Halloween. The family is flying to New York to celebrate, but the plane they board is not at all what they are expecting - it is luxurious, old fashioned, and rather strange. Support the show: See for privacy information.
30/10/2027m 5s

The Wild Swans at Coole

Have you heard the "bell-beat" of swans wings as they fly over the water? This poem by WB Yeats evokes that sound as well as the autumn months. Support the show: See for privacy information.
07/10/204m 24s

Solomon Takes a Walk

Katie the Ordinary Witch is back with a super-funny story about her magical cat Solomon who is both big-headed and thin-skinned. He has gone missing. What can he possibily be up to? Support the show: See for privacy information.
25/09/2017m 20s

Herodotus: The Egyptians and the Greeks

Egyptian Pharaoh Amasis made friends with powerful Greeks of his time. We include a famous story about the Greek ruler, Polycrates of Samos, and his golden ring. Support the show: See for privacy information.
14/09/2015m 56s

Astropup and the Seven Mountains of Genius Part 2

In part two of our space adventure, Astropup puts on the Virtual Reality Goggles and climbs the seventh mountain of Genius which is dedicated to food. Support the show: See for privacy information.
04/09/2020m 14s

Robot Competition Answers

Here they are! The three winners to our 'How to Spot a Robot' Competition, and we read out all of your replies. Support the show: See for privacy information.
28/08/2015m 39s

Astropup and the Seven Mountains of Genius

Astropup is Back! The Parrot normally disdains video games, but when he hears about one called The Seven Mountains of Genius he tries it and is soon hooked. Support the show: See for privacy information.
18/08/2022m 13s

Undercover Robot Competition

Storynory Competition! Win a signed copy of Bertie's new book, Undercover Robot.  "If there was a super-intelligent and life-like robot in your class at school, what do you think would be the tell-tale sign that he/she was not human?"  Send us your answer in a couple of sentences to @storynory on Twitter/FB or by August 7th 2020.  Get thinking!  Support the show: See for privacy information.
19/07/209m 43s

Prince Bertie and the Dragon

This classic Storynory read by Natasha has be restored with music and sound effects. Sadie the Swan, who lives on the pond with Bertie, has been dying to know just how Bertie and Beatrice met and fell in love. We now reveal the secret of how Bertie fought a Welsh dragon to win the hand of Beatrice. Support the show: See for privacy information.
10/07/2019m 52s

Undercover Robot Interview

A new book by Bertie and his friend David Edmonds! If super-high-tech android Dotty can spend a year passing as a twelve-year-old schoolgirl, she could win a multi-million-pound prize. It's available now on! David and Bertie explain what it's all about. Support the show: See for privacy information.
01/07/206m 35s

Herodotus: The Sacred Animals of Ancient Egypt

Herodotus tells us that ancient Egyptians worshiped cows and bulls. How and why did they do that? Bertie investigates... Support the show: See for privacy information.
25/05/208m 0s

Hush Little Baby

Fall asleep to a a soothing Lulla-lulla-lullaby sung by Jana Support the show: See for privacy information.
15/05/203m 49s

Gilgamesh Part 6 - the Plant of Immortaliy

Gilgamesh has travelled across the world in search of immortality. Finally he picks a plant from the bottom of the ocean that gives everlasting youth - but a thief is not far away. Support the show: See for privacy information.
08/05/2011m 25s

In Early May

A delightful poem to celebrate the start of May written by the Canadian poet, Bliss Carman, and read by Jana in honour of her mother whose birthday is May 1st. Support the show: See for privacy information.
01/05/201m 48s

The Spy Who Never Was Part Two

Was Uncle Jeff ever a spy? The kids and mum have their suspicions. In this second part of our spy story, Uncle Jeff reveals the truth about his trip to Moscow in his youth. Support the show: See for privacy information.
21/04/2022m 51s

The Spy Who Never Was

Suspense and intrigue with Storynory's Wicked Uncle Jeff. The family are convinced that he  is secretly a spy. The first of two parts... the second part coming very soon ! Dedicated to Henry in New York City.  Bertie says The idea for this story was inspired by Richard's own electric Skateboard - and you can see him riding his skateboard and reciting poetry on his YouTube channel, YouTube channel, Sk8oetry Support the show: See for privacy information.
13/04/2014m 41s

Don't Worry Little Crab

Don't Worry Little Crab by Chris Haughton. Little Crab and Very Big Crab live in a tiny rock pool near the sea. Today they’re going for a dip in the big ocean. “This is going to be so great,” says Little Crab, splish-splashing and squelch-squelching along, all the way to the very edge. Then comes a first glance down at the waves. WHOOSH! Maybe it’s better if they don’t go in?  A Storynory Picture Book Recommendation Sponsored by Candlewick Press Support the show: See for privacy information.
10/04/203m 0s

The Monkey Who Loved Chocolate

When Theo the monkey tastes chocolate for the first time, he goes crazy for it. He breaks out of the zoo and goes on smash and grab raids across the town. Will there be any chocolate left for Easter? This chocolate-crazed story should get you in the mood for an Easter-egg hunt. Look out for a surprise-guest appearance from a famous fluffy animal dear to the hearts of chocolate-lovers everywhere. We've remixed this classic Storynory with new music and sound FX   Support the show: See for privacy information.
09/04/2014m 41s

Frère Jacques

A haunting and rather different version of the famous french song. You haven't heard it quite like this before! Support the show: See for privacy information.
05/04/203m 16s

Herodotus - the Animals of Ancient Egypt

Herodotus tells about Crocodiles, Hippos, flying snakes, the Ibis, and the Phoenix Support the show: See for privacy information.
25/03/205m 46s

Spring the Sweet Spring

Dedicated to Miller David in NY  Richard's Sk8oetry YouTube Channel Sk8oetry By Thomas Nash Spring, the sweet spring, is the year’s pleasant king, Then blooms each thing, then maids dance in a ring, Cold doth not sting, the pretty birds do sing:       Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo! The palm and may make country houses gay, Lambs frisk and play, the shepherds pipe all day, And we hear aye birds tune this merry lay:       Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo! The fields breathe sweet, the daisies kiss our feet, Young lovers meet, old wives a-sunning sit, In every street these tunes our ears do greet:       Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to witta-woo!             Spring, the sweet spring! Support the show: See for privacy information.
23/03/203m 14s

Gilgamesh Part 5 - The Flood

Gilgamesh is searching for the secret of Immortality. He visits Utnapishtim the Far Away who tells him how he survived the Great Flood when the gods decided to destroy humankind. Support the show: See for privacy information.
15/03/2012m 48s

The Commune of Cats

A fiery, catty, fairy tale about a sweet girl who goes to live in a mansion once owned by a princess, and now owned by a commune of cats. The mysterious cat comrade Gatsby is in charge - but who is he really? And how will our heroine, Lizzie fair when she works for the cats? Support the show: See for privacy information.
27/02/2028m 37s

The Space Programme

Subscribe to The Space Programme by searching for it wherever you're listening to this or by tapping here: The Space Programme is a brand new radio drama from the UK's children's radio station, Fun Kids. Listen to it wherever you get your podcasts and hear it first, 4:30pm every Friday on Fun Kids. Support the show: See for privacy information.
21/02/209m 31s

The Witch Who Got into Trouble At School

An early katie story - reissued for your enjoyment. Katie has twice as much school work to do as all the other kids. She has to learn loads and loads of magic spells, as well as her written spelling, arithmetic, geography, french and history. She finds that it’s ever so tempting just to use a little bit of magic in her ordinary school exams. And that’s when her trouble begins. Support the show: See for privacy information.
12/02/2014m 31s

Astropup and the Teletransporter Part Two

We solve the mystery of the puzzling appearance of another Astropup in the teletransporter. Support the show: See for privacy information.
10/02/2012m 33s

Astropup and the Teletransporter Part 1

Professor Perfect invites Astropup to visit the Cosmic Academy and see an incredible invention in action. Support the show: See for privacy information.
03/02/2018m 50s

The Swing

A soaring poem by Robert Loius Stevenson that captures the joy of childhood. Support the show: See for privacy information.
22/01/201m 6s

Gilgamesh Part 4 - the journey

King Gilgamesh is stricken with grief by the death of his friend, Enkidu. He sets out on a journey to find the secret of immortality, and has to pass through a passage guarded by a man with the body of a scorpion. Support the show: See for privacy information.
05/01/2012m 40s

Jana's Studio: Keep Fit Interview

Jana finds out how young people can live a healthy lifestyle and keep fit safely - with Rodney Kenteby, personal fitness trainer, who gives us lots of sensible advice. Support the show: See for privacy information.
28/12/1913m 22s

Birdy and the Christmas Power Cut

It's going to be a candle-lit Christmas for Jake and his family, because the electricity is not working. How will they cook Christmas Dinner? Jake's, best friend, a magical crow called Birdy has an idea. Support the show: See for privacy information.
20/12/1925m 11s

The Moon Song

Jana sings the mysterious Moon Song, based on the poem by Robert Louis Stevenson (read recently by Richard) with original music by Bertie. Support the show: See for privacy information.
11/12/192m 20s

The Moon - Poem

An atmospheric nightime poem by Robert Louis Stevenson who also wrote Treasure Island. Support the show: See for privacy information.
08/12/191m 11s

Gilgamesh Part 3 - the Bull of Heaven

The epic from Mesopotamia continues. Gilgamesh refuses to marry the goddess Ishtar. She seeks revenge by sending the Bull of Heaven to trample Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu. Support the show: See for privacy information.
30/11/1913m 43s

Gilgamesh Part Two - Humbaba

Gilgamesh, king of Urkuk, and his adopted brother, the wildman Enkidu, travel to Lebanon to fight the dragon, Humbaba. Adapted from the myth from ancient Mesopotamia. Support the show: See for privacy information.
22/11/1916m 46s

Gilgamesh - A Myth from Mesopotamia - Part 1

This is one of the oldest stories in the world. It’s hero is a great king, warrior, and strongman called Gilgamesh who wanted to discover the secret of immortality, or living forever.  He formed a strong bond with wildman called Enkidu. Support the show: See for privacy information.
15/11/1916m 13s

Six Honest Serving Men

Six Honest Serving Men is a short poem by Rudyard Kipling. It's a little puzzling and we wonder what it means. What do you think? Support the show: See for privacy information.
06/11/191m 34s

Halloween Ghosts at Hampton Court Palace

An EXTRA SPOOKY episode. History meets Halloween at Hampton Court when Jana goes on a Ghost tour of King Henry VIII's Palace and hears some very spooky stories. Support the show: See for privacy information.
25/10/1931m 43s

Birdy and the Seagulls

Jake's best friend is a crow called Birdy who can talk - but nobody else in Jake's life has heard Birdy speak. Some seagulls have nested on Jake's roof and are bothering the workmen on the roof. Birdy comes to help Support the show: See for privacy information.
18/10/1918m 3s

Pet Writing Competition Results Part 2

More winners from our Pet Writing competition with stories from all over the world about your very special pets. Support the show: See for privacy information.
15/10/1913m 44s

Pet Writing Competition Results Part 1

Our latest writing competition results are in !  Thank you to EVERYONE who sent us a story. They were all wonderful, and as ever, it was very hard to pick the winners. Jana presents Four winning stories in our Pet Writing Competition But that's not all !  Three more winning entries will follow shortly.  In this first batch we have four lovely stories by   Andrea Meneghini Bernadette Haines Saphira Walder Sophie Madeleine And we will be back soon with three more !  Support the show: See for privacy information.
09/10/1919m 19s

Gods of Ancient Egypt

Herodotus often wrote about the Egyptian gods under Greek names. He thought the Egyptian gods were more or less the same as the Greek ones. Was he right? Support the show: See for privacy information.
01/10/199m 54s

Wicked Uncle and Grandma's Skip

Dad (Nigel) and the Kids go on Holiday to the Red Sea. Back home, cousin Jenny has come to stay with Grandma. Dad's holiday relaxation soon disappears into the African Sky as he starts to receive annoying text messages.  Read by Richard for Storynory and written by Bertie.  Support the show: See for privacy information.
27/09/1925m 46s

The Town Musicians of Bremen

This amusing story by the Brothers Grimm is about four farm animals who believe they can earn a good living as musicians. But it isn't really by the sweetness of their barking, braying, mewing, and cockle-doodle-doing that gets their supper. Read by Natasha.  Visit Storynory . for the full text and original pictures by Bertie.    Support the show: See for privacy information.
15/09/1910m 52s

Herodotus - The River Nile

Herodotus visited Egypt and devoted the Second Book of his Histories to its wonders. He called Egypt the "Gift of the Nile" and looked at varios theories about where its true source was, and why it flooded its banks every year. Support the show: See for privacy information.
10/09/199m 43s

Pet Writing Competition

Writing Competition !  Send us your TRUE story about your very Special Pet by 22nd September.  Entrants must be 16 years or younger -  mum and dad can help with spelling,  typing and grammar.  Include a photo or drawing of your pet if you can.  We will choose 5 stories and read them out on Storynory !  Send to   Competition Groove by Jana and Bertie ! Support the show: See for privacy information.
04/09/194m 54s

The Magician's Horse

A boy makes friends with a white horse who has a very special talent - she can talk !  Support the show: See for privacy information.
02/09/1919m 52s

The Crow and Friends

A story from ancient Indian in which A crow makes friends with three animals who are very different from himself and together they fend off dangers.  Support the show: See for privacy information.
26/08/1920m 9s

Jana's Studio Interview about Show Dogs

Jana and Sophie talk to Anita Mitchell about her two show dogs (and much adored pets), Dolly and Mabel - a pair of gorgeous West Highland White Terriers who show at Crufts, the world's biggest dog show.  Support the show: See for privacy information.
22/08/1916m 48s

The Tiger Who Had No Manners

A crafty old mountain tiger in Korea is caught in a trap.  He is rescued by a buddhist monk.  How does he show his gratitude?  Support the show: See for privacy information.
16/08/199m 51s

Bertie Valentine

here is a terribly romantic mood on the pond where Prince Bertie the Frog lives. All the pond life are excited by Valentine's Day, but nobody is more excited than Bertie. All he has to do is to lure the lovely Princess Beatrice down to the pond, receive a kiss from Her Royal Loveliness, and he will turn back into his true self - a handsome prince. Sadie the Swan has a plan, but Colin the Carp is certain that it won't be so easy to persuade a princess to kiss Bertie.Support the show.
11/08/1915m 21s

Astropup's Space Tourist Part Two

A laser gun fight on the moon breaks out after Luna's pet, Mr Muggles, runs off to join the cat people.  We continue adventure featuring Astropup, the Parrot, and Marlow who have taken a passenger on board, a teenage girl called Luna.  Support the show: See for privacy information.
10/08/1916m 24s

Pinocchio Chapter 1: How it Happened

How it happened that Mastro Cherry, carpenter, found a piece of wood that wept and laughed like a child.Support the show.
03/08/195m 30s

Astropup's Space Tourist

A new adventure featuring Astropup who travels in space with a super-brainy Parrot and a human called Marlow.  In this story (which comes in two parts) the three friends go into business offering tours in space .The first customer is a girl called Luna who wants to walk on the moon on her 16th birthday.  The trouble begins when she brings along her pet cat, Mr Muggles.   Read by Richard Scott in the voice of Astropup and written by Bertie with Luna's voice by Jana.  Lots of original sound effects on music.   Full text at https:/// Support the show: See for privacy information.
02/08/1919m 30s

The Grateful Crane

The crane, an elegant and beautiful bird, is considered to be auspicious in Japan. In this story, a poor farmer receives good fortune after he rescues a wounded crane. But unfortunately his curiosity gets the better of him, and his luck does not hold out. It's a short, rather sad, but beautiful story. Support the show: See for privacy information.
29/07/197m 24s

Astropup Part Two

The Planet of the Cats.Support the show.
25/07/1920m 33s

The 1001 Nights Intro

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25/07/1915m 11s

Song Old MacDonald Had a Farm

A rocky version of the most famous song ever sung. Support the show: See for privacy information.
19/07/192m 9s

The Two Frogs and the Well

A tale by Aesop with a story, a poem, and a song. The moral is "Look before you leap!" Support the show: See for privacy information.
15/07/196m 0s

Astropup in Gone with the Wind

We continue our Love Story in Space.  The Parrot and Astropup have plucked a  red rose from the Planet of the Cows for the Parrot to give to his beloved, Polly.  Unfortunately the bulls who guard the sacred rose have a very blustery response.  Support the show: See for privacy information.
10/07/1912m 5s

Astropup and the Sacred Rose

A love story set in space, told by Astropup. The parrot plucks a sacred rose on a distant planet to give to his beloved Polly, and trouble breaks loose. Support the show:
30/06/1913m 54s

Wicked Uncle and the Trolley Rage

Mum is shopping for Vegan Haggis when she is confronted by a rival shopper who demands the last one. Only Uncle Jeff can sort out the feud that follows. Support the show:
19/06/1918m 48s

Why the Back Door is Front

A traditional Welsh story about an old woman who is falsely accused of being a witch. Support the show:
05/06/198m 15s

Bonnie Prince Charlie

History: The true story of Bonnie Prince Charlie, a hero of Scotland, who led a rebellion against the English in 1745. Support the show.
19/05/1910m 50s

The Sky Boat Song

The romantic song about Scotland's Bonnie Prince Charlie who lead a rebellion against the English in 1745. Later he escaped back to France via the Isle of Sky helped by Flora MacDonald who dressed him up as her maid Betty! Support the show.
05/05/193m 1s

6, Herodotus, As Rich As Croesus

Croesus ruled Lydia from 560 to 546 BC. He was famed for his wealth, and still is to this day. The wise Athenian, Solon, visited him. The story has a moral - do not boast of your fortune or the gods may take you down.Support the show.
13/03/1912m 21s

Lapis and the Ghost Cats Part 2

A scarier story than usual - part two of Lapis and the Ghost Cats takes our feline heroes on a journey into the Land of the Dead to meet the ancient Egyptian gods, Osiris and Isis and Anubis. Lots of music and sound fx add to the spooky atmosphere ! Support the show.
27/02/1917m 17s

Lapis and the Ghost Cats Part 1.

Lapis, the ancient Egyptian Cat, and her friend Chloe come face to face with spooky ghost cats from the Land of the Dead Support the show.
19/02/1918m 3s

The Red Bandits of Montgomery

A story from Wales that is a little like Rumplestiltskin Support the show.
13/02/199m 14s

Chinese Year of the Pig

2019 is the Chinese year of the Pig. We tell you a famous pig story to celebrate !  Support the show.
04/02/199m 48s

Ancient Babylon

The largest and most splendid city in the ancient world was captured by King Cyrus of Persia in 539 BC. The story is entwined with the history of the Jews in the Bible who were exiled to the rivers of Babylon.Support the show.
22/01/199m 52s

Solveig’s Song

The haunting song from our Peer Gynt series - based on the music of Edvard Grieg  Support the show.
17/01/192m 45s

5 – Peer Gynt: The Button Maker

Peer returns home after 20 years abroad. Will anyone remember him? He meets some strange beings who do in fact know who he is. Support the show.
08/01/198m 30s

4 – Peer Gynt: The Sahara Desert

Peer travels to Egypt - meets the mysterious Anitra - and seeks the answer to the riddle of the Sphinx Support the show.
04/01/1910m 27s

New Year Song: Auld Lang Syne

Happy New Year Everyone! - Jana sings a magical version of the Scottish Anthem - Auld Lang Syne Support the show.
31/12/183m 1s

3 – Peer Gynt. The Bøyg

How can Peer not be himself? The Bøyg speaks to Peer in Riddles. Featuring Solveig's song sung by Jana.Support the show.
29/12/1811m 47s

2 – Peer Gynt. In The Hall of the Mountain King

Peer Gynt, a poor boy with big dreams, has run away to the mountains. He meets a green lady who introduces him to the Mountain King of the Trolls.Support the show.
27/12/1813m 30s

1 – Peer Gynt. The Magic Reindeer Ride

The famous Norwegian fairy tale that includes trolls and flying reindeer ! Peer Gynt is a storyteller - his mother calls him a fibber - but his tales are spellbinding and hilarious.Support the show.
24/12/1815m 21s

Christmas Carol ~ Silent Night

Jana and Amarni sing this Christmas Waltz in duo. Our gentle and lovely version of Silent Night.Support the show.
14/12/182m 12s

The Two Witch Cats

A welsh story about a magician who catches thieves.Support the show.
04/12/187m 20s

Taffy Morgan’s Harp

An amusing Welsh story about a lad who thinks he is a musical genius - but few agree.Support the show.
27/11/1810m 39s

Song ~ Baa Baa Black Sheep

Not just for little kids! Jana sings this famous rhyme so sweetly we think all ages will feel soothed and un-jangled by it.Support the show.
22/11/182m 3s

The Cretan Bull

Bertie is on the Greek Island of Crete and relates two famous legends from the time of King Minos - and how they blend into History in the writing of Herodotus.Support the show.
11/11/189m 37s

Lapis and the Stolen Statue Part Two

Amon the Egyptian priest has been arrested for stealing a stolen statue. His cats Lapis and Cleo travel up the River Nile to prove his innocence.Support the show.
29/10/1815m 47s

Katie’s Grandma at School

In time for Halloween, Katie's Grandma is 100 years old ! She tells Katie the story of how she went to an English boarding school back in the 1930s and made a best friend from the USA, Amy.Support the show.
21/10/1817m 15s

Song: How doth the Crocodile?

Lovely Jana sings a mystical and up tempo song based on the crazy poem by Lewis Carroll - How Doth the Crocodile? - a thank you to Olivia for supporting us on PatreonSupport the show.
06/10/182m 34s

The World’s Oldest Religion

Zoroastrianism is the ancient religion of the Persians and it is still practiced to this day. It has influenced many of our own beliefs, even if we don't realise it ! We continue our retelling of the histories of Herodotus from Ancient Greece.Support the show.
23/09/188m 56s

Lapis and the Stolen Statue Part 1

Lapis and Cleo are shocked when their master, Amon the Priest, is arrested on charges of stealing a scared statue. Another story from Ancient Egypt !Support the show.
11/09/1810m 32s

Jana’s Studio ~ Ice Cream Interview

Does your mouth start watering when you think of your most scrumptious tasting ice cream? Then listen on! Jana has a delightful chat with Lewis Alfonso, an Italian gelato maker, and finds out fascinating & delicious facts. One is never too old for ice cream!Support the show.
27/08/1816m 36s

Young Cyrus

A poor young Persian boy is a natural leader. In a game, his friends choose him to play their king. He gets into trouble when he orders the son of an aristocrat to be punished.Support the show.
19/08/1811m 4s

Wicked Uncle and the Scottish Shark

Is it safe to go in the Scottish Loch? Uncle Jeff takes the kids on a kayaking holiday. There are no sharks in Scotland, right?Support the show.
01/08/1819m 39s

Jana’s Studio: Interview with Richard Scott

Jana catches up with Richard Scott, our narrator best known for his voice for Astropup, the space travelling hound. Listen to this hilarious chit chat to find out some inside secrets, favourite sonnets and shared tongue twisters!Support the show.
26/07/1813m 41s

Astropup and the Parrot in Love

The Parrot is looking for a wife. He finds a suitable parrot who lives on the planet Lizardia - but unfortunately he is suffering from a bad cold and is unusually short of words.Support the show.
17/07/1820m 32s

King Croesus and the Oracle of Delphi

The oracle predicts that if Croesus goes to war against the Persians, he will defeat a great empire. Her advice seems clear enough, is it?Support the show.
10/07/1818m 52s

Song ~ Fish Alive

Jana sings this traditional song with an upbeat feel.Support the show.
26/06/181m 59s

Lapis: Sister Friends

Lapis, the Egyptian cat, has to share her home with another cat. She is not pleased.Support the show.
19/06/1813m 14s

Lapis the Egyptian Cat

Introducing a new catty character with magical powers that do not always work as they are supposed to do.Support the show.
25/05/1813m 53s

Why do we have fears? Interview

Are you scared of the dark? Of Spiders? Of Dogs? Jana explores why we have fears, and why sometimes, our fears are too strong for our own good - and become phobias. She speaks to Andrew West, a psychiatrist who works with children and young people.Support the show.
01/05/1818m 25s

The Son of Croesus

Herodotus 7. The anger of the gods is coming for Croesus, after he boasted of being the richest and happiest person in the world.Support the show.
25/04/1810m 8s

The Old Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling

A story from Japan that will make you laugh, featuring a funny old woman, a Jizo and some Oni with giant appetites.Support the show.
10/04/1811m 49s

Wicked Uncle’s April Fool Mystery

Grandma believes in supernatural goings-on around the house, and it drives Dad CRAZY! Then peculiar things start to happen to him. Magic? Or an April Fool trick? Can you solve the mystery?Support the show.
27/03/1812m 59s

6, Herodotus, As Rich As Croesus

Croesus ruled Lydia from 560 to 546 BC. He was famed for his wealth, and still is to this day. The wise Athenian, Solon, visited him. The story has a moral - do not boast of your fortune or the gods may take you down.
22/03/1812m 21s


Emily is 12 years old. She is enjoying her independence, walking to school with her best friend Heidi. But she has one big fear in her life. What is it?Support the show.
11/03/1814m 41s

Jana’s Studio : I Spy With My Little Eye – A Look into our Eyes

Jana meets Paul Kinnear, an ophthalmologist (a doctor specialising in eyes), to learn about our eyes and how we can keep them healthy. Paul also shares a couple of eye jokes and his favourite eye poem !Support the show.
07/03/189m 54s

Astropup in the Virtual Reality World

Astropup, and the Parrot try on some Virtual Reality glasses that make space travel totally blissful. But danger lurks. Kindly sponsored by RXBAR Kids the show.
27/02/1822m 3s

Finette Part Two

Finette and Yvon arrive in Brittany and Kerver Castle. Finette fears that Yvon will forget all about her and their love. Is that possible ?Support the show.
25/02/1818m 23s

Finette Part One

Finette loves bright clothes and golden jewellery. In particular she wears a necklace made of golden bullets. She is trapped in the service of a giant. One day a new stable boy, Yvon, starts work for the giant. Soon Yvon has to complete some impossible tasks. Only Finette can help him. A story from Brittany in France.Support the show.
20/02/1826m 20s

5, Herodotus , The Battle of the Eclipse

Ancient people thought that the Sun and the Moon were gods - didn't they? Or were there some people alive two and half thousand years ago who were more scientific?Support the show.
16/02/189m 25s

The Goblin Spider

A creepy-crawly story from Japan about a Samurai who must stay the night in a temple haunted by a giant Goblin-SpiderSupport the show.
03/02/185m 55s

The Pot of Broth

A cunning old soldier has a "magical" stone that can make a pot of broth - although it could taste better with the help of Sibby Connelly's Chicken - adapted from a play by WB YeatsSupport the show.
22/01/1815m 7s

Jana’s Studio – Million Dollar Ideas

Jana's new factual programme interviews Jeremy Howell of BBC TV about Million Dollar Ideas - those everyday objects around your house that somebody invented and which made millions of $$$$$$$$!Support the show.
19/01/185m 11s

Song – Five Little Ducks

It's the classic preschool song - but we've changed it around a little. Ours is a folky version with sweet singing by Jana - a slightly different tune and a different ending. All ages might enjoy it !Support the show.
15/01/183m 38s

Elfie and the Elf’s Adventure – Competition Winner

A short and sweet story - the final winner in our best or worst ever present writing competition. A little girl wants a puppy, but Santa say No - it's not safe to deliver puppies.Support the show.
15/01/182m 48s

Last Christmas Together

Veena's best friend is a boy at the local orphanage. She is sad because her family are moving to another town, and she will never see him again. A winner in our best / worst present ever competition.Support the show.
12/01/184m 47s

The Prehistoric Christmas Present – Competition Winner

Way back in time, a boy receives a pet as a present - but his mother says he can't keep it because it will grow, and grow and grow - one of the winners in our "best and worst" present competition .Support the show.
10/01/185m 53s

Jim’s Tree Hut – A Competition Winner

The first of four winners from our Christmas Writing Competition - Jim is a monkey who lives in New Zealand - he has a very special idea for how to spend Christmas with his friends.Support the show.
09/01/187m 10s

4, Herodotus, the Burnt Temple

King Alyattes of Lydia is at war with the Greek city of Miletus. His soldiers accidentally burn down a temple of Athena. Alyattes falls ill. Coincidence? Or the curse of the Greek Goddess?Support the show.
06/01/187m 16s

Katie and the Forgetfulness Spell

Katie makes a New Year wish that everybody could simply forget that she's a witch because she longs for everyone to treat her is if she was "ordinary."Support the show.
30/12/1718m 2s

05, Uncle Christmas – The Great Christmas Delivery

Finally Uncle Christmas has his wish - he is delivering the presents this year - what could possibly go wrong?Support the show.
25/12/1710m 30s

4, Uncle Christmas – The Christmas Kid Invasion

Uncle Christmas is in charge of the presents this year. He decides to change the way things are done and invites 100 kids to try out the toys at the secret hideaway - much to the annoyance of the elvesSupport the show.
24/12/179m 26s

The Night Before Christmas

The classic Christmas poem with festive musicSupport the show.
24/12/176m 0s

3, Herodotus, the Kingdom of Lydia

In history, Gyges became king of Lydia by committing a crime - we hear this story and an alternative version in which he used a magic ring to make himself invisible - and we ask an important question. Read the full text of 3, Herodotus, the Kingdom of Lydia and see our illustration on Storynory.

3, Uncle Christmas – the Great Christmas Race

Uncle Christmas races his brother, Father Christmas, to see who will deliver the presents this year.Support the show.
10/12/1712m 21s

2, Uncle Christmas – The Christmas Hideaway

Father Christmas is on holiday in California. His motor-trike, guitar-loving younger brother, sneaks over to Scandinavia to see how the toy business works.Support the show.
03/12/1710m 48s

2, Herodotus, Arion and the Dolphin

The remarkable story of a dolphin saving a man - but is it true?Support the show.
30/11/1711m 17s

1, Uncle Christmas

Uncle Christmas is the younger brother of Father Christmas, otherwise known as Santa. He rides a motor trike, plays the guitar, and lives near Venice Beach. His life seems perfect, but there is one thing missing. He wants to help his older brother deliver the presents.Support the show.
26/11/1714m 23s

Jana’s Studio : Interview with Bertie

A special Interview by Storynory's editor, Jana Elizabeth, with Bertie, the writer of our stories. They talk about our new Herodotus series and what else is coming up on Storynory.Support the show.
24/11/179m 3s

1, The Histories of Herodotus

Herodotus, the father of history, tells us a different version of the famous Trojan War, which he learned on his travels around Egypt and the Middle East. Read the full text of 1, The Histories of Herodotus and see our illustration on Storynory.

Katie and the Stray Dog

Katie helps an injured dog and invites him to stay in the house - but her magical and mischievous cat, Solomon, is not happy about her decision - and makes life difficult for the poor mutt !Support the show.
13/11/1722m 24s

The Oak and the Reed

Aesop's fable of the mighty oak and the slender reed is told in verse.Support the show.
06/11/173m 26s

Christmas 2017 Writing Competition

Write a story about the best or the worst present ever. We will pick three winning stories and read them on Storynory. The first prize includes a $50 voucher for Wicked Uncle, the home of brilliant presents.Support the show.
02/11/171m 49s

Birdy’s Halloween

Jake goes trick-treating with a real Tudor ghost from Hampton Court Palace where Henry VIII lived.Support the show.
30/10/178m 39s

Witches Fly Song for Halloween

Tap your feet to this spooky and silly song for HalloweenSupport the show.
26/10/172m 54s

Halloween at the castle

An Irish tale for Halloween sometimes known as Jamie Freel and the Young Lady. This story is both spooky and sweet - but perhaps not for small children as there is a quite sad and heavy passage towards the end - before the happy ending.Support the show.
17/10/1719m 27s

Birdy’s Lost and Found

Dad probably does not believe that Birdy can talk - after all he is just a crow - and yet he does seem rather clever and useful.Support the show.
11/10/176m 30s

Birdy’s History

Jake has befriended a crow that he calls Birdy. Birdy tells Jake about some history which he has seen for himself in his very long life.Support the show.
08/10/174m 41s

Birdy and the Boy

A boy makes friends with a talking bird who has many secrets.Support the show.
03/10/175m 34s

London Bridge – Song

London Bridge is falling down, My Fair Lady. Music for kids. We've taken this traditional song and given it a funky beat.Support the show.
19/09/172m 27s

Katie and the Mind Reader

Katie's best friend Isis has developed a technique for reading minds - will this ability help her in life?Support the show.
12/09/1720m 47s

Princess Golden

A French fairytale in which a king sends a messenger to woo a princess on his behalf. Avenant (the messenger) is helped on the way by a carp, an owl and a crow.Support the show.
04/09/1725m 23s

Let’s go to the beach – song

A happy song to remember the summer by with lovely singing from Storynory's JanaSupport the show.
27/08/173m 4s

The Dog and the Elephant

A story from India that shows how friendship is more important than fine food and living the high-life.Support the show.
22/08/175m 26s

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star – Song

The traditional tune is sung by Jana Elizabeth for Storynory in this cheerful and upbeat version with a hint of hip-hop.Support the show.
13/08/172m 28s

Wicked Uncle and the Smuggled Cat

Uncle Jeff and the family spend the summer on a Greek Island where they adopt a hungry cat - but what to do with this rare friend when it is time to head home?Support the show.
26/07/1723m 44s

My Shadow

A short and sweet poem about a shadow that follows a child around all day - but who likes to stay in bed before the sun is up. By ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSONSupport the show.
22/07/171m 33s

The Evil Mouse

An old French story about an evil mouse who orders a young girl to play with fire.Support the show.
08/07/1720m 1s

The Boy Who Loved to Draw Cats

A boy is training to be a zen monk in Japan. Life in the monastery is hard. There is one thing he loves to do - and it is not to study or work in the garden.Support the show.
27/06/178m 5s

The Ugly Boatman

A story from Vietnam about a fisherman who plays a bamboo flute - if only his face was as beautiful as his music !Support the show.
21/06/178m 13s

Astropup and the Best Hotdog in the Universe

Food is running low on board the spaceship carrying our heroes. The parrot takes them in search of the best hotdog in the Universe.Support the show.
14/06/1720m 8s

The Three Dogs

A boy sets out with three loyal dogs and they slay a dragon on their way. Watch out for twists and turns in the story!Support the show.
05/06/1713m 55s

The Riddling Knight

An ancient story sung in a ballad that mixes riddles and romance. Richard and Jana sing a duet -with Richard taking the part of a Knight and Jana the part of Nelly.Support the show.
22/05/174m 27s

The Wind and the Moon

A gusty poem by the Scottish writer, George MacDonald. The wind is trying to bully the moon - can he succeed?Support the show.
03/05/174m 42s

How Love and Peace Came To the Woods

This ancient story by Aesop is brought up to date. The moral remains the same - when somebody tells you of their love and friendship, remember to judge them by their deeds, not their words.Support the show.
22/04/177m 30s

Hiawatha’s Childhood

Hiawatha learns Native American legends from his grandmother Nokomis.Support the show.
12/04/176m 1s

Bertie and Beatrice’s Dreams Part 2

We continue the story of Bertie and Beatrice's dreams. Beatrice has called off the wedding, left the palace, and gone to live in the town and look for a job. How will the ex-princess get on in the "real world"?Support the show.
30/03/1714m 11s

Bertie and Beatrice’s Dreams

Prince Bertie and Princess Beatrice have very different dreams leading to trouble in the palace.Support the show.
22/03/1712m 34s

Marlow’s Metamorphosis

Astropup's friend Marlow undergoes a strange transformation in the second part of our dog-master adventure.Support the show.
12/03/1718m 3s

The Boy Who Spoke to the Birds

A story from Russia about a boy who who could speak to the birds and who proved homself to be an excellent son.Support the show.
03/03/1713m 32s

Astropup and the Dog Master

Who is the strange character who looks a little like a human, but who has the smell of a dog? Astropup reveals all.Support the show.
22/02/1717m 28s

Astropup and the Big Match in the Sky

Astropup and his friends go to a football match in spaceSupport the show.
03/02/1716m 39s

Why Cats and Dogs are Enemies

A story from China that explains why cats hate dogs. Told by a mouse.

Sleeping Beauty Shorter Version

A romantic fairytale in a shorter form than our previous version.Support the show.
02/01/177m 39s

In the Bleak Mid-Winter

In the bleak mid-winter Frosty wind made moan. The words have been used for a traditional carol, but they were originally a Christmas poem by Christina Rossetti. Listen to them read aloud by Natasha.Support the show.
25/12/162m 33s

Katie and the Christmas Chimney

A Katie story set at Christmas. Katie and her best friend Isis plan a Christmas surprise for Samantha - which goes badly wrong.Support the show.
14/12/1617m 23s

Beauty and the Beast Shorter Version

Do appearances matter? Or is the heart within the most important of all qualities? The classic tale.Support the show.
25/11/166m 54s

Katie and the Perfect Baby Sitter

Katie and her best friend Isis set up a perfect baby sitting business.

A Spooky Irish Story

For Halloween, a spooky story from Ireland about some witches with horns growing from their heads.

Kubla Khan

Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote this strange and powerful poem in 1797 after waking up from a dream.

The Kubla Khan

The famous poem by Coleridge describes a wonderful palace built by the Mongolian Kubla Khan in Xanadu.

Cinderella – Shorter Version

Once, there lived a sweet tempered girl whose name was Cinderella. Unfortunately, her mother died young, and her father married again. His second wife had a sharp temper and her two daughters were just like her. In a word - horrid.

Snow White – Shorter Version

Snow White - a new shorter version of the classic fairy tale.

Uncle Jeff and the Switching Disaster

A hugely imaginative adventure with trap doors and puzzles wins our Wicked Uncle writing competition!

The Wicked, Wicked Polar Bear

A story that blows hot, cold and scorching, is one of the winners of our Children's writing competition. How would you like to go to the Arctic? asks Uncle Jeff to the Kids - Of course they would !

The Wicked Uncle’s Surprise

Uncle Jeff leaps into action to save the kids in this latest winning entry in our writing competition.

Uncle Jeff Gets into Trouble

A youthful Uncle Jeff buys a pink Porsche which he really can't afford.

The Grasshopper and the Ants

A grasshopper loves to play music while the ants work, work, work

The Fox and the Crow

Did you know that foxes love cheese? If you didn’t, you should hear this short story with a moral by Aesop about a cunning fox who flatters and tricks a vain crow.

The Rat and the Elephant

A rat meets and Indian elephant and thinks she is far prettier

Five Little Monkeys

A funny counting song.


Stirring words of advice for life from the author of the Jungle Book.

How doth the little busy bee

How doth the little busy bee Improve each shining hour, And gather honey all the day From every opening flower! Bees against idleness and mischief. A moral poem for children read aloud.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

The cosmic poem sung unaccompanied in a sweet, twinkling voice by Gabriella for Storynory, with words by Words by Jane Taylor(1783–1824).

Lady Bird, Lady Bird

Ladybird, Ladybird Fly away home! Your house is on fire, And your children all roam, Except little Nan, Who sits in her pan, Weaving her laces as fast as she can. Read by Natasha

The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad

Sinbad's 7th and final voyage takes him to new heights.

High Flight

A soaring poem written during World War II by a Spitfire pilot.

Wicked Uncle’s Lost Dog

Uncle Jeff takes Smoochies and the kids for a walk in Hyde Park. What could possibly go wrong?

Writing Competition – Wicked Uncle

Writing competition! Write your own Wicked Uncle story for Storynory.

The Sixth Voyage of Sinbad

Sinbad sails on a raft through a tunnel that leads him to a fabulous kingdom.

The Fifth Voyage of Sinbad

Sinbad sets sail again, is shipwrecked, and helps the Old Man of the Sea.

The Weaver and the Dragon

An Irish weaver becomes a knight, serves 'The King of Dublin' and takes on a dragon.

The Pooka in the Kitchen

The servants in a large Irish House are grateful to a Pooka who comes every night to do their work for them. At Christmas, they decide to reward him.

The Charge of the Light Brigade

"Forward, the Light Brigade! "Charge for the guns!" he said: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.

Thor’s Wedding

Thor the Thunder is often pictured carrying his hammer called Mjolnir, which he uses as a battle axe. In this Norse Myth, he has to dress up as a girl.

2: Lady Annabelle’s Diamond Dog Collar

Astropup and the parrot solve a case for a great detective.

Lady Annabelle’s Diamond Dog Collar

Sherlock Holmes teams up with the Parrot and Astropup to solve the mystery of a missing dog and the diamond dog collar that he was wearing

Jack Hannaford

A cunning old soldier plays a trick on a naive couple. A traditional English folk story.

The Doctor and the Fairy Princess

A doctor is called in the middle of the night to help a fairy princess. Will his reward make him rich or a prisoner of the fairy folk?

Ambassador 2. Journey into the Past

The parrot has been appointed ambassador to a distant planet. With typical impatience, he tries to travel to the planet via a shortcut - and ends up in a funny sort of place.

The Priest’s Supper

Some Irish Fairy Folk have a question for a hungry priest.

1.Astropup and the Feathered Ambassador

The Parrot, formally President of the World, is appointed ambassador to a distant planet in the first of a new Astropup series.

Baskervilles 14, The Hound

The detectives, Holmes, Watson, and Lestrade travel through the fog of Grimpen Mire to Merripit House. Will they solve the mystery of the hound that has been terrifying Dartmore? Our audio story reaches its climax.

The Piper and the Pooka

The Pooka is a wondrous creature that can shift its shape. Sometimes it's friendly, sometimes it isn't, but it is almost always mischievous.

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

A Christmas mystery for Sherlock Holmes arrives in the shape of a goose.

The Demon Cat

AN Irish story about a spooky cat who demands fish ( by Lady Wilde )

The Fairies

A poem about fairies that begins a new series of Irish tales and poems.

Wicked Spooky

Uncle Jeff takes the kids to the countryside which they find very spooky indeed.

The Fourth Voyage of Sinbad

The darkest story in the Sinbad Series reveals the sailor and businessman as ingenious as ever, and single-minded in the pursuit of wealth.

The Wheelie People

An unusual story from Ancient Greece about the meaning of love, originally told in Plato's Symposium.

Katie and No More Miss Perfect

Katie's best friend, Isis, is fed up with being perfect

The Monkey in the Kitchen

Monkeys invade a school kitchen in the fifth story in our series about Theo the Monkey

Kung Fu Monkey Style

Theo takes Kung Fu lessons and is surprised by some unexpected visitors.

Theo and the Monkey Cops

We learn why Theo the Crime Fighting Monkey failed to show up for his first kung fu lesson

Sifu and the Legend of the Monkey King

The second part of our series about Sifu and Theo the Monkey. Theo fails to turn up for his first Kung Fu lesson, and Sifu tells Neet the chinese legend that inspired him to take up Kung Fu.

Baskervilles 13, Fixing the Nets

A portrait may hold the clue to the mystery of the murder on the moor

How Anansi Brought Wild Animals into the World

Anansi, the anti-hero of West African folklore, refuses to follow instructions.

Sifu Meets The Monkey

The return of Theo, the crime-fighting monkey, in which he meets a Kung Fu master.

Lily the Flower Fairy

Lilly is a flower fairy who is in search of a friend. Fiona from Vermont sent this winning entry to our Magical Person Writing Competition.

Trixie the Magic Rabbit

Trixie the Magic Rabbit is the first of three winning entries in our Magic Person writing competition. Trixie speaks several languages and can run super-fast.

Katie Cancels The School Rules

At Katie's School, thanks to a little magical influence on the head teacher, they had a chance to see what life would be like without any rules.

The Third Voyage of Sinbad

Sinbad is attacked by pirate monkeys, held captive by a giant, and threatened by huge serpents.

The Second Voyage of Sinbad

Sinbad falls into a valley full of giant serpents and precious diamonds. Only some giant birds can save him.

Anansi Meets Father Thunder

Anansi visits an old man under the sea and receives a gift. The gift is more wonderful than anything he expected but his mean spirit gets the better of him.

How Wisdom Got Out

Anansi, our hero from Ghana in West Africa, keeps all the world's wisdom in a pot and he decides to hide it up a tree.

How Anansi brought stories to the world

The shape-shifting Anansi is sometimes a spider, sometimes a man. He comes from Ghana in West Africa and he is one of the great storytellers of the world.

The Good Turn

A boy of Zanzibar goes out hunting and does a good turn to an Ape, a Snake, and a Lion. Is it true that one good turn deserves another?

Katie and the Other Witch Part Two

Do you want to know the truth about the Other Witch, Agrippina Crompton? Do you think she is a fake? Find out in this second part of our exciting Katie story.

Katie and the Other Witch Part One

A new witch has set up a business in town. Katie and her mum suspect that she is a fake, but the rival is popular with the public.

How to Out-Jeff Uncle Jeff

Uncle Jeff has a new girlfriend - Jessica - can she be more irresponsible than he is?

The Goat and his Master

A goat tries to help his master, but the master does not know how to be polite to a goat!


Three friends at school are bothered by two girls who play mean tricks on them. Should they retaliate or try to make peace?

The Goat and the Gold

Happy Year of the Goat ! One of our writing competition winners is a story about a clever goat and some stolen gold

The Donkey and the Lion

A donkey is dim enough to fall for the same trick twice.

The Monkey and the Shark

A clever monkey has a story that explains a story.

The Amazing Gazelle

A story from Zanzibar about a clever gazelle who helps a beggar.

Milo, Daisy and the White Rabbit

Daisy and Milo are staying at an English country hotel with their parents. The kids go on a nature trail and follow a magical white rabbit.

Baskervilles 12: Death on the Moor

Watson has discovered the answer to one mystery - who is the mysterious man watching the moor? But a terrible howling and a new victim of the Hound show that all is far from solved.

The Lady of Shalott

A poem by Alfred Tennyson set in the time of King Arthur and Camelot.

Tim the Tadpole’s Birthday

We first recorded Tim the Tadpole's Birthday way back in 2006, but somehow the mp3 file was overwritten and lost. Now, for the first time in some years, we present this sparkly story in its entirety.

The Chinese Year of the Goat

We are just saying goodbye to the year of the horse, and on February the 4th we will start the year of the goat. In some parts of Asia this year is also known as the year of the sheep or ram.

Joyride Storywriting Competition

Supporters of Storynory can now enter our monthly writing competition. See our partner Joyride for details of how you can become a supporter.

Gladys’s Christmas Joy

It's Christmas. Gladys feels she is on the brink of success, but once again she finds herself working in the background to help others with little credit for herself.

The ‘Cat’ who scared the Christmas Trolls

A Christmas story from Norway about a bear that some trouble-making trolls mistake for a cat.

Katie and the Big Row

Katie has a row with her mum and goes to live with her dad for a while. Will she find life more peaceful at his flat?

Pocahontas, the Native American Princess

A true fairytale. Pocahontas was a native American who married an English settler. Her story is romantic and adventurous, but it also tells us about troubled relations between the native Americans and the early European settlers of the USA. Acts of kindness alternated with violence - as told in this amazing story.

Astropup and the Bird Fight

The climax to our series about the two parrots. There’s loads of action, lasers, flying feathers, and intellectual combat, as the parrots fight to see who will be the first bird to be World President. Science fiction at its wackiest ! Squark !

The First Voyage of Sinbad

Long ago, in the city of Baghdad, there lived a man named Sinbad the Hammál. He was a porter who strayed into the garden of another Sinbad - a wealthy merchant. The merchant invites his namesake in and tells him the story of his incredible sea voyages.

Baskervilles 11: The Man on the Tor

Who is the strange figure who has been seen lurking on the hill?

Baskervilles 10: Extract from the Diary of Dr. Watson

Barrymore, the butler of Baskerville Hall, has a grievance. He thinks it was unfair to hunt his brother-in-law down when he, of his own free will, had told Sherlock and Holmes his secret. The free audio book of the greatest mystery of all continues.

Three Poems by Christina Rossetti

Short and beautiful poems by Christina Rossetti, the greatest Victorian female poet, read out aloud in a free mp3 download. Is The Moon Tired?, Caterpillar, A Birthday.

Katie’s Halloween Dad

Katie is a witch. Her Dad dad is a Professor of Extra Sensory Perception and Paranormal Phenomena, although he does not have powers himself. One Halloween he tries a dangerous experiment.

Katie and the Unicorn

Do you like mysteries? Do you think unicorns are super-cute? Yes? Well, you are going to love this story in which Katie and Isis turn detectives when a very rare animal is stolen.

09 Baskervilles : The Light upon the Moor

The butler of Baskerville Hall, Barrymore, is behaving extremely suspiciously. Dr. Watson continues his report to Sherlock Holmes. Listen to the audio story beautifully read by Richard Scott.

Bertie in the Land that Time Forgot

iPads and Mobile phones - they are necessary for life - how can anybody survive without being connected to the internet 24 hours a day. And yet Bertie and Beatrice visit a land where technology is banned. How do they get on.

Song: Snap Me!

Here's the song that Gladys wrote about her first brush with fame.

11 Gladys Alone: Snap Me!

Gladys has reached California and the final chapter in this series about the girl who wants to make it big as a pop star.

10 Gladys Alone: First Date

Gladys goes out to dinner with a famous film star, but she is determined that she is going to remain "Miss Sensible".

Solomon’s Holiday

Solomon the cat steps forward to take the lead role in this episode of our Katie series. It's meant to be a secret that he can talk, and so when he goes to stay with Isis's family he is under strict instructions to say no more than meow.

Song: In Real Life

This song by Gladys is the title track to her new album, which is available in Spotify and iTunes.

09 Gladys Alone: In Real Life

Gladys writes her song "In Real Life" about her meeting with the film star, Darren Wolf. When she plays it live for the first time, someone special comes to hear it.

08 Baskervilles: First Report of Dr. Watson

Dr Watson writes to Sherlock Holmes with his impressions of the various characters in and around Baskerville Hall.

Song: Are We There Yet?

Are you heading the wrong way down the motorway? Can you trust your Sat Nav? Sing along to Are We There Yet - a song with a great beat.

08 Gladys Alone: Are We There Yet?

Gladys is finding her manager, Dud, more and more frustrating.

07 Gladys Alone: The Triumph

Gladys takes part in an audition for a TV talent contest and sings at a gig arranged by Dud, her new manager.

06 Gladys Alone: The Eye of the Needle

Gladys considers taking on a manager and is talking into doing something she thought she would never do.

Astropup: Which Parrot?

Are two parrots better than one? Or is there only room in the universe for one megalomaniac feather brain?

07 Baskervilles: The Stapletons of Merripit House

We meet a butterfly-chasing botanist who lives on the moor. Eerie and haunting noises emerge from the lonliest parts of the treacherous mire.

05 Gladys Alone: Going Underground

Gladys plays her first solo gig, but is still overshadowed by one of her sisters of chiX fame

Song: Ghost Girl

Always, when I’m near you, You don’t see me, I’m a ghost girl. See-through. Sometimes, when I hear you, You don’t hear me,I’m a ghost girl. A haunting song that you will love.

Astropup and the Two Parrots

What could be more super-intelligent than a bird brain? Two bird brains of course.

04 Gladys Alone: Ghost Girl Reprise

Gladys records a song she originally wrote for the chiX - it describes her feeling that nobody ever notices her.

06 Baskerverilles: Baskerville Hall

Watson, Sir Henry Baskerville and Dr. Mortimer take the train through the scene Dartmoor of Devon and reach Baskerville Hall.

Bertie and the Frog Princess

What would it be like to be a frog? Have you ever wanted to be one just for a day?

03: Gladys Alone: Artists and Repertoire.

Gladys meets some tough talking business people at a big record label

02 Gladys Alone: All I Want to do is Sing

Gladys goes into the recording studio to record All We Want To Do is Sing

05 Baskervilles : Three Broken Threads

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are led a merry dance around London by a cunning foe.

O1 Gladys Alone: Against All Advice

Gladys returns in a new musical series. She is now 16 and wants to make it as a singer in her own right. But people still say she is too geeky to be a pop star.

Katie Moves House

A Father's Day visit to a football match, all because of a house move. This is a special story for everyone who has been wondering about Katie's dad. Katie goes to see him, even though her mother does not really want her to.

Astropup And The Space Hounds’ Chief

The Parrot is now World President. He has sent Astropup and Marlow on a mission into space to capture a Cat Person. They have been hijacked by a Space Hound with six legs. They are now hurtling towards the Planet of the Baskervilles to meet the Space Hounds' Chief. Astropup, Marlow, and you, are in for a big surprise.

04 Baskervilles: Sir Henry Baskerville

Sir Henry Baskerville, recently returned from North America, has received a strange letter. Stranger still one of his new boots has gone missing.

Astropup’s New Comrade

Astropup blasts off into space on a mission with a new companion - not a parrot, but a human. Their mission is to capture a cat person.

03 Baskervilles : The Problem

The mystery of the fiendish hound is so strange that Holmes could be dealing with forces outside the laws of Nature. The problem: What was Sir Charles running away from? Why was he so afraid? Why did he run away from help, not towards it? Who was the elderly gentleman waiting for on a damp […]

02 Baskervilles: The Curse of the Baskervilles

The Curse of the Baskervilles read by Richard Scott in which an ancient manuscript tells of the gruesome curse of the Baskervilles.

01 Baskervilles: Mr. Sherlock Holmes

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1902. Chapter Mr. Sherlock Holmes. Doctor Watson examines a walking stick for clues of its owner.

Georgia and the Dragon

Georgia and the Dragon by Harry Oulton - read for Storynory by Natasha Lee Lewis. A dragon helps a girl conquer her nighttime fears.

Aponibolinayen and the Healing Oranges

From the Philippines. Aponibolinayen has a headache and longs for healing oranges of guarded by a fierce giant. Her husband is determined to fetch them for her.

Three Short Fables from the Philippines.

Why Dogs Wag their Tails, why hens peck the ground, and why spiders hate flies


A beautiful woman with magical powers marries the Sun in this fable from the Philippines.

Katie’s Magic Personality Part 2

Katie the Witch has Katie has created a spell to give her a magic personality that will charm everyone. She has won instant popularity at school with teachers and pupils alike. Is she really a new and improved person?

Katie’s Magic Personality Part 1

Doesn't everyone want to be popular? If you were a witch, would you just make a magic spell to ensure that everyone adored you?

Bertie’s Magic Pancakes

Shrove Tuesday has a special tradition at the Palace that dates back to the days of Bertie's true mother who is remembered for her magic pancake recipe.

The Great Monkey Robbery

A lively, funny, exciting - and (perhaps) a touch silly - story that stars Theo the Monkey who is the main suspect in a Great Train Robbery.

Astropup the Hero

Marlow - the man with a laser gun - tells the world how Astropup is a hero. The newly elected president, the Parrot, is less than amused to be sidelined.

The Elfin Knight

A ghostly knight rides across a Scottish moore. Two brave Earls ignore warnings about him, and go hunting on the moore. Only one of them carries the sign of the Trinity.

The Sprightly Tailor

A spooky, scary, and at the same time funny story from Scotland, about a taylor who has to sew some trews in the haunted ruins of an old church.

Katie’s TV Magic

A TV programme offers to redecorate the house of Katie and her mum for free. Shumash - the estate agent whom Katie's mum likes is involved. What could possibly be wrong with that?

2014 – Chinese Year of the Horse – The Horse that Ran Away

2014 is the Chinese Year of the Horse - starting on January 31. Hope you all have a wonderful year ! This is a chinese tale about a man whose prize possession was his one and only horse. When it ran away, everyone thought he had suffered the most terrible bad luck - but he was wise and saw things differently.

The Wind in the Willows Christmas Chapter

Chapter 5 of the Wind in the Willows by kenneth Grahame in which Ratty and Mole visit Moles underground home for Christmas and are entertained by field mice singing a carol.

Prince Bertie Returns

Spooky, exciting, dramatic, romantic, funny - the most epic Bertie story ever ! Bertie has spent eight long years as a frog on the pond. Is this the story where he turns back to a prince? The only way to find out, is to listen to Natasha and Richard's special performance recorded for Christmas 2013

The Angel Gabriel’s Message : Christmas Carol

A Christmas carol sung for Storynory by Gabriella. this lovely tune from the Basque Country will haunt you ! The angel Gabriel from heaven came, With wings as drifted snow, with eyes as flame: "All hail to thee, O lowly maiden Mary, Most highly favored lady." Gloria!

Thanksgiving – Mary Had A Little Lamb

Happy Thanksgiving ! Mary Had A Little Lamb and the true story that connects it to the American holiday of Thanksgiving in November.

The Fairy Eye Ointment

A mysterious fairytale from Wales about an old lady who agrees to nurse a baby for a mysterious mother.

The Slant by Peter Newell

A funny poem about a pram, / go-cart that runs away down a hill causing havoc. By Peter Newell the american cartoonist and writer, from 1910

The Monkey Who Saved The Match

Theo is BACK. A fun footballing story starring our Crime Fighting Ape, Theo the Monkey. Could it be that City FC's matches are being fixed ?

Jonah and the Big Fish

Sometimes called Jonah and the Whale, the story of how a prophet ran away from God, took a sea journey, and ended up inside a Big Fish.

The Parrot for President

The Parrot is standing in the first election for World President. He is trailing in second place behind the mysterious Diva who favours appeasement of the Cat People. Hear the Parrot's stirring speech !

Jack and the Jack-o-Lantern

When Jack starts to cut eyes and a mouth into his pumpkin, he is in for a big Halloween surprise.

Katie and the Cat Swap: Part 2

Katie is stuck inside the form of her cat, Solomon. She goes to school and is shocked by all the trouble Solomon is causing inside her identity. She also overhears a plot to besmirch her best friend Isis.

Katie and the Cat Swap: Part 1

Katie swaps identities with her cat Solomon - and soon realises that she has done a silly and dangerous thing.

Pinocchio, Chapter 36: A Boy

The Final Chapter of Pinocchio, in which we meet some old friends, and our story reaches its conclusions.

Professor Astropup

Astropup has become a university professor. The Parrot is peeved that he cannot get an academic post. But then he meets some students and starts leaking top secret information to the world

Pinocchio, Chapter 35: Reunited

Pinocchio is inside the belly of the shark. He meets somebody there quite unexpectedly.

Pinocchio, Chapter 34: The Shark

Pinocchio seems on the point of death more than once as is thrown into the sea with weights around him, and then chased by a Shark.

Pinocchio, Chapter 33: The Circus Donkey

Pinocchio, having become a Donkey, is bought by the owner of a Circus, who wants to teach him to do tricks. The Donkey becomes lame and is sold to a man who wants to use his skin for a drumhead.

Pinocchio, Chapter 32: Donkey’s Ears

Pinocchio's ears become like those of a Donkey. In a little while he changes into a real Donkey and begins to bray.

Pinocchio, Chapter 31: The Land of Toys

Pinocchio travels to the Land of Toys, but on the way some strange events make him feel greatly uneasy

Pinocchio, Chapter 30: Lamp-Wick

Pinocchio is set to become a boy again. He sends out invitations for his celebration party. But his best friend, Lamp-Wick, has a new temptation for him.

Prince Chéri

A prince has a good fairy to look over him, but he behaves badly and she punishes him.

Pinocchio, Chapter 29: A Snail’s Pace

Pinocchio returns to the Fairy's house - a snail comes to open the door, but takes a very long time...

Pinocchio, Chapter 28: The Green Fisherman

Pinocchio swims out to sea and is caught by the Green Fisherman who plans to fry him for dinner.

Pinocchio, Chapter 27: The Fight Among Boys

The great battle between Pinocchio and his playmates.

Pinocchio, Chapter 26: School

Pinocchio goes to the seashore with his friends to see the Terrible Shark.

Pinocchio, Chapter 25 : Advice from the Good Fairy

Pinocchio promises the Fairy to be good and to study, as he is growing tired of being a Marionette, and wishes to become a real boy.

Pinocchio, Chapter 24: To Work or to Beg?

Pinocchio reaches the Island of the Busy Bees and finds the Fairy once more.

Pinocchio, Chapter 23: Carried by a Pigeon

Pinocchio weeps upon learning that the Lovely Maiden with Azure Hair is dead. He meets a Pigeon, who carries him to the seashore. He throws himself into the sea to go to the aid of his father.

Pinocchio, Chapter 22: The Thieves

Pinocchio discovers the thieves and, as a reward for faithfulness, he regains his liberty.

Pinocchio, Chapter 21: The Farmer’s Trap

Pinocchio is caught by a Farmer, who uses him as a watchdog for his chicken coop.

Pinocchio, Chapter 20: The Serpent on the Road

Freed from prison, Pinocchio sets out to return to the Fairy; but on the way he meets a Serpent and later is caught in a trap.

Pinocchio, Chapter 19: The Judge

Pinocchio is robbed of his gold pieces and, in punishment, is sentenced to four months in prison.

Pinocchio, Chapter 18: The Field of Wonders

Pinocchio finds the Fox and the Cat again, and goes with them to sow the gold pieces in the Field of Wonders.

Pinocchio, Chapter 16: The Three Doctors

The Lovely Maiden with Azure Hair sends for the poor Marionette, puts him to bed, and calls three Doctors to tell her if Pinocchio is dead or alive.

Pinocchio, Chapter 15: Captured by the Assassins

A dark and scary chapter - but remember, Pinocchio is a wooden puppet and can survive many things that an ordinary boy could not. The Assassins chase Pinocchio, catch him, and hang him to the branch of a giant oak tree.

Pinocchio, Chapter 14: The Assassins

Pinocchio, not having listened to the good advice of the Talking Cricket, falls into the hands of the Assassins.

Pinocchio, Chapter 13:The Inn of the Red Lobster

The Fox and the Cat take Pinocchio to an inn - but are they as kind and hospitable as they seem?

Pinocchio, Chapter 12: The Fox and the Cat

Fire Eater gives Pinocchio five gold pieces for his father, Geppetto; but the Marionette meets a Fox and a Cat and follows them.

Pinocchio, Chapter 11: Fire Eater

Fire Eater sneezes and forgives Pinocchio, who saves his friend, Harlequin, from death.

Pinocchio, Chapter 10: The Puppet Theatre

The Marionettes recognize their brother Pinocchio, and greet him with loud cheers; but the Director, Fire Eater, happens along and poor Pinocchio almost loses his life.

Pinocchio, Chapter 9: Distracted on the Way to School

Pinocchio sells his A-B-C book to pay his way into the Marionette Theater.

Pinocchio, Chapter 8: The ABC Book

Geppetto makes Pinocchio a new pair of feet, and sells his coat to buy him an A-B-C book

Pinocchio, Chapter 7: Breakfast

Geppetto returns home and gives his own breakfast to the Marionette

Pinocchio, Chapter 6: Pinocchio Burns His Feet

Pinocchio falls asleep with his feet on a foot warmer, and awakens the next day with his feet all burned off.

Pinocchio, Chapter 5: The Omelet Flies Away

Pinocchio is hungry and looks for an egg to cook himself an omelet; but, to his surprise, the omelet flies out of the window.

Pinocchio Chapter 4: The Talking Cricket

The story of Pinocchio and the Talking Cricket, in which one sees that bad children do not like to be corrected by those who know more than they do.

Pinocchio Chapter 3: The first pranks

As soon as he gets home, Geppetto fashions the Marionette and calls it Pinocchio. The first pranks of the Marionette.

Pinocchio Chapter 2: Geppetto and Master Cherry Fight

Mastro Cherry gives the piece of wood to his friend Geppetto, who takes it to make himself a Marionette that will dance, fence, and turn somersaults

The Secret Garden, Chapter 27

In the Garden concludes the classic novel.

Katie and the Curse of Macbeth

Katie the Witch takes part in a play on the fringe of the Edinburgh Festival and comes up against actors' superstitions about Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Snow White and Rose Red

It's a long time since we have given you a Brothers Grimm story. We had somehow overlooked this charming tale. The "Snow White" of the title is not related to the more famous Snow White who met the seven dwarfs. This Snow White is the sister of Rose Red. The two girls live in the […]

The Moscow Cat

A strong and independent cat from Moscow runs away to live in the forrest. A story that is half realistic - in fact based on a real cat - and half traditional Russian fairy tale.

Secret Garden Chapter 25


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A watery fairytale from Germany that is not unlike the Little Mermaid

Bertie’s Quest

It is soon to be Beatrice's Birthday and she asks him to go on an impossible quest, to find her a living dinosaur as a pet.

Song: Is Love a Fairytale?

Is Love a Fairytale? - a very catchy tune from the album by Aoede.

Andromeda and Perseus

Princess Andromeda tells us how she was rescued from a ghastly sea monster by the Greek hero Perseus. We learn about Perseus's secret weapon, the snaky head of Medusa that can turn men to stone.

The King and the Beggar Maid

A king does not seem interested in marrying until he comes across a beggar maid. This is an ancient story that is often referred to in literature. Shakespeare mentions it in several of his plays, including Romeo and Juliet.

Red Fortunes

Red Fortunes is Bertie's novel for Grown Ups. It's available on Amazon both in Kindle and in Paperback. And even better, for the first 5 days of May it's FREE on Kindle. Download it now and please leave a review on Amazon.

Katie and the Witch’s Trial

All sorts of horrid rumours are flying round the school about Katie. They say she was responsible for the not-very-nice thing that happened to the new school swimming pool. It is almost like a witch hunt.

The Rooster and the Fox

If you like Aesop's fables, you will probably enjoy this. It is the lively story of a fox who tries to trick a farmyard rooster. There are plenty of good morals; "pride comes before the fall," and "do not fall for false flattery," are a couple examples. Geoffrey Chaucer included the story in his "Canterbury […]

Katie and the Bad Bug

A nasty tummy bug is going around the school. When Katie falls ill, she has words with a virus and gives it a piece of her mind.

The Flying Horse Part 2

Our prince must fight a whole army. Can he survive? What will become of his love the princess? And what of the magician who made the enchanted horse?

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The Flying Horse Part 1

Part fairytale, part science fiction, this story from the 1001 Nights is full of wonder. An inventor presents the King of Persia with an enchanted horse. His son flies off to meet a beautiful princess, but there is trouble in store.

Rip Van Winkle

The classic American fairytale by Washington Irving read for Storynory by Charlie Loeb.

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Katie and the Magic Chocolate

Katie is growing up. She feels she is too old for an Easter Egg hunt. She is delighted when, over the holidays, Paul invites her to the cinema. She has some magic chocolate for him - but it does not work quite as expected.

Colin’s April Fool

The grumpiest fish on the pond plays and April Fool joke - but is it funny?


A sculptor on the island of Cyprus scorns all women until he falls in love with a statue that he has made.


Cleopatra - the last queen of Egypt - clever, enchanting - the lover of Julius Caesar and then Mark Anthony - a biography.

Madame White Snake

A story from China to celebrate the Year of the Snake. Two serpent spirits become young women and one of them marries a man.

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The Labours of Heracles Part 2

We continue the Labours of the strong-man Heracles, otherwise known as Hercules.

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The Labours of Heracles Part 1

Heracles (Hercules in Latin) was the the strong-man of the ancient world. He performed twelve labours, and we tell you about the first 6 in
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