22 Classic Short Stories on YouTube

My daughter is currently writing her short story for Challenge B and reading classics short stories to inspire her. She's always been my kid that has struggled with reading . The masters wrote these stories, so their short length doesn't exactly make them easy reads. I've rounded up those short stories read on YouTube to give her a little more independence in reading these on her own, and to keep us making progress!

Classic Short Stories on YouTube

The spring usually challenges me to keep going with homeschool. Typically it's due to the warmer temperatures, the budding trees, and the blooming tulips that call me outside. This year, as we're home bound due to COVID-19, it seems like there's something else going on. The news distracts me and making decisions all around me takes extra time than normal. Keeping up seems nearly impossible.

Here are the videos!

The Teapot by Hans Christian Anderson

The Bet by Anton Chekhov

The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde

Little Girls Wiser Than Men by Leo Tolstoy

RIKKI-TIKKI-TAVI by Rudyard Kipling

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button By F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Mansion by Henry van Dyke

Araby by James Joyce

The Schoolboy's Story by Charles Dickens

The Red-Headed League by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

That Spot by Jack London

The Celestial Railroad by Nathaniel Hawthorne

A White Heron by Sarah One Jewett

The Man and the Snake by Ambrose Bierce

The Cop and the Anthem by O. Henry

The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant

The Hammer of God by G.K.CHESTERTON

The Tell Tale Heart Edgar Allan Poe

The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain

The Nightingale and the Rose by Oscar Wilde

The Last Lesson by Alphonse Daudet

There are a couple that I could not find on YouTube:

  • God Lives by Hans Christian Anderson
  • The Bird on Its Journey by Beatrice Harraden
  • A King in Disguise by Matteo Bandello
  • The Startling Painting by Fyodor Dostoevsky

And here is one more that is one of my favorites that is a story worth knowing:

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

Some of these stories are scary and disturbing, but middle school and high school kids LOVE them! I hope you enjoy!


  1. Cheryl Lee on March 26, 2022 at 2:21 am

    Thank you for these audio stories . I am a retired piano teacher & in my “old age” have difficulty sleeping . I discovered your offerings of literature & delighted in hearing each story , most of which I had read in my youth . A number of my students are home schooled & I shared this site to these families . I appreciate your thoughtful work on behalf of so many , young & old, who may enjoy the stories as I have .

  2. JD homeschool Mom on September 30, 2023 at 9:19 pm

    Thank you so much for this grouping of audio books!

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