Children's Stories

These are a few stories and nonfiction reading passages I wrote for my elementary school and adult education students. Feel free to share and use for any noncommercial purposes, including web page projects, creative commons projects, and reading comprehension projects. They Forgot to Plant an Acorn on the Moon

(The true story of how the Apollo 11 astronauts forgot to plant the acorn they took with them to the moon. Also available as an interactive animated Macromedia Director movie (for Macs), downloadable at the end of the story.)

The Story of a Young Artist

(A story about a student who discovers the parallel satisfaction between creating art and writing articles for her school newspaper.)

Saul's Question

(The story of a young boy who goes on an information hunting quest to his local public library.)

The Story of Tommy Trimble

(The story of what happens after Tommy buys a lawn edge trimmer.)

The Great Ping Pong Ball Experiment

(This short story tells about the adventures of a ping pong ball floating down the Nile River.)

An Ordinary Mother

(This story is about an ordinary mother who dissassembles a construction crane that was left in her back yard.)

Patty the Pigeon

(This is a story of a pigeon who sneaks onto an Amtrak train in Washington DC and travels all the way to Boston.)

Ellen the Eagle Needs Glasses

(This is a light-hearted story is about an eagle who comes to terms with her vision problems.)

When the Clock Was Sick

(What do you do when you have a sick clock? Take it to the clockerenarian,of course.)

The Ice Cube Club

(What should a neighborhood do if they love to go sledding, but don't get enough snow? Find out in this story. )


(Arnold's adventures in a reading competion)

The Story of How the Raymond Firehouse School Started

(A school in a firehouse? Sure. Find out how.)

Barry the Bat

(In this story for young children, find out how Barry the bat overcomes his nighttime fear of the light.)

The Story of the Six Blind Men

(An updated version of the classic fable from India.)

Vern's Videotape

(Vern, a well-meaning father with a camcorder, learns an important lesson from his daughter.)

Sammy's Autograph Book

(The story of a boy who attempts to fill the autograph book he is given as a birthday present.)

And here are some nonfiction reading passages I wrote recently:

The Story of Louis Braille

The Story of Milton Hershey

What Does an Architect Do?

Being Left Handed

New World Vegetables

My Old Hardware Store

Folding Maps

Bicycle Helmets

The Bering Strait

Driving On Ice

The Invention of the Steam Engine

Computers Are Tough Critters

Palm Trees in Ireland

Some Thoughts on Taming Hurricanes

The Great Untapped Educational Potential of Video

And here are some humorous essays I wrote just for fun.

Tips for Paddling Across the Panama Canal in a Canoe

Tips for Spackling and Plastering a Black Hole

Marketing Freeze Dried Water

Expanding the Grand Canyon

The United States Mint

How to Ship a Submarine from San Diego to Denver

Water Flow on the Mississippi

My Plans for an Antique Ebook Store

Ice on the Moon

Federal Penitentiaries Remove Hard Wooden Benches; Apple Sets them Up in their Stores

How to Sleep Comfortably While Fastened to a Sheer Mountain Cliff

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