It’s often been said that good things come in small packages, and today the literary world is endorsing this view-point by celebrating the short story. Wednesday 20th June has been declared International Short Story Day, meaning that from the UK, to Europe, to the USA, various publishers, literary groups and readers are gathering together for fun, innovative and creative events on as part of the world-wide celebration for the ‘small-but-beautiful’ literary form.
Both of the books in our A Little, Aloud series pay tribute to the short story, and feature a wide selection from some of the world’s best-loved stories and authors. Inside the pages of our newest anthology, A Little, Aloud for Children, you will find such classics as ‘How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin’ by Rudyard Kipling and The Brothers Grimm, as well as modern favourites by the likes of Michael Morpurgo and Shaun Tan.
The wonderful website for International Short Story Day has information about all of the events taking place around the world, as well as recommended reading and access to some specially commissioned short stories by acclaimed authors. There ais also a huge selection of audio-visual material, including a wonderful MP3 of a reading by Frank Cottrell Boyce, who also features in A Little, Aloud for Children and is a patron of The Reader Organisation.
Let us know how you plan to celebrate International Short Story Day, and what your favourite short story from the A Little, Aloud anthologies is – go to the ‘Your Comments’ section of this website.