Tiny Tales series

Welcome to the homepage for the TINY TALES series of
traditional myths and folktales retold in 100 words.

Each completed book is free to read online as a Pressbook or you can download a free digital file (PDF, mobi, epub); you can also listen to a free audiobook. In addition, you can purchase a Kindle version or paperback version from Amazon. There are SEVEN books available as of December 23: six books of stories, plus a teaching guide. (Plus, there's a book of 100-word stories by my students!)

1. Tiny Tales of Nasruddin 
2. Tiny Tales from India
3. Tiny Tales from Aesop
4. Tiny Tales Teaching Guide
7. Tiny Tales from the Ramayana


8. Tiny Tales from the Mahabharata. This book will contain a version of the Mahabharata told in 100-word episodes. Tentative publication date: early February. (Current status: proofreading.)

9. Tiny Tales of Brer Rabbit. This book will contain Brer Rabbit stories from the Americas. Tentative publication date: April. (Current status: writing.)

10. Tiny Tales in Latin: Aesop. This book will contain 100-word versions of Aesop's fables. Tentative publication date: November.
(Current status: writing.)

Plus plans for many more books to come! Tentatively planned for the coming year are the forthcoming books listed above plus trickster stories about Coyote, and a book of African trickster stories (more Anansi, more Rabbit, and Tortoise too!). I'm also planning a book of Hanuman legends as a follow-up to the Ramayana book.


  1. I think your tiny books may have just saved this teacher's "asteroid." I'll let you know (hopefully the academic coordinator will approve).

    1. I am so glad if they can be useful! The Sufis are coming in October, and then Anansi in November. There are so many of these collections I want to create just based on my own interest (I'm learning so much!), and it's even better to know they might be useful to others. :-)

  2. I love the Sufis! I have one student who likes fanfiction. I am going to check out pressbooks to motivate him.

    1. Excellent! I'm going to see if some students in my class want to do a microfiction anthology together this semester. I'll document my process here if we do that. People have written some great 100-word stories so far, and it's just Week 3. :-)

  3. ...checking in....used Aesop stories every day this past month in Google Classroom!

    1. oh my gosh, I am so delighted to hear that! my students have been using them too: one of them is doing an Aesop's fables mash-up with Game of Thrones which is going to be really fun! thanks for letting me know :-)