Easy short stories for ESL students include fables and tales with moral lessons, such as "The Foolish Donkey," "The Fox and the Grapes" and "The Golden Goose." Zen stories such as "Making a Difference" and "When Truth Dawned" that offer insight into human nature are also easy to read.
Popular children's stories such as "The Emperor's New Clothes" and "The Little Match Girl" are ideal for beginner ESL students who need to sharpen their reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. Witty tales, which are both entertaining and interesting, are good reading materials as well. Easy-to-read stories that use wit and wisdom to hold the reader's interest include "The Donkey and the Cotton" and "The Miserly Beggar."