World Stories Wednesday: The Beauty of Difference

Welcome to our first ever World Stories Wednesday! Every week, KidsOut will be showcasing one of the amazing tales from our World Stories database, giving you a flavour of the breadth and diversity of our collection.

KidsOut launched World Stories in 2012 as a free, electronic library of short stories and tales from around the world. The service was primarily created to help children with English as a second language and includes the English and native translations of over 100 stories and counting.

Currently one in seven UK children speaks a language other than English as their first language, often struggling to learn in an unfamiliar language and environment. World Stories is a growing collection of traditional and original stories from around the world representing the twenty-one most commonly spoken languages by children in the UK. With more and more stories being uploaded to our database in written and audio format, World Stories opens the world to children.

KidsOut also cater to schools that will benefit from extra support, providing teaching resources, illustrations, and audio to make the stories as engaging for pupils as possible.

This week’s story is called The Beauty of Difference.


The tale recounts the life of a young girl named Shirin and how her move from Tehran to London makes her feel like an outsider. Only when a young boy offers his friendship does Shirin see that it’s good to be different.

The Beauty of Difference is aimed at children aged seven to eleven and is available in English, Scottish Gaelic, and Irish Gaelic. It is a wonderful story of perseverance through adversity and a celebration of diversity.

You can see an exclusive preview of the first pages below:


Want to find out what happens next for Shirin? Are you a teacher and interested in introducing this story and others to your class? Click the links below for more information and to sign up to World Stories for FREE!

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All of our stories are translated by a team of committed and generous volunteers. Without them, this service would not be possible. To get in touch to become a volunteer and create your own stories or translations, email or call 01525243216.

Be sure to check the news section of our website next week for another World Stories Wednesday!